Thursday, March 26, 2009

Atheene Dodonpa on March 28@ 12 pm SLT

The medieval songstress with the haunting voice will sing songs from the canon of Hildegarde of Bingen. Atheene accompanies herself on lap harp, hurdy-gurdy and other period instruments as appropriate.

Hildegarde (1098-1179) was a medieval mystic, prophet, writer, visionary and composer, an Abbess of the Bendectine order whose learning and writing was very influential in her time.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Sailing Room Only on Music Island?

The March 21 performance at Music Island of Duo Appassionato was so full that one resourceful member of the audience, Fuzsea Lime, decided to launch a ship, sail it behind the stage and create extra concert standing room for a few avatars. His actions amused the crowd and was a practical solution as the stage area is in a separate sim from the crowded audience.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Duo Appassionato March 21 concert

Farewell to Winter, Welcome Spring!
Duo Appassionato concert
Music Island (Second Life Slurl)
Saturday , March 21, 2009, 12 noon SLT
1) F. Mazas - Duet op 39, #1. in G Major for 2 violins
  • Allegro maestoso
  • Minuetto
  • Rondo
2) Wieniawski - Capriccios for 2 violins op.18
  • # 2, E Flat Major
  • #3, D Major
  • #4, A Minor
3) Chinese folk song - "Spring Happiness"

4) C. Saint-Saens - The Swan

5) L. von Beethoven - "Spring" Sonata in F Major . 1-st mvt.

6) A. Vivaldi - "Winter" & "Spring" ( from "The Four Seasons" )
Duo Appassionato possesses exceptional virtuoso ability and musical harmony rarely found in two instrmentalists of the same genre performing together. Both active solo performers of unsurpassed spirit and flair, the duo has a refreshing stage presence and often explores a repertoire that is rarely performed because of its unusually demanding nature. They project " virtuosic devilry and imagination..." and their playing is " stunning and incredibly well matched". Their presence is a highlight to any recital or concert stage.
Violinist Izabela Spiewak began her international music career at the age of 5, and was awarded a scholarship to a music school for gifted young artists at the age of 8. She is performed chamber music concerts, recorded albums with musicians such as Leonard Bernstein, Eduardo Mata, Placido Domingo and Yehudi Menuhin.
Xi Yang began his distinguished music career when he was a student at the Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China where he studied both violin and viola Performance. He had his first solo debut when he was 9 years old. By the age of 12 he made an average of 200 solo appearances a year in China. He won the National Violin Competition in Shanghai and made his solo debut with the Beijing Philharmonic Orchestra. Arriving in the United States, Mr. Yang won a National Strings Competition in Arkansas and has performed numerous solo recitals, chamber music concerts and gave master classes to young string players from many public schools and colleges . Mr. Yang was the Principal Violist for the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, Florida Grand Opera and the Principal Viola with the Symphony of the Americas. He is also the Assistant Concertmaster and a guest conductor, soloist with the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

AldoManutioAbruzzo March 14 @ 12 pm SLT

AldoManutio Abruzzo
(RL: Dennis Moser, aka "usr/sbin")

Aldo plays a unique blend of improvisational ambient guitar. You have to hear it to believe it! In real life, this avatar studied classical guitar, Renaissance and Baroque lute, trombone, and recorder. He records and performs under his project name of "usr/sbin". He contributes regularly to collaborative recording efforts for The Ambient Collective , has released an EP for the netlabel Mandorla Records , where his work is also showcased in their MANDORLA AUTUMN TUNES NET-COLLECTION release, and regularly participates in the National Solo Album Month.

His CDs are listed in iTunes and Rhapsody, as well as several other online music services. A quick search for "usr/sbin" with your favorite online service should turn up his recordings; if not, let him know! His recordings can also be heard regularly at Stillstream Records.

