Not actually a concerto of course, but I played piano “live” for the first time last night, along with a few fellow students and my piano teacher Daria (as a duo with violin). It was a very nice night and great to hear everyone play. If you’d asked me three years ago if I’d be playing a grand piano in front of people at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, I’d have thought you’re insane, mainly because I had no intention of playing piano or living in Manchester, but it happened!
I didn’t record any of the show (and for my pieces considering some of the “experimental” notes I played its probably for the best), but would post the whole thing here if I had, so instead I recorded the three pieces I played but whilst sat at home. Sorry I cannot post any of the other players’ pieces. In the spirit of being live this was one take, warts and all.
1. Batoidia – a piece by me, dedicated to the beautiful family of rays and skates
2. After the Battle – One of the first pieces I learnt on piano
3. A Spanish Sketch – From the Jazz Piano Grade 3 book, I really enjoy playing this piece!
Here are all the playerz:
A piano lesson piece from “Jazz Piano Pieces Grade 3” – A Spanish Sketch by Terry Seabrook. I tried this ages ago but gave up after a while, so I’ve tried again – and its still a struggle now, especially trying to get the solo section flowing with the piece – more improvisation practice required. With the Spanish vibe, definitely one of my favourite pieces I’ve learnt.
A Spanish Sketch (T. Seabrook)
Both pictures from Alcalali in Spain. The second one is during a yearly festival, where around midnight everyone from little kids to the elderly are partying in the street until the very early hours. I think we lasted till 1am…. 🙂