Renowned Ethiopian Pianist Girma Yifrashewa to Perform in Washington DC

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Ethiopian Pianist and Composer Girma Yifrashewa. (Courtesy photo)

 Washington DC : The acclaimed Ethiopian pianist and composer Girma Yifrashewa returns to Washington DC for a Thanksgiving weekend performance at Washington Ethical Society on Saturday , November 26th. 

7750 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20012

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ታዋቂው ፒያኒስት እና የሙዚቃ አቀናባሪ ግርማ ይፍራሸዋ በዋሽንግተን ዲሲ በመጪው ቅዳሜ ኖቬምበር 26 የሙዚቃ ዝግጅቱን ያቀርባል::
ቅዳሜ ምሽትን ከወዳጅ ዘመድ ጋር በመሆን በደስታ ያሳልፉ…

Posted by AddisNews on Saturday, November 19, 2016

Girma, who was trained at Sofia State Conservatory of Music in Bulgaria, says he got started with his musical career at a very young age playing Kirar while growing up in Ethiopia’s capital city before being introduced to piano as a teenager when he was accepted to the Yared School of Music in Addis Ababa.

Girma Yifrashewa “offers a rare and fascinating example of aesthetic adaptation and convergence,” the New York Times declared three years ago in its review of Girma’s last concert here in 2013 at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn. In an article entitled From Chopin to Ethiopia, and Partway Back Again, The Times added: “Since returning to Ethiopia in 1995, Mr. Yifrashewa has promoted awareness there of the standard classical repertory, while also writing new pieces that apply European techniques to Ethiopian musical and folkloric sources. His recital here, one of two American concerts mounted with support from the independent record label Unseen Worlds, was split between canonical works and original music.”

Girma ’s original compositions include Chewata, “meant to evoke an Ethiopian custom of making merry even at times of sadness,” as well as Sememen, “a surging work employing a traditional mode associated with the Ethiopian Orthodox Church,” Elilta, “named for the cheery ululation with which Ethiopians greet joyful occasions and filled with tingling trills that imitated that sound.”

Don’t miss this Live Performance :

When: Saturday , November 26th

Where: Washington Ethical Society 

7750 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20012

Related: Ethiopian Pianist Girma Yifrashewa’s Stellar Performance in Bethesda, Maryland

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