In 2008, he has been doing a regular monthly performance, celebrating the Full Moon in his "Full Moon Lunacy Concert Series" that takes place, you guessed it, every full moon at Bibi's Sky Castle in Yongnam(see the SLURLS below!). He has recently added a music kiosk where you can purchase full-length CDs and individual tracks of his music from his many (well over 300) Second Life performances ... it's located in Madison Place (Slurl below). You'll need to set up a Second Tunes account to take advantage of that, but that's easy enough to do, by going to

Madison Place

Bibi's Beach:

Monday, March 2, 2009

Music Island Performer -- Thom Dowd

Thom Dowd not only is a musician who has been performing in Second Life for several years but he is also an enthusiast who has helped several other musicians learn how to stream and assisted with connecting them to venues like Music Island to give their first concerts in virtual reality. Thom and his students create a sense of occasion at all their events. Audience members feel like they are joining them in their living room in Switzerland, the immediacy is so present in the air. Thom's blog is here.

The program for the most recent concert by Thom and friends was as follows-- a typical inspirational afternoon.



23 FEB. 2008 12 PM SL


Clog Branle (Arbeau 1589) John Playford 1651
Je ne me cinferscery point Jacques Arcadelt c. 1514- 1570

De Triste Cueur Jacques Arcadelt c. 1514- 1570
Pavaen Lachrymae with 1 variation Jacob van Eyke 1590-1657

Pavan Lachrimae (antiquae novae) John Dowland 1563-1626
Canzon in C Girolamo Frescobaldi 1583-1643

Masquing Ayre 4 John Adson 1621
Engels Nachtegaeltje with 2 variations Jacob van Eyke 1590-1657

Dance du Roi Tielman Susato c. 1500-1561
Canzon in D Girolamo Frescobaldi 1583-1643
Suite in A minor Daniel Demoivre c.1720

Allmand, Gavott, Saraband,

Jigg, Bouree Les Fleurs Philibert Delavigne c. 1700 - 1750

Les Pensées (Musettes,)

Les Giroflées (Rigaudons,)

Le Jasmin, Les Primevères (menuet 1+2)

Le Muget
Fantasy in C major for Solo Alto Recorder
Georg Philipp Telemann 1681-1767 vivace, adagio-allegro, allegro

Ah Robin. gentil Robin William Cornish 1465-1523

Music Island Artist, Akito Kuramoto

Akito has been performing on Music Island since January 2008 and was given Artist-in-Residence status after several concerts and events. His concerts are always thoughtfully programmed and he takes care to prepare helpful notes for the audience and to introduce each piece with his own thoughts. Our audience came to love the man as much as the music and miss him dearly now that he is on a hiatus due to RL commitments.

Bio :
I have been presenting live violin recitals in Second Life for one year.

In first life, I have been studying violin in France for 25 years. I have the chance to be able to work with a great professor, who communicated me a real passion for violin. I also could study in famous international training and master-class sessions. It was a honor for me to win a few years ago, a first Prize at the international Leopold Bellan music competition in Paris. I am now performing concerts in orchestras as an amateur, with various symphonic and chamber groups.

I didn't choose music as a professional path and I want to keep violin in my life as a passion, but I always had the dream to become a solo performer. Second Life gives me the chance to make this dream come true.

Therefore, playing for you is a challenge and makes me very happy.

Thank you for listening !

Some of the pieces I played at my past recitals in SL since june 2007 :
J.S. Bach - Sonata I for solo violin in G Minor BWV 1001 (Adagio, Fuga, Siciliano, Presto)
J.S. Bach - Partita II in D Minor for solo violin BWV 1004 (Allemanda, Corrente, Sarabanda, Giga, Chaconne)
J.S. Bach - Concerto for 2 violins in D minor BWV 1043 : solo violin I part (played along with accompaniment + solo violin II part recorded by myself)
J.S. Bach - violin concerto in A minor BWV 1041
Beethoven - Romance in F major
Beethoven - Sonata in F Major n°5 "Spring" op.24
Vivaldi - violin concerto in A minor #6
Vivaldi - L’Estro Armonico, Op.3, Concerto No. 8 in A minor for two violins and strings, RV 522 (played along w/accompaniment + solo violin II part recorded by myself)
Cesar Franck - Violin Sonata in A major
Tommaso Vitali - Chaconne in G minor
Mendelssohn - violin concerto in E minor

Akito's website