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Kiki Ebsen (Music BFA 85)

Kiki Ebsen (Music BFA 85) says, “Upon graduation, I parlayed my skills together with what I learned at CalArts into my first touring job as an off-stage keyboardist and MIDI programmer for the rock group Chicago. This led to a 30-year stint as a touring sideman, singing and playing piano for dozens of acts, including Al Jarreau, Boz Scaggs, Tracy Chapman, and Christopher Cross. During that time, I released seven solo CDs with a new one set for release this summer. In recent years, I created a one-woman show about my father called To Dad With Love: A Tribute to Buddy Ebsen. This award-winning musical ran for a month last fall at Theatre West in Hollywood to rave reviews ( My Joni Mitchell Project was launched in 2016 to pay homage to this amazing songwriter and features LA’s finest musicians. I perform solo concerts often as well as guest with symphony pops orchestras and bring my ensembles to cabaret, festival, and civic and cultural arts center settings ( I founded The Healing Equine Ranch 501(c)3 organization ( 13 years ago as a horse sanctuary. It serves as an education center as well as a space for natural horsemanship enthusiasts.”