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About john hohnstein -- "Mystic Machine"

Born and raised in Denver, John's musical journey started at the age of 6 when he began piano lessons.  Even at this age, his first piano teacher told his mother that he had the makings of a great concert pianist.  John remembers hating to practice, preferring to goof around and "make up his own music".  Lessons continued with several different instructors off and on through his college years.  When he was in junior high John took up trumpet and played with distinction in concert bands and orchestras through his college years, where he gained a profound appreciation of the great compositions of the true masters of the art of music.    At the age of 16 John began to write and compose solo piano works and songs that began to set the tempo for his compositions today.

At the age of 24 John joined his first rock band playing keyboards.  He quickly became a proficient and valued member of three locally successful  working bands in the 1970's where he really "polished his licks" and developed into a great rock keyboardist.  Among the bands were  Banshee 1971-1973 (rock), Tara 1973-1975 (jazz/rock fusion), and Tales 1977-1978 (progressive rock).  In 1999 John had two of his songs on mp3.coms national top 40 chart for several weeks, giving him his first taste of 'national exposure' and was the #1 artist listed on the Colorado chart for the same period.

It is from all of these influences and experiences that John draws from and  benefits by when using his learned skills to compose, whether it is music for video and film projects, or creating his own remarkable CDs which are on and/or will be available on this website.

John lives on a lake near the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State where he continues to write, record and produce in his own studio.  His CDs and songs can also be purchased at this site as well as CD Baby, ITunes, Amazon etc.  He is currently working on several new projects for your listening enjoyment including a forthcoming solo piano CD.  




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