Songbook composed by Travis Lohmann
Sonic Bouquet is collection of lyrically expressive piano solos for the budding intermediates through late advanced pianist. Each piece was written as a musical interpretation of a specific flower and encapsulates my love for music ranging from jazz, classical, and film music. I sincerely hope you enjoy learning and growing, playing these works. - Travis Lohmann
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About the composer
Born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, Travis Lohmann is a composer for film and media. His music can be heard on various television networks including NBC Sports, Discovery, Oxygen, Lifetime, and Bravo, as well as the Dam Short Film Festival and the Laughlin International Film Festival. In addition to composing, Travis is an active performer and instrumental instructor. He holds a Bachelors of Music in Jazz Piano Performance and a Masters of Music in Jazz Composition from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
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