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‘Serene Moon’: Jiaoyue Lyu Performs Vibrant Guqin and Zhu Recital at Lincoln Center

Posted November 14, 2016 by Ellen Gilmer

In her recent concert in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse at Lincoln Center on Saturday evening, October 29, 2016, Jiaoyue Lyu enchanted and entranced her audience with a program rich in traditional Chinese poetic music selections. This enlightening concert was performed by Ms. Lyu on the ancient stringed instruments of Guqin and Zhu, both very significant in the traditions of Chinese music. Jiao’s exemplary affinity with and command of these fascinating instruments reveals their uniquely expressive and innately beautiful timbre and exquisite range of tonalities. As the evening progressed, she and her musician collaborators guided the concert with graceful expertise from ancient to contemporary music modes with the introduction of electronic amplification.

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Skill Building Sequence for Choral Ensembles from Dr. Jennifer Miceli

Posted September 8, 2015 by Ellen Gilmer

In the Foreword to her very engaging and informative new book, Dr. Jennifer Miceli reveals the many dimensions and unique diversity of her career path and experiences as a professional choral director, music educator, educator of music teachers, and as a performing musician. The choirs she has directed include musicians of varied levels of training and experience from youngsters of pre-school age and children with special needs to intergenerational and accomplished professional choirs and choral ensembles. Although every singer as musician within a choral group brings unique, creative skills and understanding to each rehearsal and concert, quoting Dr. Miceli, “As choristers we breathe together, intone the notes off the page, and unleash the glorious sound of human voices singing in harmony—it can be, and often is, transcendent.”

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Serene Moon Concert by Jiaoyue Lyu: Guqin Recital at Weill Recital Hall

Posted June 6, 2014 by Ellen Gilmer

Jiaoyue Lyu, an accomplished Guqin artist and pianist, performed a Guqin concert of exquisite beauty, sensitivity and fine art on June 2nd, 2014, at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, in New York City. Having studied and played piano since the age of four, she has won numerous awards in competitions throughout China and the world as a pianist. Jiaoyue Lyu performed a program of poetic instrumental selections as well as some pieces with vocal parts. The program included solo pieces along with numbers played by the ensemble, which included the excellent and versatile musicians Zhou Yi, playing pipa, Miao Yimin, playing dizi and other woodwind instruments and Shih-Hua (Judy) Yeh, playing Guqin. Attending a concert of Serene Moon, a beautifully sensitive and mesmerizing virtuoso Guqin performance by Jiaoyue Lyu and her acclaimed ensemble of musicians—all Chinese instrument players of ultimate quality and accomplishment—is a breathtaking and enlightening experience not to be missed.

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HEARTBEATS SPEAK in Helen Peterson’s Poetry-Dance Theater Performance

Posted April 19, 2014 by Ellen Gilmer

Helen Peterson, dynamic choreographer and poet, will perform HEARTBEATS SPEAK, her original creation of poetry-dance fusion in concert at the Triskelion Arts Theater in Brooklyn, NY, on Sunday, May 4th, 2014. Helen’s unique performance pieces move, intrigue and delight her audiences by very artistically bridging the music of poetry and Spanish Flamenco dance. As a native Cuban born into a theatrical family, Helen’s rich, colorful performances of poetry with dance embody her vibrant heritage, early dreams, artistic and life experiences, and politics as well as her extensive training. With her own unique Flamenco style, bold, earthy realities and graceful, sophisticated flare, she enthrall her audiences, transporting them through her vividly depicted and enacted expressions. Her ardent and elegant voice and movements sculpt shining revelations of her ongoing involvement with the strong and subtle experiential emotions of life. Her unique, artful, kinetic flow of words over dancing rhythms of castanets and drumming feet emphasize the strong, yet graceful empowerment of a fine artist’s poetic vision sung from the heart and soul.

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Caprices Festival

Posted April 13, 2014 by IMPress Archives

our cette 11ème édition du Caprices Festival de Crans Montana, La célèbre station de sport d’hiver reçoit une scène musicale riche et variée : Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin, Marco Carola, Ziggy Marley, Grand Corps Malade, IAM et bien d’autres… Dès 20h le Moon, la scène principale du festival, conçue pour offrir une acoustique qualitative, ouvre ses portes aux quelques […]

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Tedeschi Trucks Band – A Marriage in Music

Posted August 10, 2013 by Michael Vechesky

nly a select few groups in music history have ever been assembled like the Tedeschi-Trucks Band (TTB).Led by husband and wife team, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, TTB features the first ‘star’ power couple to play along side each other in the same band since Country Music legends Johnny Cash and June Carter-Cash or 70’s […]

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Blues, Soul and Gospel by Judith Emeline at the Montreux Jazz

Posted July 29, 2013 by Dominique Schreckling

The free stages of the Montreux Jazz Festival always offer good opportunities to discover lesser known but talented artists. On July 10th, it was the turn of the experienced Judith Emeline to give a wonderful concert on the Music in the Park stage with a mix of blues, soul and gospel.

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Paléo Festival 2013 – Nyon, Switzerland

Posted July 28, 2013 by IMPress Archives

Le 38ème Paléo Festival de Nyon a ouvert ses portes Mardi 23 Juillet pour une semaine de musique, de découverte et de fête. Quelque 230 000 spectateurs sont attendus en six jours et six nuits sur la plaine de l’Asse.

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Premiere Concert of the Ars Longa Quire – A Generous Gift of Celebration in Song

Posted March 17, 2013 by Ellen Gilmer

The premiere concert of the Ars Longa Quire at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Huntington, Long Island, NY, at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, January 13th, 2013, was a beautifully presented and performed program of uniquely combined choral selections. At once in contrast to and complementary of one another, the vocal works included revealed the individual expertise of each singer as well as a subtly refined precision of vocal blending and tonal quality unity. At times, the lilting swell of the glorious choral mix rose to fill the sanctuary, reverberating from the distant architectural heights of the arched English Gothic style ceiling above. Whenever called for by the music, however, the choir members joined to produce a concise, singular note in perfect unison and expertly achieved sotto voce.

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