Chris Plietz is a pianist living in New York City. Originally from the great state of NJ, he studied music at the University of Virginia before moving back north. Although most of his focus has been on the piano, he also plays the hammond organ and other keyboard-based instruments (rhodes, wurlitzer, clavinet, synthesizers, etc). He currently has his own band, Stronger than Sum, plays with the cover/wedding band, Bring On The Night, and freelances with many artists around the city. He has played with Travis Nilan & The List, Rachel Zevita, Carleigh Jade, Pictures of Home, and hip-hop emcees, Danse (BKLYNSTICKUP) and Art, among others. He is formerly of the band, The Blackout Project.
The purpose of this site will be to document my growth as a player, improvisor, songwriter, and singer over the next however many years I use it. I intend to post songs I’ve written, piano & organ covers I’ve arranged, and samples of improvisations when I just feel the need to sit down on the piano and see what comes out. Most of the material on here will be raw, roughly mixed, and unpolished. I’m more concerned about capturing the realness of the performance then producing a flawlessly sounding representation of my idea. When the time comes to be in the studio, that’s a different story – but in the meantime, my apartment will suffice. Thank you for reading & listening. Feel free to give me feedback at any point. -Chris
UPDATE: Although I occasionally will update this site with new improvisations or compositions, most of my time composing is now being put towards my band, Stronger Than Sum. Information on the band, including our music, can be found at strongerthansum.com. Thanks! -Chris
*Photo on this page was taken by Yulia Yurasova