“I cannot conceive of music that expresses absolutely nothing.”
“Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.”
“Who hears music feels his solitude peopled at once.”
“Music is a performance and needs the audience.”
“Love is a friendship set to music.”
“I see music as fluid architecture.”
“I haven’t understood a bar of music in my life, but I have felt it.”
“Music is for every single person that walks the planet.”
“All music is beautiful.”
“Music can change the world because it can change people.”
“It’s never too late to do anything new when it comes to music.”
“I cannot conceive of music that expresses absolutely nothing .”
The Latest from Diane Jones
Lots of very good news recently! My latest piano trio, "Earthrise," is in the hands of Trio Casals, and we'll be heading to the recording studio in just a couple of months for the third time together. I am so excited for another collaboration with this incredible and talented trio, and with Parma Recordings.
I've also taken on another exciting project, in collaboration with the Syracuse International Film Festival . I'll be composing a new score to accompany a silent film, with a screening (including live music!) in October. More details to come on that very soon!
I'm also pleased and proud to let you know that Samba Laranja has garnered its third SAMMY Award! "Guarana" was great fun to record, and I got to show off my skills on the pandeiro and gongue. (If you're curious, this is a pandeiro, played by a true grand mestre. And for any SNL fans, when you hear the gongue, just think "more cowbell!")
The excitement doesn't stop there, either. Feminine Fusion, my weekly program highlighting the achievements of women in classical music, has been picked up for broadcast by stations from New York to Florida, and as far west as Nevada! Finding and sharing music composed and performed by so many talented women is awesome and humbling, and I learn something new with every episode. It airs on my home station, WCNY-FM, every Sunday afternoon at 1:00pm Eastern, and if you'd like your local station to carry it, they can contact me on the Feminine Fusion webpage here.
Of course, rehearsals with Samba Laranja and the Central New York Flute Choir are in full swing, and I'm also playing piccolo with the Onondaga Civic Symphony Orchestra for their next concert. My good friend, Sar-Shalom Strong will be the soloist for the Liszt Piano Concerto in A Major, which makes this a very special concert for me. And here's something you didn't expect - I'm playing God in the Oswego Opera Theater production of Benjamin Britten's Noah's Flood. What fun! I'll keep the performances page updated on this website, and you can watch the Pet Dragon Music Facebook page for more information as well.
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