Music by Stephen Pike
Enjoy the views through a wide variety of astronomical telescopes while listening to the ethereal sounds of the StarLight Festival's guest musician, Stephen Pike.
Stephen Pike began playing the piano when he was 4 years old, finding sounds in the world and matching them up with notes on the keyboard. He became a professional musician at age 14, and spent the next decade performing a wide variety of musical styles. From rock to country, swing to jazz standards, he played piano, guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin, auto harp, harmonica, and percussion. Eventually playing a Hammond B-3 organ, he kicked bass pedals in a power trio, covering songs by groups like Santana and Chicago.
Stephen usually creates his music using electronic/digital synthesizers. He never learned how to read music, however 57 years later, he is still creating music, but with a unique approach! Stephen's gift of visual/auditory synesthesia (hearing what something looks like) plus his 25-year career in photography add to the experience, allowing his music to come through from a photograph. His background combined with the experiences of a journey towards Spiritual Enlightenment, results in his music being directly channeled through the Heart, from Spirit Within.
He began composing original instrumental music in 1992, when he found a keyboard that contained digital samples of all those instruments he had played in the 60's and 70's. His musical influences are Swiss harpist Andreas Vollenweider, Yanni, Kitaro, Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues, and the outrageous creativity of Bela Fleck, all of whom he saw in concert during one 6-month period. Inspired by his interaction with nature and wild birds, Stephen worked on composing for four years, and released his first CD, "For All Who Fly" in 1996.
Returning to his inspirational resources in early 2001, he released his second CD, "Wind Spirit" - music for relaxation. His third CD, a world/jazz endeavor titled "Indigo Man" was released at a solo concert at the Panida Theater in Sandpoint, Idaho, in 2002.
His music is widely used by massage therapists, yoga practitioners, fine art galleries, and museums. He has performed his soothing music for church groups, retirement homes, and Body, Mind, and Spirit healers. Stephen Pike currently resides in Bisbee, Arizona, a mountain-based art community.