In 2000 Ann went to Cuba for the first time and fell in love… with the music and the people. She got tremendous support from the generous teachers in the National School for the Arts. For two weeks each year she had the wonderful experience of being in a top musical conservatory, studying piano and Cuban music blossomed into a mature musician.
By 2004 Ann was composing pieces and had found her lifelong dream. Her artistic goal is to compose and perform music that has movement to it and is representative of her life experience. In recent years, she has discovered her artistry in musical composition and find that people respond to the genuineness and expression in the music she composes and the way in which she plays it.
Her music was recorded in 2014 in the debut album by Clave Gringa, “Para Cuba con Amor” and in the second recording “Joy” in 2019. You can find Ann performing with Clave Gringa and other groups in the Seattle/Puget Sound region.
See an extended version of Ann Reynolds’ bio.
I teach jazz, blues and latin styles and I incorporate all these styles as well as classical music when I teach piano to beginners.
Private piano lessons are taught from my home
Special classes available – Cuban music for the traveler, Cuban music for the dancer, Cuban Music for the musician
Presentations to groups, schools or facilitation of workshops on request.
Contact Ann for information
ANN’S TEACHING PHILOSOPHY
Rhythm and keeping time is of greatest important. For jazz, you need to swing; for Latin (Cuban, Brasilian) it is a groove. I work to help people establish the rhythm within their body to anchor them in their playing.
Playing from your soul, a true expression of yourself is paramount. When you learn to express your own voice, it is a powerful personal experience and a powerful experience for those listening to you.
From the time I was very young, I wanted to compose songs. But I never gave myself the time until I went to the Whiteley Center at the Friday Harbor labs in 2002 to do a weeklong retreat. I had studied composition briefly in college. After I began composing some songs, I found the wonderful composer Kenneth Benshoof in Seattle and studied composition with him 2009-2014.
It takes time to uncover a voice, shed the inhibitions built up from decades of protecting oneself. I feel I have peeled away the layers to really express what is my nature and it is exciting, and sometimes surprising.
My compositions have focused on Cuban styles and these are represented in my recordings Para Cuba Con Amor (2014) and Joy (2019). (see more information on Cuban music styles)