BFA, Anthropology, UW-Milwaukee
Milwaukee-based pianist/vocalist/composer Anthony Deutsch has been studying piano since 2000 and cultivating a professional career since in 2010.
With the intent of embodying beauty and honesty in his work, Deutsch is enamored by the art of improvisation and it’s relationship to the human experience.
“Improvisation, at it’s highest level, is an art of being completely present. It is a discipline of feeling, listening, processing and being able to, in the same moment, produce relevant compositional material.”
Deutsch has worked alongside artists including: Kenny Reichert (Kevin Hayden Band, Sara & Kenny, Kenny Reichert Band), Russ Johnson (Russ Johnson’s “Meeting Point”, Joe Lovano, Bill Frisell, Lee Konitz, Aretha Franklin), Billy Peterson (Bill Evans, Dave King, Bob Dylan, Steve Miller Band) and regularly performs with his trio featuring Devin Drobka (Hanging Hearts, Jerry Bergonzi, Lesser Lakes Trio, Peter Schlamb) and John Christensen (Allison Magaret, Lesser Lakes Trio, Johannes Wallmann).
The pianist cites Claude Debussy, Nina Simone, Brad Mehldau, Art Tatum and Paul McCartney as some major influences, however he notes:
“Some of the most brilliant music I have ever heard came from birds in the park. It is simply too arduous a task to define what influences an artist and what does not. Ultimately I suppose it depends what you recognize music to be.”
Deutsch graduated from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in December of 2015 with a B.S. in Anthropology where he has worked as an accompanist in the Dance Department for both undergraduate and masters level instruction.
Presently, Deutsch is a free lance performer, but continues to compose music for his original lyric-song project, “Father Sky”, debuting in June of 2017. From June to September of 2017, Deutsch has been selected to perform solo piano as part of Rashid Johnson’s “Antoine’s Organ” as part of the larger installation “Hail We Now Sing Joy” at the Milwaukee Art Museum.