Bill Keis – BMI CAE/IPI #: 612645270
Bill started playing piano at age 5. He studied classical & jazz privately and began to compose music by age 11. Bill was fortunate to also study and play cello, trombone and sing in various choirs from grade school through graduating high school. This helped form a broad foundation for his work.
His studies continued at Berklee College of Music in Boston and later with several prominent private teachers in Los Angeles including an Orchestration class at the Musician’s Union.
“Composing music is an incredibly rewarding activity. It is rewarding in terms of fun and a sense of accomplishment, as well as possible financial considerations. Even though the mechanics of music (keys, scales, chords, rhythms, etc.) are finite, the ways they can be put together into a piece of music are infinite.” -Bill Keis
Bill’s compositions have been featured on his own jazz CDs, on the television series General Hospital, Let’s Make A Deal, Faked My Own Death, in March of Dimes commercials and various documentaries, live stage shows and in several music libraries, as well as on CDs by Izzy Chait, pop vocalist Geree, Latin teen star Angelica Rose, and The Sudden Move Band.
His extensive performance credits (Chaka Khan, Mark Isham, Billy Sheehan, Alexander Markov, Chick Corea, David Campbell, Jay Leno – to name a few) also added to his expertise as a composer.
A good example of his work is Bill’s solo piano CD which has 9 of his compositions. “I’m enjoying listening to it very much. …excellent work!” — Mark Isham, Film Composer
His work has been compared to: Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Duke Ellington, Stevie Wonder, Elton john, James Horner and Mark Isham.
What sets Bill apart from other upcoming composers? The answer is the depth of emotion he imbues into his art which certainly reaches the listener.
For the last several years in addition to a busy performing and teaching schedule, Bill has bee expanding his own recording studio. Now that he has a state-of-the-art composer’s studio in his house, his career is sure to take off.