J Chen Project Presents SEASONS OF SOUNDS AND MOVEMENT
J CHEN PROJECT is thrilled to announce the premiere of an experimental live performance, Seasons of Sounds and Movement, part of the second annual Dancing Keys program commissioned by Natalia Huang Piano Studio.
This new work choreographed by Artistic Director Jessica Chen in collaboration with composer Chris DeAngelis is a 20-minute experimental dance performance with live, original piano and string quartet score featuring 8 piano students, ages 7-13, from Natalia Huang Piano Studio. Seasons of Sounds and Movement embodies different elements of the four seasons-it's complexity, history, beauty, and impact, to bring professional and aspiring young artists together to develop and perform work.
J CHEN PROJECT is a modern dance company, founded in 2008, that presents its innovative, culturally-based dance works throughout New York City. Led by Asian-American Artistic Director and choreographer Jessica Chen, the Company explores identity politics, cultural traditions, and modern globalization through multidisciplinary, experimental performance works for dance viewers.
Natalia Huang, a pianist and graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, founded Natalia Huang Piano Studio in 2003. The Studio currently has over 200 students enrolled in its New York City, Connecticut, and Los Angeles locations.
Chris DeAngelis holds a B.A. in Music from UMass and has been commissioned by universities, film, and television, nationally and internationally.
For more information about J CHEN PROJECT, please visit our website: www.jchenproject.com. If you would like to schedule an interview with Artistic Director Jessica Chen, please email Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet Natalia Huang of Natalia Huang Piano Studio in Hacienda Heights
Today we’d like to introduce you to Natalia Huang.
Natalia, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
When my first child was born, I realized that I couldn’t continue to teach into the evenings because once she starts school, I will never see her. However, I wasn’t ready to give up teaching. The way for me to continue to be involved with a teaching studio and still be there for my children was to expand the business. Also, the idea of building a larger community that understands the value of music education is very exciting for me!
The Sound of Passion: Falling in Love With the Piano
People aren't buying pianos the way they were a hundred years ago, but that hasn't stopped people from enjoying them.
For some, the piano is still and an integral part of everyday life. There are piano tuners and teachers, and piano technicians who repair all the pieces when they break. And we have students who leave the instrument behind, only to make a passionate return to it years later.
The Takeaway's John Hockenberry talks to three die-hard piano fans: Martha Taylor, a technician, Natalia Huang, a teacher, and Michael Kimmelman, a brilliant piano player and journalist for the New York Times.