All the way from Chiapas, Mexico to Gabriola!

Leah Hokanson

Lulu Performing Arts Society

Monday, August 20 2012

“Richard Pierce Milner is a talent to be reckoned with outside of mainstream jazz or classical venues. He is refreshing, not a virtuoso, but a purist nonetheless.” David Arnold, Naugatuck Daily News.
Join us Thursday, Aug. 30, 5-6 p.m.(ish), at the Phoenix Auditorium as Lulu and Helen Defosset present Semplice III, featuring composer and pianist, Richard Pierce Milner.
Helen met Richard in San Cristobal, the Mayan Highland Capitol of Chiapas, in the southern Mexican state famed for its world-class Indian textiles. Seated in the courtyard of the famous Na Bolom Museum where she was visiting in February, he offered her a chair at his table. They connected over joint careers in modern dance – he a choreographer, and she a dancer – and a mutual love of the natural beauty of the mountains, the orchids and the skies.
So 10 days later when he said, “Well I can’t come to your island if you don’t have a grand I can play” she immediately responded, “Well, yes, we’ve got a few good pianos on the island that might work for you,” and thought of Lulu.
Now Richard’s coming to play his inspired compositions for all of us. His works have been performed at Lincoln Center, written for the Martha Graham Dance Company and he’s given solo concerts at Carnegie Hall, the Merkin and Columbia in New York, and concert halls in Chicago, Mexico City and Santa Fe. Richard is currently Artist in Residence at Na Bolom, the historic cultural center in San Cristobal de las Casas.
John Schaefer with National Public Radio, writes: “It’s becoming increasingly difficult for pianists with something original to say to stand out from the recent glut of solo piano recordings and performances. Richard Pierce Milner’s music nonetheless does stand out: it is not New Age, not jazz, not traditional blues – or stride-based Americana, but a blend of all of these.”
Although Richard’s passion is music, his profession is in documentary films, boasting a 17-year career in New York as a film editor, producer and director for ABC Television Network News, New York Times Television, National Geographic and PBS Frontline.
Advance tickets are $15, door $18 and youth (18 and under) $5 anywhere/anytime.
Tickets are available at the Village Liquor Store. Info at www.luluperformingarts.ca. See you at the show!