Pianist John Nilson is returning to Southern Oregon for a Holiday Concert Series in Shady Cove, Grants Pass, and Ashland. In years past, he has played at Britt Festivals in Jacksonville, at the Craterian in Medford, and at venues in Ashland.
Nilsen has been playing an instrument almost his entire life. Like any kid in Portland, John learned his ABC’s and numbers; but the six-year old also studied classical piano under his mother. At age 14 he added the guitar to his repertoire. He graduated from Southern Oregon College (now Southern Oregon University) where he majored in English and continued to develop his musical talent.
He credits famed guitarist Guthrie Thomas with launching his music career 29 years ago, Thomas inviting him to record on his Eagle Records label in Los Angeles. In 1987 Nilsen founded the Magic Wing recording label. He has written hundreds of compositions and recorded 18 CDs that have sold over one million copies worldwide. His performances have taken him to all 50 states, Europe and Asia, and he has shared the stage with Kenny G and Jose Feliciano.
Nilsen’s fingers fly over the keyboard, his style a delightful blend of jazz, folk, and classical. “John’s music has a magical quality to it. Each new recording seems to be his best,” according to a longtime DJ on Portland’s KINK radio.
His latest release, Wild Rose (scheduled for January 2013), showcases a collection of ten original compositions, each featuring a different band.
John Nilson will be touring Southern Oregon next week, bringing his delightful music to the region. With three locations and times available, be sure to plan on attending a concert. They will include some of his creations, as well as Christmas songs. “You have to have Christmas music,” John says.
Tuesday, December 18, 6:30 pm
Upper Rogue United Methodist Church
18977 Hwy 62, Shady Cove