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Tour of USA – Andrew Rumsey and Ciaran Edwards-McKeown

Ciaran Edwards McKeown

Ciaran Edwards-McKeown is an internationally acclaimed artist, whose performing career has taken him around the globe.  A winner of several national and international guitar competitions, he has learned from world-leading pedagogues Timothy Kain and Vladimir Gorbach.  Praised for his highly expressive playing, Ciaran is an active and highly sought-after performer as a solo and chamber musician.  Described as “impeccable” by The Canberra Times and The Sydney Morning Herald, Ciaran’s performing life has taken him to stages in Singapore, Taiwan and now the USA.

 

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Andrew Rumsey is a Masters graduate from the Australian National University, School of Music.  An active solo and chamber music artist, Andrew has performed in China, Italy, Israel and the USA.  An advocate of new music, and in particular Australian Music, Andrew has given several world-premieres (including a Piano Concerto that was composed for him) in Australia and internationally.

 

Pioneer Center of Performing Arts (TBC)

Reno, Nevada

Piano and Guitar Recital

26th August, 2017, 5:00pm

 

Burning Man Festival

Black Rock City, Nevada

Serenade Series Concert #1 – Concierto de Aranjuez (Rodrigo)

29th August, 2017, 7:00pm

 

Burning Man Festival

Black Rock City, Nevada

Serenade Series Concert #2 – Antarctica Suite (Westlake)

31st August, 2017, 7:00pm

 

Burning Man Festival

Black Rock City, Nevada

‘Frozen Oasis’ Concert – Spanish Songs and Dances

2nd September, 2017, 10:30am

 

Concert at Yosemite

Mariposa County Fairgrounds, California

Sunset Concert – Solo Guitar

4th September, 2017, 6:00pm

 

Grand Canyon Music Festival (TBC)

Mainstage – Shrine of the Ages

Solo Guitar Recital

6th September, 2017, 5:00pm

Andrew Rumsey Tour of USA

Andrew Rumsey

 

Golden Key International Piano Festival

Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall

Winners Recital

3rd June, 2017, 8:00pm

 

Miami Summer Music Festival

Barry University, Cor Jesu Chapel

Piano Masterclass with Professor Anton Nel

19th June, 2017, 2:00pm

 

Miami Summer Music Festival

Barry University, Cor Jesu Chapel

MMF Piano Institute Recital #1

22nd June, 2017, 7:30pm

 

Miami Summer Music Festival

Barry University, Cor Jesu Chapel

MMF Piano Institute Recital #2

24th June, 2017, 7:30pm

 

House Recital of Julie and Bob Williamson

Miami Shores, Florida

A Concert of Australian and Romantic Repertoire

30th June, 2017, 7:00pm

 

Atlantic Music Festival

Colby College, Mitchell Dormitory

Piano Masterclass with Professor Gabriel Chodos

17th July, 2017, 9:00am

 

Atlantic Music Festival

Colby College, Lorimer Chapel

AMF Piano Institute Recital #1

18th July, 2017, 7:00pm

 

Atlantic Music Festival

Colby College, Lorimer Chapel

AMF Piano Institute Recital #2

22nd July, 2017, 7:00pm

 

Atlantic Music Festival

Colby College, Diamond Auditorium

AMF Guest Lecturer – Andrew Rumsey (Music and the Brain Lecture)

25th July, 2017, 7:00pm

 

Atlantic Music Festival

Colby College, Lorimer Chapel

AMF Chamber Music Recital

26th July, 2017, 7:00pm

 

Burning Man Festival

Black Rock City, Nevada

Serenade Series Concert #1

29th August, 2017, 7:00pm

 

Burning Man Festival

Black Rock City, Nevada

Serenade Series Concert #2

31st August, 2017, 7:00pm

 

Burning Man Festival

Black Rock City, Nevada

‘Frozen Oasis’ Concert

2nd September, 2017, 10:30am

 

Australian Embassy Recital

Washington DC

Piano Recital of Australian Music

12th September, 2017, 5:00pm

 

Inspiring Characters

 

Dear Fellow Music Lovers,

We often come across truly inspirational characters in our journey through life – characters who help us navigate through the minor setbacks to the torrents of uncertainty, in whatever field.  In the few years that I was privileged enough to learn from Dr Geoffrey Lancaster, he opened my mind (along with many other minds in the class!) to what music is, what music does, and what music has the potential to do.  I will always be grateful for his wisdom, insight and generosity of spirit which he shared with his students.

