Yul Anderson, c. 2009
|Born||Sacramento, California, US|
|Genres||Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Western classical music, Improvisation|
|Occupation(s)||Pianist, Guitarist, Musician, Composer, Inventor|
|Instruments||Piano, guitar, vocal|
Life and works
Yul Anderson grew up in Vallejo, California. His mother was a social worker; his father, with the artist name John Kasandra, who has been dubbed "the father of urban blues" had hits back in the Sixties with his records for Stax Records and later Capitol Records.
Yul Anderson taught himself to play the guitar when he was 8 years old, at age of 12 he was the youngest guitarist to open for groups such as Earthquake, Eddie Money and Ray Charles. At 14 he taught himself to play the piano.
In addition to his work as a pianist Anderson has perfected his guitar playing and since 1972 pioneered and played the first "Jimi Hendrix Memorial Concert". He regularly gives guitar concerts with the title "Yul Anderson Plays Jimi Hendrix".
During his years at University of California, Davis, Anderson pioneered the International Multi-Cultural Festival at the University of California with extensive experience in generating and implementing ideas for international programs. He furthermore Initiated and authored the University of California co-signer policy change correcting University of California's economic discrimination towards single women without co-signer for University loans, opening the door for single parents loans and entry into University, college and higher education waving the need for co-signers nationwide bringing about highly educated single parents to the labor force.
In May 1982 Yul Anderson was granted the "Outstanding Senior Award" by UC Davis Chancellor James Henry Meyer. As part of the campus's Leadership Recognition Program, Outstanding Senior Awards are given to one individual from each department to acknowledge his/her contributions to the University and its quality of student life and to encourage his/her continued interest in the UC Davis campus. Determined by each respective department, this "outstanding graduating senior" is selected based on excellent academic achievement, outstanding leadership activities, and most embodies the vision of UC Davis' Principles of Community.
During the 1980s, Anderson went to Europe and took the initiative to establish a "Multi-Cultural Entertainment Circuit" inside Amnesty International while living in Florence, Italy. His idea has grown to host acts such as Bruce Springsteen, Tracy Chapman, U2, Sting and more. The first project was carried through by Yul Anderson, who via a very close coordinating working relationship with the organization’s British Press Chief Richard Reoch, organized a long roll of successful benefit concerts in different European Countries including extensive tours of Spain, France, Italy, Switzerland and Germany.
Since 1983 Yul Anderson lives in Denmark. He plays piano on the streets promoting his concerts performed in the most prestigious concert halls. He also became the first artist to perform live piano concerts in European Planetariums, beginning with a row of concerts in Tycho Brahe in Denmark and in Cosmonova in Sweden.
In 2005 Anderson was nominated to the Nobel Peace Prize for his commitment and contribution to peace projects throughout the years.
- "Nightbird", NBE Records
- "The Wind Starlight", NBE Records
- "Velvet Moon", NBE Records
- "Eyes of the Sun", NBE Records
- "Fragile Sunrise", NBE Records
- "Klavier-Improvisationen zwischen Bach und Hendrix". Hamburger Abendblatt. September 19, 2009. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
- "Richard Reoch". Huffington Post. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
- Eusterhus, Eva (September 17, 2009). "Musiker mit Mission". Die Welt. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
- Goris, Sabine (September 13, 2013). "Klassik, Gospel und Blues: Der Pianist Yul Anderson kommt nach Lübeck". Lübecker Wochenspiegel, Page 23.
- Müller, Birgit (September 1, 2009). "Krisen sind die Jahreszeiten meines Lebens". Hinz und Kunzt. Retrieved June 1, 2015.