Dizzy O’Brian began as a classically trained musician at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. All through his earlier days (before music school) he was pretty much a stalwart classical musician and listener. When he got to the conservatory, however, and confronted the absolute tradition that it was mired in, he had to ask himself if training hundreds and hundreds of musicians to play the same music that was already being played in every orchestra through out the world was indeed a creative act. None of the stand-out composers of the bygone eras became stand-outs by following trends.
He and his immediate peers began to branch out and start listening to and playing music from most every genre. He had the idea of creating music that drew from a very large palette of genres and sounds, after all, why limit yourself? There’s hundreds of years of great music, including the pop music of our era but musicians and bands too easily limit themselves, following the lead of the record companies who want desperately to limit the scope of music so it can be easily owned and managed.
After some time playing in various kinds of music groups on the west coast, everything from symphony orchestras to modern music groups, Dizzy developed his own musical voice, which he calls pop classical fusion music. You can see a rather amusing recount of his days in music school here; The Life And Times Of Dizzy O’Brian. If you’d like to download his ‘4 Good Measure’ album for free, just go to this link; http://www.music-online.org.