Warren Keyboardist Joins Rock Guitar Legend Steve Vai for Australia, Pacific Rim Tour
Michael Arrom from Warren Township rehearsing for Steve Vai’s “Story of Light” tour.
WARREN – An 18-year-old rock keyboardist and Pingry graduate is on his way to Australia to join rock guitar virtuoso Steve Vai on a tour of Asia and the Pacific.
Keyboardist Michael Arrom, from Warren, graduated in 2013 from Pingry School in Basking Ridge, will join Vai and his band on his “Story of Light” tour, stopping in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, China, South Korea , Japan, Taiwan and Thailand.
In April, Arrom was nominated by the Jersey Acoustic Music Awards, or JAM Awards, as New Jersey’s best instrumentalist for ages 18 and under for his work with partner Shannon Corsi in Cobalt Blue, a specialist piano / voice duo. in pop, classic rock, jazz and blues.
Arrom’s first step into the national spotlight came in December 2012 when he supported country music star and âAmerican Idolâ judge Keith Urban on Fox TV’s âAmerican Country Awardsâ.
Arrom has performed frequently throughout the state at concerts, recitals, charity events, and “Rockit!” From Red Bank. rock performance program.
âIn the blink of an eye, lightning can strike out of the blue and change everything,â Arrom said. “I’ve always believed that if I worked hard and kept humble, good things would come. Now I have two more reasons to keep thinking this way.”
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Vai is a three-time Grammy Award winner and an electric guitar legend who has recorded and toured with the late Frank Zappa, David Lee Roth, Public Image, Ltd., Alcatrazz and Whitesnake. He has sold over 15 million albums during his 25-year solo career, including his latest, “The Story of Light”.
Arrom landed the prestigious tour thanks to the support and recommendation of his close mentor, David Rosenthal, Music Director and Billy Joel keyboardist. What put Arrom above was his grueling Skype hearing on one of Vai’s songs that many musicians consider unplayable because it is fast, complicated, and jumps between octaves.
âI played with everything I had, almost holding my breath throughout the piece,â Arrom said.
A few days later, a call from Vai’s manager gave the concert to Arrom.
A pianist since the age of seven, Arrom also plays the saxophone, synthesizers and organ in addition to being a singer, composer, arranger and producer. Comfortable with rock, country, classical, jazz, blues pop and hip-hop, he studied classical music with concert pianist Michelle Chen Kuo from Hanover.
Once Vai’s tour returns home, Arrom, who lives in Warren with his parents, Carlos and Paula Whitehorn Arrom, will travel to his “dream school”, the University of Southern California, to study popular music. at the Thornton School of Music.
âI had always dreamed of doing something like this someday, but I always imagined that a ‘someday’ would come after I graduated from college,â Arrom said. “Being only 18 makes it an incredibly humbling experience.”
âI have so much respect for Steve and his band, and seeing my name printed next to some of the world’s greatest musicians inspires me to work even harder to earn their respect,â said Arrom.