Get Khatia Buniatishvili behind a piano and a change occurs. Maybe, not so much a change as opposed to a possession occurs. Sitting at the piano and those keys staring back at her, the soul of everyone who came before her conjures themselves and channel the emotions of the moment. The feeling and the intensity you can witness in Ms. Buniatishvili's face. It is sensual, alarming, hallowing. And Khatia, the Georgian goddess and her blazing piano make you feel every moment. They conjure up the colors of emotion and life.
Antique musical instruments are not only considered valuable because of their rarity, but also because they tell the story of whomever handled them -- or, in this case, heard them. A 180-year-old square grand piano, believed to have been housed in the parlor of Mary Todd Lincoln's sister, where the not-quite president Abraham Lincoln had courted his future wife, has recently been restored for $17,000 by the Springfield Art Association.
PBS and the American Masters series are set to present a new documentary about rock and roll legend, Fats Domino. On Feburary 26 at 10 p.m., (check your local listings) the new documentary, Fats Domino and the Birth of Rock 'n' Roll debuts. Feburary is Black History Month in the US, and the premiere on the 26th coincides with Fats Domino's 88th birthday. It figures to be a super special night for Fats Domino fans.
What do you do when you find a $300,000 Steinway piano from 1893 in a community hall cupboard? You play it, of course! That's what happened Saturday, Jan 23rd at the Gaiety Theater in Wairoa, New Zealand, after American-born jazz pianist David Paquette was asked to arrange a concert in the small New Zealand town, but needed a piano for the event. Told by the town council that there was an old piano hidden away in the community hall, Paquette did not expect to find a barely-used 8 ft. grand intended for concert hall use.
The ONE Music Group, creators of the only Apple MFi-certified piano that works with an app to teach users to play, has teamed with famed classical pianist Lang Lang in the hopes of bringing their ONE Smart Piano to the masses. Word has it that ONE Music Group recently secured $10 million in funding that will be used to advance its mission of music education with The Piano Classroom Project--dedicated to helping teachers cater to more students in each class at a more affordable rate.
A $500,000 bejeweled piano once owned by the iconic Liberace is said to be safe after the roof collapsed at the music store where it was being housed in Massachusetts.
All around the nation, piano stores are dwindling as fewer people take up the instrument and those who do often opt for a less expensive electronic keyboard or a used piano. So, was Dame Fanny Waterman right? Is the piano dying?
Dame Fanny Waterman, a world-renowned British music teacher, has said that she fears for the future of piano playing and that Britain is failing to produce performers internationally. So is she right: Is the piano really dying? Waterman, 94, spoke to the "Guardian" after announcing last week that she would stand down next year as chairwoman and artistic director of the Leeds International Piano Competition, one of the world’s most prestigious music competitions, which she co-founded in 1961. During the interview, she spoke about the future of piano in Britain. Waterman blames the popularity of electric keyboards and children starting to learn the piano at a later age in the U.K. than in other parts of the world for the piano’s demise. “The [future of the] piano is the cause of great worry for all us who love it,” she said. “First, lots of children are learning it from the electric piano. A waste of time, because you don’t get the speed of the key descent, you don’t get the different sounds.”
Tony DeSare, originator of the Sunday Night Bemelmans series, has announced an extended Sunday night residency at The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel, in New York City. As a vocalist and pianist, DeSare has reached critical and popular acclaim for his performances throughout the United States and all over the world and was named a rising star male vocalist in "Downtown" magazine's recent Critics’ Poll. He also has three top 10 "Billboard" jazz albums and has been featured on the "CBS Early Show," NPR and "The Today Show." DeSare is also an accomplished, award-winning composer, having written the theme song for the motion picture "My Date with Drew" and the 20th Century Fox film "The Tooth Fairy" along with several broadcast commercials. His compositions include a wide-range of romantic, funny and soulful tunes that can be found on his top-selling recordings as well as on his YouTube page, which has accumulated nearly 1 million total views. He has also made numerous symphony appearances this season, including The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, the Dallas Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and The Philly Pops.
The ghost of Sergei Rachmaninoff will play a “live” recital tonight at that Teatro Mediterraneo in Naples titled “Ghost Concert.”
Le Poisson Rouge will be presenting “Glass & Blood,” concert works from the bloodiest film scores by Philip Glass. The New York premiere of this show with include new suites from "Dracula," "Candyman" and "The Hours" for violin and piano. Michael Riesman will be on piano with Chase Spruill playing the violin. Riesman, a multi-talented composer, conductor, keyboardist and record producer, has also been the musical director of the world-renowned Philip Glass Ensemble since 1976. He has had a long-standing relationship with Philip Glass and has conducted the Oscar-nominated scores "Notes on a Scandal," "The Truman Show" and Martin Scorsese’s "Kundun." This concert comes at a perfect time, with Glass’s score for the 1992 film "Candyman" recently being released on vinyl. One Way Static announced this long-awaited vinyl pressing and started sending out a limited edition of copies to anxious fans in late October.
Artist-designed pianos are popping up in public parks throughout Seattle and King County, and people are invited, nay encouraged, to stop and play them. It’s all part of an interactive public art project called Pianos in the Parks.
Venezuelan pianist Sergio Tiempo last performed on the Southbank Centre's prestigious International Piano Series in 2011, proving to be one of the season's most popular recitalists. On April 29, Tiempo will return to Queen Elizabeth Hall for an eagerly anticipated program that holds great personal meaning for him.
Ah, time was when the Wall Street branch of McDonalds was distinct from all the others. It felt somehow, businessy, the kind of place busy finance execs might like to hang out. Much of that was due to the grand piano above the entrance. Time still is, actually. But time might not be for very much longer.