By Steven Adamo
Some of East Los Angeles College’s finest vocalists and pianists were on display at the Fall Student Recital, presented by the Music Department on Wednesday.
A cell phone ring didn’t disrupt Daniel Lopez’ piano performance of “Danza de la moza donosa” by Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera. Lopez gestured softly as he began, which quickly stormed into a fury of uneasiness as odd-sounding chords were sprinkled throughout each dramatic build up. His was the most memorable performance of the afternoon
The audience in the S2 Recital Hall provided an energized applause as Juan Carlos Gamez walked toward the piano. Gamez performed “Ballade No.3 in A-flat Major” by Frédéric Chopin.
While the previous performance of Bach’s “French Suite No.5” (Allemande) by John Solano was happy in tone and rhythm, Gamez’s Chopin piece was performed with loud, dramatic blasts surrounded by soft, jiggly outbursts. These musical interactions between two conflicting energies blended fluidly with one another. Light, sporadic notes were played, separated by flurries of patterns every few steps. The ongoing highs and lows made this performance consistently enjoyable.
The vocal performances by Roman Guerra and Eugene Lopez were accompanied by pianist Mimi Chun. Chun specifically shined during Eugene Lopez’s vocal performance as she skillfully moved through Johannesburg Brahms’ “Von emigre Liebe, Op.43, No.1.”
A trio– consisting of Ivan Romero Bautista on tenor saxophone, Gilbert Chinn on electric guitar and Stephen Alvarez on piano — finished the recital with “Blue Bossa,” a jazz standard that was originally composed by Kenny Dorham and was featured on the 1963 album Page One.