Pianist, Composer, Arranger, Orchestrator
“I’m a fan of small diaphragm mics on piano. They best capture the attack and clarity of a fine instrument, and the Vanguard V1s are the best at doing that. The V1 mics are my absolute favorite for recording piano.”
A true Journeyman at his craft, Geoff Stradling is a pianist, keyboardist, composer, arranger and orchestrator. He has recorded with Ernestine Anderson (including the Grammy-nominated CDs Blues, Dues and Love News, and Now and Then), Ladd McIntosh, Kenny Goldberg, Joe Gallardo, and Jane’s Addiction on Ritual de lo Habitual. He is the Music Director of the Golden Globe Awards, author of the books “Exercises for the Modern Pianist” and “13 Etudes for the Modern Pianist”, and host of the web series “MultiGeek”. In the late 1970s and early 1980s Stradling worked as a studio musician in Europe and played on many successful pop records. During this time he was the featured piano player on the Italian Disco hit “One For You, One For me” in 1978 by La Bionda.
In 1984 Geoff moved to Los Angeles, working in every corner of the music business. He would write Latin music commercials for Hispanic TV; compose 300 cues for Entertainment Tonight; arrange and compose for the American Music Awards and Golden Globe Awards (and SAG Awards!); play on the controversial and multi platinum selling CD Ritual de lo Habitual for the rock band Jane’s Addiction; perform with Quincy Jones and Mel Torme; record with (and arrange for) Ernestine Anderson on her Grammy nominated CD Blues, Dues & Love News.
A formidable jazz composer, Geoff has won the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) national composition contest in 1974 with his composition “The Great White Also”. Two of his works are featured on the Wayne Bergeron CD entitled Plays Well With Others: “Samba Brassiliero”, and “Scheherazade”, a re-working of the third movement of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov‘s work.
Stradling’s music, arrangements and orchestrations have been featured in films, commercials and on television, most notably in the feature film Ray of Sunshine, the American Music Awards , and in the films Flushed Away, The Number 23 and Shrek the Third (orchestrations). His IMDb is well worth a look – you’ve no doubt heard Geoff’s orchestrations at some point in your life in shows like Mad Men, The Romanoffs, The Dark Knight Rises, and Man of Steel.
His debut CD as a leader, Les Is Mo’, was released in 2007 on Origin Records.
Many thanks to Geoff for his support. Welcome to the Family!