Ambition and Love by Melis Bilen
Lyrics: Melis Bilen Music: Sebastian LaMar Jones
The song Askim Askim. Lyrics and Composition by Melis Bilen, Music by Steve C.
FAIRCHILD’S GARDENMUSIC FESTIVAL
BRINGS CHAMBER MUSIC TO LIFE
Coral Gables, FL December 12, 2013 Set amongst the natural beauty of Fairchild
Tropical Botanic Garden, the chamber music ensemble Sixth Floor Trio takes up
residence from January 6 – 19, 2014 for the second GardenMusic Festival with a full
slate of diverse programs, designed and created to explode the boundaries between time
and musical styles.
The Sixth Floor Trio – Teddy Abrams, Harrison Hollingsworth, and Johnny Teyssier
– and the 2014 GardenMusic guest artists will perform boundary-blasting programs that
range from jazz and classical to traditional folk, Broadway and Latin jazz. Four evening
performances, each creatively programmed around a unique theme, complemented by an
evening of Broadway and a Children’s concert, will round out this year’s Festival.
“Our aim is to pair one of Miami’s most beautiful settings with world-class musicmaking,
bringing together tremendously talented and engaging musicians from around
the world in a schedule of programs that cross the spectrum of time and musical styles,”
said Teddy Abrams of the Sixth Floor Trio. The GardenMusic Festival is a winner of a
2012 Knight Arts Challenge award from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
* Thursday, Jan. 9, 7pm Opening Night Concert As an introduction to the Sixth Floor
Trio and the 2014 GardenMusic artists, this program will traverse the musical landscape
with a wide range of music, from a world premiere and original compositions to
traditional folk music and classical favorites like Schubert’s Death and the Maiden and
Brahms’ Piano Quartet No. 1.
* Saturday, Jan. 11, 7pm Stories Told Through Music This program will demonstrate
music’s relationship with storytelling in two parts: first, the music of Schubert,
Stravinsky, Strauss, and John Adams present different styles of musical narrative.
Second, a set of Bluegrass and folk music led by renowned fiddler Jeremy Kittel will be a
beautifully-curated journey of virtuosity and artistry.
* Tuesday, Jan. 14, 7pm: The Edge: Music That Pushed the Boundaries of its Time
Many of the great classical works now considered standards caused riots and scandals in
their time; this concert will present brilliant music that inspired audiences to listen in new
ways. From ancient African drumming to the cutting-edge works of Bach & Beethoven,
the program will also feature a collaboration with the Miami Beach-raised award winning
visual artist Michele Oka-Doner and a world premiere by GardenMusic resident
composer Sebastian Chang.
* Saturday, Jan. 18, 10:30am Music Up Close: A Children’s Concert An intimate,
fun-filled hour of musical education, engagement and enjoyment for children of all ages!
This presentation is free for Fairchild members and is included with regular garden
admission for non-members.
* Friday, Jan. 17, 7pm Broadway in the Garden with Broadway star Morgan James
Broadway star and singer Morgan James (Motown the Musical, Godspell) transports you
through New York's great musical eras with her extraordinary vocal prowess – merging
soul, jazz, R&B, and Broadway tunes in a fresh and exciting way. Ms. James joins the
GardenMusic resident musicians for this special benefit concert in the Glasshouse Café.
Tickets are $150.
* Sunday, Jan. 19, 7pm A Jazzy Night This program celebrates the intersection of the
worlds of Jazz and Classical music. Bartók and Ravel are paired with Jazz standards,
contemporary Jazz, and Latin Jazz for a high-energy and inspiring concert that
demonstrates the full creative power of the 2014 GardenMusic artists.
Pre-Concert Conversation with Artists Audience members can enjoy the performances
either in the Concert Tent or on the lawn, and are invited before the 7pm performances to
pre-concert programs at 6pm.
In addition to the main performances in the Concert Tent, GardenMusic will fill the
Fairchild garden space with music-making throughout the festival. Visitors to Fairchild in
January will experience short concerts throughout each day of GardenMusic, Random
Acts of Culture, open rehearsals, and daily educational activities with the GardenMusic
artists for every student that visits the Garden.
For more information, please visit www.fairchildgarden.org.
