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Thursday, May 21, 2009

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Melody Fader, Pianist

Melody Fader enjoys a busy career as a soloist, chamber musician, vocal accompanist, and freelance artist in New York City. Miss Fader has performed around the United States as a soloist and chamber musician, and in such New York venues as Alice Tully Hall, The New Times Center, and Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall. Her musical studies have led her to performances internationally in Chile, Italy, Belgium, England, Spain, Canada, Korea and Israel. She has participated and performed at the Spoleto Festival in Italy, Aspen Music Festival, Chautauqua, International Festival Institute at Round Top and the Scotia Festival of Music. Miss Fader has been a prize winner at the Coleman Chamber Ensemble competition, and the Aspen Concerto competition.

In the spring on 2004, Miss Fader earned on her MM in Collaborative piano at the Juilliard School, were she studied with Margo Garrett. She has been selected to perform numerous times in Alice Tully Hall's “Wednesdays at 1”, and “Evening of Chamber Music” series, as well as the Juilliard Vocal Honors recital (April 2002). In April, 2003, Miss Fader performed at the International Musician's Seminar in Prussia Cove, England. Before working on her MM, Miss Fader was a resident artist at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada. While earning her BM in piano performance from the Eastman School of Music, Miss Fader performed concertos with student orchestras, played solo recitals, and performed numerous times on Buffalo Public Radio's “Opus Classics Live” broadcast series.

Miss Fader is a resident musician with the New Chamber Ballet, which performs regularly at New York's City Center Studio 4. She has also collaborated with Buglisi Dance Theater, the Dankmeyer Dance Company, performing at St. Mark's Church and has created new interdisciplinary works with cellist/composer/dancer Malina Rauschenfels and dancer/choreaographer, Luke Wiley . Other recent performances include a U.S. embassy sponsored recital tour of Chile with Soprano Elisa Cordova and chamber music concerts presented by the Chopin Foundation in Florida. Miss Fader has been on the faculty of Bowdoin International Music Festival in Brunswick, Maine and at Perry-Mansfield performing arts school and camp and held a collaborative piano internship at the Banff Centre in the summer of 2008. Peachy Deegan has heard Melody play for over 17 years and Whom You Know knows how gifted Melody Fader is and highly recommends attendance at her performances and we are pleased to present her as a Mover and Shaker.

Peachy Deegan interviewed Melody Fader for Whom You Know.

Peachy Deegan: What is your first musical memory?
Melody Fader: Some of my earliest musical memories are of hearing my mother playing Bach Inventions on the piano. I thought she and the music were so great, and so I tried to figure out how to play it myself.

Tell Whom You Know readers how your mom was inspired to name you Melody please.
The story goes, all though her pregnancy with me, my mom thought that I was going to be a boy, and she was planning to name me Micah. But on her way to the hospital to deliver me, all of a sudden it came to her that I was going to be a girl and that my name should be Melody.

Whom You Know has heard you play for a number of years and considers you gifted. How would you define gifted?
That's a really hard question to answer. But I would say being gifted is having a real natural inclination to something that drives you to stay with it and work hard on it always. Being gifted at something is being meant to do it.

Where do you enjoy performing most?
I enjoy performing in many different types of places. Of course its great to perform at fancy venues that have really nice pianos, but I also enjoy informal and unconventional venues like bars and cafes where its more laid back.

Where would you like to perform where you have not yet performed?
Paris would be nice!

What do you consider your biggest musical accomplishment?
I think my biggest musical accomplishment is the fact that I have made music my life and never considered doing anything else. I haven't gone the conventional route, although some of what I do is conventional. Making my living as a freelance pianist is something that I am very proud of.

What are your future musical aspirations?
To keep playing and be open to where it all takes me.

What is your favorite place to be in NYC?
On the streets

What is your favorite shop?
Betsey Johnson

What is your favorite drink?

What is your favorite restaurant?
The little Tai place on Carmine St.

What is your favorite NYC book?
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

What is your favorite thing to do in NYC that you can do nowhere else?
Ride around on the subways "for free" with my unlimited monthly metro card

What do you think is most underrated and overrated here?
Not all has its value

What else should Whom You Know readers know about you?
I have recently gotten very into yoga, and I am now a certified yoga instructor. Also, I am learning how to update my own website, which is a big challenge for me, but I'm excited about being able to do it myself. Check it out!

How would you like to be contacted by Whom You Know readers?

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