Influences: Zappa, Beatles, Jazz Crusaders, Mahler, Bach
Please hear my music at my website or www.soundcloud.com/victor-spiegel
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Recording artist, teacher, and composer, Victor Spiegel's study of world music cultures gives his music an added edge and depth. He began composing at 15, after having studied piano for 10 years then attended California Institute of the Arts, where he studied composition with Harold Stein, Harold Budd, Jim Tenney, and others.
A deep love of Indian music brought him to learn from Ravi Shankar, Haral Rao, and Amiyo Das Gupta. Spiegel continued his music education earning a BA at the University of California, and an MA in Music Composition from Mills College, studying with Lou Harrison and Terry Riley.
Spiegel's singular piano sound is a fusion of lush harmonies and rhythms of jazz, classical and musical influences from India, Japan, Indonesia, Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. He continues to score for film, television, theater, dance and other media.
Recordings available on CD & digitally
Horses of Life - Totem
Evocation (solo piano)
Wind on the Water (solo piano)
Darvish (piano, cello, and percussion)
In Sight (Soon to be released piano and percussion)
Film Scores and Documentary Soundtracks
Homecoming – Australia short film (2008)
Chaos (Monument Pictures) feature currently in postproduction, 2005
Widow Maker -(National Film Challenge with the San Francisco Indie Club), 2004
I Exist (Eyebite Productions), documentaries, 2003
De Colores (Eyebite Productions), documentaries, 2002
Laura of My Dreams (Videosyncracy), short, 2004
Pigmillion (Documentary on disability assistance for adults), 2004
Dolls (Empire Productions) feature (1982) released 2005 as DVD
Piecing Memories -(Bridge Media) documentary, 2000
Corporate Film Scores
Apple Computer (Infomercial)• Lawrence Berkeley National Labs • California State Auto Association • Glaxo
Port of Oakland • University of California • Oakland Museum
Morrison Planetarium, San Francisco • Imperialism 2 (CD game) • Gundam (CD game) - Bandai Inc.
Choreographers Ellen Bromberg, Karl Schaeffer, Sharon Zozoya • Nova (WGBH, Boston)
Themes for radio shows & websites Russ Jennings Productions • Listen for Life.org
Carool Kersten, of Rambles Magazine on Victor Spiegel
Not only is he a pianist with astounding technical abilities, his interpretations are also highly original and sophisticated. Spiegel's versatility as a composer and arranger is further underscored by his apparent genius for incorporating a wide variety of musical styles from around the world. For Evocation he has borrowed from jazz, American folk, Turkish, Spanish, Jewish as well as mainstream western classical music traditions.