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Bert Bailey was born and raised in the expat community of Lima, Perú. He moved at 17 to San Francisco, and has lived in B.C., Montréal, Toronto, Hamilton, London and Barcelona. He works as a writer in Ottawa and is now nearly done raising three youngsters with his London-born wife, Kirsty.
His top dozen composers include Bach, Haydn, Beethoven, Bartók, Stravinsky, Ravel, Martinu, Walton, Holmboe, Rózsa and Frank Martin. He will sometimes add some new enthusiasm, or John Field for the Nocturnes, Padre Soler for the Fandango, Scarlatti for his 555 sonatas, or Thelonious Monk for his syncopated clusters and the notes he carefully omitted.
His parents both played the piano: mostly Mozart, in the case of his mother,
whereas his father played Rachmaninoff with passion but imprecisely. He also
jammed with Oscar Peterson and helped get him hired by Montreal’s Ritz-Carlton
Hotel – no mean feat, then.
Bert never learned to play, but he makes up for it by listening to music almost constantly.
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