Pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi at the El Camino Center for the art
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The last date listed for Pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi was Friday October 15, 2004 / 8:00pm.
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An all-star lineup -- including David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Money Mark, Joshua Redman, Sinkane and the legendary Lijadu Sisters of Nigeria in their first live performance in 30 years -- takes the stage at the Greek to perform the futuristic, synth-heavy electronic music of elusive Nigerian artist William Onyeabor. The evening begins with a DJ set by special guest Wooden Wisdom (Elijah Wood & Zach Cowie). Onyeabor self-released eight nearly impossible-to-find albums between 1978 and 1985 in Nigeria, but after becoming a born-again Christian turned his back on his work and refused to speak about it for nearly three decades. Last year, after a five-year odyssey to track down Onyeabor and secure his permission to release his music, the Luaka Bop label issued World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor? The album was named one of Time magazine's top ten albums of the year and Pitchfork's Best Reissue of the Year 2013. Even now, after the album's enormous success, the artist's life story remains a mystery -- and he seems content to keep it that way. Learn More
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I attended the event as a school assignment. Initially not wanting to attend,I found myself quickly enthralled with Mr. Baldi's performance. He was spectacular. The way he played was both amazing and emotionally moving. His finger moved with such speed it was mesmerizing to watch. I was impressed by his skill and his ability to play without musical sheets. Truly a wonderful experience.
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The 2001 Van Cliburn Competition Silver Medalist
!“Pompa-Baldi’s technique was smooth and clear…his tone rich, his music-making honest.” —Orange County Register
Praised as a “pianistic messiah,” (Fort Worth Star Telegram), Antonio Pompa-Baldi of Italy emerged from the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition with a coveted silver medal as well as the Phyllis Jones Tiley Memorial Award for the best Performance of a New Work. Mr. Pompa-Baldi is currently on the faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music and has performed world-wide since his 2001 award.