Throughout the album, Gallant plays both Yamaha C9 grand piano and gritty electric piano - often at the same time. And though it may sound otherwise, Completely was recorded live with no keyboard overdubs. Gallant tucked his trusty Nord Electro 3HP gigging keyboard just under the key bed of the Yamaha grand, propping it up with a metal chair and three legal pads on each side, so he could ambidextrously switch between instruments without missing a 16th note. The result? Ear-bending moments in the album's title track when the song's stadium-ready riff seems to expand into two contrapuntal voices slam-dancing together, or at The End of "Cornelia Street Tango," where the acoustic and electric piano bounce the waning melody back and forth, note after note, as the flirtation fades into the distance.
As the founder of New York firm Gallant Music, Gallant's current endeavors include creating arts advocacy articles for The National Endowment for the Arts, writing DownBeat cover stories on artists like Esperanza Spalding and Diana Krall, scoring video for clients like the Anti-Defamation League, and performing with his trio and other projects. He is also currently scoring his first feature film, entitled Remedy - and the track "Problem With The Game" has been licensed for use in the film as well. For more information, visit gallantmusic.com or follow him on Twitter at @Michael_Gallant.
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