Summer Swee-Singh is a composer, music arranger, pianist, keyboardist, string contractor, music director, backing vocalist, and music educator based out of Orange County & Los Angeles County. At the age of twelve, Summer became the youngest person to pass the Level 5 Yamaha Music School’s piano performance and theory examination which earned her a Yamaha Music School Teaching Credential. She was both a violinist and pianist in high school as a part of The Webb Schools’ Honors String Sinfonia and was the official Vivian Webb Chapel pianist from 2004-2007. She additionally performed as the pit orchestra pianist for Webb’s productions of “Fiddler on the Roof” (2006) and “Company” (2007). In spring of 2007, she took 1st place in the Claremont Region and 2nd place overall in the subsequent Southern California Regional of the Dan Stover Music Competition, having performed Chopin’s Fantasie Impromptu. Summer graduated from Vivian Webb in 2007 as Senior Class President and went on to attend UC Berkeley for her undergraduate degree. While at UC Berkeley, she also was the pianist and timpanist in a chamber orchestra for one semester and also took three semesters of African Drumming—two semesters of which she helped TA the class. From her sophomore undergraduate year onward, she stopped focusing on classical music and began working on classical crossover arrangements of modern pop, rock, hip-hop, electronica, etc., as well as playing in three different bands of just as varied genres. In addition to her education and musical explorations at UC Berkeley, Summer was voted Chapter Sweetheart of TKE (TKE Nu chapter, 2009-2010), she served as a volunteer mentor for Young Entrepreneurs at Haas, and she stayed involved with both Cal Volleyball and Cal Soccer programs. While Summer kept music as a large part of her extracurricular life in college, she then had her sights set on law school. Summer also studied abroad at the University of Cambridge for the summer quarter of 2010 as part of the Pembroke-King’s Programme before she graduated from UC Berkeley that December with a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies and a Music Minor. After earning her bachelor’s degree, but prior to deciding to pursue a career in music, Summer worked full-time at the San Francisco office of Jones Day, as their Recruiting and HR Assistant. It was not until late 2014, when Summer moved to Southern California, that she decided to pursue a full-time career in music.
From late 2014 to January 2017, Summer held the position of resident Sunday brunch and holiday pianist at the Waterline restaurant of the Balboa Bay Resort, a luxury resort in Newport Beach. She notably has performed for two TED-sanctioned TEDx events—TEDxUCSD 2013 in a piano-violin duo (“Dubutantes”, with violinist Miren Edelstein) and as a solo pianist at TEDxCambridgeUniversity 2014, the 2015 and 2016 Marine Corps Balls for the 13th Marine Expedition Unit, the Town & Country Committee of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County (2015), Nord Keyboards at NAMM 2016, 64Audio / OWC / Audix at NAMM 2017 with Alexandra Shipp, MEE Audio at NAMM 2019 with Jessica Burdeaux and Naia Izumi, the Hapa.Me Exhibition opening at the Japanese American National Museum, and numerous star-studded celebrity and luxury weddings. Summer has performed at a variety of high-end venues for private and public events including the Beverly Hills Hotel, Bacara Resort & Spa, Balboa Bay Resort, Montage Laguna Beach, The Resort at Pelican Hill, Crosby National Golf Club, Parker Palm Springs, Omni La Costa, The Grand Tradition, Rancho Magdalena, Estancia La Jolla, Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa, Richard Nixon Library and Museum, Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, Hollywood Roosevelt, and many more. Summer is currently one-half of the piano-violin duo Yas & Sum; they are available for hire to perform for luxury and celebrity weddings and corporate events.
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”). 2017 also saw a collaboration between Until the Ribbon Breaks and Summer, as UTRB 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 two tracks–“Love” and “Changing Shape”–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, performing on six songs with Anthony and his band. To close out 2018, Summer signed on for a special bi-coastal holiday tour with Chon, featuring fourteen of her piano quartet arrangements (Homey in its entirety as well as “Can’t Wait” and “Perfect Pillow”) —her role on that tour was not only performing as the touring keyboard player, but also the string arranger, conductor, string contractor, and backing vocalist. In 2019, Anthony Green reached out to Summer to re-imagine his last solo album, resulting in the collaborative album “Would You Still Be With Strings (feat. Summer Swee-Singh)”–its instrumentation includes piano, violin, viola, cello, harp, flute, and trumpet, and the album can be found on all major music listening platforms (limited edition vinyl available at Memory Music Label).
Summer released her debut original album, titled Summer Swee-Singh & the Crazy 88 in 2016. The album is currently available on iTunes, Amazon, Tidal, Google Play, Spotify, YouTube, as well as many other online music distributors. It is also available for purchase in physical CD format (all copies are signed and can be upgraded to be personalized) at www.frankzio.com . In March 2017, her piece “JFN” (track #3) was awarded a Silver Medal by the Global Music Awards in their “emerging artist” and “composer” categories. Summer’s debut music video “JFN (with Prelude)” was released in 2017 and can be found on YouTube, Vevo, and iTunes. Her sophomore album is slated to be released in early 2020 under her new project name.
A hallmark of her brand, Summer also runs both a YouTube channel and Instagram profile where she posts her newest musical arrangements and compositions; her YouTube channel has amassed over 2 million total video views. The likes of Skrillex, Ed Banger Records, Anthony Green and Colin Frangicetto of Circa Survive, Polyphia, Steinway & Sons, Mike Sapone, and more have reposted her arrangements/compositions on social media. Her work has additionally been praised by the likes of Richard Clayderman, Joachim Horsley, Carlos Rafael Rivera, Kathy Parsons of MainlyPiano, DJ Paul KOM, and more.
Summer is officially endorsed by Nord Keyboards and her studio and touring credits (playing keys, writing string arrangements, composing, and/or singing backing vocals etc.) include Circa Survive, Anthony Green, Chon, KSHMR, Chief Keef, Until the Ribbon Breaks, etc. Summer currently lives in Orange County with her husband and their two dogs.