GardenMusic was created in 2012 by Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s Board of
Trustees Vice President Jennifer Buttrick to bring music to the Garden for the community
to enjoy amongst the backdrop of Fairchild on a Florida winter’s night. The inaugural
event brimmed over with all types of musical celebrations. Four full concerts in addition
to many short-form concerts and open rehearsals were performed, along with children’s
concert with a unique instrument petting zoo. Two original works commissioned
specifically for the festival debuted. Actors from the City Theatre and choreographers
from Miami Contemporary Dance Company joined the musicians for a staged production
of Stravinsky’s “Soldier’s Tale.” University of Miami music students were treated to a
master class, and a surprise concert by the Sixth Floor Trio as part of Random Acts of
Culture for a party in Matheson Hammock Park rounded out the program.
For more information, please visit www.gardenmusicfestival.com and
LYNN GOLDSMITH IS AN AWARD WINNING PHOTOGRAPHER. HER WORK HAS GRACED THE COVERS AND PAGES OF LIFE, NEWSWEEK, TIME, ROLLING STONE, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED AND ELLE MAGAZINE TO NAME A FEW.
HER SUBJECTS HAVE VARIED FROM ENTERTAINMENT PERSONALITIES TO SPORTS STARS AND THE STORY OF ROCK AND ROLL LIVES IN GOLDSMITH’S PHOTOGRAPHS.
IN HER NEW BOOK, ROCK AND ROLL STORIES, SHE SHARES THE BEST OF THIS WORK AND HER COMMENTARY TAKES US INTO THE STUDIO, THE TOUR BUS, THE CONCERT HALL, AND THE STREETS WHERE THE PICTURES WERE MADE.
WE CAUGHT UP WITH MS. GOLDSMITH DURING HER VISIT TO THE MIAMI BOOK FAIR INTERNATIONAL IN NOVEMBER.
YOU CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT LYNN GOLDSMITH BY VISITING HER WEBSITE AT LYNNGOLDSMITH.COM AND THERE YOU CAN SEE SOME OF HER PORTRAITS AND SEE MORE OF HER WORK.
The song Let’s Do It Now; lyrics and composition by Melis Bilen. Beat by Johnny Jam.
Melis Bilen singing Affettim Yine in the graduation ceremony Istanbul University Faculty of Dentistry.
impromptu: is a bridge between the traditions of visual and musical art. One Wednesday evening each month from 7-9pm, New World Symphony fellows and friends perform in the ArtCenter’s Richard Shack Gallery. Unlike a conventional concert, you won’t need a ticket, you can arrive at any time, sit or stand anywhere you like, and stay for 5 minutes or all night.
AUGUSTO SOLEDADE BRAZZDANCE will perform at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center in the intimate Lab Theater on Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m. including a matinee performance on Sunday, June 2 at 3:00 p.m.
The performance will include Altars and audience favorites, Kayala and Diaries of An Outlaw. In Altars, artistic director Augusto Soledade considers and abstracts aspects of the Afro-Brazilian religion of Candomble in order to comment on divine presence in religious rituals and daily life. He juxtaposes his Afro-Fusion aesthetic with the Cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach with the intention of bringing together the spiritual sense of two distinct worlds. The book How Night Came from the Sea, an Afro-Brazilian folktale, told by Mary-Joan Gerson was the inspiration for Kayala. It sparked the choreographer’s interest to draw ideas from some of the literary images in order to explore the concepts of Night and Day, and create a contemporary dance that is appropriate to all ages. Diaries of an Outlaw is inspired by the life of the legendary outlaw Maria Bonita of Brazil. The work investigates life as outlaws; the intrinsic limits and pressures of motherhood and love in such adverse environment. As in much of Soledade’s repertory, the blend of dance styles found in Diaries of an Outlaw yields a work that is at once athletic and nuanced, both percussive and fluid, as it captures the rhythms of the outlaw life.
Tickets for COLLAGE are $20 for the general public, $10 for students and seniors, and may be purchased through the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center box office by calling (786) 573-5300, or online at www.smdcac.org. Tickets are on sale now.
This young & talented ensemble, Kevin & Kristen Seto as violionists and Stephen Seto playing the piano will delight all with a Mother's Day special concertat Cinema Paradiso
about THE SETO TRIO:
Kevin Seto, a junior at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, is majoring in violin performance. He has also studied violin at the Boston Conservatory. Kevin began his violin studies at the age of 3 and joined the Florida Youth Orchestra in third grade. During his time at F.Y.O. Kevin enjoyed many performance opportunities including performing in America’s 400th Anniversary celebration with the Virginia Symphony and playing in Carnegie Hall in New York City. In May of 2009 the Florida Youth Orchestra presented him with the prestigious Joseph Leavitt Award. During his high school years, Kevin participated in the All County and All State Orchestras, was concertmaster of the Flanagan High School Orchestra, and in his senior year was nominated for the Miami Herald’s Silver Knights Award in Music. At FGCU, he was chosen to participate in the Florida Enhanced Learning Through Music programs in Collier County teaching the pre-k violin literacy program, recognized by Florida’s Department of Education, at the Guadalupe Early Childhood Center in Immokalee, Florida. Recent accomplishments include winning third place in the Big Arts Concerto Competition, first place in the Young Artists Awards and first place in the Jillian Prescott Music Awards in Fort Myers.
