Kavyesh Kaviraj

What do you do at Walker West?
I teach piano.

Instrument(s)?
Piano.

What style(s) of music do you teach/play?
Jazz, Classical, R&B, Neo Soul, Pop, Hip-Hop, Fusion, Indian.

Hometown?
Sohar, Oman

What are some performance/professional highlights?
Performing with Roosevelt Collier, Justin Robinson (Roy Hargrove’s Saxophonist), Mississippi, Jay Young and the Lyric Factory, and Babatunde Lea.

What was your first gig?
Diwali performance at Express Avenue Mall in Chennai.

Favorite Walker West memory/experience?
Rehearsals and general hangs. There are great people here at Walker West!

Musical influences?
Robert Glasper, Herbie Hancock, Snarky Puppy, Michael Brecker, Classical Indian Music, and World Music.

Favorite album?
Jesse Fischer’s Flipped 2

Why is music education so important?
Music is one of the few mediums through which one can express their individuality, creativity, and freedom through their own unique expression. I argue that music education provides the most holistic/all-round development for students. Values like empathy, teamwork, wellbeing, and understanding are cultivated in a well nurtured musical atmosphere.

Advice to young musicians?
Expand your boundaries, push yourself outside of your comfort zone, discover new things, work smart, and love the journey!