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Elaina Miller in concert

Jun 21st 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Elaina Miller is currently in seventh grade at Chief Kanim Middle School in Snoqualmie, WA. She started her piano and violin lessons at age five. She has participated in school choir programs and is a member of the Snoqualmie Strings Orchestra. Already the winner of several awards from the Washington State Music Teachers Association she has consistently won awards for the Royal Conservatory of Music Achievement Program. This year Elaina was the winner of the prestigious Gold Meal Award, for achieving the highest grade at level 6 in the the United States and Canada, as well as the Washington State Certificate of Excellence Other awards include the highest grade in the State and the North West. In addition she has been a consistent winner in the Federation of Music Clubs and the International Piano Composition Contest.

Comments about her performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music Examiners tell more of her story of excellence at the piano in musical interpretation and general musicianship: Elaina is currently studying piano with Bob Pajer at the Mercer Island Piano Studio. Sharon Van Valin is her composition teacher.

Here are Elaina’s thoughts about her composition, (Title) Performed by Elaina Miller (violin) and David Miller (Piano) In today’s program you will hear three Spanish songs included in the suite: Faruca — a Spanish flamenco dance that has sudden changes in mood and tempo including varied rhythms, switching between the piano and violin. Milonga Tango — a faster paced tango that places greater emphasis on the rhythm of the song Flamnco Buleria — including varied rhythms and a grace tango melody in both the violin and the piano, sometimes switching between the two instruments. The Buleria picks up speed at the same rhythm. The Buleria can go up to speeds of three hundred beats per minute. Listen closely to the piano mimicking the strumming of the guitar. Enjoy!

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Jul 21st 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Pamela Liu 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. Since returning to the Northwest, she has been blessed with rewarding performance, teaching and mentorship opportunities which have given her life many new dimensions and directions. Husband and wife duo, Tutti Dolci, have performed in recital at places from the Cascadia Art Museum to the Argosy Cruises of Lake Washington. Classical violinist, Pamela Liu was Classically-trained at Rice University and later joined the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra in Taiwan, touring Europe and parts of Asia with the orchestra. Guitarist, Chris Liu, majored in electrical engineering, but grew up playing drums, bass, several brass instruments, and studied piano with his mother. Together, they enjoy exploring diverse styles of music including folk (Taiwanese) music and opera. Ms. Liu coaches and teaches with The Edmonds Community College, The Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestras, the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras, and Musicworks Northwest. She gets to perform regularly as the concertmaster of the Cascade Symphony and in the chamber concert series through the Cascadia Art Museum. Through recording for movie soundtracks and video games with SEATTLEMusic, Pam had gotten to play for big crowds, most recently, this season, as backup for pop icons, Michael Buble and Sarah Brightman. 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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Duende Libre is a high-energy and dynamic power trio based in Seattle - frequently joined by Frank Anderson, an engaging vocalist, drummer and dancer. Their vibrant and danceable sound draws on a wide range of eclectic influences from Afro-Cuban Jazz to Brazilian Samba to American Funk and Soul. Their latest album Drift earned an Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Award for 2018 NW Jazz Recording of the Year. Keyboard player Alex Chadsey was fluent in jazz and classical forms. He’d walked the usual, rigorous path of a conservatory-style music education. Then he wound up in Seattle, University of Michigan music degree in hand, not sure of what to do. The answer: Play in salsa bands, perfect his montuno, and learn how music creates community. Chadsey’s creative output changed dramatically, coming together in 2016 as a trio project Duende Libre. Their self-titled debut album (released May 5, 2017) distills years of performing, apprenticing with master musicians, and crafting originals that explore Latin elements in new contexts. The results are savvy and grooving, reflecting the Seattle scenes Chadsey inhabits and loves, where Uzbek bassists and Jamaican poets and border-crossing fandangos power musical visions. An inspired power trio, Duende Libre features longtime collaborators Alex Chadsey (piano/keyboards/compositions), Farko Dosumov (electric bass & voice) and Jeff “Bongo” Busch (drums & percussion). They are frequently joined by Frank Anderson, a dynamic and engaging vocalist, drummer and dancer and Chava Mirel, electrifying singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Duende utilizes the American jazz tradition as a point of departure for daring explorations of folk and classical music from the Americas, Europe and Africa, yielding catchy melodies, lush harmonies, and wholehearted groove. Jazziz called Duende’s music “a strikingly authentic blend” and Earshot Jazz wrote “Duende Libre is aural balm for the soul…” Their second album Drift (released Spring 2018) is available now. Frank Anderson’s warm tenor voice and original renditions of jazz, R&B, blues and gospel songs from the 30s to the early-70s offer an eclectic range of soul-satisfying music. A Seattle native, Frank has been performing as a dancer, percussionist and R&B vocalist since 1986. Now at the tender age of 61 he is dancing a little less and singing more. You can usually catch Frank Anderson with many of Seattle’s top musicians at local clubs such as Capitol Cider, Egan’s and North City Bistro, where audiences adore his soulful delivery and engaging stage presence. "Duende Libre is aural balm for the soul, medicine that goes down easy, and will leave you healed in both body and spirit. Daily use is recommended.” — Earshot Jazz "…a strikingly authentic blend.” — Jazziz

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