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Tristan Jantz is a Los Angeles based performer, producer, songwriter, and educator. He specializes in engaging listeners with emotion and storytelling, be it through lyrics, harmony, production, or improvisation.  Tristan’s original songs and collaborations have been streamed over 130k times from Spotify listeners around the globe. On Youtube, his channel, Guitar By Ear, has garnered over 250k views since its inception during the pandemic. 


An in-demand guitar accompanist and co-writer for top level vocalists like Becca Hannah and Kaeleigh Spreen, Tristan enjoys helping singers sound their best through tasteful guitar choices that highlight their unique strengths and support them in reaching for new heights.


Tristan's recent notable performances include the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and Lincoln Center in NYC with Precious Perez and Midair Decision; as well as the Made In America Festival in Philadelphia with Becca Hannah, where he acted as music director, stage manager, guitarist, and back-up vocalist. Tristan was also the producer, guitarist, and mix engineer for Becca Hannah's 2023 single, "My Old Ways". Becca and Tristan's recent collaboration with songwriter, Len Abram, "Distracted By You" was also a top ten finalist in Unsigned Only's "Best Vocal Performance" Category for 2023.

Born and raised in the Boston area, Tristan began learning guitar at age 7 and voice at age 10. Growing up, he studied guitar with a several Berklee Graduates and Professors including: Brian Jantz, Erik Ringstad, and John Baboian, as well as studying voice with Rebecca Riopelle and Vykki Vox. His high school groups Reverb and Shades of Green collectively won 6 local Battle of the Bands competitions. Tristan also toured Europe as a vocal soloist and guitarist with Arlington High School Jazz Band and Madrigal Singers. He first discovered his love for teaching music during his senior year of high school when he began offering private guitar and voice lessons. 

Tristan has since graduated  Summa Cum Laude from Berklee College with a Bachelor's Degree in Guitar Performance and founded the Heart Music Method (HMM). This teaching method was heavily inspired by his mentor and professor, jazz guitarist Richie Hart. HMM, is about learning music as a language, and teaching students how to teach themselves directly from the source: their favorite music. Tristan is passionate about helping guitarists of all ages and skill levels find their sound and self-expression through their own music. He is currently expanding the Heart Music Method to include online group guitar workshops while maintaining a select roster of 1-on-1 online guitar coaching clients from around the globe.

Now based in L.A., Tristan currently performs as a solo artist at local Los Angeles venues, such as the Hotel Cafe. His current second single "Closest," which he co-engineered and co-produced, was released in 2023. Tristan also writes, records and performs with various L.A. musicians of different genres.  

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