Her melodic touch on the keys gives insight to her future. A child prodigy some say, however seeing her in a live performance can make that term an under statement. Jazz, classical, afro cuban and other sub genres find a satisfactory plateau to marinate on Emily Bear’s Concord Records, debut album: “Diversity.”
If the term ‘diversity’ can be thought of as a range of different things, after listening to the different ‘things’ she serves on this offering, the defining title of the album certainly lives up to its name.
This album represents the diversity of Bear’s style, as well as the diversity of the cultures that are her musical influences.
Diversity was produced by Quincy Jones and recorded at Westlake Studios in Los Angeles – the same Studio that Quincy recorded his Back On The Block album and Bad with Michael Jackson, thus passing on the torch of a mighty tradition to one of the youngest members of a new musical generation. Using her own jazz trio handpicked by Quincy, Emily demonstrates both her versatility and an openhearted melodic soul at the piano, writing all of the selections herself. Featured musicians are: Carlitos Del Puerto on bass, Francisco Mela on drums, and Zuill Bailey on cello,
She first broke into the national spotlight at age 6, as a guest on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, performing Mozart, jazz and an original song she composed. She was invited back five more times within the span of two years, performing original music each visit.
Bear, who plays all of her music from memory, including 45-page classical concertos, started to show extraordinary musical talent practically from the cradle. As a baby, she would sing back lullabies to her mother in perfect pitch. By 18 months, she was experimenting constantly at the piano. She was composing tangible pieces at age 3. By the time Bear was 4, she was having pieces published and distributed by Hal Leonard.
She made her concert debut at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago at age 5, playing a 40-minute solo program performing classical pieces side-by-side with jazz numbers, and her own compositions. She was invited to perform at the White House at age 6, and opened for the Ramsey Lewis Trio with a 30-minute set of her own. Her orchestral debut came at age 7, playing Mozart Piano Concerto no. 23, K488 and by age 8, she was playing concerts abroad in Italy and China. At age 9, she made her Carnegie Hall debut with a 110-piece orchestra, a 220-voice choir, and R&B soloists performing one of her compositions, “Peace – We Are The Future.”
Bear has since been featured on several major news programs, including Good Morning America, ABC World News Report with Diane Sawyer, ABC Nightline, and the Katie Couric Show. Internationally, she has been featured in stories on Swiss, German, Australian, Italian and Chinese television.
“I’m a regular kid who was lucky enough to find something I really love to do at a very young age,” says Bear. “Concord has a lot of musicians I look up to so I’m really excited about the opportunity and look forward to sharing my music.”
For more information visit: http://www.emilybear.com/