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To my Los Angeles friends:
My piano partner, Kordian Gora and I, will be performing a piano duo concert at LACMA’s Bing Theater, on September 25th, 2016 @6PM.
As a preview, here is a delicious interpretation of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” under the baton of Leonard Bernstein:
A love affair is fated for tragedy amidst the vicious rivalry of two street gangs – the Jets and the Sharks. When Jets member Tony falls for Maria, the sister of the Sharks leader, it’s more than these two warring gangs can handle. And as mounting tensions rise, a battle to the death ensues, and innocent blood is shed in a heartbreaking finale.
This film, a visual and musical metaphor of Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story”, sets the ageless legend of Romeo and Juliet (or Juliet and Juliet in this case) against a backdrop of a contemporary Los Angeles. Filmed, directed and edited by a phenomenal young talent, Josh Rachbach and performed by yours truly, the film combines Leonard Bernstein’s unforgettable score ( Mambo, Cha-Cha, Rumble, songs “Somewhere” and “I have a Love” and many more) arranged for two pianos by John Musto.
Audio recorded live during performance at Los Angeles County Museum of Art on September 13th, 2009.
Video filmed during a dress rehearsal.
I am a jewel thief. That is what I am. If I could steal the stars, I would. Look at me, dressed in black, leaping from roof to roof. It is a romantic thing to break into forbidden places. Do you judge me? Don’t be bourgeois. It is thrilling to make off with glittering beautiful things, and then pretend innocence to the world. At night, I inspect my stash. I am secretly rich. I am an artist.
My life is my beautiful project. I keep it under a cloth, in a room devoted to art. When time permits, I enter the room, remove the cloth, judge how far I’ve come, and resume work. Definition emerges like the moon from clouds. I stand back. I am surprised by the object that my life declares itself to be. When I am gone, it will remain.