In the lead-up to the duo’s Indiegogo campaign to fund their YouTube channel “Player Piano” which creates classical arrangements of popular movie and video game soundtracks, pianist and composer Sonya Belousova and director and producer Tom Grey have released this video in their “On The Spot” series demonstrating the full breadth of Belousova’s musical skills.
In this installment, Belousova listens to seven theme songs from classic 8-bit Nintendo games once, before instantaneously putting her own exceedingly complex spin on them via the piano.
Classical trio phenoms (and Team-Yellow friends) The Ahn Trio head to their homeland of Korea, with a performance at the Seoul Arts Center on May 18th at 2PM!
Walker Recital Hall
Thursday, April 03, 2014 – 7:30 pm
“With their multicultural assortment of composers and a huge talent, these women have a modernist, fusion sensibility that is perfect for our age.” -The Seattle Times
Witness the three internationally celebrated sisters (Lucia on piano, Angella on the violin and Maria on the cello) fearlessly merge classics with contemporaries for an evening of dynamic music. Pushing boundaries and blurring lines, the Ahn Trio makes the case that this is the new classical music for this century.
The members of the Ahn Trio thrive on dissolving the barriers between art forms and have fused their work with that of dancers, pop singers, DJ’s, painters, installation artists, photographers and even kite makers. Recently, they performed in the Czech Republic with rock group the Tata Bojs to sold-out shows. It’s this unique blend of styles that makes the critically acclaimed Ahn Trio one of the most anticipated artists of the season.
Join us in the lobby of the Walker Recital Hall before the performance for a taste of Spring.
With Summer just around the corner we’ll be hosting our Ahn Trio Community partner, Frankie & May Fresh Grocer, for a sampling of delicious food. To shine light on the bounty of organic foods at your fingertips in the Erie region, Frankie & May will bring samples from their cafe and other local growers.
The 13-14 Season is sponsored by Cumulus Media
Adult – $27.00
Senior – $24.00
Youth/Student – $18.00
Please visit the box office to see a seating chart.
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Check out Joey Alexander, a 10-year-old jazz pianist from Jakarta, Indonesia who has been wowing the better part of Asia as well the United Nations and Herbie Hancock with his sensational skills and prodigious improvisation on the keys.
At his young age, Joey can empathize with the ear and soul of a legend like Thelonius Monk, while also imagining his own musical wanderings in pieces he creates on the fly. He’s been playing for only four years, but you wouldn’t know it from the sound of his melodies. Just close your eyes and listen to his three-part cover of Monk’s famous “Round Midnight,” Chick Corea‘s “Armando Rumba,” and John Coltrane‘s “Giant Steps,” and you’ll think you’re hearing a master.
“Jazz gives Joey the freedom to express himself, and piano to him is the best instrument to do that,” Joey’s father Denny Sila tells the Good News Blog. “He likes the sound a piano can produce, lots of notes and he believes it is like an orchestra.”
Sophisticated and wise beyond his years, Joey has transformed his passion for music into a full-fledged career, and people are quickly catching on. In December 2011, when he was only 8, the wunderkind was invited by UNESCO to play solo piano for Hancock during the jazz legend’s visit to Indonesia. Denny describes this experience as “life-changing” for Joey.
“Joey was nervous,” Denny recalls. “Herbie offered encouragement, and Joey’s biggest dream is to go to the U.S. and perform for Herbie again.”
In the past couple years, Joey has been playing his way around Eastern Europe and Asia, participating in the JakJazz Festival 2012 in Jakarta and 2013 World Youth and Jazz Festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Denny considers Joey’s greatest accomplishment to be representing Indonesia in the first International Festival Contest of Jazz Improvisation last year in Odessa, Ukraine, and winning the Grand Prix Award.
“It is hard to find events that would accept him at his very young age,” Denny explains. “However, last year in June in Odessa, Ukraine, Joey won the Grand Prix Prize for all instruments… his competitors were all professionals – 271 musicians from 41 countries way above Joey’s age, including two-time Grammy nominee, NY-based saxophonist, Jay Rodriguez, whom Joey had the honor to do a duet with in a workshop.”
As the young prodigy continues his impressive musical summit, he now has taken it upon himself to learn the art of composition, and also enjoys playing music from other genres, including gospel, pop, hip-hop, and R&B. Next up on his playlist, Joey will join American jazz talents Natalie Cole, Robert Glasper, Dave Koz and Jamie Cullum at one of the biggest jazz festivals in the world, Java Jazz Festival.
“Finally this festival accepted Joey and his trio,” Denny says with pride.
Finally… at 10 years old!
Ahn Trio will perform Yuryung (ghost) written for them by Pat Metheny, Swing Shift, written for them by Kenji Bunch and “Riders on the Storm” from their Groovebox album (EMI Classics), and selections from their “Lullaby for My Favorite Insomniac” album (SONY). superdrive from Berlin will join the Ahns for some of their selections.
45 Bleecker St.
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In NYC? Go check out The Ahn Trio and Berlin-based group superdrive at the Ahn’s only New York appearance this year.
45 Bleecker St.
New York, NY, 10012
Yukako, a 61-year-old pianist, added, “I want the contestants to enjoy a feeling of enriched music–a feeling that one plus one does not equal two, but can equal four or five.”
Toshiaki and Yukako met at Toho Gakuen Music High School in Chofu, western Tokyo. After getting married, they made their base of activities in Europe, and won a prize in the duo category at the ARD International Music Competition in Munich in the late 1970s. They noticed a lack of contests for duos, so they decided to start their own competition. They picked Italy as the venue to return a favor to the country where they lived for nearly nine years.
Their music has a dedicated following, mainly in the Kansai region where they currently live. The next Duo Hayashi competition is slated for 2016.
Multi—tracked piano: An abstract animated short with a performance and composition Rosey Chan
Here is a great profile of our good friend Angela Chan, a gifted (and hilarious) Las Vegas-based keyboardist working on the North American premiere tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production of The Wizard of Oz.
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