Musician | Author | Composer
Jon O'Bergh has been playing piano since the age of seven. He graduated from the University of California at Irvine, where he studied piano performance and composition while performing with a rock band. He has written and produced 15 CDs, including Carta, which reached #1 nationwide on the NAV chart; Millennial Landscapes, which reached #2; and his most recent release, LoveStar. Jon's musical style defies genres, embracing rock, jazz, funk, world, ambient, techno, experimental, EDM, electronic, and neo-modern solo piano, with wide-ranging influences that include Meshell Ndegeocello, Herbie Hancock, Tori Amos, Steely Dan, Zuco 103, Vince Guaraldi, Miguel Migs, &Me, Kraftwerk, Laurie Anderson, and Nine Inch Nails.
Jon has written songs, music for television, and concert music. "Timescape 2" for piano and violin introduced his music to San Francisco audiences in a concert that was subsequently broadcast by National Public Radio station KQED. For five years he performed with the jazz/funk fusion band Gemini Soul, which was voted the #1 band in the Bay Area. He has recorded 6 albums with Gemini Soul, including the 2015 release Willona's Boutique.
Jon is also the author of two innovative e-books that combine music and stories: Song of Fire, a reflection on the role of music in our lives, and A Book of Hauntings. For his most recent collaboration, he co-authored with Andre Akinyele on the book Elliptical: The Music of Meshell Ndegeocello, the first comprehensive look at the work of this iconic musician.
Photo bottom right by Arthur Tress