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Since the independent release of his breakthrough solo piano collection Tender Ritual in 1985 on the Unspeakable Freedom Music label, Jim Chappell has been acknowledged as one of contemporary music's most engaging composers and performers. With 20 albums to his credit, Chappell has toured world-wide to sold out audiences, his concerts being filmed and nationally televised. Chappell was the only music artist to perform at Robert DeNiro's 50th birthday party, where he played to a hushed crowd of who's who in the film industry. Several of Jim's albums have received heavy national and international airplay on Smooth Jazz format radio stations, with Chappell's Over The Top making it to No. 1 on the national charts. Along with composing music for the Blake Edwards feature film comedy "Switch" his music has been nationally broadcast on Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN, The Voice, MTV, The Summer and Winter Olympic Games, NBC, and Fox Sports Specials. Gold medal figure skater Brian Boitano skated to Jim's beautiful piece "Gone" in a nationally televised Thanksgiving day broadcast presentation.

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Pamela Liu, violinist, has been in demand as a performer and pedagogue since returning to the Northwest twelve years ago. She received her Bachelors in Violin Performance at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, and was a member of the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra in Taipei, Taiwan, before attending the University of Washington where she received a Masters Degree in Violin Performance. A devoted mentor to young musicians, Ms. Liu coaches and teaches with The Academy of Music Northwest, the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras, and Musicworks Northwest. As an active performer, Ms. Liu is the concertmaster of the Cascade Symphony, section member of the Yakima Symphony, and part of the violin-guitar duo, Tutti Dolce, with husband Chris Liu. Michael Center holds degrees in music from the New England Conservatory and the Peabody Institute, where his teachers were Colin Carr and Ronald Thomas. His early studies were with Toby Saks. As an orchestral musician, he has been a member of the Sacramento Symphony, the Phoenix Symphony, and the Washington Chamber Orchestra, of which he was a founding member and principal cellist. While in Baltimore, he played with the award-winning Trio Fervore, which played many concerts and was featured in radio broadcasts in Boston, Baltimore, and New York. As a chamber musician, he has also concertized with members of the Julliard, Vermeer, Chicago, and Audubon String Quartets and regularly appears with musicians from the San Francisco, Cleveland, Minnesota, and Chicago Symphonies. Mr. Center has participated in the Prague, Taos, Music in the Mountains, Red Rocks and Utah chamber music festivals. He has performed chamber music, concertos, and recitals on both coasts of the U.S. as well as in Europe. Michael Center has taught chamber music and cello lessons at the School of the Arts in San Francisco, the Marrowstone Music Festival, and the Peabody Conservatory as the teaching assistant of Ronald Thomas. He is currently the principal cellist of Lake Union Civic Orchestra, appears regularly in cello/piano duo recitals with his wife Annie, and in his spare time enjoys cooking and building furniture. A native of Fukuoka, Japan, pianist Harumi Makiyama leads an active professional life in the Seattle area as an accompanist for Northwest Girlchoir, the Seattle Jewish Chorale, and Lakeside School, and as a concert and freelance pianist, piano teacher, adjudicator, and collaborative artist. In addition to running a private piano studio, she has taught at Chopin Academy of Music, Academy of Music Northwest, and University of Washington and has served on the collaborative staff at Central Washington University. Harumi has earned degrees in Piano Performance from New England Conservatory of Music and Elisabeth University of Music in Hiroshima, Japan. She also received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from University of Washington. Her dissertation, Mental Preparation for Piano Performance Using Principles of Aikido, looks for ways alleviate Musical Performance Anxiety (MPA) through ancient Shinto and Zen wisdom found in the Japanese martial art of Aikido, which directly translates as "The Way of Harmony.”

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Seen in North Seattle

Jul 31, 2018

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We do not recommend this moving technique!

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David Liew in Concert

Jun 13, 2018

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David Liew, 17, has been studying piano under Mr. Donald Denegar since the age of five. Under the tutelage of Mr. Denegar, David gave his first solo recital at age ten. Most recently, he was invited to play an hour-long solo program at Trilogy at Redmond Ridge. He has also performed in multiple masterclasses, most notably for Dr. Nelita True of the Eastman School of Music at the Washington State Music Teacher Association’s annual conference. David’s senior recital is especially interesting in that it covers a wide range of musical styles and composers, from Bach and Beethoven to Lecuona and Ginastera. David has also studied music theory with Mr. Denegar. In addition to piano, David is a cellist in the Evergreen Philharmonic. Outside of music, David is heavily involved in leadership and community service work. He also enjoys playing tennis and backpacking. David will graduate summa cum laude from Skyline High School and receive his IB Diploma in June. In the fall, David will attend the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business to study Finance and Management.

