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Tom Brier

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Genres  Ragtime
Instruments  Piano
Role  Composer
Occupation(s)  Programmer and Analyst
Name  Tom Brier
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Albums  Pianola, Generic, Rewind, Live in Concert, Blue Sahara, Rising Star, Constellations
Similar People  Larisa Migachyov, Max Keenlyside, Adam Swanson, John William Boone, Scott Joplin

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Tom Brier (born October, 1971) is an American ragtime pianist and composer. He is best known for his ragtime performances on YouTube and his ability to sight read sheet music, without having heard the original melody or tune. Brier made his debut performance at the Scott Joplin Festival in Sedalia, MO and the Blind Boone Festival in Columbia, MO in 2001. Since then, he has performed in numerous ragtime festivals including the Ragtime Corner of the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, the West Coast Ragtime Festival, and recently the Mother Lode Ragtime Society gatherings. In addition to his performances Brier has also composed over 100 original ragtime scores and has collaborated with notable ragtime composers such as Eric Marchese, Neil Blaze, Gil Lieberknecht, and Kathi Backus.


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Early life

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Tom Brier was born in Oakdale, California, in the Great Central Valley south of Sacramento. He first began playing piano at the age of four when his parent purchased a Schubert mechanical player piano, and was soon after playing snippets of ragtime music he had heard on piano rolls. At the age of five his parents hired a local music teacher, and soon after Brier began to compose and notate his own piano pieces. By the age of 11 he had composed over two dozen original ragtime piano scores.


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Brier graduated from the California State University at Turlock with a Bachelor of Computer Science degree in 1993. He currently works for the county of Sacramento as a programmer and analyst.

Playing style

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Brier’s piano-playing style is an aggressive left hand that attacks the lower half of the piano keyboard in staccato passages. He alternates these voicings with a variety of other sounds: walking bass (also referred to as "boogie"), single-note figures, and widely-spaced chords which are often both arpeggiated and unarpeggiated tenths.


  • Rising Star (1994)
  • Generic (1997)
  • Pianola (2000)
  • Dualing at the McCoys (with Nan Bostick, 2002)
  • Skeletons (2003)
  • Rewind (2006)
  • Blue Sahara (2009)
  • Constellations (2012)
  • Songs

    Blue Lampshade
    Elephant Tracks
    Blue Sahara
    Ain't You Coming Out Malinda?
    Rising Star
    Skunk Hollow Rag
    Blackberry Fox Trot
    Breadline Blues
    Gold Dust Twins Rag
    An Autumn Memory
    Pine Cone Rag
    Razor Blades
    Sunlight and Shadow
    Just Peachy
    Peril In Pantomime
    Rose Blossoms
    Little Bit of Rag
    The Wish-Bone Rag
    A Certain Party
    Piccalilli Rag
    La Paleta
    Three Sisters
    Olympia Rag
    Terra Vertigo
    Frisky Fingers
    A Fable
    Wizzle Dozzle
    Texas Tommy Swing
    Brier Patch Rag
    Spanish Moss


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