Playing gigs at twelve, and teaching at fifteen, Kreiger began his career as a musician early. During High School, he attended the preparatory division at the Manhattan School of Music, in addition to being involved in various professional jazz and rock ensembles. During this time, he also studied at various summer programs including the Hartwick Institute and the Litchfield Jazz Festival. After graduating from Wilton High School in 2003, Kreiger decided to attend New York University, majoring in music performance.
At NYU Kreiger developed his skills as a classical pianist under the instruction of Dr. Deirdre O'Donohue. While considering himself a classical pianist, Dan Kreiger has been also active as a performing keyboardist and songwriter for various rock bands, including Mook and Quintus. With these bands, Kreiger has performed everywhere from Montreal to Los Angeles. He has shared the stage/recorded with Soulive, Rusted Root, Levon Helm (The Band), and Tom Rothrock (producer for James Blunt, Elliott Smith, Beck, Badly Drawn Boy etc). As a solo artist under the pseudonym For Jerz, Kreiger uses a free-associative style to create music.
When writing, Kreiger uninhibitedly spills out everything within himself, feeling as though he is in a therapy session. Rather than hating on his super-ego, he embraces it as a necessary translating mechanism that reifies his feelings into sounds and songs. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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