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Visual Concerts by John Pearson

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Visual concerts are a blending of slide-projected images with music – the images and sound interact and reinforce one another to create a whole greater than the two parts. Music can be recorded – choose a favorite piece of music and John will pick images to go with it – or live – music (classicas, jazz, whatever) is improvised to match the images. These unique experiences were born when clarinetist Richard Stoltzman and piano player/composer Bill Douglass played in John's living room in Berkeley and John chose slides to match the music.

John performs Visual Concerts regularly at Strings, a private music club in Berkeley. Check the Strings monthly calendar.

You can also see some of John's Visual Concerts on YouTube.

Schedule a visual concert with John.


Sample of concerts with Clarinetist Richard Stoltzman* (there is more information on Stoltzman here) and Bill Douglas.

  • "Amazing Grace"
  • "Deep Peace"
  • "Dawn"
  • "Blues Medley"

Sample of live music concerts at Strings

  • With Molly Axtmann: "Night Moods," "Water Moods," "Trees"
  • with Caren Armstrong: "Enlightenment Blues"
  • with Joey Lent: "Carnaval," "Rhythms of Nature"

Sample Concert

The following is one 3-minute segment to give you an idea. Just imagine you are in the dark as the images are projected in front of you.

Begin Sweet World – complete
A 3.5 MB Quicktime (.mov) file – 3 1/2 minutes.

Begin Sweet World in 3 parts – Quicktime Movie

The Begin Sweet World movie is copyright © John Pearson
Please respect that copyright.

* John has been performing visual concerts with Richard Stoltzman for the last 30 years. They have performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Carnegie Hall, the University of California , Stanford University and other museums and universities throughout the United States.


Scheduling a Visual Concert

Contact John to schedule or create a Visual Concert.
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Last Updated 16 March 2011.