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George F. Spicka

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Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: January 5, 1947    

Pianist GEORGE F. SPICKA has composed over 500 diverse works ranging from jazz, to electro-acoustic, to chamber and contemporary classical, music for worship and educational purposes.

A member of the Baltimore Composers Forum since 1994, he has debuted and performed over two-dozen new works. He has been showcased in New York twice under the sponsorship of American Music Center’s NewMusicBox editor, Frank Oteri.

His 1988 composition, Free Fall, was used as the theme music for the Maryland Public Television produced TV commercials, promoting the 2008 Baltimore Free Fall Festival.

He conceived and organized the First Annual Baltimore Jazz Composers Showcase, which was held on October 23, 2005, at the Eubie Blake National Jazz and Cultural Center. This event was the subject of a feature article in the Baltimore Sun by writer Carl Schoettler....
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Awards

Honors: A former resident of Silver Spring, MD, he was nominated for the D.C. Mayor's Award for "Outstanding Emerging Artist." That same year, he was a finalist in American Mensa's "Arthur SIG Exchequer Award" for artistic excellence. He competed in the First Annual Theolonius Monk International Jazz Piano Competition and has been awarded two music composition grants by the Maryland State Arts Council for demonstrating "exceptional creativity and originality." He performed as a solo pianist for the Honorable John Conyers (D-Mich) and the Congressional Black Caucus, and was featured as a performer/panelist at the D.C. Federation of Musicians Jazz Symposium. His biography is listed in “Who’s Who in the East” and “2000 Outstanding Musicians of the 20th Century.”
“Thank you very much for sending along Keyboard Mania. I think it is terrific. I've always personally liked improvisations of the sort you are doing ... I plan to give your CD to a friend ... He runs The Jazz Gallery, where jazz related art work is presented and wonderful concerts take place “ - H.O. - Chiaroscuro Records, Broadway, NY

”I must say that you have put a lot of work into this demo. I'm really not used to see this kind of demo (and I get quite a few!). Very professional! I appreciate your technique, touch and your way of building your solos” -J.S. - Ayler Records, Sweden

“Just a note to tell you how much I enjoy listening to your solo piano CD. It is really very interesting musically. It has a wide appeal. I turn it on for background music while I am reading but I can't concentrate. Something always grabs my attention and I turn the sound up and put my work down and just listen” B.K. -Professional Musician, San Francisco

“There are things in it to admire. Much passion, drama. It's kind of like clouds. At the moment it seems to be shaping up to something, it changes to something else.” - G.B. - Baltimore Composers Forum

“… And I am agog at your improvisational skills on Keyboard Mania. I can only imagine all the hours & sweaty practice that you've logged to be able to shift gears in tempo & mood so effortlessly.” - C.H. �” Hopkins University

“I've been listening to Famous Lost Words and enjoying it very much. I'm looking forward to the other discs.” �” J.L. Baltimore Magazine

“I've been listening to your CD -- I absolutely love it! Damn good work!” - E.F., Baltimore, MD

“I loved the CD.” �” H.L. Baltimore, MD

“It was a delightful journey as I followed your thoughts up, down, and around a wonderful spectrum.” - B.G. (baltimorejazz.com)

“Thanks so much for your CD's. they are awesome … A Glassful of Doubt’ is simply brilliant and a masterpiece.” - Zampi Productions

Primary Instrument:
Piano

Location:
Baltimore, MD

Willing to teach:
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