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8/31/09

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John Bayless has an extraordinary imagination, sly wit, tremendous musicality and an imposing technique, according to High Fidelity Magazine, and has been proclaimed by the New York Times as an evocative pianist with a lovely piano sound and considerable personal pizzazz. He is an amazing pianist, improviser, composer, entertainer and recording artist.Over the last four seasons, John Bayless has played more that 175 concerts, performing in such cities as New York, Boston, Philadelphia, London, Rome, Florence, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Tokyo, Minneapolis and Washington DC. He has appeared at Carnegie Hall in a performance of his own West Side Story Concert Variations for solo piano and orchestra, made his Tanglewood debut playing Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with the Boston Pops, opened the San Francisco Summer Pops season with the same work and appeared in three sold-out concerts at the Hollywood Bowl with John Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. That same summer he returned to Italy for solo concerts in Florence, Sorrento and Milan.In 1997 he made his debut with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in England and a four week 20 concert North American tour under the baton of Carl Davis, featuring performances of Rhapsody in Blue, culminating in New York City at Lincoln Center. He also made his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra (1998) performing his West Side Story Concert Variations and his Bach Meets the Beatles repertoire. He appeared in a sold-out concert at Rome's prestigious Villa Giulia Summer Festival presented by the Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia. That same season Bayless appeared in more than 50 concerts including New York, Toronto, Houston, Santa Fe and returned to Europe for extended concerts in Italy, Finland and other countries.Bayless made his recording debut in 1985 with an album entitled Happy Birthday Bach, which was created in honor of the Bach tercentennial celebration. Two subsequent releases, Bach Meets the Beatles and Bach on Abby Road, contained his improvisations on Beatles melodies and were phenomenally well received, the former selected as one of the Top Ten Classical Crossover Recordings of the 1980's by Billboard Magazine. A compilation CD of the Beatles recordings was released in 2004.
His exclusive recording contract with Angel/EMI brought forth four top selling albums. Bayless Meets Bernstein: West Side Story Concert Variations, based on Leonard Bernstein's timeless score, was a critical success and a popular one as well. The Puccini Album - Arias for Piano soared to Number One on Billboard Magazine's Classical Crossover Chart where it remained for 18 weeks selling over 175,000 albums. The Movie Album - Classical Pictures followed and is based on some of the most beautiful movie music ever written, interwoven with the most famous classical themes.It debuted in 1997 and still remains a favorite of audiences here and abroad. The fourth album was Romantica, Bayless' interpretations of great Italian love songs and arias. It was and is still considered to be one of the most romantic albums of 1999. In 2004 he recorded his first Christmas Album entitled Christmas Rhapsody for Koch Entertainment Records. It has received accolades and tremendous reviews in its debut year and was selected as one of the top five favorite Christmas Albums of 2004 by Minnesota Public Radio.John Bayless' extensive performance background includes appearances at Carnegie Hall where he made his debut with the Orchestra of New York in 1980 performing his own piano concerto Badinage - an essay for piano and orchestra in 3 movements, and Rhapsody in Blue. His 1986 debut at Lincoln Center, Avery Fisher Hall was part of the Mostly Mozart Festival where he premiered his own transcriptions and improvisations on Mozart's The Magic Flute and Don Giovanni. He appeared at London's Wigmore Hall, and has created special programs with orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra, performing both classical and improvisational repertoire. In addition Bayless has made two tours of Japan, performed at the Budapest Spring Festival and was Artist in Residence for the London Symphony Orchestra's Leonard Bernstein Festival, performing at a gala for Queen Elizabeth ll. He returns to Japan in 2006 for a concert tour of 20 cities. In 2001 the legendary Rosemary Clooney invited John to be her guest artist for several pops concerts at performing arts venues in the United States, including a performance with the San Francisco Symphony. One of the highlights of the year was appearing in Ms. Clooney's famed Christmas Shows at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Southern California and at Feinstein's Supper Club in New York City. He has conducted Master Classes at the Juilliard School of Music, Kent State University, University of Houston and The Royal Academy of Music in London.Born and raised in Borger, Texas, John Bayless won a scholarship to the Aspen School of Music at age 15, and two years later moved to New York to study with Adele Marcus at The Juilliard School of Music. Bayless was invited to participate as a composer in the inaugural class of New York University's Musical Theater Masters Degree Program where he studied with Leonard Bernstein, Jule Styne, Arthur Laurents, Betty Comden and Adolph Green. His first musical, Grand Duchy, a musical fable, has received stage readings at Playwright's Horizon in New York City, The Papermill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey and The Falcon Theatre in Los Angeles. A full-scale production was recently mounted in Santa Barbara, California. It is represented by Musical Theatre International.He has received commissions from The Newport Music Festival, The University of Maryland International Piano Competition, and composed and performed the score for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's television presentation of the Lila Acheson Wallace Exhibition of 20th Century American Art. Mr. Bayless' music can be heard nationally on PBS in 5 different television series. Julia Child chose John to compose and perform the music for two of her series: Baking with Julia and Julia and Jacques: Cooking at Home. He also composed the music for Weir Cooking in the Wine Country with Joanne Weir, Jacques Pepin's Fast Food My Way, and debuting this spring, Lidia's Family Table with Lidia Bastianich.

