Composer; Musician; Producer; Singer; Storyteller
Steve plays the piano and sings songs. he does other stuff, too – check out the web sites below to see more.
Biography: Steve Auerbach made his first studio recording and was performing in New York nightclubs by age 17. By age 19, Steve moved himself to Los Angeles where he was ‘in the right place, at the right time’ and developed a reputation as something of an expert at synthesizer programming and sound design. Steve worked for producers and recording artists doing a lot of this work in the home recording studios of his famous clients. In the 80s, Steve befriended some of Frank Zappa’s musicians; Ike Willis and Steve Vai. Willis hired Steve as manager and agent and Vai hired Steve as sound engineer for his band, The Classified. Steve went on to work as a staff writer and arranger for legendary Motown producer, Harry Balk for his new Avatar Records label in Malibu. Steve came to Utah in the late 1980s for work at the Electronic Music Laboratory at the University of Utah where he served as teaching assistant for two tears under the composer in residence, electronic music pioneer, Dr. Vladimir Ussachevsky. Steve taught an electronic music theory, history/technique and did some experimental electronic music at this time as well as some original music scores and soundtracks for student films. One of these films won an award at the Oswego Film Festival in NY. While attending the University, Steve was also a part-time rock radio DJ and jingle writer/producer. Steve also staged a one man multimedia performance art show called WORDFUNWORDJERKWERKS at galleries and arts centers in the area. Steve performed in several Utah bands while engaged in a ten-year career in social work. During his social work career, Steve had a paper published by the Utah Psychological Association and served as a consultant to Utah Courts and Corrections. Steve produced an award-winning jazz concert series in 1997 and ran a booking agency and record label featuring some of his ‘LA’ clients. In 2002 Steve co-produced the CD Ike Willis” Selected Works with Grammy Award-winner Douglas Spotted Eagle. From 2005-2008, Steve developed and managed after-school music programs for the Paul Green School of Rock Music in Utah, Colorado and Texas. Steve completed his tenure with School of rock in 2008 and has been doing independent music and film production since then. In 2009, Steve’s music production (and vocal) work won two ‘Addy’ awards from the Utah Advertising Federation for the anti-tobacco TV spots, “Smokerman’ for Crowell Advertising and the Utah Department of Health.
Reviews: "Steve played the songs everyone knows and sound was great. We were in the back corner of the small cafe where we could easily hold a conversation but also clearly hear the music. He played great keyboard and has a nice voice. I thought it was fun when he had a former student from the School of Rock join him for a number. It was a good atmosphere to showcase his talents and I think it would be great fun to see him in a venue where he could engage the audience a bit more." – April,SLC – Mar 15, 2009
"Steve Auerbach’s debut performance at The Sun and Moon Cafe attracted faithful fans up Emigration Canyon from all across the valley. Auerbach’s keyboard mastery, vocal talent, electric personality, and original blend of funk, blues and jazz are all contributing factors to his popularity. Playing old and new favorites, Auerbach rocked the intimate venue obliging the crowd with several inspirational encores." – Karen, SLC – Mar 13, 2009
Excellent time! Great mix of old and new, familiar and esoteric. Nice having a guitarist sit in on the occasional song. A great sound to go along with a nice meal." – Simy de la Canyon, SLC – Mar 13, 2009
"Saw Steve crooning last night at the Sun & Moon – he was great! Smooth, cool, colorful, jammin’ – we loved him!" – Ross Klan, SLC, Mar 13, 2009
"It was a pleasure! Nice to see such a packed house for Steve. There isn’t a nicer guy and harder working player in SLC. He deserves all the attention and gigs he can get!" – Marty, SLC – Mar 13, 2009
"Steve is always so entertaining! We always enjoy his music, whatever he happens to be playing. Very warm and engaging!" – Beverly, SLC – Mar 14, 2009