Planning to Retire Soon!
If you are planning to retire in the Philippines soon, I suggest you visit several excellent websites on pro's and cons of retiring in the Philippines. However if you want to retire in the provinces, where life is simple, standard of living cheaper, less traffic congestion and pollution, availability of fresh seafood and vegetables compared to the big cities, my island province is the place for you! If this is your first time in my site, welcome. Please do not forget to read the latest national and international news in the right side bar of this blog. Some of the photos and videos on this site, I do not own. However, I have no intention on the infringement of your copyrights. The photo above is the front yard of Chateau Du Mer-Our Retirement Home in Boac, Marinduque, Philippines
Saturday, April 4, 2015
Macrine's Nephew, Carlos Jambalos Avila, Classical Pianist
Carlos is the son of my wife's youngest sister Rosario (Charro) Jambalos. My wife and I had watched him grow up here in California. When he went to college, we lost our normal contact with him. However, just recently we get reacquainted with him via FaceBook. My wife and I have heard some of his musical( piano) accomplishments, but the following biography from Arts-Global is very impressive. I am very proud to share it with you !
Samples of His Piano Playing Skills.
"Hailed for his "beautiful command of tone and mood…and unruffleable savoir-faire" (San Francisco Chronicle), his "layers of emotional expression" (The Examiner) and his "level of artistry that seem far beyond his years" (Contra Costa Times), Carlos Avila is one of the most in-demand pianists on the classical music scene. His concerts have taken him across North and South America, Europe and Asia.
Mr Avila has been a guest at festivals such as Schleswig-Holstein, Tanglewood, Sarasota, Aspen, Banff, Music Academy of the West, Pianofest, Holland, and the Carnegie Hall Workshops where he had the opportunity to work and study with the late Isaac Stern, Daniel Barenboim, Michael Tilson Thomas, Emanuel Ax, Richard Goode and members of the St. Lawrence, Tokyo, Guarneri, Juilliard, Ying and Borodin String Quartets.
Mr Avila is also an avid collaborator – he shares a 15-year partnership with acclaimed violinist Jooyoung Oh, with whom he has given over 70 recitals across Asia and the United States. He also collaborates frequently with the New York Philharmonic’s Assistant Concertmaster Michelle Kim and participates in the promotion of her Doublestop Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing young musicians with no-cost loans of high-quality instruments. Last Spring, he performed in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's All-Access Chamber series and the New York Philharmonic’s Leonard Bernstein salon series. Prior to that, he embarked on a mammoth long 29-city tour with award-winning Baritone Leon Williams. Carlos was also recently showcased on New York’s WQXR, where he gave an all-transcription recital broadcast as one of the winners of Julliard’s prestigious Gina Bachauer competition.
Mr Avila has also served as affiliate-faculty at the Atlantic Music Festival, Collaborative Piano Faculty of the Heifetz Institute, and will join the Piano Faculty of the Innsbrook Institute in 2015. A proud Filipino-American, he is a graduate of the Julliard School and did prior studies at Yale".
Carlos, your Aunt Macrine and I are proud of your accomplishments. Keep up with the good work!