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"Ranging from ambitious original compostions to improvisational jams, Lustek brings with him a unique experience on the piano. Combining old classics from Herbie Hancock and Rachmaninoff to modern retellings of Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind & Fire, Lustek celebrates music authentic to himself."  -Kelly Carlson, VolumeOne Magazine

Tyler Lustek is a midwest-based jazz pianist, composer, arranger and educator from Eau Claire, WI. Tyler has had the honor to share the stage with notable musicians including Marquis Hill, Stafford James, Daniel Schnyder, Mark Hetzler, Les Thimmig, Rodrigo Villanueva, Sue Orfield, Jamie Breiwick, Tim Sullivan, and Sean Carey. As an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, Tyler hosted weekly jazz jam sessions at the student union with his combo, the Tyler Lustek Quintet. Tyler has also frequently acted as a sideman on numerous performances, recordings, recitals and auditions.


At the University of Wisconsin - Madison’s esteemed Mead Witter School of Music, Tyler studied music education, jazz piano, and trumpet (B. Mus, 2020). As a student-teacher, Tyler co-taught with esteemed jazz pedagogue Steve Sveum and achieved certification to teach music thru the Wisconsin Department of Instruction. Tyler recently completed his master's degree in jazz studies at Northern Illinois University (M. Mus, May 2022), where he studied jazz piano and composition. Tyler also held a graduate assistantship at NIU, through which he received a full-ride scholarship and stipend, as well as taught group piano classes, jazz ensembles and private piano lessons. Tyler performed and recorded with the nationally-acclaimed NIU Jazztet graduate ensemble, which frequently performed his original compositions and arrangements. During his time at NIU, Tyler was also keyboardist for the Noah Brooks Coalition, which released its debut record on all streaming services in September of 2021. Additionally, Tyler continued his strong affinity for hosting jam sessions by being elected president of the NIU Jazz Education Network student organization in May of 2021. With NIU JEN, Tyler hosted biweekly jam sessions and organized events such as meet-and-greets, listening sessions, and the 2022 iteration of NIU's MLK Jr. Memorial Concert.


In April of 2022, Tyler presented his graduate recital at NIU which featured original compositions and arrangements of works by Wayne Shorter, Thelonious Monk, and Chick Corea. That same month, Tyler received the Runner-Up Award for the 2022 Jan Bach Prize in Composition for his piece "The Other Side," composed in 2021. With "The Other Side," Tyler commentates on the January 6th Capitol riots and shares his point of view on the social and political atmosphere of the Untied States of the last few years.

This summer, Tyler will be based out of Eau Claire, WI, performing at local venues such as The Lakely Restaurant at the Oxbow Hotel, 200 Main Art & Wine, the Brewing Projekt, and Florian Gardens. In June and July, Tyler held multiple teaching positions at the UW-Madison Summer Music Clinic (June 17 - July 1) for both the junior and senior sessions. He taught alongside influential music educators including Johannes Wallmann, John Mesoloras, Caili O'Doherty, Emma Dayhuff, Lisa Werner, and Corey Cox.

Tyler aims to emulate and progress the tradition of performers such as Chick Corea, Bill Evans, Ahmad Jamal, Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk, Keith Jarrett, and Wayne Shorter. Compositionally, Tyler is influenced by the likes of Mary Lou Williams, Chick Corea, Billy Childs, Wayne Shorter, Maurice Ravel, Igor Stravinsky, Stevie Wonder, and Earth, Wind & Fire.

 
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