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Steven Pike Debuts Indigo Man

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and raises money for the Angels

March 27, 2002

You have to stop listening to everyone else’s music to create your own. Many artists live by this credo and when you listen to Steven Pike you know he does too. Of course any musician will listen to a lot of music by other composers and Steve is no different. What he has learned is when he is creating he must let go of what he has heard to listen to his own creative process flowing, allowing the musical creations within him to come out.

    On Saturday, April 6th Steve will be in concert at the Panida Theater in Sandpoint. It is the debut of his latest CD, Indigo Man. The concert will be a benefit for the Angels Over Sandpoint.

    Steve talks openly about his creative process. He doesn’t see it as his but rather, he is simply delivering to us what is being sent through him. A friend once asked him if he “channeled” his music. He hadn’t used that word before and I felt he still isn’t comfortable calling it that, yet he admits the word often does fit his method of discovering the music he creates.

    Steven Pike has a solid background in music. At the age of four he started finding sounds of nature in the keyboard.     This would serve him in his first CD. At 14, his musical profession began. Performing everything from rock to country, swing to jazz standards, he played piano, guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin, auto harp, harmonica and percussion. Eventually he ended up making music with Hammond B-3 organ, kicking bass pedals in a power trio while playing works by the groups Santana and Chicago.

    After several years of this he needed to try a new art and started a professional photography business in Seattle. He later moved the studio to his native Missoula. During this time he started pushing the boundaries of the art. Some of his photographic creations are on the three CD covers that he designed.

    When “shooting” people he discovered his humor with his subjects during the photo shoot relaxed them as well as himself. When his clients saw their images they were surprised how natural they were and how relaxed the poses looked.

    I’ve had a few conversations with Steve. His natural sense of humor is always present and flows with ease. He said that as a youth he discovered laughter softened tense times and it became, at times, a form of survival for him. During his concerts the audience benefits from this same lightness. But don’t think for a minute that Steve is not a serious musician or performer – he is. Yet it is all delivered in a relaxed, fun atmosphere.

    In 1992 music again became the primary artistic outlet for Steve. He discovered a keyboard that played all the instruments he had used in the 60’s and 70’s. Because of his exploration in photography he was open and receptive to new sounds and styles. In one 6 month period he attended concerts by Swiss harpist Andreas Vollenweider, Yanni, Kitaro, Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues and Bela Fleck. Vollenweider influenced his new style and the outrageous creativity of Fleck again pushed the boundaries for him. Steven started a new career with his old profession.

    In his latest album we will hear him stretching those boundaries while at the same time listening to the influences of his first musical career. The sound and sights of nature, specifically different flying creatures, influenced Steven’s first CD, For All Who Fly. His second CD, Wind Spirit, is relaxation and meditation music. In this third and newest CD Indigo Man, Steve reaches into all his experiences as an artist and comes up with another new sound. Still there is music that fits some of the old styles.

    In the title track we definitely hear the influence of that earlier power trio and the band Chicago. This kind of sound is woven through many of the tracks. But he isn’t bound to that sound. In Buffalo Hills he is more reflective - still there is a beat under it. The beat doesn’t drive the song but keeps the toes tapping. In fact, it could be danced to as well. In I’ll Follow My Heart I want to sit back, close my eyes and let the sound flow through me. In all ten tracks we are taken from excited emotion to introspection. All of it is new, but in places there’s a feeling of  jazz, jazz-fusion, and even a hint of Latin sounds.  Plus there is an occasional chance to meditate.

    The concert will include all of Indigo Man, some selections from his first and second CDs and maybe something brand new not yet recorded.

    The concert is a benefit for the Angels Over Sandpoint, a local charity that has supported many causes in and around Sandpoint, from private scholarships to private medical expenses, as well as

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Ernie Hawks Ernie Hawks is a former theater director who has branched into the creative fields of writing and photography. He lives in a cabin in Athol with his lovely wife Linda, and feeds the birds in his spare time.

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