Musical magic from high-spirited entertainers will be coming to the up-close atmosphere of Restonís CenterStage. On two quite distinctive evenings, CenterStage will have wide-ranging performances by talented, world-traveling entertainers with vibrant personalities.
The performers are part of the CenterStage Professional Touring Artist Series. According to Leila Gordon, executive director of Restonís CenterStage, the two evenings will be a "fascinating mixture of music" by extraordinary artists.
On Dec. 14, the audience can find themselves on a sunny, warm evening in the south of France or maybe the beaches of Brazil. A single acoustic guitar accompanies a young woman's ebullient jazzy voice. The voice is that of Cyrille Aimee. She recently won the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Competition and just appeared at the legendary Birdland jazz nightclub in New York City. The guitar is played by Diego Figueiredo, who knows his way around the gypsy-infused rhythms of Django Reinhardt and the infectious Bossa Nova beat.
On Dec. 18, the audience can listen to the striking work of three sisters who form the Ahn Trio. The Julliard trained Trio is composed of cello, violin and piano. It was not that long ago that the Ahn sisters played at the White House at a state dinner for the South Korean Ambassador. They play new and very personal contemporary genre-crossing work in an adventurous style; far from demure and staid. After all, how many recall The Doors "Riders on the Storm" played by violin, cello and piano.
Gordon described the approaching evening with Aimee and Figuerido as one with "intense moods, beautiful and haunting vocals, gypsy guitar music and great chemistry between these performers," noted Gordon. It will be a wide-ranging repertoire that is "romantic, haunting, fun and infectious."
Aimee noted that "our repertoire is a mix of jazz, Brazilian songs, French songs and our original compositions... Diego and I like to feel the crowd and decide on the spot what we feel like playing. Of course I have favorites, but I go through phases. There are so many beautiful songs."
"Most of the time in our concerts we try to feel relaxed and to change it with the audience. I hope the audience will be comfortable and they will be able to feel our music with emotion." added Figuerido.
When asked about their interactions with an audience, Aimee said they "like to make the audience happy...to bring them joy. The audience is what feeds us as musicians. Their energy is what makes us want to give our best and be as honest as possible."
Gordon noted that the Ahn Trio's forthcoming event "embodies musicianship and taste with broad appeal...They offer audiences pathways into even the most complex and challenging music — their playing is mesmerizing and offers deep pleasures."
The Ahn Trio are sisters, Angella (violin), Lucia (piano) and Maria (cello). In a recent exchange, Angella Ahn said that they enjoy performing fresh works that are transformational and inspiring.
"We perform mostly works that have been written or arranged for us by living composers... Because the pieces we perform are personal, we always speak to our audiences about what they mean to us. "
The Ahn sisters are "drawn to emotional music," according to Angella Ahn. "I would say the common theme in all of the pieces and songs we play is that they tell a story. The story may sometimes be different for each of us, but what matters is that there is a component in the music that is meaningful in some way."
"There is nothing that compares to the joy of sharing what we're most passionate about with a live audience. Drawing the audience into every note, phrase, and the storyline of our music is hugely satisfying. Meeting audience members after concerts and hearing how he or she fell in love with a particular piece we played never gets old." added Angella Ahn.