I was able to interview him recently before he moved to Western Australia.  To read the interview, click the link below:

http://www.themeandvariations.com.au/news-events/2014/09/q-a-with-dr-geoffrey-lancaster

The Practice of Practicing!

 

Dear Fellow Music Lovers,

I felt I would add another post here considering I have been a bit slack of late!  Here are two articles by the British-Australian concert pianist Stephen Hough.  The two articles deal with practicing, which is such an important topic for most (all) musicians.  Considering that the ratio of practicing to performing is about 500:1, the way we practice is of the utmost importance.  Personally, I am a firm believer that the different ways you practice is much more important than the amount of repetitions or the number of hours spent on the piano bench.  Keep mixing it up so that you don’t get bored!  Anyway, hopefully Mr. Stephen Hough sheds some more light on the topic.  Enjoy!!

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/culture/stephenhough/100070997/the-practice-of-practising/

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/culture/stephenhough/100074818/practising-for-lovers/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

The Art of Listening

 

Good Morning Music Lovers,

I stumbled across this clip many weeks ago and thought it was worth sharing.  The pianist/conductor Daniel Barenboim is regarded as one of the great giants of the music profession, especially with his interpretation of Beethoven.  Here he talks about the value of listening to music, not just hearing it, which is quite different.  I would dare say that most of us hear music throughout our day – in the car, at work, at the gym or even in the elevator, but hearing and listening are different things indeed.  Enjoy!

Why Procrastinators Procrastinate…

Dear Fellow Music Lovers,

Actually, this particular post applies to more than just the lovers of music.  I guess it would apply to the lovers of productivity, time management, task achievement and self satisfaction!  We all know what it feels like to get side-tracked by facebook, youtube, twitter, etc. so we can all relate to the feeling of guilt at the end of the day when we haven’t achieved what we wanted to.  I have only read part one of this article because I realised, I am myself procrastinating from my own practice!  (This Schubert Impromptu won’t learn itself).  But, it’s definitely worth the read and might offer some insightful advice for us all.

Happy reading!

Part One: http://waitbutwhy.com/2013/10/why-procrastinators-procrastinate.html

Part Two: http://waitbutwhy.com/2013/11/how-to-beat-procrastination.html

AR

How to Make a Living as an Artist

Dear Fellow Music Lovers,

Happy New 2014 to you all!  I came across this read some time ago and felt it was deserving of a share.  The term ‘art’ encompasses all (or most) forms of creativity, so this article applies to more than it appears to.  I guess the stand out feature of this read for me was point 1, ‘make good art’.  We forget that with most things, human beings desire ‘the best’, or ‘superior quality’ or ‘value for money’, therefore it is important that when we create art, we create it well.

Enjoy!

http://www.actionhero.org.uk/2013/12/how-to-make-a-living-as-an-artist/

The Value of Music – Karl Paulnack

 

Dear Fellow Music Lovers,

I came across this some time ago and read it on the odd occasion when I feel down about the music ‘industry’ or when I need to give some inspirational advice.  When one compares a musician to the doctor, lawyer, architect, engineer, etc. sometimes it is hard to see the relevance or importance music plays in our lives.  Will the earth stop spinning if there is no music?  No, of course not….but I think the world would be a bleak place without it.  Going to concerts and hearing music may seem like the little extra, the little luxury that is nice to do…but it’s amazing what a difference those little extras make when things aren’t going so well.  One only has to mention Messiaen and the Quartet for the End of Time to know what I mean!  So, if you have a spare 5 mins, definitely worth a read.

http://www.bostonconservatory.edu/music/karl-paulnack-welcome-address

AR

What should happen when a phone rings?!?!

 

Dear Fellow Music Lovers,

We have all been in a concert or performance situation when a mobile phone decides to alert its owner of the incoming call or message.  I fully realise that some calls are of the utmost importance and cannot be missed.  However, why individuals choose not to silence their communication devices remains a mystery for performers and other audience members alike.  So, when attending a concert, knowing full well that the presence of silence is just as important as the punctuation of sound…..please turn off the phone!  I saw this video this morning and felt it deserved a share!

http://www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc/2013/10/new-video-concerto-is-stopped-by-cellphone.html

AR

Blog – Fun facts and useful tips!

Dear Musicians and Music Lovers,

I will be adding clips, websites, audio files, articles and general information to this space that I believe people would benefit from.  Knowledge is power and sharing is the key to knowledge….so why not pass it around.  Most recently I viewed an article on practice – definitely worth a read.

It can be viewed on:

http://www.bulletproofmusician.com/why-the-progress-in-the-practice-room-seems-to-disappear-overnight/

Practice hard!!

AR

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