Pages 128-130: E. Piaf & Louiguy – La Vie en Rose

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“La Vie en Rose”, without a doubt, one of the most famous French songs! Another great fundraiser page request from my friend Hector in Boston. Thank you for being one of the most generous pianathon fundraiser supporters! Muchas gracias :). Hope you like this piano version!

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Pages 122-127: R. Sakamoto – “Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence”

Next on the Chapter 1 fundraiser requests, a famous Japanese composer featured tonight: Ryuichi Sakamoto, who composed film music for films such as “The Revenant”,”Babel” and “Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence”, which I will be playing tonight.

Request from my friend Amy in Boston: many thanks for your generous donation, your kind words and for making me discover this great contemporary composer from your country!

Pages 118-121: Bill Evans – Waltz for Debby

Happy Easter to those who celebrate it today! I’m inaugurating the series of song requests from my pianathon MSF/Doctors without borders fundraiser page (open for 34 more days! http://goget.fund/1W1Ryfc). Duy, thank you for your generous donation! I’m sightreading the “Waltz for Debby” by 1960s jazz pianist Bill Evans. A piece that I had heard before but never played. Thank you for making me discover this nice piece 🙂 !

Pages 110-117: Schubert – Impromptu in G Major

Today, I sightread Schubert’s Impromptu in G major. I first came across the impromptu style in Germany when I visited my friend Claudia in Germany back as a teenager (Schumann’s impromptu at the time). So I’m dedicating this piece to Claudia, in Budapest, Hungary, who just celebrated her birthday. Alles Gute zum Geburtstag! Bis bald!

Pages 103-109: John Williams – ‘Theme from ET’

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Hello everyone!

Sightreading one of the great film soundtracks by John Williams: the theme from ET! Dedication goes to my cousin Tom in Slatina, Croatia, who celebrated his birthday today. Sretan ti rodjendan :)! Extended dedication to the Slatina cousin crew & family! Filip, Hrvoje, Lena, Sebastian i Mario. Hope to see you guys soon!

Pages 102-103: Rachmaninov (arr. N.Hare) – Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini – 18th Variation

Another rhapsody for you tonight (my third in the pianathon this year!). What is a rhapsody actually? “An epic poem, or part of it, of a suitable length for recitation at one time” or “an effusively enthusiastic or ecstatic expression of feeling”. I think both of these definition fit tonight’s piece by Rachmaninov very well.

Dedication goes to one of my godmothers’: Laurence who celebrated her birthday this weekend. Je te souhaite un joyeux anniversaire (avec un peu de retard) musical! Bises!

Fundraising for Chapter 1 has started!

I’ve just played my 100th page on the pianathon… Sharing my first fundraiser page for the pianathon in 2016 :). Fundraising for Doctors without Borders/MSF for their incredible work in medical aid around the world. Target: $500 by the 1st May (170 pages played by then). Suggested donation 10 cents per page but I would be grateful for any donation, no matter the amount! Thank you for your support!

If you would like to donate, http://gogetfunding.com/pianathon-challenge-chapter-1-doctors-without-borders/

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Pages 93-101: Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody

Hello everyone!

Tonight, I’m not sightreading/playing a classical piece in the strict sense but Bohemian Rhapsody is really the classical music of rock (in my opinion ;))!

Dedication goes to my friend Vaiva in Toronto. Thank you for having been a great host during my Toronto trip ! One of the pieces from our roadtrip :). Hope you like it!

Page 92 – Basin Street Blues

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First piece on a street piano! I went to downtown Boston to play on the colourful street piano in Quincy Market next to the historic Faneuil Hall. Thanks to my roommate Harshna for the audio/photo footage :).

Dedication to close family friend/aunt/cousin Lena in Croatia! Remembering our great trip to New Hampshire for the fall colours last autumn.