Friday, June 21, 2013

MAKE MUSIC NEW YORK - 175 keyboards make Guiness Book of Records!

Today, as part of its 7th annual summer-music-celebration, Make Music New York, a 175 keyboard line-up on Cornelius Street garnered the Guiness World Book of Records, as the largest ensemble, performing (for more than 5 minutes) together.
Composer, pianist, writer, Jed Distler,  presented his world-premiere of Broken Record at the Grand Piano, hauled out onto downtown Cornelia Street, in front of the Cornelia Street Cafe. A favorite hang out of the artist, who curates a number of music performances at the Cafe's showroom all year around, Distler is by far no stranger to the neighborhood. Surprisingly the small street held all of the 175 Yamaha-keyboards, carried from the nearby Lady of Pompeij church where rehearsals took place the previous evening and musician-friends, as notable as Philip Glass, came by to show their support. Almost everyone involved had clearly one thing in common - they came for the fun to participate in this grand gesture for music!

Everybody helps to shlepp the keyboards and stands...including Jed Distler. (see photo)

To be considered, the rules for entry into the Guiness Book of Records, ask for a traditional piece, in addition to the contemporary music, to be performed. So Distler chose the renowned Palchebel Canon, to open the show.

It was fascinating to play in this environment, hear the free harmonizing sounds of keyboards, divided into five groups, each kept at bay with their own conductor.

Even if there may have been some stressfull moments, like awaiting the musicians' final arrival to complete the record number, or waiting in vain for additional, promised help...the event was a huge success. Well covered by the press and endorsed for it's goal, the record won! But perhaps even more impressive for the cause of performing: so many bystanders felt our contagious joy at making music together!

By Ilona Oltuski

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

GetClassical at the Rose Bar - video clip

A video clip ( by Dana Kalmey) that shows an impression of the June 9th event of GetClassical at the Gramercy Park Hotel's Rose Bar.
Thanks to all performers for their support of GetClassical and for a wonderful evening, filled with great music: Elisha Abas, Alexandra Joan, Ben Kapps, Sergey Gordeev!

Golandsky Institute and International Piano Festival in Princeton

The Golandsky Institute International Piano Festival will be held in Princeton, NJ at the McCarter Theatre and Richardson Auditorium, July 14-21, 2013. Featured artists from around the world will perform 6 recitals in 7 days, including Ilya Itin, whose performance last year garnered praise from The Philadelphia Inquirer as "A top ten musical moment of the year." Click this link to learn more and purchase tickets!

The Golandsky Institute is the preeminent center for the Taubman Approach, which instructs pianists in the art of coordinate movement, giving them the tools to play with brilliance and ease. Their annual Summer Symposium at Princeton University is also held the same week as the International Piano Festival. To learn more and to register, click here:

Friday, June 14, 2013

LePoisson Rouge in Collaboration with GetClassical presents Elisha Abas

AT LePoissonRouge June 19th, 2013 at 6.30 pm

LePoisson Rouge in Collaboration with
            GetClassical  presents
                            Pianist Elisha Abas

Elisha Abas is a great-great grandson of Russian composer Alexander Scriabin and the last protégé of legendary pianist Arthur Rubinstein. Star-pupil of Israel’s eminent pedagogue Pnina Salzman, Abas personifies the strong willed and highly expressive character –in addition to the prodigal talent – central to the makeup of a true virtuoso.

Called “one of the most refined and interesting pianists, of our generation” by La Roma” Abas –searching for his true self had abandoned the musician’s life for over a decade to become a professional soccer-player, lawyer and family man only ultimately make his way back to the piano and share his unique gift with international audiences...”I realized I need my music back in my life.”

In July he will join the charismatic Gustavo Dudamel as soloist with the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra.

On June 19th, at LePossoin Rouge, Abas will perform a selection of works by Chopin, Schumann, Liszt , Gershwin and Yedidia.
About GetClassical:
The GetClassical series aims to bring classical music into New York's nightlife scene, featuring selectively curated artists. Getlassical takes its name form Ilona Oltuski's music blog, priding itself on sharing and peering into the inner wolrd of the artist and the developing trends within the music world.

      Read a full araticle on Elisha Abas here