Two piano and duet selections of classical composers such as Piazzolla, Barber and Ravel will be presented by pianists Jeeyoon Kim and DJ Smith in a program of dance music that will include tango, waltz and samba. The concert titled “An Evening of Dance Music,” will be held Thursday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the recital hall of Piano Solutions, in Carmel.
“It’s really interesting because we are male and female on two pianos, and the tango is also a duet — two people dancing. I really think we are dancing with our fingers. Sometimes I feel like he is lifting me up, and sometimes I feel like I have to support him. We are basically making dance music on the piano, which is a lot of fun,” says Kim.
“I just really like working with Jeeyoon because of her artistic approach to music. It’s just a joy to play with her and really an honor to perform with someone of her caliber. Because we are both music educators and are both passionate about music, it’s great that we can do this collaboration together,” says Smith.
Kim and Smith, who are good friends, work together in the music department at Butler University, where they teach keyboard skills to dancers. Because they work with dancers on a regular basis, they thought it would make for an interesting program to play dance music because, according to Smith, there are similarities: “There is a lot of choreography that goes on between us … visually with our hands crossing over, crossing under. It looks a lot like dance.”
“As a pianist, it’s very rare that you work with another pianist. This is quite a rare occasion for us. The piano is a lot like orchestra, and we are like two orchestras formed together and 20 fingers, and that is really a lot of fun. The piano is sometimes a solitude instrument. I spend a lot of time by myself, and just to be able to combine two pianos is something unique. It’s really a treat,” says Kim.
A native of South Korea, Kim has performed all over the world at venues including Chiesa Nuova in Chicago; Graves Recital Hall in Columbus, Ohio; Wheeler Concert Hall at the University of Evansville; GloVil Art Hall in Korea; Judson Park Auditorium in Cleveland; and at the Mozarteum Festival in Salzburg, Austria. She studied at Busan National University, from where she graduated in 2002 with top honors. Afterwards, Kim came to the United States for further musical studies, receiving a Master of Music degree in 2005 and a Doctor of Music in piano performance in 2009, both from Indiana University. She teaches various keyboard-related courses and private lessons at Butler University and Butler Community Arts School, and is also a director of Broad Ripple Piano Institute.
Smith is an active pianist, instructor and adjudicator in the Indianapolis area. He currently teaches group piano classes, private lessons and serves as staff accompanist at Butler University. He maintains his own private studio through the Butler Community Arts School. Currently the pianist for Church of the Saviour, he also accompanies the Indianapolis Men’s Chorus. A member of the board of directors for the Indiana Music Teachers Association, Smith coordinates the IMTA Hoosier Auditions. A native of Elwood, Ind., he earned his degrees in performance and pedagogy from Indiana Wesleyan University and Butler University.
A portion of the proceeds from the concert will benefit The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project.
For tickets and information about the concert at Piano Solutions, 575 W. Carmel Drive, Carmel, IN 46032, visit: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/356445 or http://www.facebook.com/events/184332058380938/
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