Piano Player – Alywin Dias
A Piano Player is there to make people happy. I am good at this and I like to help people wherever I go regardless of race color or religion.
As a result I realized that I could accomplish this as a piano player playing in piano bars, restaurants and hotels. Recently I have mainly performed at Weddings, Birthday’s, Cocktail and Dinner party’s.
When I was studying the piano I visited local piano bars and I saw that this is where I belonged. The piano player played the guests favorite songs and there was always something to laugh about. There was an ambience that made people forget about that miserable day they just had at work.
“That’s where I belong” I said to myself: A Piano Player can make people happy and I knew that I could do this successfully for many years. I concentrated on playing the piano bar repertoire and with the help of my mentor and piano teacher Brian Harris, I got there.
My first few jobs were testers and mostly brushing up and learning the skills. Then I landed the job at Toronto’s most famous Pub, The Madison run by Dave and Isabelle. I was asked to play for a week and stayed there for 4 years switching between their two Pubs.
And then came Europe and had the chance to go to Finland and Switzerland. I liked it, but it was different. I had to adjust my ways to make people happy.
My motto was: ” make sure at least one person was happier than when they came in”.
I traveled as a Piano Player around Finland, Sweden, Norway, Germany, and Switzerland. Even filled in for a friend in Marrakesh, Morocco. Played Mediterranean Cruises and a few Scandinavian Ferries. To see where I have played click here.
Most of my jobs were in Switzerland playing some of the high class hotels in St.Moritz, Gstaad, Davos and the city hotels of Zurich and Bern. After a few years of doing this, I auditioned for a job playing background piano music in a 250 seat restaurant and I stayed there for 7 years playing 5 days a week. New owners took over and I had to go.
I also accompany two accomplished singers . Sandy Patton is a famous Jazz vocalist who sang with Dizzie Gillespie and many others. Melanie Adami is more an Opera and Operetta singer and we do mainly French, Spanish, German and a few older Jazz songs.
Both wonderful singers and I am grateful to them for the work.
Some of my original songs will be published here shortly. Please subscribe to my social network and you will be informed when they are uploaded.