Keyboardist and vocalist Olivia Trummer has been making her musical mark both in her native Germany and around the globe, with a seductive stew of jazz/funk/blues and beyond. Find out more at oliviatrummer.de.
Hometown: Berlin, Germany.
Instruments played: I play piano, Rhodes, flute, violin, saxophone, some percussion, and I sing as well.
Musical training:I started playing piano at age four. I was classically trained and I always loved to improvise and compose. I started writing songs and singing along while I practiced piano at an early age. I also actively participated in several choirs. I have a degree in both jazz and classical piano and studied for one year in the jazz piano master’s degree program at the Manhattan School of Music in New York. I also took private lessons with Richie Beirach and Sophia Rosoff.
First gigs: My first gigs were classical, around age six. I performed recitals with my mother’s piano class.
Musical Influences: For classical music, it’s everything from Bach to Bernstein. For Jazz, I love Bill Evans, Shirley Horn, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, and Kurt Rosenwinkel. And for pop music, I love artists like Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Laura Nyro, Prince, and Aphex Twin.
What I'm listening to right now:Art Tatum, Prince, Laura Nyro, and Led Zeppelin.
Instruments played: I play piano, Rhodes electric piano, flute, violin, saxophone, some percussion and vocals.
My big break:I would say a significant moment was when I brought tears to my father's eyes by playing my original songs. Playing with Bobby McFerrin was a wonderful experience as well.
Latest album: I’m working on my fifth studio album, entitled Fly Now, which will be released later in 2014.
Favorite keyboard gear:Steinway grand pianos, the Wurlitzer electric piano, and the Nord Lead synthesizers.
What’s next: The release of my new album, as well as working on new songs at home and in the studio in Berlin. I’m touring (especially in Europe), and observing life, always in the sweet danger of facing a new songwriting-avalanche.
Advice: “You’ve climbed a mountain top, you’re ready to fly now.”