Hailed as a keyboard legend, Keith Emerson has been one of the most important figures to emerge from the thriving UK rock scene of the 1960's and 70's. He is known as one of the most prominent leaders in the progressive rock movement, fusing rock 'n' roll with a myriad of musical styles, such as classical, jazz and world music. A modern wizard of electronic and acoustic keyboards, most notably the organ and synthesizer, he has set a standard by which others multiply. With both "The Nice" and "Emerson, Lake & Palmer," Emerson has written and recorded some of rock's most adventurous music and brought it to the masses with unmatched virtuosity and skillful showmanship.
Gary Farr and the T-Bones
Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Emerson, Lake & Powell
In 1980, Emerson issued his first solo album, a Caribbean island inspired work called "Honky". In addition, he recorded and released "The Christmas Album", displaying his own unique interpretation of many classic Christmas songs along with original seasonal pieces. Soon thereafter, he turned to motion picture soundtrack composition, producing several film scores between 1979 and 1989, including the orchestral score for Universal Studios feature release, "Nighthawks", starring Sylvester Stallone and Billy Dee Williams and cult Italian horror master Dario Argento's "Inferno". Emerson also realized a full length Japanese animated film entitled "Harmagedon" in which he received a gold record for the main title theme, "Children of The Light" sung by Rosemary Butler. Emerson also composed the music for Marvel Animation's cartoon action TV series, "Iron Man" in 1994.
Emerson went on to release the occasional collection of new material appearing on-stage. He even reunited with Nice band mates Brian Davison and Lee Jackson for a show in Glasgow, Scotland, in 2002 (Vivacitas). Along with the EMI classic release of the solo piano, "Emerson Plays Emerson" in the same year He penned an autobiography, "Pictures of an Exhibitionist" in 2003. He received the compilation treatment from Castle Records in 2005 with the two-disc "Hammer It Out: The Anthology". He toured in the USA, UK, Europe and Japan in 2004, 2005 & 2006 with his own "Keith Emerson Band", along with occasional collaborations with various orchestras in Naples, Italy and Beijing, China to promote the environmental issues. Always diverse in musical tastes, he sometimes sits in with jazz bands while encouraging others to take a safer road.
with Marc Bonilla & Keith Wechsler
He occasionally sits in with jazz orchestra performing new arrangements of ELP pieces as well as standard jazz pieces.
In March 2010, Emerson will receive a prestigious Frankfurt Music Prize from the city of Frankfurt. In 2010, a duo tour with Greg Lake is scheduled in April, followed by an one-off ELP reunion concert in which the band will close the High Voltage Festival as the main act in London in July.