Pianist

Michael Blanchfield

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Pianist
Cardiff
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Pianist, arranger, musical director and collaborator from Hertfordshire with an ever-growing passion for new, fresh music.

Since beginning his undergraduate studies at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2015, he has become a frequent performer, compère and curator within the Cardiff music scene and beyond. Playing across genres, Michael manages to whole-heartedly embrace the particular energies of the music he plays, whilst retaining his own unique musical signature and character. This is clear in both his solo piano and ensemble arrangements, in which he brings together influences from his eclectic musical background and the rich history of jazz music: from folk, pop, blues and swing to be-bop, funk and jazz fusion. Michael has lead and performed in a huge number of groups and settings, for private functions, corporate conferences and dinners, weddings and parties. From his fusion organ trio and jazz quartets to his 11-piece ABBA tribute, Michael's experience puts him in the perfect position to adapt to whichever musical scenario with which he is presented, with reliable assurance and commitment to that particular genre. He also has experience in musical theatre and with live performance software such as Mainstage and Cantabile.

Performance details
I have my own portable piano/keyboard
I own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Jazz, Blues, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Swing, Gospel, Modern jazz, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Easy listening, Avant garde, Light music, Pop, Covers, Hip Hop, Soul, Disco, Acoustic, Funk, Motown, Brazilian music, Cuban music, Ska, Bossa nova
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Hotel / Restaurant event, Wedding, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Birthday party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Transcription, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader
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Song list

A Foggy Day
After You’ve Gone
All Blues
All Of Me
All The Things You Are
Ambleside
Anthropology
Autumn In New York
Autumn Leaves
Bags' Groove
Beatrice
Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered
Billie's Bounce
Blue Bossa
Blues For Alice
Bolivia
Bye Bye Blackbird
Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man
Cheek To Cheek
Chelsea Bridge
Cherokee
Days Of Wine And Roses
Desafinado
Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?
Donna Lee
Don’t Get Around Much Any More
Doxy
Four
Four Brothers
Georgia
Girl From Impanema
Hackensack
Have You Met Miss Jones?
Here’s That Rainy Day
Honeysuckle Rose
How Deep Is The Ocean?
How High The Moon
I Could Write A Book
Isfahan
I Should Care
I Got Rhythm
I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free
If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight
If I Had You
In Your Own Sweet Way
Invitation
I’ll Be Seeing You
I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter
I’ve Got The World On A String
Lady Is A Tramp
Lester Leaps In
Little Suede Shoes
Love For Sale
Lullaby Of Birdland
Mack The Knife
Maiden Voyage
Mean To Me
Misty
Moments Notice
Moonlight In Vermont
Mr. Pc
My Foolish Heart
My Funny Valentine
My Silent Love
No Greater Love
Now’s The Time
Oleo
On The Sunny Side Of The Street
Our Love Is Here To Stay
Pennies From Heaven
Pent-Up House
Sandu
Satin Doll
Scrapple From The Apple
Softly As A Morning Sunrise
Somewhere Over The Rainbow
St Thomas
Stablemates
Stars Fell On Alabama
Tad’s Delight
Take The A Train
Taking A Chance On Love
Tangerine
Tenderly
Tenor Madness
That Old Feeling
There Will Never Be Another You
Things Ain't What They Used To Be
Wave
What A Wonderful World
What Is This Thing Called Love?
Whisper Not
Without A Song
You And The Night And The Music
You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To
You’re Just Too Marvellous
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I understand that plans can change in the lead up to an event. Just let me know in good time and we can make a new plan together.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Yes. Bespoke playlists for your event for before and between my sets is included in the service at no extra charge. I cannot, however, provide a DJ service.

How much time do you need to set up?

I will usually arrive at the venue between 45 and 60 minutes before the event to make sure everything is in place in good time before starting. My actual set up time, however, is only about 10 minutes, so I'm flexible to your schedule!

If I have a piano at my venue, are you happy to perform on that?

Yes, of course - as long as the piano is in working order and in tune, then I'm happy to play on it! I will decide upon arrival and take into account the size of the room, number of guests etc. Sometimes an amplified instrument is needed for larger spaces.

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

Yes. Any favourites you spot in my list I will make sure to include them in the set.

Are you able to bring your own piano or keyboard?

Yes. I will have my keyboard and PA with me.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Any songs that aren't on my repertoire list, I am happy to learn a couple for you. Just let me know a in good time before the event at the point of booking.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

My experience and diverse musical background enables me to craft a bespoke set of music for each event to which I am invited; making my performances unique, interactive and lively - feeding off the energy in the room and turning it into music.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Locally, in Cardiff: St. David's Hall, The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, The Senedd, The Exchange Hotel and other small venues in the city centre. Further afield: The Southbank Centre, London; Bimhuis, Amsterdam; British Embassy, Paris.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, Ahmad Jamal, Hank Jones - to name but a few. My influences range from these greats to more modern players such as Vijay Iyer, Brad Meldau, Kit Downes and Steve Khun. And of course my teacher Huw Warren!

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

I recently had the pleasure of performing for HRH The Prince of Wales at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama for his birthday in late 2018; a royal treat!

Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£90
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£190
Up to 3 hours£210