Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Scott R. Looney
piano, hyperpiano, electronics
Scott R. Looney has always been interested in the creation and performance of compelling sounds across a broad spectrum of contemporary, improvised, and experimental music. He has studied composition and improvisation with Roscoe Mitchell, Wadada Leo Smith, Morton Subotnick, David Rosenboom, and Frederic Rzewski, obtaining his MFA in Composition from California Institute of the Arts.

After moving to New York, and finally to the San Francisco Bay area, he became more interested in expanding the timbral possibilities of the piano, and using pianists such as Denman Maroney as a starting point, has forged a signature style using the inside and outside of the piano, plucking strings, using metal implements and other quick preparations, in combination to playing the piano normally. He has also developed a flexible, expressive voice with electronics using Max/MSP which is as effective as his many piano textures are.

Scott has recorded and/or performed with Oliver Lake, Frank Gratkowski, Wolfgang Fuchs, Jon Raskin (of the ROVA Saxophone Quartet), Joelle Leandre, Henry Kaiser, Gianni Gebbia, Gino Robair, Joe Morris,, and Paul Smoker, to name a few. He has played in numerous west coast music festivals such as the Olympia Experimental Festival, Big Sur Experimental Music Fest, Line Space Line Festival in LA, and the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival. He recently toured Israel and Germany w/ saxophonist Ariel Shibolet and bassist Damon Smith, and will be appearing at the Ulrichsberger Kaleidophon in May of 2009 with Tanja Fechtmair, Damon Smith and cellist Hugh Livingston.

"This guy deserves your attention. He's got power, emotional heft, but also an abundance of musical intelligence and subtlety." - Ken Waxman, Cadence
Photo Albums (click to view photos):
Scott R. Looney Trio - SIMM Series, March 3rd, 2019
Scott R. Looney, Lisa Mezzacapa, and Donald Robinson at Berkeley Arts Fest space - May 31, 2014
CDs on which Scott R. Looney appears:
Gargantius Effect Gargantius Effect +1 +2 +3 (Nor Cal, 08​-​2011)
Artist: Gargantius Effect
Title: Gargantius Effect +1 +2 +3 (Nor Cal, 08​-​2011)
Label: Bandcamp
Label page on this site: Bandcamp
Moe! Staiano's MOE!KESTRA! Two Forms of Multitudes: Conducted Improvisations
Artist: Moe! Staiano's MOE!KESTRA!
Title: Two Forms of Multitudes: Conducted Improvisations
Label: Pax Recordings PR90261
Label page on this site: Pax Recordings
Pax Recordings PR90261
Jacob Lindsay/Gino Robair/Scott Looney Yellowcake
Artist: Jacob Lindsay/Gino Robair/Scott Looney
Title: Yellowcake
Label: Rastascan Records BRD 057
Label page on this site: Rastascan Records
Rastascan Records BRD 057
T.D. Skatchit & Company Skatch Migration
Artist: T.D. Skatchit & Company
Title: Skatch Migration
Label: Edgetone Records EDT4103
Label page on this site: Edgetone Records
Edgetone Records EDT4103
Scott R. Looney Solo Piano
Artist: Scott R. Looney
Title: Solo Piano
Label: Metaphysical Records
Label page on this site: Metaphysical Records
Metaphysical Records
Forward Energy Quintet
Artist: Forward Energy
Title: Quintet
Label: Jimzeen Productions 3
Label page on this site: Jimzeen Productions
Jimzeen Productions 3
Forward Energy May 2000
Artist: Forward Energy
Title: May 2000
Label: Jimzeen Productions Demo
Label page on this site: Jimzeen Productions
Jimzeen Productions Demo
Recursive Heretics Recursive Heretics
Artist: Recursive Heretics
Title: Recursive Heretics
Label: Metaphysical Records CD101
Label page on this site: Metaphysical Records
Metaphysical Records CD101
The Abstractions Sonic Conspiracy
Artist: The Abstractions
Title: Sonic Conspiracy
Label: Edgetone Records EDT4012
Label page on this site: Edgetone Records
Edgetone Records EDT4012
Jim Ryan (10/26/1999)
Review of the Eddie Gale Inner Peace Concert