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Piano Concerto

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:

Players

 

 

A Spanish Sketch (piano lesson)

Church

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)

Party

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…. 🙂