Pianist, Music Arranger, Composer, Music Director
Summer Swee-Singh is a classically trained, award-winning pianist / keyboardist, music arranger, composer, backing vocalist, ensemble leader, music director, and music educator. Masterful in a variety of genres, she performs classical, rock, pop, hip-hop, electronic, indie, rap, reggae, and more as a solo pianist and backing / ensemble touring and session musician. Having had multiple of her instrumental arrangements reposted by the likes of Grammy-award-winning artist Skrillex, Anthony Green, Campa (of The Cataracs), Ed Banger Records, and Polyphia, Summer has amassed an impressive number of YouTube video views and followers on her various social media sites. She also founded and leads an diverse, all-female piano and string ensemble (as its sole pianist and string arranger), comprised of a rotating roster of top-notch string players based in both LA and NYC, called “Summer Swee-Singh & the Heartstrings”; her ensemble can be hired for studio work, music videos, and tours / live performance (backing artists). A sought-after collaborator, Summer has worked directly with artists such as Circa Survive, KSHMR, Anthony Green, and Until the Ribbon Breaks to play keys and compose additional instrumental accompaniments for tour, as well as co-write, play keys, and arrange for studio releases.
In 2017, Summer gained her first experience touring, playing keyboard on stage with Circa Survive and her rotating roster of string players she contracted for each venue. She guest performed for multiple stops on both coasts during Circa Survive’s fall tour shows–including shows at the famed Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles, and sold-out shows at Terminal 5 in New York City and Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey. With Circa Survive, Summer performed two instrumental string and keys accompaniments she arranged for those shows (“Frozen Creek” and “Flesh and Bone”). Summer also began collaborating with Until the Ribbon Breaks in 2017, who released a collaborative re-imagination (audio and music video) featuring Summer’s strings and piano arrangement of their track “Here Comes the Feeling”. Summer’s string arrangements and piano playing are also featured on “Changing Shape” and “Love”–two tracks off of Anthony Green’s acoustic, solo album, “Would You Still Be In Love” (2018), and she appeared as a featured encore guest along with her string players for the Southern California stops on Anthony’s Avalon 10yr Anniversary Tour in July 2018 (playing “Love”, “Changing Shape”, “You’re So Dead Meat”, “Vera Lynn”, “Keep Your Mouth Shut”, and “Moon Song”).
Having performed as a soloist for crowds up to 10,000 people and having been interviewed and featured in LA Weekly (2012), Summer has become known a modern master of both performance and arranging–especially arranging medleys. She is also known as the “Piano DJ” because of her ability to seamlessly transition from piece to piece and genre to genre on the piano, much like a live DJ set. Notably, Summer has performed as a pianist for TEDx UCSD 2013 and TEDx Cambridge University 2014, the 2015 and 2016 Marine Corps Balls for the 13th Marine Expedition Unit, the Town and Country Committee of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, NAMM 2016 as a keyboard soloist for Nord Keyboards, NAMM 2017 as the music director and keyboard player for Alexandra Shipp at 64 Audio, OWC, and Audix, and as a keyboard soloist for Kip Fulbeck’s Hapa.me Exhibition Opening at the Japanese American National Museum in 2018. With her ever-growing catalogue of over 2,000 songs committed to memory, her keen ear, and her strong improvisation skills, Summer brings an unparalleled level of entertainment and professionalism to any and all of the events at which she performs.
As a composer, Summer has been praised by the likes of Richard Clayderman, Carlos Rafael Rivera, Jonathan Estabrooks (Host of Classical Crossover Radio International), Joachim Horsley, and Kathy Parsons of Mainly Piano, among others. In 2015, Summer scored her second short documentary film, titled “Inside the Mind: Keith Matsumura”, directed by Colin Sander and commissioned by Kendama USA. The following year, inspired by her newfound love of film scoring, Summer released her debut, piano-driven album of original pieces titled “Summer Swee-Singh & the Crazy 88”, and in 2017, she released her first professional short film / music video [above] for her original, classical-crossover composition “JFN (with Prelude)”. An academic turned musician, Summer’s unique background, innate melodic sense, and passion for her work shine through in every note she plays and every theme she composes.