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Scott R. Looney


Scott R. Looney has always been interested in the creation and performance of compelling sounds across a broad spectrum of contemporary, improvised, and experimental music. He has studied composition and improvisation with Roscoe Mitchell, Wadada Leo Smith, Morton Subotnick, David Rosenboom, and Frederic Rzewski, obtaining his MFA in Composition from California Institute of the Arts.

After moving to New York, and finally to the San Francisco Bay area, he became more interested in expanding the timbral possibilities of the piano, and using pianists such as Denman Maroney as a starting point, has forged a signature style using the inside and outside of the piano, plucking strings, using metal implements and other quick preparations, in combination to playing the piano normally. He has also developed a flexible, expressive voice with electronics using Max/MSP which is as effective as his many piano textures are.

Scott has recorded and/or performed with Oliver Lake, Frank Gratkowski, Wolfgang Fuchs, Jon Raskin (of the ROVA Saxophone Quartet), Joelle Leandre, Henry Kaiser, Gianni Gebbia, Gino Robair, Joe Morris,, and Paul Smoker, to name a few. He has played in numerous west coast music festivals such as the Olympia Experimental Festival, Big Sur Experimental Music Fest, Line Space Line Festival in LA, and the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival. He recently toured Israel and Germany w/ saxophonist Ariel Shibolet and bassist Damon Smith, and recently played at the Ulrichsberger Kaleidophon in May of 2009 with Tanja Fechtmair, Damon Smith and cellist Hugh Livingston.


”Scott R. Looney is a piano madman playing on the keys or inside of his instrument with lightspeed accuracy and an un-erring sense of harmony and movement.” Weasel Walter

“'Repercussions', ... reveals a combination of technical skill and creativity that is truly engrossing...My hat is off to (him) for actualizing this wonderfully eclectic body of improvisational music.” Ian Hall - Chain DLK

Primary Instrument


Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced




Stash Records


Urban Rumination

Self Produced


Solo Piano

Stash Records




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