Whidbey Island Center for the Arts Announces PianoFest Headliner Schedule

Whidbey Island Center for the Arts Announces PianoFest Headliner Schedule

Whidbey Island Center for the Arts announces the headliner schedule for the second annual PianoFest Northwest from April 16 - 19, 2014. The four-day piano music festival will feature a Locals Night (4/16), as well as Classical (4/17), Latin (4/18), and Jazz Music (4/19). Respectively, the headliners for each day are local Northwest favorite Nancy Nolan, spectacular female trio Thirtyfingers, three-time Latin Grammy Award-winner Jovino Santos Neto, and performing on Whidbey Island for the first time in years, native piano virtuoso Aaron Parks.

PianoFest is an entertaining, educational, and inspiring expression of piano music on Whidbey Island. This festival is an annual tradition of eclectic keyboard experiences that will grow to embrace the developing talent of piano students in the community. In this way, it is fitting that Parks join the ranks of PFNW's lineup.

By age 15, Parks was already attending the University of Washington with a triple-major in math, computer science and music; three years later, he was the champion Cole Porter Fellow of the American Pianists Association. Parks appeared on three Blue Note albums by trumpetercomposer Terence Blanchard before making his own album for the label as a leader with the quartet set "Invisible Cinema" - which BBC Online declared "one of the great albums of 2008," describing the pianist as "a master of melody, and a composer and arranger of protean skill
and dexterity.

Three-time Latin Grammy nominee Jovino Santos Neto, a master pianist, composer and arranger, is among the top Brazilian musicians working today. Currently based in Seattle, Washington, he has throughout his career been closely affiliated with the Brazilian master Hermeto Pascoal. He was an integral part of Pascoal' s group from 1977 to1992, where he fine-tuned his artistry, performing around the world and co-producing several legendary records.

THIRTYFINGERS is six hands, three women, and one piano-a visual and sound sensation! Natalya Ageyeva, Lisa Bergman, and Deborah Dewey, each internationally-acclaimed pianists, combine their talents to play elegant classical music written for six hands. The group amazes with their keyboard mastery, virtuosity, deep musicality, and sparkling personalities. Instructive dialogue between the performers and audience, addressing unique challenges such as "who turns the page?" "who pedals?" and "how do we avoid injuring each other?" all part of the fun. This is a spectacle not to be missed!

Nancy Nolan is a Northwest native, Nancy was born in Seattle and is a graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in Drama and Fine Arts. She has worked professionally in theater with performances at ACT, The Group Theater and the Pioneer Square Theater. A seasoned artist and musician, Nancy began her career in Seattle doing the obligatory club and cabaret circuit, she has gone on to perform extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, and Europe. Several of Nancy's performances at Jazz Alley were with legendary jazz artist and composerSteve Allen who describes Nancy as "... a wonder singer of particular interest... her own orignal style... thoughtful and emotional... ".

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