John Bayless, A Marvelous Performer, Pianist and Loved Friend


John Bayless (Piano, Composer, Arranger)
Born: Borger, Texas, USA
The American pianist and composer, John Bayless, won a scholarship to the Aspen School of Music at age 15, and two years later moved to New York to study with Adele Marcus at The Juilliard School of Music. He also studied at New York University's Musical Theater Masters Degree Program with Leonard Bernstein, Jule Styne, Arthur Laurents, Betty Comden and Adolph Green.John Bayless' extensive performance background includes appearances at Carnegie Hall where he made his debut with the Orchestra of New York in 1980 performing his own piano concerto Badinage - an essay for piano and orchestra in 3 movements, and Rhapsody in Blue. His 1986 debut at Lincoln Center, Avery Fisher Hall was part of the Mostly Mozart Festival where he premiered his own transcriptions and improvisations on Mozart's The Magic Flute and Don Giovanni. He appeared at London's Wigmore Hall, and has created special programs with orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra, performing both classical and improvisational repertoire. In addition Bayless has made two tours of Japan, performed at the Budapest Spring Festival and was Artist in Residence for the London Symphony Orchestra's Leonard Bernstein Festival, performing at a gala for Queen Elizabeth ll. In 1997 he made his debut with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in England and a four week 20 concert North American tour under the baton of Carl Davis, featuring performances of Rhapsody in Blue, culminating in New York City at Lincoln Center. He also made his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra (1998) performing his West Side Story Concert Variations and his Bach Meets the Beatles repertoire. He appeared in a sold-out concert at Rome's prestigious Villa Giulia Summer Festival presented by the Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia. That same season Bayless appeared in more than 50 concerts including New York, Toronto, Houston, Santa Fe and returned to Europe for extended concerts in Italy, Finland and other countries.Over the last four seasons, John Bayless has played more that 175 concerts, performing in such cities as New York, Boston, Philadelphia, London, Rome, Florence, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Tokyo, Minneapolis and Washington DC. He has appeared at Carnegie Hall in a performance of his own West Side Story Concert Variations for solo piano and orchestra, made his Tanglewood debut playing Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with the Boston Pops, opened the San Francisco Summer Pops season with the same work and appeared in three sold-out concerts at the Hollywood Bowl with John Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. That same summer he returned to Italy for solo concerts in Florence, Sorrento and Milan. He returned to Japan in 2006 for a concert tour of 20 cities.John Bayless made his recording debut in 1985 with an album entitled Happy Birthday Bach, which was created in honor of the Bach tercentennial celebration. Two subsequent releases, Bach Meets the Beatles and Bach on Abby Road, contained his improvisations on Beatles melodies and were phenomenally well received, the former selected as one of the Top Ten Classical Crossover Recordings of the 1980's by Billboard Magazine. A compilation CD of the Beatles recordings was released in 2004. His exclusive recording contract with Angel/EMI brought forth four top selling albums. Bayless Meets Bernstein: West Side Story Concert Variations, based on Leonard Bernstein's timeless score, was a critical success and a popular one as well. The Puccini Album - Arias for Piano soared to Number One on Billboard Magazine's Classical Crossover Chart where it remained for 18 weeks selling over 175,000 albums. The Movie Album - Classical Pictures followed and is based on some of the most beautiful movie music ever written, interwoven with the most famous classical themes. It debuted in 1997 and still remains a favorite of audiences here and abroad. The fourth album was Romantica, Bayless' interpretations of great Italian love songs and arias. It was and is still considered to be one of the most romantic albums of 1999. In 2004 he recorded his first Christmas Album entitled Christmas Rhapsody for Koch Entertainment Records. It has received accolades and tremendous reviews in its debut year and was selected as one of the top five favorite Christmas Albums of 2004 by Minnesota Public Radio.In 2001 the legendary Rosemary Clooney invited John to be her guest artist for several pops concerts at performing arts venues in the USA, including a performance with the San Francisco Symphony. One of the highlights of the year was appearing in Ms. Clooney's famed Christmas Shows at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Southern California and at Feinstein's Supper Club in New York City. He has conducted master-classes at the Juilliard School of Music, Kent State University, University of Houston and The Royal Academy of Music in London.John Bayless was invited to participate as a composer in the inaugural class of New York University's Musical Theater Masters Degree Program. His first musical, Grand Duchy, a musical fable, has received stage readings at Playwright's Horizon in New York City, The Papermill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey and The Falcon Theatre in Los Angeles. A full-scale production was recently mounted in Santa Barbara, California. It is represented by Musical Theatre International. He has received commissions from The Newport Music Festival, The University of Maryland International Piano Competition, and composed and performed the score for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's television presentation of the Lila Acheson Wallace Exhibition of 20th Century American Art. Mr. Bayless' music can be heard nationally on PBS in 5 different television series. Julia Child chose John to compose and perform the music for two of her series: Baking with Julia and Julia and Jacques: Cooking at Home. He also composed the music for Weir Cooking in the Wine Country with Joanne Weir, Jacques Pepin's Fast Food My Way, and debuting this spring, Lidia's Family Table with Lidia Bastianich.
John Bayless has an extraordinary imagination, sly wit, tremendous musicality and an imposing technique, according to High Fidelity Magazine, and has been proclaimed by the New York Times as an evocative pianist with a lovely piano sound and considerable personal pizzazz. He is an amazing pianist, improviser, composer, entertainer and recording artist.