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Shadow and Light performed at Stage 7 Pianos stage on May 6th sharing a sound that combines, jazz, blues and Hindustani classical.

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Pianist Anindo Bose and Singer Pavithra Chari are India: Shadow & Light on their first US Tour, finishing in Seattle after concerts in NYC, Boston, Chicago and the Bay Area. Shadow and Light has been touring in India, and has collaborated with American jazz star Stanley Jordan, opened for Sitar megastar Anoushka Shankar (grand daughter of the legendary Ravi Shankar), and collaborated with Karsh Kale, among many others. They have appeared on India's KAPPA - TV, and been featured in the MTV India Coke Studios series. Pavithra and Anindo have been working on a sound that combines, jazz, blues and Hindustani classical. Pavithra, trained in Hindustani classical, molds the melody of each track, after which Anindo adds the keyboards, drum grooves and effects. "Wonderful melange of classical meets jazz/funk/R&B" - Rolling Stone India

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Join us on April 28th at 7:00 PM for a truly unique concert experience Nathan Jensen will be performing on and dismantling a Steinway Model D Grand piano.

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Trovadoro in concert

Mar 14, 2018

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Cuban Son (pronounced 'sone' like 'tone') is rooted in the acoustic dance music of Cuba. TROVADORO brings together the Pacific Northwest's finest players of Cuban Son music to perform original compositions in traditional styles. Like Cuban troubadours new and old, TROVADORO evokes deep currents of the human heart and soul with strings, percussion and song. So let's travel on a musical path of innovative and authentic notes of life on La Isla de Cuba. Guided by Kiki Valera, Santiago de Cuba's master of the Cuban Cuatro, TROVADORO features Justin Maggart on lead vocals & maracas, Javier Marú on guitar & vocals, and Steve Smith on bongos & bell. Visit www.trovadoro.com for music, videos and more about the group.

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Join solo piano artists Philip Wesley, Doug Hammer & Rachel Currea live in concert for an intimate and memorable evening of music and stories behind their songs. $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Get your advance tickets here now and save! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/philip-wesley-doug-hammer-rachel-currea-live-in-seattle-wa-tickets-42636938230

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Lambros in Concert

Feb 27, 2018

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Our incredible local talent and friend is back on stage, offering yet another outstanding performance of virtuosity and skill. Playing very difficult repertoire flawlessly and also full of emotion, his performances are a must-see experience- worthy of any international stage. Lambros Lambrou, piano Rachmaninov Preludes Op. 23 No 2,5,7 (8 & 9 if requested) Rachmaninov Etudes Op. 39 - all

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Thanks LaVon Hardison

Feb 06, 2018

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We began the 2018 season, on January 20, with the music and joy of The LaVon Hardison Quartet. The new year instinctively suggests hope and resolve in our lives. The repertoire of LaVon Hardison was by all accounts “in the pocket”. Thanks! LaVon Hardison/vocals, Eric Verlinde/piano, Jeff Busch/drums, Dean Schmidt/bass http://lavonhardison.com/music/

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For almost a century, FIVE WORDS, in our opinion, defined an industry. The industry is: RADIO. The 5 words: "ON AIR” and “TIME NOW…. FOR __! Every station had the sign either on the stage or outside the broadcast control room that showed: "ON AIR”. The microphone was either on stage or in the control room and was used to say: “TIME NOW…FOR___!” Folks sat on kitchen chairs/family sofas/most children reclined on a rug, carpet or bare floor supported by elbows along with curled fingers to the cheek. The Radio Enthusiasts of Puget Sound (REPS) pays homage to this living icon, at our Saturday gig, on February 17th; along with talented thespians with scripts in hand and supported by authentic sound effects. Wait; there's more: Musical accompaniment by Bob Hammer/piano + Bernie Jacobs/vocal/flute/sax

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