Dan DeChellis


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Dan DeChellis - pianist, composer, improviser

Dan DeChellis has been described as “a pianist with plenty to say, covering a broad emotional spectrum while creating music that speaks clearly, succinctly and directly to the mind, body, and soul." He he began releasing music in 1996 on his own label, Sachimay Records which was centered around Improvised Music and Modern Classical. He attended New England Conservatory where he studied with Paul Bley and Ran Blake. With his latest release, “The Ongoing Dream” DeChellis seeks to blend the classical and jazz elements he acquired in college with the rock and ambient qualities in his own broad listening.

Dan DeChellis is also a member of The Acoustic Kitty Project, an original Alt-Country band, Christine Martucci and The Band of Love and the improvisational trio Beholder. This winter he will be releasing a long overdue recording of improvised duets with his wife, soprano, Anita DeChellis.

DeChellis has performed in a wide variety of genres. He owned and ran Sachimay Records for over 10 years releasing numerous freely improvised music CD’s with a variety musicians and was the founder of The Improvised and Otherwise Festival in New York City. He has also released electronic / ambient music recordings under the name, “The Sym-plifi Project. He is currently a music professor at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA where he teaches improvisation, jazz piano and directs the Moravian Improvised Music Ensemble.

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