Girma Yifrashewa - Ethiopian Classical Music, "Love & Peace" Texas Tour


Girma Yifrashewa - Ethiopian Classical Music, "Love & Peace" Texas Tour

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Sat Oct 29, 2016 - 7:00PM CDT to Sun Oct 30, 2016 - 6:55PM CDT
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  • Concert

Girma Yifrashewa - Ethiopian Classical Music, "Love & Peace" Texas Tour
Renowned Ethiopian pianist makes a rare US visit from Addis Ababa to make his Texas debut at Central Presbyterian Church, presented by Unseen Worlds and Las Cruxes.

Born in Addis Ababa in 1967, Girma Yifrashewa's life in music began with the Kirar, a harp-like traditional Ethiopian string instrument, at a tender age. He was introduced to piano at the age of 16 when he joined the Yared School of Music in Addis Ababa, and continued his studies at the Sofia State Conservatory of Music in Bulgaria, where he graduated with a Masters in Piano under Professor Atanas Kurtev.

His 2014 album, "Love & Peace," released on Unseen Worlds was met with wide acclaim, earning him accolades from NPR, Uncut, Other Music, and more. For this current tour, Yifrashewa hopes to spread awareness of our need for hope, positivity, love, and peace in the world, during this especially difficult time for Ethiopia.

Praise for Girma Yifrashewa and "Love & Peace":

"a rare and fascinating example of aesthetic adaptation and convergence" - The New York Times

"Gorgeous solo piano studies from Ethiopia... along with a meditative take on jazz that recalls George Winston" - Uncut Magazine

"On his first US release, Love & Peace (Unseen Worlds), Yifrashewa comes off as a fluid hybrid of Erik Satie, Vince Guaraldi, and Matthew Shipp at his most restrained. The performances are tonally rich and subdued, with Yifrashewa's folksy melodies given alternating emphasisgrandiloquent and hushed." - Chicago Reader

"The newest release on Unseen Worlds is a breathtaking collection of solo piano pieces by Ethiopian composer Girma Yifrashewa, who crafts a unique blend of hauntingly melodic works that recall Erik Satie, Keith Jarrett, and Debussy, but filtered through the Ethiopian pentatonic scale, tipping its hat toward the worlds of both jazz and classical music simultaneously. Easily one of the year's most engrossing classical/ambient works, this is vital music by an incredibly gifted composer and musician. Absolute highest recommendation." - Other Music