As a violin performance major at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, Kristen Seto is currently studying with Mrs. Carol Cole and previously studied with Huifang Chen and Thomas D. Moore. Kristen was selected among the nations greatest to play in the National High School Honors Orchestra in Atlanta, Georgia. As a member of the Florida Youth Orchestra for 11 years, Kristen had the opportunity to serve as assistant concertmaster of the Principal Orchestra and first violinist of the Aurora Strings Quartet, where she was awarded the prestigious Joseph Leavitt Music Award. In 2012, Kristen was awarded honorable mention in the New World Symphony concerto competition and was selected as concertmaster for their Side-By-Side Concert. In high school she participated in All-County, All-State, and Florida Federation of Music Clubs Finals where she won first place in violin solo and honorable mention in violin concerto. In 2007, Kristen performed in America’s 400th Anniversary in Jamestown, Virginia where she was one of the 400 musicians chosen from around the country to play her violin with the Virginia Symphony for the President of the United States. Recent accomplishments include winning first place in the Ars Flores Young Artists Concerto Competition, honorable mention in the Miami Herald’s Silver Knights Award in Music and second place in the Big Arts Concerto Competition.
currently pursuing a Professional Performance Certificate in Piano Performance at Lynn Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Dr. Roberta Rust. He recently completed his Master’s Degree from Lynn Conservatory of Music at Lynn University and received his Bachelor of Music with honors from the University of Miami where he studied piano with Tian Ying and harpsichord with Frank Cooper. Stephen has participated in piano master classes with pianists Ory Shihor, Jon Kimura Parker, Santiago Rodriguez, Luis Ascot, Louis Lortie, and Margarita Shevchenko. He was first place winner of the Fourteenth Annual Scholarship Competition presented by the Palm Beach County Music Teachers Association and has participated in the Florida Federation of Music Clubs State Convention where he was awarded 2nd place in Piano Solo and 2nd place in Piano Concerto. In 2006 Stephen was among 11 outstanding pianists performing for the Chopin Festival Concert in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. His music has been played on local and national public radio stations. Stephen accompanies students of all instruments but enjoys making music with his brother Kevin and sister Kristen, who are violinists. He has also accompanied student’s participating in the Florida Orchestra Association music ensembles of Broward County Schools. Recently, he was the pianist for the award winning musical “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” and “Nine to Five” at West Boca High School. Stephen balances out his time with the ukulele, guitar, composing, recording, astronomy, nature, spear fishing, and surfing.
EACH JULY A QUIRKY CONCERT IS BROADCAST UNDERWATER FOR DIVERS, SNORKELERS AND THE OCCASIONAL MERMAID, IN ORDER TO EMPHASIZE REEF PRESERVATION. THE NATIONALLY-ACCLAIMED SUBMERGED SONGFEST IS HELD AT LOOE KEY REEF IN THE FLORIDA KEYS NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY.
THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL IS COMING UP ON JULY 13 AND IF YOU’D LIKE TO FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION ON HOW TO ATTEND, GRAB A SNORKEL OR A TUBA AND VISIT
The song Love is Gone; lyrics, composition and arrangement by Melis Bilen.
Melis Bilen performed a couple of songs together with Istanbul University State Conservatory Jazz Band.
annual concert in weston promoted by Tom Kallman and the Rotary Club of Weston. Here is a moment that honesty just floored me. Alex Ligertwood from Santana and Starship featuring mickey thomas singing a song that Alex had sung in Iraq with Larry Hoppen. At that moment I felt that Larry was looking down and smiling and really enjoying.
annual concert in weston promoted by Tom Kallman and the Rotary Club of Weston. The incredible Christopher Cross who's voice remains just as sweet as the first time we heard him with music capable of ripping your heart to shreds.
The song Dark In The Eyes; lyrics and composition by Melis Bilen.
Melis Bilen is singing Askin Kucagina Fena Oturduk in the special episode of New Year’s Night programme in Cyprus Tv.
Melis Bilen is singing Yamyamlar Gibi Yemeli in the special episode of New Year’s Night programme in Cyprus Tv.