Monday, March 25, 2013

Ethiopian Pianist Girma Yifrashewa Planning U.S. Tour, Will Be in Brooklyn June 8 and Seattle July 26, 2013; Available For Other Dates

Elilta, Ethiopian Classical Music by Girma Yifrashewa 
All 6 tracks can be sampled at

Girma Yifrashewa

Tommy McCutchon of Unseen Worlds Records tells us Girma Yifrashewa will perform on June 8, 2013 in Brooklyn and on July 26, 2013 in Seattle, and is also available for other tour dates.

Girma Yifrashewa has an informative website at:  He is an Ethiopian pianist and composer who has been profiled at for many years, and has often been featured on AfriClassical. He was born in Addis Ababa October 15, 1967. As a youth he played the kirar, an Ethiopian instrument. On his first day of music school, at age 16, he saw a piano for the first time. Girma endured severe hardships while earning his Master's degree in Piano Performance in Sofia, Bulgaria, but persevered. Subsequently he became the first Ethiopian classical pianist to perform widely in Africa. Girma played in 11 countries on his debut tour of Africa, and has since performed often in Europe, Australia, the U.S. and elsewhere.
We continue to take pleasure from Girma's 2006 CD Elilta. is proud to have a 1-minute audio sample of each of the 6 tracks on the recording. Four are solo piano; one is a quartet; and one is an orchestral work with the Sofia Philharmonic, conducted by Dian Tchobanov. Hear them at the Yifrashewa page or the Audio page. With this CD, Girma Yifrashewa has demonstrated the feasibility of incorporating Ethiopian themes within Western classical forms.  

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