I have to thank you, for three reasons,” Jean-Efflam Bavouzet told fourteen-year-old Portland pianist Raley Schweinfurth after she performed Shostakovich’s “Three Fantastic Dances,” for the renowned French pianist. “First of all, I did not know these pieces. Second, you make me love Shostakovich. And third, I knew I would love your playing before you reached the first note. This may sound problematic, but it’s true; you treat your piano exactly like a conductor. Music starts before the first sound, and you expressed the character before making any sound. If you treat this instrument like you’re just pushing the right button at the right time, it will not make any sense.
Pink Martini with Storm Large, Ari Shapiro , The vonn Trapps and some folk from the audience at the Royal Festival Hall in London on the 18th October 2013.
I have seen Pink Martini 5 times now and the remain one of the absolute best live bands I have ever seen.