Posts Tagged ‘Music’
We’d like to welcome guest blogger, Ms. Imogen Reed – featuring a story about the amazingly fascinating “Play Me, I’m Yours” Art & Music project, which currently delights Angelenos and visitors alike!Thank You for your contribution, Imogen!
Street Piano Project Reaches LA via Geneva
There is a meeting place where Geneva meets Los Angeles and art meets music. If you didn’t catch the ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ artwork in Geneva and haven’t yet caught up with it in LA you may well be wondering what kind of a junction that could possibly be and how to get there. Read on…
Luke Jerram is a British artist. His art project began touring four years ago and has since touched two million people. As you read this, the number of participants is rising by the minute, not to mention the numbers of works or keys played. The work involves pianos and the project has 30 in LA at the moment. Local communities were invited to customize the pianos and passersby are now invited to ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’, a slogan that is written on each and every one of them.
Jouez, Je Suis A Vous
Just last June it was ‘Jouez, Je Suis A Vous’, when twenty pianos were placed around Geneva as part of the Fete de la Musique. They were placed by the lake, the Floral Clock, the Grand Theatre and in parks and squares throughout the city. Each piano has its own blog where content can be shared. The Geneva pages show a city genuinely pleased by the event. Many seemed to be adults who could play well but just hadn’t for some time. Suddenly they had time and the opportunity. Pedestrians were enchanted, stopped passing and stopped to sit down and listen.
One child played as a tram went by. A gifted man played to perfection by the lake as a boats went by. Passengers in taxis, tourists in carhire vehicles as well as local residents and cyclists looked on. Sometimes there was singing or other instruments joined in. Some chose fast catchy jazz pieces, some chose slow, moving classical works. People stopped to see what was going on, listened and joined in. That was Jerram’s intention. To provide a focal point around which communities would gather with the pianos becoming “a catalyst for conversation and changing the dynamics of a space”.
It worked. The project has been so successful that it has now travelled to 22 locations; many are in the UK but also include Brazil, Hungary, Malta, the Netherlands, Spain and locations in Australia and the US.
Did you play in Geneva? Get yourself to one of the thirty pianos in LA and play again. They are located in a number of downtown locations, including two at Bunker Hill, one in Chinatown, one at LA Live and one in Union Square. Then there are a number spread throughout the rest of the city and you can find out where your nearest one is on http://streetpianos.com/la2012/
Thirty pianists opened the event on 12 April by simultaneously playing the first prelude from Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier. Then they handed them over to the public for its three-week turn. There is a free event ‘Love Letters to LA’ on 26 April at the piano situated at the Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood Boulevard, where local artists will chose and perform a song that represents Los Angeles to them, unplugged.
So where does the art come in? Is this not a music project? The project has brought about an interesting fusion. The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra that has brought the project to LA has been busy commissioning organizations, individuals and designers to customize the pianos with their artwork. One piano by muralist Kent Twitchell marks Jeffrey Kahane’s fifteen years with the LA Chamber Orchestra, another bears mermaids and mountains by local artist Raoul de la Sota, another is colourfully decorated by an arts project that works to try to prevent students from dropping out of high school and another was decorated by the Braille Institute. The very preparation of the pianos called upon communities to work together and it is this that has excited Jerram about the brevity of the LA event.
Besides, it is the effect of the project that matters, not quibbling over categories. Public art plays a vital role in cities, whether it is the Jet d’Eau in Geneva or the letters of Hollywood in LA. So maybe you can’t play for toffee but fancy a go, or maybe you have been playing for years? Maybe you can think of something to play then post on the website that will put the Angeleno-Swiss community on the Street piano map? Get down there, join in. Enjoy!
- Play This Piano (franklinavenue.blogspot.com)
- “Play Me, I’m Yours” (keepingsane.com)
- Pianos Scattered Across SoCal For Any Member Of The Public To Play (losangeles.cbslocal.com)
#SwissTalentLA: Eliana Burki – A one-of-a-kind Angelena-Swiss Artist who redefined the traditional Alphorn – Check her out!
Great to have you in Los Angeles, Eliana!
Thursday, September 15th 2011
Handel and Fireworks
with Swiss cellist Christian Poltera
Born in Zurich, cellist CHRISTIAN POLTÉRA was a pupil of Nancy Chumachenco and Boris Pergamenschikov before studying with Heinrich Schiff in Salzburg and Vienna. Since replacing Yo-Yo Ma performing the Elgar concerto with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich under David Zinman at the age of 17, Mr. Poltéra has steadily established himself as one of the most prominent cellists of his generation.
