"Miles, this is beautiful. You've got some absolutely gorgeous chords in
here, some things that I wish I wrote! Really gorgeous string writing."
In addition to performing, composing, and teaching, Miles began his experience with music production at a young age. As soon as he discovered you could make music on a computer, he was forever hooked into the digital music realm. While Miles enjoys the electronic side of music, he likes to integrate the organic sounds of his vast jazz and classical background.
His father Tom, an amateur jazz musician and avant-garde composer, introduced him to a wide range of music from the time he was born. After hearing the sounds of Monk, Ives, Mingus, and Bartók throughout his early childhood, he began playing piano at the age of 7, then took up trumpet and singing shortly thereafter. He began teaching trumpet to groups of students at the local elementary school when he was in 7th grade, and started giving private lessons to beginners when he was still in high school. After many years as a
"WHY DOES THIS SOUND SO AWESOME!!!!! Sick job man. I think
a tear is coming down my eye I was so hyped. I love the sound
and am even more in love with you currently Miles. Great job."
Director, Cupid's Conundrum
Miles has performed at numerous venues including the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, the Green Music Center, and AT&T Park. He has also performed at the prestigious home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Hall. He has played with numerous musical ensembles in the Bay Area, including the Sonoma County Chamber Singers, the Manzano/Mckenzie Group, Tin Circus, the Metro-Gnomes, and the Tangents. He has appeared on multiple albums, including Orjazzmic’s self-titled debut and Talking to Myself with the SRJC Big Band and Vocal Jazz Ensemble.
Currently, Miles is a member of bay area bands Horses Heaven (and is featured on their upcoming album) and Analog Us. He is also busy performing as a freelance pianist, vocalist, and trumpet, as well as composing and producing music for film and television (including the score for the upcoming internet-television series Cupid’s Conundrum). He is actively teaching piano, voice, music theory/composition, and ear training around the Sonoma County area. He is also working on recording and producing his debut album, set to be released late 2015. Miles is available for performances and lessons, as well as offering custom composition and production services through Prune Farm Studio.
MILES McKENZIE GREW UP IN A MUSICAL FAMILY.
-Kenji Bunch, world-renowned
Composer and Juilliard professor
trumpet instructor and performer, he decided to continue his education at the Santa Rosa Junior College. He switched his focus and began studying piano and composition.