Adam Revell, Formerly of the Motet, Is One of Colorado's Best Keyboard Players
"It was really cool, like completing a circle," says Adam Revell of the first time he realized he already knew Stephen Thurston, a fellow keyboardist he'd begun to collaborate with.
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Years earlier, Thurston had taken piano lessons from Revell, formerly of the funk/jam colossus The Motet. Revell didn't remember Thurston at first, but he knew their styles gelled.
"Sometimes It's really dynamic between the two of us," says Revell. "Maybe because I was his teacher, I don't know."
Last year the pair formed Outer Reaches, a progressive synth trio with a revolving cast of drummers and began playing around the Denver and Boulder music scenes. It's yet another piece of Revell's already eclectic career that has spanned several decades and genres.
Revell started playing piano as a child nearly 35 years ago. He was classically trained and studied piano performance at The University Of Colorado at Boulder, receiving first his bachelors then masters under the tutelage of hardbop jazz pianist John "Chip" Stephens and Pat Bianchi, who Downbeat Magazine named one of the ten best jazz organists in 2010.
Revell played with the Motet from 2005 to 2008 and was the keys player in John Common and Blinding Flashes of Light in 2009 and 2010. That same year he released his first album, Triple Leaf. He also teaches piano at all levels and is even the pianist for the Jefferson Unitarian Church in Golden. "I'm the kind of person that likes to take all opportunities," says Revell. "If I can I will, just to see if I like it.
Revell says the Unitarian Church is a good fit for him. "It doesn't rub me the wrong way like a Christian church could," he says. "It's spiritual and I get to be as creative as I want. I could do that anywhere I guess but having a grand piano and a room full of people listening is great."