- Featured: Sergio Barer
- Release Date: 1/1/2005
I was born in Mexico City and started my piano studies at the age of 6. I moved to Los Angeles to study with pianist Ian Brooks and pianist and composer Mario Feninger. I made my debut in Mexico in 1985 with a series of recitals and appearances on TV, where I was featured in various shows about miniatures for the piano and about classical music in general. In 1988 I injured my left hand and decided to tackle pieces composed for one hand only. I came out with the CD Piano Music For One Hand, appeared with orchestra and was featured on TV playing music written for left or right hand only. This was a hard period because I was still looking for a way to get back to playing with both hands. This became possible in 1991 when I met Dorothy Taubman and Nina Scolnik, who overhauled my technique, until in 1995 I reappeared playing in recital with both hands. However, at that time I discovered the joy of composing and decided to spend time developing my own style. At the time I also realized that Classical Music was reaching an increasingly small number of people. I think that is explainable by the fact that contemporary Classical Music had become very different from the music being heard outside the concert hall, and also by the fact that music education in the public schools of the United States had declined. That lead me to write my current CD, Almost Songs. In this CD, every piece of music is preceded by a poem that I myself wrote which communicates the idea behind the piece. This allows me to express myself in a more complete way and it allows you to understand better what was going through my head when I composed the piece as well as to participate in my creative experience, even with little or no knowledge of classical music. As for the style of the music, there is always a melodic element in the music that can be followed. The harmonies become dissonant when it serves the purpose of the piece, but in general, the language is not disagreeable to the ear. Some people have compared 'Moods' to 'Pictures at an Exhibition', some have said that the pieces are nineteen century miniatures by Schubert or Schumann with a 21st century musician's ear. I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed creating it. Sergio Barer.