Art Bailey first started learning to play classical piano at the age of 5 and was taught by a number of tutors, including most recently Andrew Wilde. At the age of 15 he was teaching a wealth of students from all ages and abilities. His students were regularly entered for examination and achieved 100% pass rate with merit or distinction. More recently, Art has been studying jazz and improvisation as part of his ongoing development as a musician and composer.
Art also gained proficiency on the piano-accordion, french horn, and guitar, playing in many environments ranging from solo recitals and competitions to brass and wind ensembles. Additionally, he has worked as a keyboard player, lead guitarist, bassist, vocalist and drummer in a wide variety of bands, performing both original songs and covers.
Art comes from a background of science and engineering, studying Chemistry at UMIST and later gaining his doctorate in analytical science from Manchester University in 2010. He then worked as an engineer in the field, travelling internationally for 5 years before deciding to pursue his passion in music full-time.
In 2018, Art gained a distinction for an industry diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering from the School of Sound and Recording (SSR), Manchester. In 2019, he completed his studies at SSR receiving distinctions for advanced diplomas in Studio Production and Mastering as well as Sound for Film, Games, and TV. During this time he set up a professional home-based studio for music production and recording under the banner of Artemus Studios.
In recent years, Art starting learning the bandoneon; a traditional free-reed instrument that is synonymous with Argentinian Tango music and has received instruction from Julian Rowlands, the UK’s leading bandoneon player. In 2017, he performed Astor Piazzolla’s Double Concerto for Bandoneon and Guitar at a well-attended public concert at the Royal Northern College of Music, as well as playing the Festival Square outdoor stage during Manchester International Festival.
Art has also worked for the charity Music in Hospitals and Care providing outreach for vulnerable people in care homes and hospitals.
You can see and hear Art play live as part of a number of ensembles including:
- Los Firuletes; a duo of classical guitar and bandoneon/accordion providing authentic tango music and gypsy jazz.
- Choro Papagaio; a quintet performing Brazilian choro and forro music with a contemporary feel.
For more details on upcoming performances, see SHOWS