Stephen Day (musician)
Stephen Day at Kodak Theatre
|Origin||San Francisco, CA|
|Genres||Pop, rock, jazz, film scores, Indian classical music, Western classical music|
|Occupation(s)||Composer, instrumentalist, songwriter, record producer|
|Instruments||Guitar, sarod, piano|
Stephen Day is an American composer, producer, instrumentalist, vocalist and teacher. His credits range from scoring portions of the film Formula 51, starring Samuel L. Jackson, to founding a nonprofit organization, Ombience, dedicated to spreading spirituality through art.
Background and career
Born in California and brought up in Canada and France, Day has worked for over 20 years as a composer, producer, instrumentalist, vocalist and teacher. After studying sarod with world-renowned sarod player Ustad Amjad Ali Khan in India for three years, Stephen embarked on various tours throughout the world. He works in multiple genres, including Western classical, Indian classical, jazz, folk, and rock music.
Stephen Day's performance career has taken him to twenty-one countries throughout Europe, North America and Asia. His audiences are people from all nations, castes and creeds who are seeking to enrich their own spiritual awareness. He has shared the stage with some of the great maestros of Indian classical music, including Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, his sons Amaan and Ayaan Ali Bangash (sarod), Nishat Khan (sitar), Sukivinder Singh (tabla), and Pratap Pawar (dance). In the West he has collaborated with Matt Malley (bass player of the Counting Crows), Chris Cutler, Keith Bennett (voice and harmonica), Barrie Gledden (Boosey and Hawkes composer), Patrick Hawes (Boosey and Hawkes composer), Steve Dawson (slide guitar, dobro), Jeannette Singh (violinist in the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra), Levine Andrade (violinist in the London Symphony Orchestra), and the London Telharmonic Orchestra.
Ombience works with various individuals, groups, organizations and institutions in society to raise awareness of the spiritual nature of the arts and of the creative and spontaneous nature of spirituality. Ombience, literally meaning the ambience of Om, has worked with various institutions, including the California State Public School system (K-12), California State Universities and Colleges, private schools, art and music festivals, museums, and yoga and meditation organizations.
The performing arts group has showcased at major venues including the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, University of California, Berkeley's Wheeler Hall, and at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles.
- Indian Classical Fusion (2001)
- Indian Dance Fusion (2000)
- Universal Silence (1998)
- Eternal Roots
- East Meets West
- Formula 51 (2001)
- Urban Culture
- Rich Girls (2003)
- Ajanta: Some Kind of Miracle (2003)
- Popera by Krassimir (2005)
- Origins of Yoga (2005)
- Naked in Ashes (2005)
- Little Angel
- Waking Dreams (2007)
- On the Inside (1996)
- Rules of War
- The Road Within