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Pianist And MC Kev Choice Shares The Spiritual Dimension Of His Music

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Kev Choice

Pianist, composer, and MC Kev Choice represents Oakland hard. He started learning the piano in seventh grade at Westlake Junior High near Lake Merritt and recently composed a piece for the Oakland Symphony. Though he’s done stints in Illinois, New Orleans, and Atlanta, he considers the Town his artistic and spiritual home.

In this edition of Bay Area Beats, Kev talks about love for his hometown, his EP “Feeling Ivory,” and how music keeps him centered.  

"It's definitely an interesting tension, being from somewhere and seeing it change so dramatically and so drastically so rapidly. And also being a part of a community of people that are fighting to maintain it."

Kev’s latest album release party was scheduled for April 10, but it’s been postponed. He released a new music video though, so you can enjoy hist latest tunes from home until it can be rescheduled.

Click the audio player above to listen to the full story. 

Jen Chien was the managing editor for Crosscurrents and KALW News from 2016 to 2018. She has been a contributor to All Things Considered, Radio Netherlands Worldwide, BBC/PRI’s The World, Making Contact, SF Public Press, East Bay Express, New America Media, and KPFA in Berkeley, where she took part in the First Voice Apprenticeship Program. She is the recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Emerging Journalist Award from the Society of Professional Journalists of Northern California. She holds a BA in American Studies from Smith College, and an MA in Interdisciplinary Performance from New College of California. Before entering the field of journalism, she had a successful career as a professional dance and theater artist, teacher, and massage therapist.