stoller

If one can believe in the concept of pre-determination, it is easy to believe that Kevin Stoller was born to be a musician. At the age of four, he could sit down and play songs at the piano, and from that time on, music has always been the main part of Kevin's psyche. No matter the direction, the path of his life has always led to music.

Kevin began lessons on the piano and accordion at the age of five. He continued to play at various events during his high school years but by graduation had decided not to pursue a music career. Stoller came back to music by his sophomore year of college, taking up the classical organ as well as piano and eventually received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music at Portland State University. He continued his studies at The University of Michigan, working towards a Master of Music degree with emphasis in classical organ performance. It was during his latter time at Michigan that Kevin began to feel the need to loosen his strict bond with classical music and started familiarizing himself with recordings of the jazz greats, most notably, Bill Evans. When he transferred to Arizona State University to continue working on his Doctor of Musical Arts degree, he also began formal lessons in jazz piano with Chuck Marohnic. As he continued his studies, he began playing gigs in and around Phoenix, branching out into the pop and rock fields as well as jazz. Over the years, he became a first call keyboard player and has had the pleasure of working with many outstanding Phoenix musicians, including, Alice Tatum, Brian Page, Khani Cole, Jerry Donato, Paul McDermand, Todd Chuba, several national touring acts, and many others too numerous to name here.

Broadly immersing himself into different genres, he began to arrange strings for both jazz and rock/pop sessions. This led, naturally, into more and more of the production side of recording as well. While he was working as a MIDI consultant at Chaton Recording Studios in Phoenix, he got his first co-scoring credit for a made-for- television movie that aired as part of the ABC Mystery Movie Series. This led to several more scoring credits with his partners Clarke Rigsby and Snuff Garrett including two years with the hit television sitcom, Evening Shade. Around this time Stoller also met Stevie Nicks when he was called for a recording session to demo some of her new songs. These songs were eventually released on her latest CD – Trouble in Shangri-la and Fleetwood Mac's CD - Say You Will. Eventually, Kevin played piano and synthesizer on tour with Stevie, including the Enchanted and Millennium Tours. He also was an arranger on a Nils Lofgren project, released two CD's of his own, produced Khani Cole's widely acclaimed first CD Piece of My Soul, and garnered an Emmy Award with his longtime musical partner Clarke Rigsby for their work on the PBS documentary: Desert Wildflowers.

Stoller moved to Los Angeles in 2000 and has continued along his musical path there. He composed the score for the feature film Sum of One and has composed music for many corporate multi-media projects, most notably the medical and scientific animation movies for Inside Productions. He has recorded and performed live with several up and coming artists and resurrected his organ performance career with several concerts while holding down the position of Director of Music at St. Paschal Baylon Church in Thousand Oaks, California.

Over the years, Kevin Stoller has moved in and out of different styles of music. He has never wavered from the passion he holds for music no matter what style he is working within. His knowledge of jazz, rock, pop and classical styles gives his film and television projects a unique quality, gives his interpretation of classical music freshness and lends discipline to his contemporary music performances.