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David Nevue has been a featured artist on The Artist Gallery.com since February 6, 2016.
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Legendary among his peers, David Nevue has no equal. He is admired and respected by great artists the world over. We truly appreciate David's great talent and enjoy his reflective, colorful, and beautifully paced music. We are honored to welcome Mr. David Nevue to The Artist Gallery.com.
David Nevue is an award-winning, internationally recognized pianist, composer and recording artist who resides in Eugene, OR. In 1992, David released his first album of piano works called The Tower, written as a soundtrack for one of his short stories. In the years since, he has released fifteen other albums including his most recent, Winding Down. David's 2005 release, Overcome, won the title "Best Instrumental Piano Album of 2005" at the Lifestyle Music Awards. Today, David promotes his music almost exclusively via the Internet. He is the program director for Whisperings: Solo Piano Radio, a hugely popular Internet radio broadcast. David tours five or six times a year and has performed concerts with David Lanz, Wayne Gratz, Peter Kater, Suzanne Ciani, Robin Spielberg and dozens of other pianists. David’s music can be heard on over 220 radio programs worldwide, as well as Spotify, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, Music Choice and Pandora Radio.
With a piano style somewhere between Chopin and George Winston, David Nevue brings melody and heart back to instrumental music. Perhaps Heartsong Review said it best when they described his music as "hauntingly romantic." David's music introduces us to a wilderness of musical ideas which the listener becomes anxious to explore.
Interestingly enough, if you ask David about his musical background he might surprise you. He comes not from a background of polished piano music, but grew up a typical 1980's teenager strongly under the influences of such progressive rock artists as Rush, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, Supertramp, Kate Bush and Kansas. David pursued rock music as a "career of interest" throughout his college years. He wrote many songs (with lyrics, which he sang lead vocals for), and played piano/keyboards in garage bands comprised mostly of musical friends he made in college. (In those years, David performed on a Roland Juno 106 keyboard and a very cool Helpenstill Roadmaster 64 piano. Neither of which he owns any more, unfortunately!)
It wasn't until David's college roommate introduced him to the piano music of George Winston that he began to take an interest in playing "just piano." Fascinated by Winston’s impressionistic style, David began to explore writing in a similar style. While he did continue to “rock” with his musical friends, when he was alone, he’d go off by himself, find a piano, and experiment.
During college, David wasn’t really known for his musicianship. Outside his small circle of musical friends, very few people even knew he played piano. David did spend time in the spotlight, but not as a musician… as an actor. David was very involved in theater during his college years. He played Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream as well as lead roles in Oh it’s Just War, Coyote Goes Upriver and a stage adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters. The latter was David’s favorite. He not only played the lead human role, “Michael Average,” he also composed the synthesizer-based score for the stage play (the score included the songs Solitude, The Assimilation and Undertow which were later recorded and released as solo piano arrangements on David’s albums The Tower, While the Trees Sleep and Open Sky respectively) David was also a member of the six-person improvisational theater group Intermission (and for a short time,Chrysalis Theater Group). If you were acquainted with David in college, you probably knew him as an actor, not as a musician.
David’s first public performance as a solo pianist came in 1987, his senior year. David performed one of his original piano compositions, The Princess, for a college-wide talent show. When he finished playing the song, David requested three music notes from the audience and proceeded to improvise a theme on the spot. David took first place at this competition, winning $50 (a very big deal at the time!)
1987 was also the year David met Julie, the love of his life. She was an accomplished violinist and, like him, played the piano. She was, however, classically trained (unlike David), and spent ten years of her young life playing violin with the Portland Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. Naturally, they had music in common. They married in 1989, and David decided the time had come to stop playing “rock star.” He left his band to focus on his new marriage, earning a paycheck, and continuing his work at the piano.
David’s early years were creatively strained. Once he left college, he no longer had easy access to a piano, making it a challenge to practice and even more difficult to compose new songs. Fortunately, he and his wife began attending a church near their apartment, and the church was gracious enough to allow him to stop in and practice on their piano after his work day (at this time he worked in desktop publishing at a print shop in Portland OR.)
By 1991, David had a dozen original solo piano songs ready to record, but had no idea where to record his music. He consulted with Pacific NW artist Jeff Johnson, whom David considered a great inspiration and mentor, and based on his recommendation ended up at the home studio of Billy Oskay (of Nightnoise fame). There, he recorded his first album, The Tower, which was released in 1992. The album was based on a short story that David had written in college. He took that story and put it to music, making the album a soundtrack of sorts. David sold the album to friends, family and co-workers initially, and played concerts at his church and local coffee shops. Any money David made from the sale of his album, he put aside to invest in possible future albums.
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