Bradley Sowash

Bradley Sowash is a composer, performer, and educator specializing in improvisation. He is the co- founder with Leila Viss of 88 Creative Keys improvisation workshops and webinars and is widely acclaimed as the writer of the keyboard improvisation books.

As a performer, he has performed in every imaginable setting from living rooms, churches and jazz clubs to major concert venues both here and abroad for over thirty years. His broadcast credits include seven seasons of appearances on the PBS-TV series, The Piano Guy, and National Public Radio has aired selections from his nine CDs. He frequently offers teacher training workshops for piano teachers nationwide. He is a faculty member at Suzuki Music Columbus and Chamber Music Connection. The American Prize in Composition named Bradley Sowash a 2012 semi-finalist in the Orchestra Professional Division and a 2013 special citation recognizing his “Unique Skill in Combining Classical Techniques with Popular Idioms.” In 1999, he was the featured artist at the Arts Midwest 15-state regional conference in Cleveland, OH.

“Meludia is a visually beautiful and stimulating way to develop musicianship away from one’s instrument.

Many of the exercises are not typically found in other ear training resources. For example, rather than focus immediately on identifying intervals, Meludia challenges us to judge such abstract comparisons as stability/instability and “spatialization”.

I especially like how Meludia enhances learning with directions that are sometimes deliberately mysterious. When the initial uncertainty of a new exercise reveals itself through repetition, the user experiences a satisfying “aha” moment. Having discovered the “secret” to a particular challenge, it suddenly becomes easier. This kind of deep listening is very important to me both pedagogically as an improvisation teacher a nd personally as a creative musician. Brilliant.”