A World in London 268 - Ji Liu Fri, 2018-07-13 15:45

Gifted concert pianist & classical music star Ji Liu on this A World in London!

Ji Liu’s professional foray into classical music performance began at the tender age of thirteen in Carnegie Hall, where he encountered his first and apparently last bout of stage fright. His rapid rise to fame is matched by his phenomenal talent and dynamic range on a Steinway, as colourful and  varied as Renoir’s paint palette. When Ji arrived in New York in 2000 as a young boy from Shanghai he spoke almost no English but quickly grasped the notion that music was a powerful medium for communication, and as its master, he could connect continents. Now, after studying at The Royal Academy in London and basing himself in the UK’s capital, Ji is a calm, eloquent, and confident communicator, expressive verbally, musically, and continually – when he speaks, his fine fingers also play an imaginary keyboard! Ji’s latest album, Fire and Water, features piano solos derived from the works of early twentieth century composers, marking the centenary of Debussy’s death, and highlighting a golden era in music and painting which he resonates with. Ji Liu has empathy with the Impressionists, as well as the Romantics like Stravinsky and Rachmaninoff who sought inspiration from nature, and in it found solace from society. Hence, Fire And Water is also themed around the Chinese concept of Wu Xing – the balance found between the five elements of earth, wood, metal, water, and fire. Ji Liu’s presence in the classical music arena adds a sixth element – AIR – breathing fresh and loud.

Find Fire and Water on the Classic FM label, and more about Ji at www.jipianist.com

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ARTIST                                  TRACK                                   COUNTRY

Joji Hirota                   Akita                           Japan/UK

Mishka Adams & Beto Caletti  The Great Unknown  Philipines/Argentina

Aimée Leonard          The Arctic Mariner     UK

Calypso Rose              Rum & Coca Cola       Trinidad

Plaza Francia Orchestra Dedos De Oro       various

Grand Union Orchestra  Picking Betel Palm  UK


Xinghai           Ode To the Yellow River       China

Debussy          La Cathedrale Engloutie      France

Stravinsky       The Firebird: Dance Infernale, Berceuse.  Russia


AWIL Goin’ Global Gigs Guide: July 13 Don Kipper @ Balabam, July 13 TEYR @ Heath St Baptist Church, July 14 London Gypsy Orchestra @ Babel Arts Centre, July 14 Grand Union Orchestra at St. John on Bethnal Green, July 14 Simona Abdallah @ Courtyard Theatre, July 19 Novalima @ Nell’s Jazz n Blues…more at www.djritu.com

11/7/18 – AWIL 268. Also this week, island Punk fusionist Ms. Mohammed at Resonance, click: https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/a-world-in-london-11th-july-2018/  Next week Kedar Sharma at SOAS and Dom Aversano at Resonance!  #AWorldInLondon is podcast on #Itunes & #Mixcloud:   http://www.mixcloud.com/SOASradio/playlists/a-world-in-london/   A World In London – in its TWELFTH year! Live on Wednesdays, 4pm, from SOAS Radio: mixlr.com/soasradio  and AWIL at Resonance 104.4fm at 6.30pm, repeat Monday 8am, online, DAB & on Resonance Extra 5pm Wednesdays.  Join us on Twitter @aworldinlondon  www.djritu.com   https://www.facebook.com/DjRitu  Twitter:@djritu1