The Music of Thelonious Monk


Through his own original compositions and the music of Thelonious Monk, Sam Miltich explores the intersections of mental health and the creative process. This concept was inspired by recordings, documentaries such as "Straight No Chaser" and the definitive Monk biography "Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original" written by Robin D.G. Kelley. Sam will combine musical performance with discussion about the pursuit of well-being while balancing the daily challenges of living with mental illness.  He will describe his own definition of recovery and sense of purpose through engaged  in his career and family life. As a performer, Sam has the unique opportunity to advocate for a vulnerable population who cannot speak for themselves.  He has made it part of his professional mission to speak out on mental health issues while using music as a platform.