BRENDA WARREN

Pianist/Composer, songwriter and recording artist Brenda Warren began playing piano at four years of age and entered the Detroit Conservatory of Music at eight. Brenda chose to attend San Francisco State University to continue studying music and received a Bachelors degree in music composition and theory. While at San Francisco State she studied classical piano with Dutch concert pianist Herman Vanderkamp and after graduation with pianist/composer and  Windham Hill recording artist William Allaudin Mathieu.  While in college and after graduation Brenda performed her original solo piano pieces throughout the Bay Area. Her senior thesis was"The Writing and Producing of a Musical" and she went on to write the musical "Breakfast in Marin" which ran in San Francisco for one year and was nominated for a Cable Car award for best musical. 

 

Shortly after moving to Los Angeles Brenda signed a recording contract with Priority Records and released her first collection of solo piano works entitled "Childhood Dreams".  This debut album received worldwide airplay and many of the pieces have been used in tv and documentary films. Her music is featured in "Edens Lost and Found"  and "The Grass is Greener" documentaries which aired on PBS.  Brenda scored part of the documentary film  "The Spirit in Architecture" about legendary architect John Lautner which premeried at MOCA in Los Angeles and has been screened worldwide. 

 

Brenda released her second solo piano CD "As Years Go By" on her own label Seven Mile Music. It was recorded at Warner Brothers Eastwood Scoring Stage. Two of the pieces feature the Los Angeles based string quartet  "The Section Quartet".   She signed a distribution deal with Neuronium Records in Barcelona.  Three of these pieces are included in two compilation albums, "Baby Chill" and "Piano Zen". 

 

Brenda is a member of the piano artist group Whisperings Solo Piano Radio founded by pianist/composer David Nevue. Her music can be heard on Pandora, itunes, and Spotify radio as well as Music Soundscapes, Enlightened Piano Radio, Sky.fm, and many digital outlets.  Currently Brenda is finishing composing the pieces for a third solo piano album with instrumentation to be released in 2017 with Grammy award winning producer and Windham Hill founder Will Ackerman.  She performed one of the pieces from the new album at Carnegie Hall.

 

Primary among Brenda's influences are Erik Satie, Keith Jarrett, and Laura Nyro.  Her music is called "hypnotic" "joyful" "haunting" "introspective" "soothing"  "healing" "romantic"  and "quite gorgeous". One reviewer described her music after seeing her play live as  "painting pictures with each piece".  When she first started performing her compositions it was all improvisational playing. "A Revelation" on Childhood Dreams and  "Goodnight" on As Years Go By were improvised at the end of the recording sessions. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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