Popular pianist and DC-based Anthony Walker draws his musical inspiration from both genres as well and his expertise has placed him in great company. Known as the consummate musician, Anthony Walker’s superior piano skills and his ability to execute one flawless performance after another are clearly apparent throughout “Convergence.”
Walker has played with the best in multiple genres including artists such as Stevie Wonder, The Yellow Jackets, Richard Smallwood & Vision, Maurette Brown Clark, Donnie McClurkin, Take 6, Edwin Hawkins, BeBe & CeCe Winans and countless others. And now he has unleashed a new project into the atmosphere.
The opening track, “Tony’s Prelude” is a sweet, but brief melodic interlude, and “Enter the Gates” flaunt this amazing keyboardist’s talents. The up-tempo track “Leyenda” showcases Walker’s expertise on complicated yet inspiring pieces. Lovers of classical music will recall pieces like Bach’s “Jesu Joy” and Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”. His affinity for Jazz comes through on unforgettable songs like “Enter the Gates” and “Neo Mozart Quintet Groove”. Sure to be a favorite is Walker’s rendition of Chopin’s classic piece, “Prelude in E Minor”. Keeping the integrity of the original composition, he weaves a brilliant, contemporary arrangement around a familiar melody.
This is the seventh solo project from Walker. It’s also “the first time he’s dedicated an entire project to using a chamber music and orchestral format. “Convergence” is a re-imagination of popular classical works along with original compositions. The album, according to walker is a celebration of sacred and God-inspired music, but displayed through classical melodies.”
Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota and currently residing in the Washington, DC area, Walker received his musical education at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, where he graduated with a Master’s of Music Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy. Since that time, he’s become a master in multiple idioms including Contemporary Jazz, R&B, Instrumental Praise & Worship and Meditation music.
Walker has been blessed to play at the 2013 Inauguration of President Barack Obama and at the White House at the personal request of First Lady Michelle Obama. He’s played with the best in multiple genres including artists such as Stevie Wonder, The Yellow Jackets, Richard Smallwood & Vision, Maurette Brown Clark, Donnie McClurkin, Take 6, Edwin Hawkins, BeBe & CeCe Winans and countless others.
In addition to his role as Musical Director for 8-time GRAMMY Award nominee songstress Ledisi, he serves as Minister of Music at Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, MD, under the leadership of Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr.
“Convergence” is currently available on iTunes and other digital retailers. For more information on Anthony “Tony” Walker, log on to www.walktones.com. Connect with him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram