Tammy Duplantis – Piano

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Tammy Duplantis is a Louisiana-born composer of electronic music, designer of artistic systems of play, and performer of assorted instruments both physical and digital. Finding beauty and meaning in the ways that people use technology to communicate with each other, she strives to create work that facilitates further creative expression in her audience. She has performed as part of the Laptop Orchestra of Louisiana, Gamelan Encinal, and the Mills Contemporary Performance Ensemble; her music and games have been featured at national conferences such as SEAMUS, NYCEMF, and Different Games Conference. She is currently exploring the San Francisco Bay Area, having just received an MFA in Electronic Music from Mills College.

Tammy is a music teacher with a passion for developing and instilling in others the skills of piano performance as a means of having fun, creating art, and facilitating self-expression. She enjoys teaching all styles of music, and has a particular passion for jazz, improvisation and music as a creative outlet.In her time as a freelance music teacher, she’s made use of a variety of instructional methods both traditional and experimental, including self-designed software developed to teach specific keyboard performance skills. She prides herself in being flexible and able to adapt her teaching style to the needs of the student.

She’s excited to be at Starland and get you started playing piano!


Alive or Dead, What Musician would you do anything to see perform/meet?

Hmm…Maybe Bill Evans. I feel like we could talk about stuff. I also really like Michel LeGrand, and I’d love to ask him questions about his film compositions!

Greatest Musical Influence?
That’s a tough one! One of them is probably Michel LeGrand (an amazing film score composer)
Also, whoever wrote the music from Pokemon Red…That’s what got me playing music! (Junichi Masuda)

Any hidden talents besides music?
I can program Game Boys to make strange sounds and pictures. I actually make games on them! I also dance-particularly Cajun and Zydeco.

What did you want to be while you were growing up?
I wanted to be an astronaut. I’m not an astronaut though and I’m okay with that.

If you could have any ‘Super Power’, which one would it be?
I am fine with myself the way that I am! But if I magically could have one, I would like to lift things with my mind.

If you could master any other instrument which would it be?
I’d play the accordion!

Have you had what people would consider your “15 Minutes of Fame”, and if so when/what was that?
I made a strange Game Boy game that a lot of game developers liked. I also arranged some synthesizer music for other video games that people play!

It’s your last meal: What would it be?
Southern Fried Tofu bowl at Souley Vegan in Oakland! It’s my faaaaavorite!

You’re sent to a deserted island, and you only have one album to listen to: Which is it?
Probably the soundtrack to Katamari Damacy (a video game) or “Donuts” by J Dilla

If you could leave one lesson with your students what would it be?
Play with music! Play with your instrument! Find the music inside of it for yourself.