A lifetime of piano
Martin Brookes is an improvisational pianist/composer, creating from silence and the present moment. Playing piano for over fifty years, he has forged a deep and personal relationship with the instrument.
"I began improvising in the 1990's while going through a particularly difficult period in my life. Unable to express myself in words I turned to the piano. By allowing my hands the freedom to play whatever the heart desired I became nothing more than a witness. Out of this 'allowing' came a voice of healing, kindness and peace, that not only comforted myself but also those around me"
Martin has been a volunteer with the "Healing Through Music" program at Cedar Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles for fourteen years.
"Creating a sonic healing space for patients and visitors is incredibly rewarding."
Martin studied composition, counter-point, score study and ear-training with Professor Steve Rothstein of UCLA as well as orchestration studies with Robert Drasnin of Local 47.