Monday, March 29, 2010

HIGHLIGHTS

The PP Co. Grand Opening was a great success. Thanks to everybody who joined us for the wonderful event.

http://www.piedmontpiano.com/Webpages/grandopeningrecap.html

Some special moments for me were:
  • the presence of Mr. Paolo Fazioli himself to show a documentary of the fabulous Fazioli Piano
  • the marvelous classical pianist, Allison Lovejoy
  • Blue Skies performance by Art Lande on recorder and Bruce Williamson on sax - amazing how this instrumentation got the audience to sing the song with the performers as softly as they played it, like whispers in unison, allowing the musicians to solo, then sing along again, as if on cue. A cosmic experience!
  • Film by John Korty called "Miracle in a Box" about the restoration of an 1897 Steinway Grand Piano by John Callahan and Callahan Piano Service
  • Virtuoso performance by 9 year old prodigy, Chloe Ma, on the newly-restored 1897 Steinway Grand - watching her play brought me back to when I was her age playing the same Mozart piece. I knew exactly when she would pause then play again. It's as if I was watching myself play, truly miraculous! Another cosmic experience! I heard somebody later said about Chloe, " She's so humble." And someone else remarked, " She's young. She doesn't know any better. She just plays." So true, at that age, I just played the piano and thought everybody else did the same thing.
  • 12 pianos played together to make an amazing sound with Percy Grainger's concert arrangement of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess conducted by Dr. Gwendolyn Mok - a Monster Concert! You should have seen how all the men lifted 12 pianos, moved them around to position them so that the conductor can see all. An afternoon delight!
  • Grammy-award nominee jazz pianist, Taylor Eigsti
And the most special, the pinnacle, is filmmaker John Korty's personal remarks after I played a lil' rendition of What are You Doing the Rest of Your Life on the restored Steinway, "You made that piano sing without lyrics."

Thursday, March 18, 2010

BRAVO! Celebrating the Filipino!

Last night, I went to see Cecile Licad at The Gallery in Makati. Awesome!

Playing Frederic Chopin's Scherzo No.3 in C Sharp Minor and Etude No.3 (No Other Love) and Francisco Buencamino Sr.'s Kumintang, Mayon, Harana and Larawan on solo piano and finishing up with Chopin's Concerto No.2 in F Minor with the Manila Symphony Orchestra (MSO), her fingers were magical, every note crisp and clear. A true artist, a pianist at her finest!

Cecile Licad, a world-renowned classical pianist, a Filipino!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Music Quotes

If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music.
Gustav Mahler

Monday, March 1, 2010

Gyan Riley at Yoshi's

Just came back from a Classical Guitar Concert by Gyan Riley at Yoshi's. Beautiful! Soothing, transcending music, great instrument and splendid performance! Acoustic guitar is one of my favorite instruments and it's just the break I needed tonight from a musical show I'm preparing - conceptualizing, directing, performing in with other artists in March.