Source: John Bayless WebsiteContributed by Teddy Kaufman

8/30/09

THE MEANING OF LIFE


One often questions what the meaning of life is. I think that I found the answer long ago, whereas, finding it had allowed me to find my own happiness. Three ingredients must be mixed together to magically encounter the result of such potion. Laughter, Compassion and Love. Our bitter memories and painful experiences, may had resulted in allowing anger, pain, distress and negative feelings, that should be looked upon and understood like they are part of the Ying and Yang of a life time. How could we have joy if we dismiss pain? The result is that those events may make us grow; lift our feet from the fire. We tend to remember painful or negative events, just to indulge in the negative part of it, while forgetting the positive side before or after it. For example, death, abuse, verbal, physical or mental. Those who may have done it to us, simply were experiencing the human impulse that festers from selfishness, hatefulness or unhappiness; therefore, we must realize that we were the targets because we were the closest one to the punishers; otherwise, others besides us, would had suffered the same "fate". I have found myself laughing about past critical or painful moments that at one point seemed unfair or terrible (and it may have been then) because of my youth, but today, I find them laughable through the deep understanding of the source itself. Who had not been abused in one form or another? Like running away from a belt ready to hit us from a parent? From a verbal statement that hurt our naïveté and young ego? From a severe punishment imposed by a civil or religious teacher? From fear of death? A reality that is inevitable to us, our beloved ones, and the rest of living creatures? Death should be accepted without self pity and selfishness, crying or despairing, disguising our anguish with sadness no realizing that we are just angry because we are left alone due to their departure. Laugher and Joy are the greatest gifts. We, humans, are the only living creatures able to laugh (although, I believe, animals can do so) and we have forgotten to laugh about ourselves, when we are the most outstanding or sitting comedians among all. I laugh, laugh and laugh, and I hope that when I die, before the last breath I can startle mourners saying: "BOO!" (To be continued in the next note)

Compassion: We become cynical and detached through our own fears and anger, thus, the compassion goes out of the window. Compassion is not a natural virtue but derives from love itself. If we don't have compassion, we are unable to love, thus, becoming possible narcissists, searching for the love, respect, and the acceptance from others, (just for our benefit and self indulgent). Love from us to others is what is important. This doesn't mean that we must love "others" because we must, since we know that among the human race exist maligned people. We should understand, the younger the better, that those who are negative in our lives, should be dismissed or forgotten, since they are able to build the path of no return, interring us in obliviousness. Contrary to this, love liberates us. No the love for a girlfriend, boyfriend, spouse, friend, or a pet, but the love for life and its ramifications as well. Mother Nature is the mother of all, including us. She offers every day, as soon as we open our eyes, the beauty of it all: the sun, the night, the rain, the storm, the incredibly and terrific cataclysmic events that destroy and rebuilt again; the catharsis or purgation of life itself. The gifts of life are immeasurable; from flora and fauna, the depth of oceans, the unreachable sky, the word itself and silence, the classical or mundane music, sound and noise, art, from mediocre, better to greatest painters or artists of graffiti. If we look beyond from the tasks of our daily routine, burdens, responsibilities and personal creativity, that are judged by us, we must decide then, how to measure them; whether normal consequences of living which sprout by our own choices and/or similar patterns in everybody else part of living. It all depends in how we use the greatest gift of all: Our marvelous five senses. We are part of all, Cosmos and Chaos. Getting up in the mornings on our feet is not the right thing to do since it should be on our knees, thanking the divine or cosmic energy that flows within us. At the end, we must accept with an open mind the meaning or reality of life and death, the universe and us, or if your prefer God and us, I do not mind.

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The life of a unique and incredible woman whose fate was to be followed by drama, comedy and tragedy. She wandered under a lucky star, which protected her at all times, thus, overcoming the odds that forced her to swim against the high tides; but surprisingly, arriving onto safer and better shores by miracle or by her own strength. Character: Gentle as and orchid but solid as an oak tree. Distracted, but attentive to the best and worth things of life. Indifferent to the time that passes by, but always aware of the beauty around her. Understands and accepts pain, physical or mental, which she believes is absolutely needed in order to grow wiser and happier. She thinks that Happiness is within our reach and unhappiness is not letting go of things or people that don't belong to us any longer.

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I wrote two books that are being translated from Spanish into English but ready to be published in Spanish: "Abracadabra, Stop the Curse! (1999) and "Beyond the Eclipse" (2208) (Abracadabra! Que Pare la Maldicion! y "Mas Alla del Eclipse")

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