Billy White

William “Billy” White is a pianist, composer, producer, ethnomusicologist and music scientist living in Brooklyn, New York.

The 28-year-old pianist grew up in the rich stew of San Francisco's music scene in the 80's and 90's. After receiving a few years of classical education, he began studying jazz with teachers as Jim Rowsey, Wayne Wallace, Rebecca Mauleon, Gordon Fels, and Marc Levine, in addition to leading his own groups by the age of fifteen.

Winning a number of music scholarships, he attended UCLA, and studied with the legendary guitarist Kenny Burrell, the pianist Tom Ranier, and the arranger Gerald Wilson. He also solidified held down the piano chair in Bobby Rodriguez’ Latin big band, contributing his own original arrangements and compositions, as well as Llew Mathew's big band.

But from this time forward, White realized that jazz was not the only kind of music he wanted to play. Taking advantage of UCLA's incomparable Ethnomusicology program, White’s perspective was broadened to include not only jazz, but a wide variety of world music including Indonesian Gamelan, Indian Classical music, Chinese music, Japanese gagaku, Ghanaian drumming, African pop styles, Balkan folk music, and Brazilian music. As part of a construction team building a school in a remote rural village in 2001, he took part in Ewe drumming and made field recordings of “bologo” music, his first fieldwork.

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First Things First

Porto Franco Records
2010

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