Mystro candid interview with
"Let's Talk About It"
What do you get when you mix the piano playing skills of Liberace and the soulful style of New Orleans jazz pianist James Booker ? the answer is "Mystro", who is of Ethiopian/American decent and a native of South Los Angeles. Mystro is a versatile, fast-fingered, precocious piano virtuoso. In performance mode when he's crouched over his grand piano wearing his signature Black Derby Hat and Glitter Vest, he seems to mesmerize the keys, commanding them to do his will, which may be to stay silent and only echo the harmonics of the last set of notes he has played. At other times it may be to shatter the air with a Liberace style arpeggio so beautiful that everyone around him agrees that he truly is a maestro
Mystro started in the entertainment industry at the tender age of 5 years old with taking Piano Lessons and being a client with "New Talent Enterprises" under the management of "Robert Feldman" the father of 80's teen actor "Corey Feldman". Mystro went on to land acting roles in commercials for "Corn Pops" and "Frosted Flakes"
Piano Virtuoso "Mystro" is of Ethiopian/American descent. He goes by the stage name "Mystro" that was given to him by Rap Producer "Battlecat." He also goes by the moniker "Black Liberace."
Mystro is a native of South Central Los Angeles, and started playing piano at the tender age of five years old where he was classically trained. He also learned and developed a playing style of Gospel, Hip-Hop and Jazz. Mystro's Piano and Keyboard influences range from Stravinsky, Thelonious Monk, Billy Preston, and Herbie Hancock, Liberace.
During his studies at UCLA and West LA College Mystro was discovered by music industry professionals. After continuing his training he worked as a music teacher with Heavenly Vision Christian Academy from 1991-1995. Mystro worked professionally with seasoned Rap and R&B recording artists Jodeci, The Luniz, and Warren G, and Janet Jackson. Mystro has also been a member of The Professional Musicians Union Local 47 since 2000. Some of his musical production work can be found on MCA Records; Capitol Records and Virgin Records. In 2011 Mystro produced a Musical Medley Piano video tribute honoring Michael Jackson titled: Michael Jacksonology. The video was approved by John G. Branca and John McClain of the Michael Jackson Estate and was noted as one of best tributes honoring the late King of Pop. Most recently Mystro founded a jazz, funk, pop & hip-hop band titled;
Mystro and the Power Of Music.
Mystro has co produced and played keyboards on projects with several recording artist such as K-Ci & Jo Jo, Janet Jackson, Jodeci, The Luniz, Dazzie Dee, Chris Brown. He is currently being sought after by pop superstar recording artist Bruno Mars.
Mystro attended and performed at the World Premiere of "Michael Jackson One Cirque Du Soleil" on Saturday, June 29th 2013 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas Nevada along with other celebrity guest such as The Jacksons, Pharrell Williams, Spike Lee and many more! The event was hosted by John Branca of the Michael Jackson Estate.
The Estate Of Michael Jackson co executor John Branca says that Mystro is a pianist so intense, so beautiful and so emotive you never, ever want the music to stop…amazing improvisational skills and a beautiful artistic soul. Part of Mystro's genius is his ability to make his fingers dance and simple interspersed with moments of exquisite emotional intensity". "He takes a melody and weaves it in and out of harmony and discord while maintaining the pure integrity of the melody and the feel of the song. The Michael Jacksonology Piano Experience Performed by: Mystro was one of the best tributes honoring the late King Of Pop". "Mystro is truly talented and I wish him all the best with the MJ tribute" -Najee Rasheed, Jazz Saxophonist. Mystro, is a great musician who will become the next Herbie Hancock" Greg Phillinganes, Keyboardist Musical Director Michael Jackson Immortal Cirque du Soleil. After receiving rave reviews all over the world for his piano tribute honoring Michael Jackson, Mystro was honored himself as a celebrity dot on the Michael Jackson Dot Portrait Project along with Nick Cannon, Marlon Wayans, Maya Angelou, Jermaine Jackson, and Diana Ross. The brainchild that created the concept was David Ilan who is a celebrity artist that uses only hand-drawn dots to create his portraits, a technique called pointillism. David has worked with some of the biggest celebrities in the world for over a decade.
Mystro was the special guest performer at the book signing event "Eighth Wonder The Thomas Bethune Story" a Novel by Author Anita M. Cal the gala was held and hosted at the private mansion of actor John Witherspoon and wife Angela Robinson-Witherspoon. During the evening Mystro was also asked to play all sytles of music like classical, pop, gospel, and Jazz. After some of the chapters were read from the book the guest started to mingle and then the food was served, there was a special request from John Witherspoon for Mystro to do a medley of Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg on Piano!
On June 18th 2016 Mystro was the headliner for a Huge Prince Tribute Concert at his former club "Glam Slam" in Downtown Los Angeles Ca. Mystro performed to a standing room only crowd for 2 hours of Prince's hit songs on Piano. Prince's former band members NPG and The Revolution were there along with other celebrity guest.
Mystro performED live at the Oscar Viewing Party for Children's Uniting Nations at the "Warner Bros. Mansion" in Beverly Hills Ca. The event was hosted by Tommy Davidson and Co-Host Shadoe Stevens. Other entertainment that evening was Jeff Goldblum, and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra and Chaka Khan.
THE VIDEO BELOW IS MYSTRO'S REHEARSAL / SOUNDCHECK BEFORE THE PERFORMANCE.
- "Intro" (DJ Thump & Mengesha "Mystro" Francis)
- "Highest Niggaz in the Industry" (featuring E-40 and B-Legit)
- "Funkin Over Nuthin'" (featuring Too Short and Harm)
- "In My Nature" (featuring 8Ball & MJG)
- "Jus Mee & U" (featuring Raphael Saadiq)
- "Game" (Interlude) (TK Kirkland)
- "My Baby Mamma"
- "Is It Kool?" (featuring MoKenStef)
- "$ad Millionaire" (featuring Brownstone)
- "Killaz On the Payroll" (featuring Phats Bossilini, Madd Maxx & Poppa LQ)
- "Phillies" (featuring Poppa LQ)
- "Mobb Shit" (featuring Swoop G, 3X Krazy & Cydal)
- "Y Do Thugz Die" (featuring Val Young)
- "Hypnotize" (featuring Redman)
- "Handcuff Your Hoes"
- "20 Bluntz a Day" (featuring 2 Live Crew and Christión)
- "11 O'Clock News" (Hidden track CD only)
- "Revelationz" (Hidden track Cassette only)