Pianist, composer and arranger Steve Talaga has been performing professionally for more than 40 years. He was chosen
as the West Michigan Jazz Society's 2008 Jazz Musician of the Year, and has released eight compact discs under his own
name: "Mirage;" "Yin-Yang;" "Basement Alchemy" (which was chosen as best release of 2000 by Lazaro Vega at WBLV-FM); "Two
Worlds;" "Contemplating the Heavens" (a companion to the poetry chapbook of the same title by Linda Nemec Foster); "Heartside
Sketches" (featuring a suite commissioned by MAJIC of Grand Rapids) which won the WYCE-FM "Jammie" Award for
Best Jazz Album of 2010; “The Shapeshifter,” which includes “Deadman’s Hill,” for which
Talaga won third place in the 2011 International Songwriting Competition (jazz category); and, most recently, "June Balloon." Most of his CDs are available on iTunes and at www.cdbaby.com.
Talaga is also co-leader of "Mind's Eye," a jazz quartet with four compact discs to its
credit ("Angst for the Spoiler," "Seasons," "Lucky Nine," and "Children of the Glacier"). Talaga has performed with "Mind's
Eye" at many venues and jazz festivals, including the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and the Montreux-Detroit Jazz Festival in Michigan. Music from "Seasons" has been featured on the nationally syndicated public radio
program, "Jazz After Hours."
Talaga is also pianist for
many other small and large jazz ensembles and is featured on recordings with several of them. He has performed with many jazz
greats, including Kenny Wheeler, Terry Lynne Carrington, Wes Anderson, Marcus Printup, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Bob
Berg, Adam Nussbaum, Wycliffe Gordon, Ric Margitza, Bobby Shew, Maria Schneider, Marvin Stamm, Denis DiBlazio, Jon Faddis,
Claudio Roditi, Johnny Bassett, Greg Abate, Walt Weiskopf, Phil Woods, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, and the Grand Rapids Symphony.
Among the many composition commissions he has received are several from
MAJIC (Musical Arts for Justice in the Community), Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Poet Laureate Linda Nemec Foster,
and the West Michigan Lakeshore Jazz Connection.
is currently an adjunct professor of music at Hope College
in Holland, Michigan. He
has also been a member of the music faculties at Aquinas College, Grand Valley
State University, Cornerstone
University, and Grace
Bible College, teaching courses
in jazz studies and music theory/composition. Talaga is frequently a faculty member at the Aquinas College
Summer Jazz Camp and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.
received a Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Studies, Magna Cum Laude, and a Master of Music Degree in Composition from Western Michigan University. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast and Cinematic Arts from Central Michigan University.
student in 1993, Talaga won a Downbeat Magazine award in the jazz composition category. He has won outstanding soloist awards
from the Elmhurst, Aquinas, Ohio State University, and Notre Dame Jazz Festivals; and awards for jazz composition from the
Notre Dame and Montreux-Detroit Jazz Festivals. He received honorable mention in the 1995 Billboard Magazine Song Writing
Contest, Jazz Category. From 1982 - 1989, Talaga was a producer and on-air personality at CMU Public Radio in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.
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