John Nilsen performs free concert |

John Nilsen performs free concert

Staff Reports

Pianist, guitarist, songwriter and recording artist, John Nilsen, is performing at the Carson Valley United Methodist Church at 5 p.m. Oct.16.

The concert highlights Nilsen’s folk, jazz, classical woven compositions, some traditional hymn arrangements and stories of his life, family, faith, career and travels.

Nilsen was born in Seattle, Wash., in 1956. The Nilsen family moved to Portland, Ore., in 1960. He began studying classical piano from his mother at age six. Continuing his musical education, he began playing guitar at age 14. In 1974, he moved to Ashland, Ore., to attend Southern Oregon College (Southern Oregon University). Nilsen graduated in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts in English, and was honored by the institution in 1995 with the Distinguished Alumnus Award, the most prestigious award of Southern Oregon University graduates. Nilsen founded the Magic Wing recording label in 1987. The label has a catalog of 14 successful titles, each with international distribution.

Often accompanied by many fine musicians from the Northwest, Nilsen is a performer who creates an intimate repartee with his audience.

“As a performer, I like exploring beyond the boundaries of my recorded songs,” he said. “It gives me the chance to offer something special, spontaneous and personal to my audience. The entire performance hinges on the connection not only between the players, but with the audience as well.”

A free-will offering will be collected for the artist.

The Carson Valley United Methodist Church is located at 1375 Centerville Lane, Gardnerville. For more information, call Len Frueh at 782-4600.