Tonight is preview night for Breaking Up Is Hard To Do. Opening Night is this Friday. All matinée performances are sold out, and over 80% of all tickets are sold. I can’t write a long post, I’ve got a few hours of piano practise to do before teaching.
My cousin Alyssa saw my book in a Times book store window in Kota Kinabalu. I remember looking at a similar window this time last year before the book was out. I tried to imagine it sitting among other beautiful glossy books about Sabah. It seemed like a dream. Thank you Alyssa.
A few weeks ago I wrote about my students Jessica (7) and Sasha (5). The post was about Jessica showing me lyrics she wrote for a song. I wrote a simple duet for the girls, and used MuseScore notation software (which is free to download!) to write it up. Here’s the original post, which shows the lyrics, music score and describes where the girls are in their musical development.
Jessica and Sasha are siblings aged 7 and 5 respectively. I encourage them to make up tunes. “Don’t be scared,” I say. “It’s good to create.” So last week Jessica hits me with: “Can we make a song together?” “Sure…” “…because I wrote one! Here it is! Can you do the music?” Ha! Okay. I … Continue reading Ice Cream Man student original duet music
Steinway artist Raphael Alexandre Lustchevsky performed a Chopin recital in Kota Kinabalu on May 8, 2010 as part of the worldwide celebrations “Chopin2010”. 2010 was the 200th anniversary of the birth date of Frédéric François Chopin. I chatted with him after his masterclass, and he said: Music is a thing of beauty; it brings good … Continue reading Music is a thing of beauty; it brings good things to your life – Raphael Lustchevsky
Klasik Elastik is a duo made up of Sophie Van Aerde (violin, recorder) a doctor from France, and me (piano, melodica). We play mostly classical and gypsy songs. Sophie likes to be very expressive, varying the speed of the music when she feels like it. She has taught me how to listen and follow her. … Continue reading Klasik Elastik PHOTO VIDEO
This was written for my first blog, but Sophie is a big part of my life, so here it is again. In August 2008 Dr. Sophie Van Aerde arrived in Sabah from France, to marry her husband-to-be. Two weeks later, I arrived in Sabah from England, to marry my husband-to-be. Serendipity brought us together, and … Continue reading Sophie Van Aerde – violinist, doctor