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Mestiza Music, the documentary airing nationally on your PBS stations June 2016-January 2017!
Collaboration with the Randazzo Dance Company, March 2014 - Bach's Suite in C. Here's a link to the FB Event page
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E3Q video "Lonesome Luke" released on facebook Aug.29.2013
Chamber Music at Kerrytown Concert House with Stephen Miahky, Christina McGann and Jingwen Tu. Wed Oct.9, 2013 8pm
Recital at the Kerrytown Concert House, July 20, 2013 at 8pm with Maria Sampen.
a new video from Drew DeFour, featuring Kin Curran "Don't Be Afraid to Sing the Songs You Love"
Leevi Madetoja on the Fennica Gehrman site - this is a good bio of my hometown hero!
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May Erlewine's album "Golden" won the "Jammie" of the year, and the "best Americana album of the year" in Grand Rapids, MI. GO May! And yes, Golden is epic.
2016 - so many things to look forward to!
It's "funny" to be too busy performing to work on the performing. I think all artists face this dilemma - the Finnish pianist Iiro Rantala wrote a great post about how you have to constantly manage your career to have a career. Right now I am thankful for a few weeks of no gigs or concerts (January is a slow month anyway), and I'm catching up. I am very excited about things to come: Brave New Works recording "The Outer Bar: Music by Morris and Mead" is in the final design phase and will be released later this year. I'm determined to get a few youtube videos out (I get requests from people all the time and I'm sorry I have not managed this yet - we have a plan in place for good things to come soon!)
On April 4th we will have a screening of Mestiza Music, our PBS documentary, at the Keene Theater. It is a 60-minute telling of our journey in cultural collaboration and merging of two musical ensembles, Andean pan pipe trio and western classical string quartet, through music of composer Gabriela Lena Frank. Please message me if you would like an invitation! Gabi, the film maker Aric Hartvig, violinist Andy Jennings and I will be there to answer questions. The film will be broadcast nationally starting in June 2016 - each station will have it's own airdate. WFYI Indianapolis has created a webpage for the documentary and we are also on facebook : Both of those places will have updates on the stations airing the film.
Finally, coming in performance...Sole Full of Rhythm, my friend Sara Randazzo's tap dance company has an upcoming show in March - Arts Thing 2016. Sara, Paula Skimmin and I will perform a piece called "Sand in G".
The foremost Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius, was born in 1865 and died in 1957. Those were some pretty exciting years in the history of my country: there was Russification, famine, lot's of people migrating to the US, then we declared independence, there were two world wars and one civil war...enough for more than one lifetime. Sibelius drew a lot of his ideas from the Finnish mythology and nature, and created a musical language uniquely his own, and uniquely Finnish. I think it's safe to say that all Finns are very proud of that, and the fact that we retained our independence through all of that upheaval, unlike any other Baltic state. So there is cause for celebration.
The Finlandia Foundation's Sibelius150 jubilee was a very simple idea: pooling together all events in the US that include Finnish classical music. I worked with the Kerrytown Concert House, UM Scandinavian Program, Finnish Center Association of Farmington Hills and the Ann Arbor Symphony on a series of concerts in Ann Arbor in the fall of 2015. All kinds of great Finnish music, it was very exciting! The final series of events, "Sibelius and Contemporaries" took place the first week of December. DC-based, Finnish pianist Marja Kaisla and I performed recitals in Farmington Hills, and Ann Arbor, MI, and Phoenix, Arizona. The bulk of the music, Sibelius Op.78, deFalla Seven Spanish Songs and Debussy Sonata were composed in 1914/15 - in the beginning of the First World War. All of the pieces are connected by influences from folk music of their countries, exotic places, and scales (the modes and the pentatonic scales, my favorites!). The year was a wonderful opportunity to highlight Finnish music, Sibelius and others, old and contemporary. I am glad we got to perform Jouni Kaipainen's Gluhende Blumen des Lightsinns for soprano and quartet in October: we just received word that he passed away at the end of November, just shy of his 59th birthday. Rest in Peace, Jouni!