RAHWAY — The Union County Performing Arts Center and the Rahway Arts District will present three legends of the World Stage on Thursday, June 3 at 7 p.m., Friday, June 4 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 5 at 8 p.m. at the Union County FAZIOLI piano loft. Admission is $10. Tickets are available at the Box Office of the Union County Performing Arts Center.
Jung Lin will play on Thursday, June 3, in a live recording session. Lin is a Chopin pianist from Taiwan, who studied at Julliard and has been acclaimed for her poetic and virtuosic pianism. She conducted her own orchestral works at age 12, won numerous competitions in her native country, and was featured on Taiwan’s major news program “90 minutes.”
At sixteen her symphonic poem, “The Black Wedding” was given its premiere by the Juilliard Symphony under Miguel Harth-Bedoya. While at Juilliard, Lin studied composition with the renowned American composer David Diamond, and for six years, piano with the eminent pianist Martin Canin.
In addition to Chopin, Lin is an avid champion of Nikolai Medtner; she is currently recording the complete Tales for Naxos. During 2004, Lin was invited by radio station WQXR to perform three recitals at the New York Botanical Garden, playing to capacity audiences and worldwide on wqxr.com. Recent New York appearances have included the Avery Fisher Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Barge music, and the International Keyboard Institute and Festival. Lin lives in New York City.
Emmet Cohen, Inna Faliks and Franco Chomnalez will play on Friday, June 4, in a live recording session. Cohen is a 19-year-old traditional jazz pianist who is influenced by many artists, including Sonny Stitt, Oscar Peterson, Art Blakey, and Joey DeFrancesco.
Faliks is a Ukrainian-born pianist who has “filled Chopin’s Sonata No. 2 with fervent thrust, lyrical warmth and concentration, and extracting seductive charm and gleaming sonorities from Liszt’s “La Campanella … she molded a boldly inflected performance of Beethoven, according to Donald Rosenberg of The Plain Dealer
Jean-Michel Pilc will play on Saturday, June 5, in a live recording session. Pilc is a self-taught French-born jazz pianist whose technical ability has drawn comparisons to Michel Petrucciani, McCoy Tyner, and Cecil Taylor. Born in 1960 in Paris, and now an American citizen, self-taught, Pilc has performed with numerous giants in the music field such as: Roy Haynes, Michael Brecker, Dave Liebman, Jean Toussaint, Rick Margitza, Martial Solal, Michel Portal, Daniel Humair, Marcus Miller, Kenny Garrett, Lenny White, Chris Potter, John Abercrombie, Mingus Dynasty & Big Band, Lew Soloff and Richard Bona. He has also worked with Harry Belafonte, as his musical director and pianist.
Pilc moved to New York City in 1995. There, he formed a trio with François Moutin (bass) and Ari Hoenig (drums). They recorded a one-week engagement at the legendary jazz club Sweet Basil and, in 2000, released two CDs: Jean-Michel Pilc Trio – Together – Live at Sweet Basil, NYC – Vol. 1 & 2 (A- Records). Pilc then signed a record deal with Dreyfus Jazz. Pilc’s first album for Dreyfus, Welcome Home (featuring the same trio), was released in 2002.
For information about FAZIOLI piano loft shows and events go to www.UCPAC.org.
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