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US pianist Gallagher here on 88-Concert Tour

By FARISHA AHMED Famous New York pianist, Kimball Gallagher, who is currently on the 88-Concert Tour is in the country. His sensitive insights at the keyboard, coupled with his singular
24 Feb 2014 10:39

By FARISHA AHMED

Famous New York pianist, Kimball Gallagher, who is currently on the 88-Concert Tour is in the country.
His sensitive insights at the keyboard, coupled with his singular entrepreneurial sensibilities, have enabled him to explore a broad scope of creative endeavours.
Yesterday he played in front of a crowd at the Fiji Arts Club Playhouse as part of his trip to provide an exposure to the people on what music is about.
Mr Gallagher, through his 88-Concert Tour, is reviving the salon culture through 88 unique performances in all continents of the world.
“The reason it is called 88- Concert Tour is because there are 88 keys on the piano,” he said.
“I love to play at private homes as it pretty much brings the audience closer together.
“Each private home concert creates an unparalleled forum for dialogue between artist and listener, inviting audiences into a unique live performance experience,” Mr Gallagher said.
“I believe that home concerts can provide the possibility for community and intimacy, warmth and friendship, education and enlightenment, entertainment and joy, passionate involvement, and access through music to the infinite.”
Mr Gallagher played various notes from folk music, to wedding notes for the crowd yesterday together with a United States peace corp volunteer, Tricia Buzzard.
Together they have performed at the Fiji National University, the University of the South Pacific, and at the Pacific Harbour Multicultural School.
He arrived last week and will be returning home on Tuesday.
Today (Monday) they will be performing at the United States Embassy.
“Coming to Fiji I have learnt the different types of music and it is really nice to see that locals are developing,” Mr Gallagher said.
“As for the locals I would suggest that artists should think about entrepreneurship as it will help with the development of the economy.”
He also made a composition for women where he spelled out musical notes to match their names.

About Mr Gallagher
He started playing when he was five years old.
“My dad actually forced me to take up piano which I didn’t like at first but in years I got used to it and it became hard for my dad to make me quit but I didn’t,” Mr Gallagher said.
Mr Gallagher is a multi-faceted concert performer, songwriter, recording artist and musical entrepreneur.
“I have been to too many places including Kabul in Afghanistan where music was once banned,” he said.
Mr Gallagher gained momentum with performances in private homes throughout the United States, and distinguished venues all over the world, from the Kennedy Centre to Kabul, Bombay to Boulder, and Chicago to Shanghai and Tuscany to Tunisia.
He does classical, rock, humanitarian as well as entrepreneur work.
A native of Boston, Mr Gallagher earned his undergraduate degree at Rice University in the studio of Jeanne Kierman-Fischer, and his Master of Music degree as a pupil of Robert McDonald at The Juilliard School.
His life- long mentor, pianist Joseph Smith, is a mainstay of his musical development.
A resident of New York City, he enjoys composing, writing and exploring various musical genres.

New York pianist Kimball Gallagher at the Fiji Arts Club Playhouse in Suva. Photo: FARISHA AHMED



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