Last month, Reference Recordings artist Joel Fan performed in Oakland, CA, and a few of us from Reference Recordings were able to make it out to the concert (Read our feedback here). But of course, we weren’t the only ones there! Today we wanted to share an article from the San Francisco Classical Voice written leading up to the concert. Another reason we like the article so much is that she talks about our first album with Joel Fan “World Keys.” We’ll excerpt the article here, and give you think to the entire article that also includes some streaming tracks.
If you haven’t had a chance to listen to Joel Fan’s 2006 CD, World Music, you’re missing a wonderful introduction to contemporary classical music from around the globe. You’ll still have a chance to hear large parts of it live when he performs at Holy Names University in Oakland on March 20. It’s a musical world tour of 20th-century composers, with a German composer who straddled the 18th and 19th centuries thrown in for good measure.
Fan is making a name for himself both as an incredibly gifted pianist and as a champion of classical music from all corners of the Earth. Not only is he a part of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project, he has also made a point of championing lesser-known and non-Western composers. The result is a blend that helps listeners discover how well music from distinctly different cultures can work together…Please continue reading the article and find streaming tracks from World Keys on SFCV.org!