Gay Pearson

Gay Pearson received a B.M. in applied piano from Lawrence University in ’65 and a B.S. in Meteorology from Purdue University in ’83. During her twelve years of employment in air quality evaluation with New Jersey Dept. of Environmental Protection in Trenton, she also studied jazz harmony, theory and improvisation. Since relocating to Maine, she is finishing her eighth year of studying advanced improvisation and composition with Vardan Ovsepian, first in her home town of Newburyport MA, then via skype. Gay has performed her compositions for her two annual concerts in Newburyport, and in Portland for First Parish UU and Back Cove Contemporary Composers Fest. From 2005-2010 she taught piano and theory at Portland Conservatory of Music. She has released four self-produced CDs to local and national acclaim. Jim Santella, of Cadence raves: “Pearson gives her audience a double barrel of swinging excitement that’s married with a love for the lyrical melody.”

Albums

Goin Home A Retrospective

Goin’ Home: A Retrospective

Release Date: June 10, 2016
Catalog Number: BR8946
21st Century
Jazz
Cello
Percussion
Piano
GOIN’ HOME… A RETROSPECTIVE is pianist and composer Gay Pearson’s second release on Big Round Records. The album is a live recording of her most recent annual chamber-jazz concert, featuring an eclectic ensemble with Gay Pearson on piano, John Lockwood on bass, Phil McGowan on drums, Tracy McMullen on saxophone, Lea Pearson on flute, and Shannon Allen on cello. This varied ensemble performs a wide variety of music with different instrumental combinations, from Astor Piazzolla to classic tunes of Chick Corea, Harold Arlen and Jerome Kern, to more contemporary original compositions by Pearson herself.
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A Sinister Endeavor

A Sinister Endeavor

Release Date: July 10, 2015
Catalog Number: BR8941
21st Century
Jazz
Cello
Percussion
Piano
On her debut Big Round Records release, A SINISTER ENDEAVOR, composer and pianist Gay Pearson presents a collection of works that highlight her eclectic quintet - consisting of piano, bass, drums, flute, and cello - and their colorful, introspective, and energetic performances. Recorded live in Newburyport MA, this album presents original works by Pearson, including Zonal and Meridional Flow, with its classical counterpoint and 4-part polyphony; the energetic solo piano piece Cirrus High; and An Ionian Emitter, which uses complex rhythms and syncopation.
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