photo | Megan Wegmann

photo | Megan Wegmann

John Steven Morgan is an American composer and pianist. He has performed at the 54th and 56th Monterey Jazz Festival, Monterey First City Festival, The Wattis Room at SF Davies Symphony Hall, and toured internationally. Along with composing and performing his solo piano pieces, he writes music for Wreche, an experimental black metal collaboration with drummer Barret Baumgart.

 


John can usually be found around the streets of San Francisco and Oakland playing tenderly on a beat-up beaut of a piano. Original tunes emerge from key choices such as light, bouncy ditties and powerfully thunderous dramatic pieces. Any which way you catch it, spin it, see it, or hear it, John Steven Morgan will spellbind and enthrall with piano-finger-fast musical mastery.
— The Bay Bridged

 photo | Lance Iversen,   SF Chronicle   (2011)

photo | Lance Iversen, SF Chronicle (2011)


He has scored various short films, most notably The Perfect Hello , by Oakland director/writer Zack Kasten (Music co-written with Greg Ashley – of The Gris Gris). It has premiered in the Marfa Film Festival, Artsfest Film Festival, Seattle True Independent Film Festival and more. He also maintains a long-standing collaboration with film maker Paul Trillo.

  The Perfect Hello  by Zack Kasten (2012)

The Perfect Hello by Zack Kasten (2012)

 

John's previous projects include pianist/composer in The John Brothers Piano Company, which garnered attention for their radical street performances; pianist in The Greg Ashley Band on Another Generation of Slaves; Architeuthis – John and Barret Baumgart's first collaboration in 2008; and Part Time. As a drummer he has performed in Beef Donut, Cumstain, and a 2012 Pac/NW tour with Apache.

Having painted the exposed hammers of their Wurlitzer spinet piano with lacquer to make their sound even louder, they fill the air with a throwback sound that evokes the honky-tonk ghosts of Barbary Coast.
— Meredith May, SF Chronicle (2011)
 photo | Megan Wegmann (2010) 

photo | Megan Wegmann (2010) 

  Just the One of Us  by Paul Trillo

Just the One of Us by Paul Trillo


  Another Generation of Slaves  by Greg Ashley | Pictured Greg Ashley, John Morgan, Thatcher Boomer

Another Generation of Slaves by Greg Ashley | Pictured Greg Ashley, John Morgan, Thatcher Boomer

 The John Brothers Piano Company Quintet

The John Brothers Piano Company Quintet


 photo | Ria Burman 

photo | Ria Burman