In the true spirit of jazz, performing at the piano for me is all about the art of "spontaneous composition". Even when playing on an existing tune - whether a jazz standard, original composition, or pop song - the tune is only the jumping off point to a spontaneous creation each time. The term "spontaneous composition" is very deliberately chosen, as for me, improvised does not mean without form. Improvised music, for me, is about creating something spontaneously that has the beauty, form and thematic development of a well-conceived composition. The orchestral potential of the piano is also key to my conception of the instrument - there are limitless symphonic possibilities of colour, timbre and shading inherent in the instrument, and they are a joy to explore.

Over the years I've performed in many of Toronto's finest and most eclectic venues and Jazz Festivals, including: Distillery Jazz Festival - Main Stage, Montreal Bistro, The Rex, Four Seasons "La Serre" room, Club 22 at the Windsor Arms Hotel, The Sutton Place, Cafe des Artistes, The Music Gallery, N'Awlins, Indigo (Manulife), Minkler Auditorium, The Great Hall, Harlem, The Trane Studio, Hart House (U of T), and Toronto's Shangri-La Hotel; have also performed in Boston, London, and West Berlin.

Conceived and performed solo piano soundtrack to CBC documentary on Canadian film maker Norman Jewison, documentary directed by Bruce McDonald.

Wrote and performed original soundtrack for movie The Shock Chamber.

While I've performed in many formats with many artists, some of the more notable collaborations have included a piano/bass duo with the late Toronto bassist David Trevis, a piano/drums duo with Toronto drummer Bobby Rees, with Canadian poet and U of T 'Poet In Community' Ronna Bloom, and the Calico Trio with bassist Kobi Hass and drummer Paul Fitterer. Original composition dominates the 5 CDs.

Further Listening:

Peter Dick YouTube Channel

Peter Dick - Somewhere Over The Rainbow

Peter Dick - Waltz for Debby