June 6, 2009 8PM
Contemporary Fusion of Eastern and Western Sounds
We invite you to come experience a journey to the Eastern Horizon, an evening of musical explorations and discoveries. With contemporary pieces written by award-winning composers Paul Kwo and George Shaw, the ensemble will lead you to an enchanting horizon where the East meets the West. Fusing the best of both worlds with instruments and sounds, the performance will help you discover the beauty of cultural exchange through music.
THE ENSEMBLE Featuring Paul Kwo & George Shaw
Paul Kwo is a master pianist and composer who graduated Cum Laude from USC Thorton School of Music with a Bachelor’s of Music in Piano Performance and Master’s in Music Composition. He has won numerous awards across the United States for his original pieces and has performed under the batons of Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Larry Livingston, Robert Reynolds, Carl St. Clair, Shelly Berg, Don Crockett and Timothy Su, and alongside Yo-Yo Ma and Chinese singer Wei Wei. Kwo has performed over 100 live piano concerts via the internet, attracting thousands of international listeners. In addition, Kwo’s piano improvisation style has been compared to legendary pianists such as Keith Jarrett and Liz Story.
George Shaw is a rapidly rising composer who has worked on numerous Hollywood and independent films, such as Ghost Rider, Darwin Awards, and Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang. He is a versatile composer with the skill for crafting rich orchestral tapestries as well as producing cutting edge sounds. A graduate of USC Thorton School of Music, Shaw took part in its world-class Scoring for Motional Pictures and Television Program. He has recently won Best Music in a Short at the Garden State Film Festival Movie Music Competition and 5 Gold Medals at the Park City Film Music Festival. Shaw is also a talented musician who plays clarinet, piano, guitar, and a variety of exotic woodwind instruments from around the world.
NICOLE GARCIA – VIOLIN
Nicole Garcia is a highly sought after violinist and a graduate of UCLA who has been featured in TV performances for shows such as American Idol, MTV, VH1, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and the American Music Awards. She has been Kanye West’s string director and has played with artists as diverse as Aretha Franklin, Justin Timberlake, Andrea Bocelli, Stevie Wonder, Outkast, Patti LaBelle, Jamiroquai, and Harry Connick Jr.
YUNHE LIANG – ERHU
Yunhe Liang is an award winning erhu player and a graduate of the Heibei Teacher’s College. He has studied at the prestigious Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China and has taught in the music department in Hebei Teacher’s College. Liang has made numerous recordings for films and has performed at venues such as the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and the Hollywood Bowl.
AMY TATUM – FLUTE/DIZI
Amy Tatum is a versatile flute musician and a graduate of USC who has recorded for film and TV music in studios such as Capitol Records, Warner Brothers and Paramount. She is a founding member of LA-based Midnight Winds and has collaborated with some of the world’s foremost artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Sarah Chang, Quincy Jones, Natalie Cole, Stevie Wonder, Josh Groban, and John Williams.
SIMONE VITUCCI – CELLO
Simone Vitucci has appeared in concert, television and radio broadcasts in Europe, North America, and her native South Africa. In addition to numerous recitals across North America and Europe, she has made solo appearances with the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra. Along with degrees from the universities of Miami and Notre Dame, her education includes studies with Aldo Parisot at Yale. A past prizewinner of the SASOL and UNISA music competitions in South Africa, Ms. Vitucci has, since moving to the United States, been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant as a member of the improvisatory chamber ensemble, Clogs. She currently enjoys a career performing with a diverse range of ensembles including Clogs, Loop 2.4.3 and Stick Music.