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Composer Juan Colomer and pianist Sara Annisarkova grace the studio stage of Classical Underground in recent months. File photos continued from page 11

Classical Underground the equivalent of the meaning of our final human reincarnation – perfection. After intermission, Steele shared that they were fortunate enough to acquire a Steinway piano for the evening. When the piano was put in place, Steele explained that he just soaked in the sight of this instrument and said to himself, “Damn, this is something humans do right! This is what art gives us.” Pianist Anna Sarkisova performed Isaac Albeniz’s “Evocation” accompanied by a cello. It’s an elegant piece that slowly insinuates itself into your mind. It’s a little melancholy and lets your thoughts be taken away. Contentedly I was doing absolutely nothing but listening. The next two pieces were for the cello and a guest speaker described them as invasive and intrusive. He went on to say about the pieces that this is not Alexey Steele, this is Dr. Spock; intellectual and complicated. Apparently at the first rehearsal he says he could not even tell if the musicians were playing the right notes. He further described the pieces as objects in space and cosmic time. Right he was. Both pieces were very cerebral. They expanded in my mind’s eye new patterns of sound. Through the cello, I simultaneously experienced an emotional connection to this earthly plane while my imagination traveled the cosmos. It was getting late and I had to go home but for Classical Underground the night was still young. The last number that I saw was for the clarinet and guitar. It was Spanish music that sounded

like the beautiful melodies of Gypsies—sweet and joyous integrating a Mediterranean sound. The moods this number conveyed went from serene to celebratory. I was transported back in time to a Sultan’s castle dancing with impunity amongst belly dancers, incense and hookah pipes. My spirit wanted nothing more than to move with the music. I am hooked on Classical Underground. I have always appreciated classical music but I have now encountered the depth, complexities, joy and immensity of it. In Classical Undergrounds words, “In Art We Trust!” Details: http://classicalunderground.

Harold Greene “ART ON PURPOSE” Runs from March 5 through May 12, 2013. The Opening Reception is scheduled at the galleries Tea Time Dais Sunday, March 10, from Noon to 3 p.m. Green will lead a hot topic discussion at this tea time salon called, “Form and Function.” There is no cost to attend, however, gratuities are appreciated for the afternoon tea fare. Details: (310) 547-2154, www.magriffegalerie. com Venue: Ma Griffe Galerie Location: 3624 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro

ACE: Arts • Cuisine • Entertainment

w/ Sean Lane (Acoustic)

3/29 • 8pm

$20 Advance • $25 Door Event info line is 1-866-479-5644 Webpage /

March 8 – 21, 2013

Colomer got a Latin Grammy for best classical album in 2008 for the CD Passion Espanola with Placido Domingo. Colomer describes his latest compositional work, “Downtown Bagatelle” as an unpretentious piece of work. He said that bagatelle means “something of little value or importance, a trifle.” “Downtown Bagatelle” has a tranquil start before quietly expanding with moving nuances. The lower piano chords in the middle of the piece played so softly surprisingly offer a different experience for the senses. I was able to take in the quiet vibration rather than the dramatic sound that these chords can sometimes convey. The intensity slowly builds and then as the music softens again I was left to feel an elevated sense of peace and serenity by the close of the number. Culturally speaking, Alexey says on his website that today’s Los Angeles is reminiscent of Paris 100 years ago in that there was much artistic churning under the radar of the mainstream gaze. “I think Los Angeles is ‘the Paris of the 21st Century’, and that the brooding under the radar of mainstream dramatic artistic changes in the creative combustive City of Angels closely repeats what was happening exactly 100 years ago in the City of Lights.” “The messiness of making music is in LA right now, not in New York anymore, musicians compose in a different way here. We are defining new things, new ways... how do we function in the new times?” On this night, he made a similar parallel between Spain and Los Angeles when he invited Colomer to the stage, underscoring Los Angeles’ importance as a hotbed of globally significant art. The next number, Igor Stravinsky’s “Trois mouvements de Petrouchka” a piano arrangement renowned for its technical and musical difficulties, was performed by Anton Smirnov. With its wild and rapid jumps that span over two octaves, complex polyrhythms, extremely fast scales, multiple glissandos and tremolos, it’s no wonder that the piece achieved the notoriety that it did. Tremelos, an act of sliding a finger up or down a keyboard from one note to another and glissandos, the rapid repetition of a tone or the rapid alternation between two tones in singing or playing a musical instrument to produce a quavering effect are incorporated with superlative effect here. Smirnov’s performance of the music was nothing less than amazing. This is the majesty of music. Stravinsky’s “Petrouchka” is musically

Calendar from page 16. and in rare form, whether painting, drawing, printmaking or creating sculpture. Based in San Pedro, California, he produces works equally renowned for their freewheeling style, irrepressible wit, and formal elegance. Obsessed with things mechanical, particularly trains, planes and ships – vessels of transport for his imagination, Crutchfield shares a Dadaist suspicion of reason and logic, prizing instead nonsense, irrationality and intuition. The exhibition will open on First Thursday, March 7, and an Artist’s Reception Saturday, March 9, from 4 – 7 p.m. Organized by Ron Linden and presented by Arnée and Ray Carofano, the exhibition runs through May 29. This exhibition is made possible in part by generous support from San Pedro Arts, Culture, and Entertainment District, and San Pedro Chamber of Commerce. Details: (310) 732-2150 Venue: Gallery 478 Location: 478 W. 7th St., San Pedro


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