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.”
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
Testimonial from tuning Bosendorfer grand for concert pianist in Seattle:
It was a great pleasure for me when I played my piano extensively yesterday later in the day after the piano was tuned. I felt great benefit from the clarity of the sound and liked and enjoyed it very much. So did my wife too when she played - and she has excellent hearing. Thank you dearly!
– Hartwig E.
Stage 7 provides the finest concert grand in the area for our studio recitals. Kenn and his staff are most professional. At every recital, they give us the warm reception, wonderful service and make us all feel like home.
– Yunbo C.
Just as buying our piano was a big decision, so was selling it. I had no idea where to start, but decided to send Stage 7 an email. I received a prompt, honest, and very helpful response from Kenn Wildes. He gave me current market information that proved to be 100% accurate regarding selling the piano on my own. As a result, I later consigned my piano to Stage 7 and it sold very quickly. Couldn’t have asked for a better consignment experience!
– Carl B.
My name is Kim B and I'm a piano teacher in the Kirkland area. I've used Stage 7 Pianos numerous times for my piano recitals. The staff is always so helpful and flexible to work with. The acoustics sound fantastic for performances and my students have an extra bonus by being able to play on world class concert grand pianos! Looking forward to using this special venue for many years to come.
– Kim B.
Thank you all again. Truly this is a dream come true. I can assure you the piano will be a cherished instrument. Thanks for the care you clearly give all the pianos!
I think I played the piano for about six hours on Saturday! My husband is totally enjoying listening to me play again (even with all the wrong notes and crazy tempos) and my daughter is interested in learning. Believe me, this piano could not have a more adoring family! And my granddaughters just cannot wait to play it! I just referred someone to Stage 7!
– Deb J.
I have used Kenn’s piano tuning services since 2001. ... I found his knowledge of pianos extensive and have continued to call on him over the years. ... Kenn is always prompt, courteous and very kind to my old and temperamental piano. I recommend him to anyone who is looking for a tuner.
– Kerry D.
Kenn, Thank you very much. I appreciate your help and time and cooperation. Stage 7 came highly recommended to us and I am thankful for your help. Getting all of this insurance mess wrapped up has been a challenge.
I feel as if a new friend has just entered my life....a beautiful Young Chang piano from Stage 7. After 50 years without a piano, I immediately fell in love with the sound and beauty of the piano and the expertise of the staff at Stage 7 helped me cement my decision. They refinished the bench, tuned the piano and made sure that I was connected with an outstanding piano mover who carefully negotiated a few tight left turns to get my piano into its new home.
Starting piano lessons again after so many years is a joy....and sitting down to "practice" fills a place that was missing in my soul. And my family has adopted Young Chang and my son and granddaughter sit down to play each time they visit....bringing extra smiles and warmth to my home.
Thank you, Kenn and staff, for answering all my questions and for helping me choose a new best friend.
– Deborah C.
As a music teacher, I've really loved working with the Stage 7 staff as they've been very helpful with hosting recital space for our group. Parents and students have loved the selection of pianos and also their beautiful space!
– Jonathan and Christine M.
Kenn, you are running a great business and I am proud to be a part of it. I love that you care for the family and the piano after the sale. I feel cared for and valued as a customer.
You have made this a pressure free experience for us. Payment, loaning the moving equipment and following up about everything going well.
– Mike T.
We were extremely pleased with the piano tuning and repairs that Kenn provided. He is very professional, skilled, and personable. His prices were very reasonable for the amount of time and effort he provided (which was a lot). We highly recommend Kenn!
– The Knickrehm Rich Family
Kenn helped me look at and assess a used Steinway B piano that I purchased for a venue in Seattle, The Royal Room. Kenn was honest, helpful, and very easy to work with. The piano has worked out great, the performers love it, and we have been very happy.