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Music Memory - Robi Botos

Music Memory is sponsored by the Alzheimer Society of Toronto, offering the "Music For Memory Project":  a program based on the effects of music and stimulation on people with dementia, by providing them with iPods containing personalized music. For more information, visit

Robi Botos is one of the top pianists around, not just in Canada, but worldwide. He's played with some of the biggest names in the world including Branford Marsalis, Avishai Cohen, Steve Gadd, Chaka Khan and Al Jarreau. This week he shares his music memories from his childhood.

“I remember the two things that really made me fall in love with music.  Both were from my childhood:

(1)    Sitting in, playing funk, and grooving on drums with my father’s band.

(2)    Being able to express the unspeakable with melodies, chords, and sounds.  The first tune I ever wrote was a minor melody.  I didn’t even know what the notes on the piano were at the time.  (Now I do … : > )  It was just a simple, romantic melody.  I played it so many times, I drove everybody at home crazy.

The one thing I always wished I could do – and still do – is play all instruments."

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