As soloist he has worked with eminent orchestras including the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, NDR Hamburg Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna and Bamberg Symphonies, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Orchestra Santa Cecilia in Rome, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de Lyon, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony, Camerata Salzburg, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Chamber Orchestra of Europe under such conductors as Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Chailly, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Leonard Slatkin, Sir Andrew Davis, Paavo Järvi, Donald Runnicles, as well as the leading conductors of the younger generation, such as James Gaffigan, Robin Ticciati, and Andris Nelsons. Mr. Poltéra made his solo debut in the US in 2006 with the American Symphony Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall in New York.
Upcoming highlights include performances of the Brahms Double concerto with violinists Karen Gomyo (New Japan Philharmonic and its music director Christian Arming) and Thomas Zehetmair (on tour of Europe with Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique under Sir John Eliot Gardiner), as well as a return visit to the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra conducted by Dmitrij Kitajenko.
Mr. Poltéra also devotes himslef intensively to chamber music, working with such musicians as Gidon Kremer, Christian Tetzlaff, Leonidas Kavakos, Martin Fröst, Kathryn Stott, Lars Vogt, and Leif Ove Andsnes, as well as the Auryn, Belcea, and Zehetmair Quartets. In 2008 he joined Mitsuko Uchida in performances of Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time”, at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall and the Kimmell Center in Philadelphia. Together with violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann and violist Antoine Tamestit, Christian Poltéra has formed a regular string trio that performs at the most prestigious concert venues in Paris, London, Amsterdam, Vienna, Cologne, Brussels, and Milan, as well as at the Salzburg and Edinburgh Festivals.
In 2004 he received the Borletti-Buitoni Award and was selected as a BBC New Generation Artist. In 2006-07 he was a ‘Rising Star’ of the European Concert Hall Organization. He is a regular guest at renowned festivals (such as Salzburg, Lucerne, Berlin, and Vienna) and made his BBC Proms debut with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 2007.
Christian Poltéra’s discography reflects his wide range of repertoire that includes the cello concertos by Dvorak, Schoeck, Honegger, Martin, and Toch, as well as chamber music by Prokofiev, Fauré, Mozart, Saint-Saens and Schubert, on the labels BIS Records, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI, and Chandos. These recordings have won acclaim from the international press, and have been honored with the Diapason d’or, Gramophone Magazine’s “Editor’s Choice”, Strad Magazine’s “Strad Selection”, and BBC Music Magazine’s “Choice”. Now recording regularly for BIS, Mr. Poltéra’s latest CD, featuring the cello concertos by Dutilleux and Lutoslawski, has been released in 2009.
Congratulations Fabio Mignola, Smooth Jazz Recording Artist from Minusio/Ticino, for your constant presence on LA’s Smooth Jazz Airwaves!
Fabio’s “Groovy Nights” is featured on iTunes’ “Smooth Jazz Affair” Podcast, Show #76.
Check out Fabio’s latest release on iTunes
Auguri, Fabio! You Made(it)in.LA+!
“Across the Ocean and
over the Mountains,
there is a Place –
a Home Away From home…”
SCILLA – Acoustic & Unplugged – this Thursday April 7th, 9pm – at the Mezz Bar, Alexandria Hotel in Downtown LA
Swiss pop/rock singer/songwriter Scilla’s Pop-Rock music is influenced by Pink, No Doubt, The Runaways, Anouk, Katy Perry, Christina Aguilera and Lady Gaga.
This talented young singer/songwriter from the Italian part of Switzerland (Ticino) studied Music in Milan, Italy and Music Business at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood – surely a good choice on getting the necessary tools on how to make it in the US. Last year Scilla participated at the Swiss final of the Eurovision Song Contest with her song “Barbie Doll”, which she co-wrote with guitarist Rafael Moreira (official, wiki, youtube).
If you would like to check out more of her work, visit www.scillamusic.com or better yet, stop by the Mezz Bar (yelp) on the 2nd floor of the Alexandria Hotel in Downtown LA, this coming THURSDAY, APRIL 7 @ 9pm, where Scilla will perform an unplugged, acoustic and soulful 45 min. set at the Mezz Bar in Los Angeles.
Congratulations, Scilla – You Made(it)in.LA+!
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