Scott Chasolen, native of northern NJ, began playing music at ten years old. After exploring the trumpet and the drums, Scott discovered his true love, the piano, and by the time he was sixteen was already performing in New York City and studying jazz.
With a passion for improvising and composition, he later attended and graduated from New School University in Manhattan while maintaining a hectic lifestyle of creating, touring and recording with the successful instrumental group ulu.
Jazztimes magazine said about Scott Chasolen “Keyboardist Scott Chasolen is a standout who commands an impressive repertoire of evocative synth voices, in addition to having the ability to get funky on Rhodes, organ, and clavinet.”
For nearly a decade he traveled the countryside from coast to coast and every point in-between, clearly marking his own place within the jam circuit, not to mention developing a stage presence that can reach the nosebleed seats in any stadium. Scott went on to develop his songwriting using a blend of folk, rock and jazz elements along with introspective lyrics and his own heartfelt vocals.
His latest record, Living In Limbo, released on October 1st, 2019 is an acoustic collection of beauty and heartbreak encompassing a highly personal journey through a tragic loss of love.
In Review: Living in Limbo by Scott Chasolen is, as expected, a remarkable album, and is a wealth of creative expression with lyrical prose and music composed to touch your inner being, it talks to you on many levels. Opening with the title track Limbo, the albums tempo is set and the story unwinds, taking into a world where one is tasked with making it day by day, hoping for the best and dealing with the worst. What I am enjoying about this album is that the artist is keeping the music fresh and soulfully tasteful. Unlike some in music that would make music with a “loudness” or abrasiveness that incites more of an angry sense, I feel this album is taken straight from a place where a well lived life has meaning.
Scott Chasolen makes every song matter and each has a significance and importance, another point, the songs are arranged in a way that fits well, but each track stands well alone, each a story that is part of a greater story. Scott has definitely stuck gold with this creation.
In addition to his own music, Scott is currently a member of the esteemed Pink Floyd Tribute band, The Machine, where he has continued his touring lifestyle and passion for analog keyboards. Endorsed by Moog, he has the opportunity to play his beloved Mini-Moog Voyager in front of thousands of Floyd fans in theaters across the globe. He also tours with the well-known Chicago tribute band Beginnings, playing piano and singing as co-frontman.
Chasolen also writes for hire, is a highly sought after NYC session musician, and produces up and coming local artists. A man who wears many hats, to say the very least.
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