Ethiopian Pianist Girma Yifrashewa Live Concert at Bethesda, Maryland

Washington DC: ( AddisNews) – The first Ethiopian classical pianist and composer and internationally renowned Girma Yifrashewa will perform at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club in Bethesda, Maryland on July 30th to celebrate the release of his new solo piano album, Love and Peace,.

Girma’s latest album was recorded last year in Brooklyn, New York.  Released by the Unseen Worlds record label, the CD features Girma’s arrangement of The Shepherd with the Flute — a short reflective and romantic piece originally composed by the late Professor Ashenafi Kebede — as well as his own compositions based on traditional Ethiopian melodies, such as Ambassel, Chewata, Sememen, and his favorite Elilta.

Girma-Yifreshewa-pianist and composer
Pianist and composer Girma Yifreshewa

Following his debut New York appearance at the Issue Project Room in Brooklyn on June 8th, 2013, The New York Times described Girma as offering “a rare and fascinating example of aesthetic adaptation and convergence.”

“Born 1967 in Addis Ababa, Girma Yifrashewa combines the ecstasy of Ethiopian harmony with the grandeur of virtuoso piano technique into an effortlessly enjoyable mixture,” the press release states. “Trained in Bulgarian conservatory, the Royal Academy of Music in London, and the Hochschule fur Music Und Theater in Leipzig as a highly accomplished performer of classical repertoire, Yifrashewa has chosen to remain in Ethiopia, helping to forge a classical tradition for his country. Currently Yifrashewa works to promote Ethiopian and Classical Music by touring throughout Africa and Europe.”

Watch Girma’s Live Concert at

Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club
Date : July 30, 2014
Time: 7:30PM
Seat: $15
Address: 7719 Wisconsin Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814
Tickets at: www.instantseats.com

According to the Bio from his website http://www.GirmaYifrashewa.com.  Girma studied at the Yared School of Music in Addis Ababa for four years and graduated with a diploma in piano. He then received a five-year bursary from the Ethiopian government to study at the Sofia State Conservatory of Music and graduated with a Masters in Piano.

Girma was privileged to have received scholarships for short-term specialization courses from the British and German Governments, at the Royal Academy of Music in London (1997) and at the Hochschule fur Music Und Theater – Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy – in Leipzig (1999), respectively.

Source for article: Tadias.com and Instantseats.com

Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club
July 30, 2014
7:30PM / $15
7719 Wisconsin Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814
Tickets at: www.instantseats.com – See more at: http://www.tadias.com/06/28/2014/ethiopian-pianist-girma-yifrashewa-at-bethesda-blues-and-jazz-club/#sthash.Vn1MwgZ6.dpuf
Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club
July 30, 2014
7:30PM / $15
7719 Wisconsin Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814
Tickets at: www.instantseats.com – See more at: http://www.tadias.com/06/28/2014/ethiopian-pianist-girma-yifrashewa-at-bethesda-blues-and-jazz-club/#sthash.Vn1MwgZ6.dpuf
Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club
July 30, 2014
7:30PM / $15
7719 Wisconsin Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814
Tickets at: www.instantseats.com – See more at: http://www.tadias.com/06/28/2014/ethiopian-pianist-girma-yifrashewa-at-bethesda-blues-and-jazz-club/#sthash.Vn1MwgZ6.dpuf
Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club
July 30, 2014
7:30PM / $15
7719 Wisconsin Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814
Tickets at: www.instantseats.com – See more at: http://www.tadias.com/06/28/2014/ethiopian-pianist-girma-yifrashewa-at-bethesda-blues-and-jazz-club/#sthash.Vn1MwgZ6.dpuf

 

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