Sunday, December 28, 2014

Steinway Artist Lara Downes on 'A Billie Holiday Songbook': The Billie Holiday album is available now for pre-orders at Amazon!

BUT BEAUTIFUL: A Pianist Remembers Billie Holiday
A special recital commemorating the 100th anniversary of the birth of the legendary Billie Holiday. Lara brings her radiant sensitivity to an intimate exploration of the world in which Lady Day came to greatness, and the songs forever associated with her iconic interpretations.

Transcending historical divisions of genre, Lara positions songs including God Bless the Child, Strange Fruit, and But Beautiful along with works of the period by jazz-influenced concert composers including Ravel, Schulhoff, Ellington, Copland, Florence Price and Gershwin, capturing the essence of what defines the unique sound of  American art music and our American legacy. With video and text overlay that illustrates the life and change of Lady Day's century.

Solo piano transcriptions of the Billie Holiday Songbook by Jed Distler. 
Florence B. Price (1887-1953) and Duke Ellington (1899-1974) are profiled at,  which features a comprehensive Works List for Florence Price by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma,

A Billie Holiday Songbook
Lara Downes, Pianist
Solo Piano Arrangements by Jed Distler
Steinway & Sons

Lara Downes writes:

Dear Bill,
I hope you had a very happy holiday!
I hope your followers will take the opportunity to pre-order at the guaranteed price. The pre-orders are so important for artists, as you know.The Billie Holiday album is available now for pre-orders at Amazon! 

All my best, with warmest wishes for a very happy and healthy New Year!


Lara Downes
Skype: LaraD88

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