Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."
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"Subtle romanticism" combined with a "distinctive, swinging touch" are words that come to mind when describing jazz pianist Gaea Schell. Accomplished and versatile, she - as drummer Albert 'Tootie' Heath says, "plays the heck out of the piano with them small hands".
Known among her peers for swinging every note, subtle phrasing, and lyrical unique writing, this Los Angeles-based pianist/composer/vocalist is a native of western Canada where she grew up playing music from an early age.
A 1999 Canada Council for the Arts grant took Gaea to New York City where she studied with internationally known pianist/composer Richie Beirach.
Gaea recently made her California debut as a twice featured performer at the San Jose Jazz Festival and has been performing professionally and internationally as a pianist and recently vocalist for many years in diverse musical contexts. Her experience includes everything from trio to quartet to orchestral performance. Notable artists she has played with as a sideperson include Nancy King, John Stowell, Albert 'Tootie' Heath, Clare Fischer Big Band, Tony Dumas, Bob Sheppard, Ingrid Jensen, Bobby Watson, Dan Faehnle (guitarist with Diana Krall), Earl Palmer and Gilbert Castellanos (member of the Clayton/Hamilton Orchestra).
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Say Hey Ms Gaea...love the work your doing...remember it's not the size of the hands...but the size of the heart...in the picture above, "sweet Emma" at the piano in Preservation Hall in her 80's held everyone's heart with her playing...Michele Pretruciani had small hands, and a heart that swept us all away with his love and energy in jazz...keep up the enticing works...your "Stella" here is masterfully done....more please...come to Maine and play sometime...my best to you and all those in your life...always b