Yul Anderson (April 23, 1958 – November 21, 2021) was an American pianist, guitarist, singer, and inventor, who played a blend of gospel, blues, and soul, as well as European classical music of the 18th and 19th century.
|Born||April 23, 1958|
Sacramento, California, U.S.
|Died||November 21, 2021 (aged 63)|
Sacramento, California, U.S.
|Genres||Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Western classical music, Improvisation|
|Occupation(s)||Pianist, Guitarist, Musician, Composer, Inventor|
|Instruments||Piano, guitar, vocal|
Life and careerEdit
Anderson grew up in Vallejo, California. His mother was a social worker; his father, with the artist name John Kasandra, who has been dubbed "the father of urban blues" had hits back in the sixties with his records for Stax Records and later Capitol Records.
He taught himself to play the guitar when he was 8 years old, at age of 12 he was the youngest guitarist to open for groups such as Earthquake, Eddie Money and Ray Charles. At 14 he taught himself to play the piano.
In addition to his work as a pianist Anderson has perfected his guitar playing and since 1972 pioneered and played the first "Jimi Hendrix Memorial Concert". He regularly gave guitar concerts with the title "Yul Anderson Plays Jimi Hendrix".
During his years at University of California, Davis, Anderson pioneered the International Multi-Cultural Festival at the University of California with extensive experience in generating and implementing ideas for international programs. He furthermore initiated and authored the University of California co-signer policy change correcting University of California's economic discrimination towards single women without co-signer for University loans, opening the door for single parent's loans and entry into University, college and higher education waiving the need for co-signers nationwide bringing about highly educated single parents to the labor force.
In May 1982, Anderson was granted the "Outstanding Senior Award" by UC Davis Chancellor James Henry Meyer. As part of the campus's Leadership Recognition Program, Outstanding Senior Awards are given to one individual from each department to acknowledge his/her contributions to the University and its quality of student life and to encourage his/her continued interest in the UC Davis campus. Determined by the respective departments, this "outstanding graduating senior" is selected based on excellent academic achievement, outstanding leadership activities, and most embodies the vision of UC Davis' Principles of Community.
During the 1980s, Anderson went to Europe and took the initiative to establish a "Multi-Cultural Entertainment Circuit" inside Amnesty International while living in Florence, Italy. His idea has grown to host acts such as Bruce Springsteen, Tracy Chapman, U2, Sting and more. The first project was carried through by Yul Anderson, who via a very close coordinating working relationship with the organization’s British Press Chief Richard Reoch, organized a long roll of successful benefit concerts in different European countries including extensive tours of Spain, France, Italy, Switzerland and Germany.
Anderson lived in Denmark from 1983. He played piano on the streets promoting his concerts performed in the most prestigious concert halls. He also became the first artist to perform live piano concerts in European Planetariums, beginning with a row of concerts in Tycho Brahe in Denmark and in Cosmonova in Sweden.
In 2005 Anderson was nominated to the Nobel Peace Prize for his commitment and contribution to peace projects throughout the years.
- "Nightbird", NBE Records
- "The Wind Starlight", NBE Records
- "Velvet Moon", NBE Records
- "Eyes of the Sun", NBE Records
- "Fragile Sunrise", NBE Records
- "Klavier-Improvisationen zwischen Bach und Hendrix". Hamburger Abendblatt. September 19, 2009. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
- "Richard Reoch". Huffington Post. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
- Eusterhus, Eva (September 17, 2009). "Musiker mit Mission". Die Welt. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
- Goris, Sabine (September 13, 2013). "Klassik, Gospel und Blues: Der Pianist Yul Anderson kommt nach Lübeck". Lübecker Wochenspiegel, Page 23. Missing or empty
- Müller, Birgit (September 1, 2009). "Krisen sind die Jahreszeiten meines Lebens". Hinz und Kunzt. Retrieved June 1, 2015.
- Gademusikanten Yul Andersen er død
- Gademusikanten Yul Anderson er død: Blev 63 år
- Yul Anderson's Website
- Yul Anderson discography at Discogs
- Yul Anderson at IMDb
- on YouTube
- Yul Anderson in NDR Hamburg Journal, TV program
- Yul Anderson in Schleswig-Holstein Magazin, TV program
- Yul Anderson in Buten un Binnen, TV program
- Yul Anderson in RTL Nord, TV program[permanent dead link]
- HaloSurround review by BBC
- HaloSurround Website