I’m Greg Slawson. Welcome to a world of music inspired by nature. Most of my compositions unfold in my mind while hiking, mountain biking, or sitting in beautiful places. Resonance is a collection of sound and video for meditation and relaxation that incorporates natural sounds and images. I’ve also produced a video, “Woven into Nature,” featuring my music and these places.
My work includes chamber music, solo and four hands piano pieces, a concerto, a saxophone quartet, arrangements, and many works for the unique ensemble Kassaba. In Kassaba, we combine elements of classical, jazz, and international music. The instruments we play include piano, bass, saxophone, and 25 exotic percussion instruments. We have performed in France, Canada, and the eastern United States, and our CD “Dark Eye” has been played on 125 North American and international radio stations.
I’m a pianist and graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, where I received a Master of Music degree in piano performance. I was a finalist in ASCAP’s Morton Gould Young Composers Competition and a prizewinner in the IBLA Grand Prize - European International Composers Competition.
My commissions include “Archipelago,” a concerto for piano and jazz orchestra, which I premiered with the Dayton Jazz Orchestra. I also wrote “Prelude e Danza” for Anita Pontremoli and Arnold Steinhardt, the first violinist of the Guarneri Quartet. Other commissions include a saxophone quartet and an arrangement of piano preludes of Dmitri Shostakovich for piano, violin, and bass. One of my favorite compositions is a trio for piano, violin, and cello.
I have exhibited my versatility as a composer in styles that range from classical, jazz, and world music to rock and rap. I look forward to continuously expanding my horizons in nature and composition.