DORSET >> In 2005, when Geoffrey Gee first moved to a farm in Washington County, N.Y., his neighbors thought he was a "magician" — not a musician. They were not far off. Ever since, he has been channeling his experiences of country living through a musical sensibility honed in the urban centers where he trained extensively in classical and jazz idioms. When not working on his farm, Gee is making music. His organic melody lines and fertile harmonies find their ground in complex rhythmic structures. As he reports: "Life on the farm has opened my senses and put me in touch with my freedom. I hear more; and I play what I hear."
Gee draws listeners into his creative process, offering a mesmerizing experience of music.
"You'd be surprised by how many Steinways I've found in Washington County," he notes.
In celebration of ten years on the farm, Gee is making his Carnegie Hall debut with a concert featuring improvised versions of his original compositions and new pieces inspired by the occasion. The concert will be in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York on Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at www.carnegiehall.org or at the Hall's box office.
Gee began playing piano at age 5. He studied classical piano at Indiana University, and contemporary music at Berklee College of Music. He has held faculty positions at Berklee College of Music, North Reading Public Schools, and the Center for Arts and Education in New York State. Gee is the lead player on five CDs and has performed in 18 countries. He has composed music for dance, film, and theater productions. An established sound designer, he is responsible for voicing many of the sounds found in acclaimed professional synthesizers, digital pianos and software instruments.
Gee is the Director of Upper School Music and teaches International Baccalaureate music at Long Trail School in Dorset, He is also the pianist and organist for the South Granville Congregational Church, and the conductor for the Washington County Band. Gee and his life partner Kimerer LaMothe have Vital Arts, a homestead dedicated to the creation of earth-friendly art and ideas. Gee and LaMothe perform regularly in local venues, offering musical shows with their five children, all of whom are budding singers and instrumentalists.