Here in Chicago at the Midwest Clinic legendary composer Frank Ticheli joins the panel discussing all the issues - except for one - money!! Commissioning fees in the new recessionary climate! But a great session!
Sian Philipps & I are at BBC Broadcasting House in London to play on Radio 3 "In Tune". Sian's CD "Footsteps to Piazzolla" is launching at The Forge In Camden tomorrow Wednesday, & we are here to play two items & be interviewed!
My "Tango for Armelle" originally written for the feature short "Doremi" was specially arranged from the original song in the movie. We're doing some fabulous Piazzolla too. Just waiting for the sound check...
Siân Philips - CD Launch The Forge 3-7 Delancey Street London NW1 7NL Wednesday 26 October, 7:30pm
Siân Philipps - Violin Sophia Rahman & Michael Omer - Piano Michael Omer will be accompanying Siân Philipps(above) in 'Tango for Armelle', which is taken from Michael's score for the recently released feature short 'Doremi', produced by Rafael Medina Adalfio (https://www.doremifilm.com). It forms part of Siân's exciting new CD.
Siân Philipps has appeared as a soloist with the Philharmonia and Birmingham City Orchestras, amongst others. She studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and was made a partner by the government campaign 'Tune In' to help promote music among young people. The concert on Wednesday launches her new CD on the 'Music Chamber' label(https://www.music-chamber.com/) of tango music, with works by established and contemporary composers. Do come along for a glass of something, and a chat with all the artists.
(l-r) Michael Omer; Dan Reinstein; Paul Jayasinha Photo courtesy of Lyn Edwards
A visit to the renowned and long established 606 Jazz Club in Chelsea last night, just to listen, saw Michael Omer being invited up on stage to sit in for the final number of Dan Reinstein's closing set!
Professor Reinstein, whose day job is being a leading internationally acclaimed laser eye-surgeon, affectionately introduced Michael as his former teacher of jazz piano, who had taught him all he knew(well, mostly true!), before Michael launched into an opening solo to Freddie Freeloader.
It was an evening of surprises all round, as earlier in the set, another member of the audience turned out to be Christopher Hamill, also known as Limahl - former lead singer in the 1980s band Kajagoogoo. Chris gave us a lovely rendition of 'The Girl from Ipanema' and Gershwin's 'Love for Sale'.
Michael returns to the stage on September 20th 2011, at The Pheasantry in the King's Road, with his next piano jazz-cabaret show. This will be his fourth appearance at the newly refurbished venue, which has now fully taken over from the now closed Pizza on the Park.
First session at the Children's Media Conference in Sheffield, kicks off with a survey of kids faves. Seems that music beats computer games by 1% but nice to know music is in there. Football was tops - this is boys by the way. We must keep music options available in school.
Lord (David) Puttnam gave a great opening keynote last night encouraging schools & teachers to embrace all the new technology. I was only one of two delegates who had heard of composer Eric Whiteacre's worldwide Internet choir. David very excited, like me, by this sought of artistic collaboration.
Michael Omer visited Jersey for one of his piano-jazz cabaret shows on June 10 2011, and while there went in to see two lovely girls - Carrie & Sara on their morning show at BBC Radio Jersey.
The fifteen minute spot included a wide-ranging interview on not just Michael's jazz writing & playing, but also his other work, including musical theatre, orchestral writing, and an entertaining look at musical creativity in general!
So life's a beach! Some downtime here in Jersey before my jazz cabaret show tonight at the Jersey Arts Centre - a lovely theatre with a great atmosphere!
BBC Radio Jersey interviewed me live just before lunch and gave me a fifteen minute spot, including playing two tracks from my "Unwritten ,Unplugged & Unsigned" CD. Carrie & Sarah asked some great questions, and not just about tonight's jazz. We covered my concert hall music, and other output too!
All thanks to sponsors Anthony & Jeffery Chinn of Hettich Jewelers, who brought me over to the island after seeing my show at Pizza on the Park in 2010. A fun evening ahead!
If I had £1 or $1 for everyone who wishes they hadn't given up learning the piano, then I'd be a rich musician! If you're thinking of giving up, then think again - it could make you really popular at parties if you can pick out a tune! Might even help you get lucky in love! But if you really MUST give up on the other hand, then just send me the £1/$1/€1..! I'll donate half of it to charity!
So I just had someone tweet me worried that their piano teacher thought he(age 18) needed to be of grade 8 standard to be able to learn and play jazz!
Something wrong here clearly - I hesitate to say with the teaching maybe! If ever you've seen a young child messing about(= impovising) on the piano, you can see the seeds of improvisation right there, in everyone! Is this a case of having talent "educated out of you"?!
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