Pianist Chad Lawson's New Album: The Chopin Variations

October 16, 2014 6:36 PM

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I recently had the chance to listen to pianist Chad Lawson's new album, The Chopin Variations. In this work, Lawson and fellow musicians, violinist Judy Kang and cellist Rubin Kodheli, explore Chopin's original pieces while adding their own sense of musical creativity and exploration. This beautiful conversation between Chopin and modern-day musicians reminded me how lucky we are that through music, we can still converse with ideas and sensitivities of the past, and that these ideas can still speak to our hearts with relevance.

Julie Ingram: What is your musical background? Chad Lawson: I actually started playing the piano at the age of 5 after seeing Sha Na Na on television. Sha Na Na was a band in the late 70s/early 80s that had a TV show. As a family, we would watch the show together. I didn't come from a musical family...

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