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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Private Piano Recital & dinner with Elyane Laussade

A graduate of the Juilliard School in New York City, Elyane Laussade is a wel-known Melbourne based concert pianist.
I was introduced to her by one of my clients.

She occasionally conducts a piano recital at her studio for a small group of guests, followed by a wonderful dinner.

Entitled "An American in Paris", she played the solo version of Gershwin's 'Rhapsody in Blue', Claude Debussy, Eric Satie and others.

I used to have zero interest in classical music, but now, I listen to them a lot, especially when I'm painting.
I've found them very relaxing and non-intrusive, and unlike so-called cheap 'easy listening' stuff, they've got deep soul to it.
My current favourite is J.S. Bach, particularly his cello sonata.

Watching her play that close was an exhilarating experience. Fingers are jumping from one place to another at a thunderous speed. It's just an incredible dexterity which I believe is the result of years and years of practice. 

Here it is. A beautiful YAMAHA is sitting in the room. It's just an inorganic instrument. However, with a magical touch of a human being, it suddenly creates such a colourful spectrum of kaleidoscopic soundscape, that I can only describe as numinous. 

I had this strange image that as she started to caress keys, breathing some life into that piano, it became alive by itself, just like an unconscious person regains consciousness and starts dancing. 

I also met a gentleman who took part in Hungarian Revolution in 1956. 
His story was really fascinating. 

It was a wonderful evening. 

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