MAJORminor Jamez Dahl Broadway Bound

Californian Jamez Dahl knows a thing or two about what happens behind the curtain.
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Californian Jamez Dahl knows a thing or two about what happens behind the curtain. The now 19-year-old pianist and musical director has anchored stage productions of “13” and “Godspell,” and currently teaches piano for the theater company Stand Out Talent.

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First memory of being intrigued with keyboards: Until I was 14, I only cared about piano. After I saw Trans-Siberian Orchestra, I was amazed at all the keyboards used in their music. I bought a Yamaha portable keyboard and fell in love with making different tones. I could be playing the same song, but with a different patch, it would have a whole new meaning.

Favorite material to play: Show tunes. I also like composing music that would fit a film score. My favorite music to listen to is film scores, in fact.

Worst gig nightmare: I once brought a sustain pedal to a jazz band gig that wasn’t compatible with the unfamiliar keyboard they had, and had to play the whole set with the polarity reversed!

How important is traditional music training? I never really had a traditional teacher. Now that I’m the teacher, lessons take on a whole new meaning. Having to teach someone else helps me master material and concepts as well.

Role gear plays in your music: I use my Roland Fantom-X8 to record tracks for vocalists and theaters to use for rehearsals. The Fantom makes it really easy for me—all I do is press “Record.” Then, it uploads right into iTunes!

More at:jamezdahl.webs.com.

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