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Erk FM: Extra – Piano/Cabaret

Piano/Cabaret interviews





Photo – Western Sydney artist Kristian Jackson could be considered to be playing somewhat acoustically as well as using a keyboard at this outdoor gig at a local restaurant. He can play a range of instruments which others can only play a keyboard or piano.




The piano & cabaret section of  Erk FM: Extra is a lot quieter than some of the other sections. Having said that, many of the musicians that Erk has interviewed have revealed that they indeed started music by playing piano. Some people stay with piano or keyboards while others play other instruments.


Some bands also have a dedicated keyboard player (for instance NSW Central Coast metal band Empirical) while some other musicians combine singing with playing the keyboard (for instance NSW Central Coast rock band Smokin Mirrors.)


Cabaret can often feature piano & is a very laid back and relaxing form of music, often in an intimate environment. Artist Emma Dean really introduced Erk to the world of cabaret. 


Some artists can fit into 2 or more categories depending on their methods & style. 


  • How Wikipedia defines piano?: The piano is a musical instrument played by means of a keyboard. It is one of the most popular instruments in the world. Widely used in classical and jazz music for solo performances, ensemble use, chamber music and accompaniment, the piano is also very popular as an aid to composing and rehearsal. Although not portable and often expensive, the piano’s versatility and ubiquity have made it one of the world’s most familiar musical instruments. Read more
  • How does Erk define piano? You obviously need a piano or a keyboard.
  • How does Wikipedia define cabaret? Cabaret is a form, or place, of entertainment featuring comedy, song, dance, and theatre, distinguished mainly by the performance venue: a restaurant or nightclub with a stage for performances and the audience sitting at tables (often dining or drinking) watching the performance, as introduced by a master of ceremonies or emcee (MC). Read more
  • How does Erk define cabaret? Musical performance, possibly with elements of musical theatre.
  • Examples of piano/cabaret artists Erk has interviewed: Emma Dean
  • What you can expect to hear in this section: Interviews with pianists & cabaret performers
  • What you can expect to read in this section: Episode shownotes


Recent Episodes


Erk FM 150 – Emma Dean interview

by Erk

Welcome to episode 150 of Erk FM. On this episode, Erk chats with Australian cabaret star Emma Dean. There's elements of cabaret, dance & other performances. This interview was recorded on the eve of Emma's "Something They Can Hold" tour which sees the show travel to Katoomba, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Toowoomba & Adelaide.

Erk FM 117 – Arthur Nasson interview

by Erk

Welcome to episode 117 of Erk FM. This is an interview with singer/songwriter Arthur Nasson. During the interview, we talk about pianos, being a pianist, analogue versus digital, composing songs & a lot more. Music is supplied courtesy of Tijuana Gift Shop.


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