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Allen James Teague / Bio

I have been a performing artist for 29 years and have enjoyed seeing just about all of the United States and Canada along with a lot of Europe and the UK. The landscapes stay with me in photographs that I captured but my souvenirs are memories of the individuals who I have encountered and had the fortune of enjoying conversations with. They have greatly enriched my life providing inspiration for my musical sketches and compositions.
I fell in love with a toy piano that my mom gave me when I was two. Music and an English Setter named Razz were my childhood friends. I went through most of my life without actually owning a piano and learned to compose on piano's I could find, mostly in public places. Half of what I ate as a teenager was earned from tips while composing. I worked in the forest falling timber to earn my music theory lessons. When I was 19 my step-dad very kindly gave me the opportunity to study piano for 3 months under Hillipi Kantola of the Helsinki Conservatory of Music. The rest of my musical education came from spending time with varied musical instruments and a few musician friends.
I enjoy conversations about nearly anything. I value kindness much more than physical beauty. I appreciate personality and thought. I love to travel and am looking forward to seeing more of the world.
I would like to be a better photographer. It is almost impossible for me to pass up a piano once I actually see it. I like to paint mediocre pictures on painting expeditions in the summer to give away to friends to hang in their bathrooms. Some of them actually do.
When I'm home with free time, I enjoy photography adventures in the mountains or along the water. I like gardens too. I like to donate my time to a few (non-religious) community projects each year and I have played piano for free at nursing homes that I could find all over the United States while out performing or traveling. I love to hear ideas, insights and concepts. I love languages that I do not understand, learning new things and learning to better understand different cultures. I love history, ancient mythologies and music.

I do not like to write about my creativity so a friend wrote the next part:

Allen James Teague is a film maker, composer, writer, pianist and actor.
As a musician, Teague began the quest of mastering the musical talent within, at the tender age of two when he was presented with a miniature grand piano as a birthday gift from his beloved mother. With only 2 1/2 octaves at his curiosity, he quickly moved to an organ located in the spare bedroom. Fascinated by the rich and intense quality produced, he made a lifelong commitment to his passion of music, and his innate ability to create it.
Because of this early love of music, Teague has collaborated and performed with piano in much of the United States, Europe, Great Britain, Scandinavia and Canada. To the tune of a few thousand performances.

Other than his love of music, above all else he loves people. Always in the mood for conversation, he creates musical sketches from stories he hears. Later, over coffee by the water, he transitions these stories into composition that take flight in the form of articulate contemporary sounds, tastefully entwined with the haunting quality of epic pieces
from days gone by. His concerts are tailor made suits, cut from the cloth of adversity that delivers a passion unmatched by many, touching all who hear him play. He delivers his art form between stories about life with a heartfelt tendency leaving audiences with a good memory and sharing an underlying pulse.

In 2002, Teague walked away from creativity for 6 years, discontinuing 7 solo CD's and 4 audio books.
In 2008, Rachael Lynee Burns (Miss Texas International), contacted Teague, asking for permission to use his composition "Tale of the Minstrel" for her "So You Think You Can Dance" audition. Within 1 week, choreographers and dancers in 7 states and 3 countries were working with Teague's music. This inspired him to begin again.
After deciding to return to creativity, he commercially released 3 solo piano Cd's, A Poet's Heart, Falling Leaf and Sparrow and Winter Rain on his own label and is currently working on a new solo piano CD.
His music was featured in 3 plays (one premiering in India), 4 Italian TV shows, an A&E Channel documentary about the life and death of Anna Nichole Smith, a public television documentary about the Pen and Ink art of Dennis K. Joern and 12 more of his compositions have been staged in ballet and modern dance performances.
Realizing what was happening, Teague began merging his stories with his music creating story ballets. Teague's first story ballet for 11 dancers Temptation premiered at the Wildish Theater in Springfield, Oregon April, 2011.
He recently finished his first book, a collection of short stories and he recently wrote, location scouted, produced, directed, acted in and scored the short film, Bear Trap.
Teague's second book, Flying Machine is currently being illustrated in oil paintings by Natalie Holder.

Current projects:
Writing and composing a full length children's story ballet about a faerie who has an adventure.
Composing for a full length story ballet about tragic love to be choreographed by Alexia Krijnsen in Madrid based on the story of Majnun and Layla.
He is actively making films with 14th Century Films.
52 minutes into a feature film Temptation as writer, location scout, producer, directer and he is also scoring.
Location scouting, co-producing, casting, directing, scoring and acting in a feature film named Clyde written by Jim Duell.
Location scouting, producing, casting, directing and scoring a feature film named Pseudonymous co-written with Jim Duell.
Currently writing screenplay for feature film the Muse.
Currently writing screenplay for feature film 1349.
Currently designing sets and characters for a stop motion film titled Rutger.
Currently writing screenplay for feature film the Hitman.

General Info

Band Members
Allen James Teague - film maker, composer, pianist and writer
Artist Name
Allen James Teague
Home Page
http://www.reverbnation.com/allenjamesteague
Active Since
04/86
Genres
Instrumental / Ambient / Piano

Contact Info

Location
Sandpoint, ID

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