(Orem, Utah) -- With more than 30 million music video views and appearances on such television shows as “The Ellen Show” and “Good Morning America,” award-winning backwards piano artist Jason Lyle Black has been charming audiences worldwide since entering the entertainment industry 14 years ago.
He will likely charm Utah audiences as well Feb. 10 when he performs at the SCERA Center for the Arts. His 7 p.m. performance has already sold out, but a 4 p.m. show has been added to meet the demand.
Reserved seat tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for children 3-11 and seniors 65 and older. They are available by calling 801-225-ARTS, at www.scera.org, or at the main office, 745 South State, Orem, open 10am-6pm weekdays at the SCERA (745 S. State St., Orem) except Sundays or at the ticket office prior to performance. All seats are reserved.
In addition to the concert, SCERA is offering a meet-and-greet dinner with food from Landmark Catering at 6 p.m. in room 201, adjacent to the theatre. The cost is $15 per person, and reservations can be made by calling 801-225-ARTS between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays. Tickets must be purchased separately.
Black, a gifted pianist who also can play the piano with his hands behind him, is one of only a few people who can play while pedaling with his head. It makes for a fun and interactive evening. Some of his music is comedic, such as his presentation of “Songs Not to Play at People’s Weddings” to more traditional favorites. Audiences join the fun when he performs their live requests, which typically include, but are not limited to, Disney and Broadway classics, The Beatles, AC/DC, and such much-loved movie themes as “Star Wars” and “Harry Potter.”
Five years after Black released his 2004 inaugural album of original musical called “Flood of Keys,” he debuted his music on YouTube and began performing and speaking to live audiences.
Big successes include a music video of Disney’s “Frozen” that reached national news outlets. He added to his success when a music video of Pixar’s “Up” reached millions worldwide.
Since then, Stone Angel Music released his original music, “Piano Preludes,” which debuted at the top of iTunes and second on the Billboard music charts.
Now a full-time national corporate entertainer, speaker, composer and performer, this Best of State winner makes time to appear frequently on television and radio programs. As a popular keynote speaker, his message, “Upside Down: It’s a Matter of Perspective,” describes how small shifts can create substantial impacts for individuals as well as corporations.
He has garnered high praise from several outlets, including the Huffington Post that said he was “spot-on”; from TIME.com that indicated he was “incredible,” and from Ellen DeGeneres, who described him as “unbelievable.” Corporate leaders applaud him, typified by this comment from T. Treu, the executive vice president of OC Tanner, who called him “a great performer (who was) bright, witty, energetic, and engaging.”