Keith by Bill Purse featuring Fishman TriplePlay. Flute – Don Aliquo Sr. Synthesizer Bass – J. Hoffmann. Dedicated to Keith Richards.
Reappearance by Bill Purse. Arranged by Bill Purse and Ronuel Viera. Theremin – Bill Purse. Godin Session Custom TriplePlay Guitar – Bill Purse.
“Bill Purse is a nationally distinguished performer who integrates virtuoso guitar skills with state-of-the-art music technology. A top-flight guitarist and vocalist, his wide range of musical experiences from rock, to Broadway, to Vegas shows, to the jazz concert stage allow Bill to bring years of professional experience to all of his multifaceted musical performances.” -Bob Benedetto
Bill Purse handles a wide variety of musical styles from jazz to classical to rock to contemporary and pop with his original computerized digital backing tracks that create his own unique “One Man Orchestra” approach to live performance. He is a distinguished musician who has successfully conquered music from both the artist and technological perspective, and pioneers the meeting of the two in performance and the recording studio.
Bill Purse plays this unique instrument in electro-acoustic and acoustic settings. He has appeared with the Washington Symphony as a featured soloist where he performed two works 1: Concerto for Theremin and Orchesta, On Themes from Dr. Who – Main Them, Doomsday arr by Andrew Adams, World Premiere, I Am the Doctor; Overture to Out of the Air by Lynn Emberg Purse (from an opera on the life of Leon Theremin) conducted by Yugo Ikatch. Bill has also performed his piece, Reappearance (arr by Ronuel Viera), with the Duquesne University Electronic Ensemble. Listen to Bill play theremin on Reappearance above.
Bill Purse is a composer of contemporary works for symphony orchestra, symphonic wind band, large jazz ensemble, solo and chamber instrumental works. He has creatively written music from both the acoustic and electronic perspective, and gained wide recognition for his compositions that are musical interpretations of his Western Pennsylvania home.
BP With Conductor Yugo Ikach Kennywood's Open Washington Sympohny World Premiere (LP)
Kennywood’s Open – 2006 (originally commissioned by North Hills School Symphonic Band – Conducted by Dave Matthews world premier) Recording features “Catch 22” with computer playback for acoustic instruments. Symphonic version commissioned by Yugo Ikach for Washington, PA Symphony 2008 world premiere. Click for PDF score.
-Ferris Wheel (1st Movement)
-Tilt-A-Whirl (2nd Movement)
-Merry-Go-Round (3rd Movement)
-Noah’s Ark (4th Movement)
-Potato Patch (5th Movement)
-The Turtle & Wave Swinger (6th and 7th Movements)
-Laff In The Dark & Turtle Reprise (8th and 9th Movements)
-The Racer & Riders Must Be At Least 46″ Tall (10th and 11th Movements)
Adana – Bill Purse & Lynn Emberg Purse 2003 World Premiere (Butler Symphony – Betsy Health-Charles Conductor) For Orchestra and jazz Ensemble “Catch 22”. Click for PDF score.
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Have You Met Mr. Jones – 2011 For Jazz Ensemble (Sean Jones – Trumpet, Bill Purse – Guitar, Ken Kovach – Electric Bass, Edward Kocher – Trombone, Bill Kuhn – Drums, Mike Tomaro Sax and Arranger)