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CHECK out Moira's BLOG ABOUT HER STUDIES ON BRAZILIAN PIANIST AND COMPOSER 'CHIQUINHA' GONZAGA as part of BERKLEE FACULTY FELLOWSHIp program. 

Imago is vividly inspired by ‘free association’

It is a crowded, circular ballroom
where random images are invited to gather,
even a witch and a dancing cat
a D major gentleman greets guests and the celebration begins..
Poems, funny hats, any kind of stories,
sober ears stand disappointed at the corner of common sense
“time to leave,” they say..

B minor.
Curtain down.
— Moira
This haunting and beautiful album makes the ancient modern and the modern timeless
— Steinway & Sons
Moira Lo Bianco is one of those players that isn’t afraid to make a program of Cobain/Gaga/Part/Satie and others under the same roof at the same time and make it all work
— Midwest Records
außergewöhnliche Pianistin
— Note 1 Music
Lo Bianco presents a distinctive way of incorporating pop compositions into a classical piano language.
The overall structure of the program is also novel.
— All Music

                                            

dear reader,

this is my story.

 

As a musician, I was born when I was five, when my parents gave me a toy piano for my birthday.

I can describe my life growing up in Calabria, Italy, through the music I played. It wasn’t long before I found my first loves: the keyboard music of Bach and Bartok. I learned elements from each composer - counterpoint and balance from Bach, dissonance and harshness from Bartok – that have influenced my music ever since.

I graduated Conservatory in my city with a degree in Classical Piano Performance and for 10 years, since I was a young child, I was in a folk group, singing and dancing in the traditional musical styles of Calabria. My passion for folk music grew up with me, and at Tor Vergata University in Rome, I earned my degree in Literature and Performing Arts, with a thesis in Ethnomusicology. In 2010, I studied film scoring with Oscar winner Luis Bacalov at Siena’s Accademia Chigiana and in 2011, thanks to a scholarship, I moved to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music. Maybe because I had been playing a Boston piano for years, it felt like fate. While studying at Berklee, I had the pleasure of receiving several recognitions, including the Classical Contemporary Performance Award and I had the great pleasure of arranging and conducting the orchestra for Mulatu Astatke’s Honoris Causa concert. I graduated from Berklee after 4 semesters, in Summer 2012.

In 2013 I released my debut album 'Lunaria', I have been nominated for Jazz Artist of the Year at the 2013 Boston Music Awards and shortly after I was given the distinction of becoming a Young Steinway Artist and a Steinway Educational Partner. As an educator, I had the chance to start a workshop series called 'Improvisation for Classical Pianists', presented in partnership with Steinway & Sons and Berklee College of Music. In 2014, I became faculty member at Berklee, where I also founded The Equinox Music Festival and co-directed it with Stephany Tiernan. Recently, I've received the Berklee Faculty Fellowship Grant.

As a classically-trained pianist, I want to share the idea that improvisation dates back centuries and belongs to our tradition. As a composer, I consider classical music a tremendous source of inspiration - one that is exciting and enriching outside the traditional context. These concepts led me to ‘IMAGO’, my solo album produced by Steinway & Sons label (NAXOS distribution). IMAGO was recorded on a Steinway Spirio and it was released in March 2016.

I had the pleasure to perform in venues such as Newport Jazz Festival, Roma Jazz Festival, Steinway Hall, and to collaborate with noteworthy musicians including Simon Shaheen, Marco Pignataro, Kinan Azmeh, Vittorino Naso. I believe music is a mode of dialogue and an important instrument for social change, this is why I like to dream that one day the beauty of a chord change will save the world..

- Moira

PLAY A WISH..

I wish children would never experience sexual abuse #enoughabusecampain #stopchildsexualabuse

 

I wish war would never be an option #globaldisarmament                 

 

    

WORKSHOP

'Improvisation for Classical Pianists'

 

This workshop provides the opportunity for pianists with a classical background to approach improvisation. As a classically- trained pianist, I want to share the idea that improvisation dates back centuries and belongs to our tradition. Rather than reciting classical pieces, I hope that students can use this genre as a source of inspiration that is useful, exciting and enriching outside of the classical and traditional context.

 

 

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THE EQUINOX MUSIC FESTIVAL PODCAST 

 

THE EQUINOX MUSIC FESTIVAL SLIDESHOW

 

 

 

 

CHECK OUT MOIRA'S BLOG ABOUT HER STUDIES ON BRAZILIAN PIANIST AND COMPOSER 'CHIQUINHA' GONZAGA AS PART OF BERKLEE FACULTY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM. 

 

 

 

 

LATEST PRESS

 

 MOIRA ON A MEDIA VOZ

MOIRA ON THE HUFFINGTON POST

MOIRA ON L'ESPRESSO

 

 

Armando Grillo photography

 

 

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imago

by moira lo bianco

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Moira Lo Bianco piano, compositions

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lunaria

by moira lo bianco

Buy Lunaria on iTunes

Moira Lo Bianco piano, compositions

Bruno Råberg double bass

Marcello Pellitteri drums, percussions

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Moira is currently working on the Berklee Faculty Fellowship program 

 

PAST EVENTS 2016:

MARCH 1 Solo Concert, 1PM, Berklee College of Music, Boston

MARCH 21 The Equinox Music Festival, Berklee College of Music, Boston

APRIL 8 LP Listening Salon #1, 8PM, NY

APRIL 20 IMAGO @ BMI, 3.30PM, NY

APRIL 28 IMAGO release concert, 7PM, Steinway Hall, NY  

MAY 6 LP Listening Salon #2, 8PM, NY

MAY 12-19 Residency @ Steinway Society of Puerto Rico, San Juan

MAY 22 Salon Concert, 7PM, Philadelphia

MAY 26 Get Classical @ Zinc Bar, 6PM, NY

MAY 27- 31 LP Listening Salon #3, Guttman College, NY

JUNE 9 IMAGO- Spirio Launch, Institute of Contemporary Art, 6.30PM, Boston