Picture this: Acclaimed ‘newcomer’ to perform on Bainbridge
By BRIAN KELLY
Bainbridge Island Review Editor
April 29, 2012 · 12:14 PM
She’s played for a king, a queen and a prime minister.
Now, she’ll play for Bainbridge Island.
Concert pianist Lynn Yew Evers will make her first visit to the island for a performance next week at Island Music Center, which is also a CD release party for her second album, “Dawn of Peace.”
Evers describes her new album as “a rich blend of East meets West,” and it was recently named one of the “best new albums of the year” on newagemusicworld.com.
Evers moved to America two-and-a-half years ago from Malaysia.
There were many changes, she said, but also a bounty of new sights, scenes and inspirations.
“Coming to a new country, new culture, new people, it inspired me to write a lot of music,” she said.
She settled in Spokane with her husband, Jeff Evers.
“We don’t really see much of the sunshine compared to my native country,” she laughed.
But oh, when the sun arrives, it’s a beauty to behold.
“When the sun rises, it is just beautiful. I just love dawn; it’s just peace to me.”
Her favorites on “Dawn of Peace”: the title track, “Rain of Spring,” “A Dying Art” and “A Lyrical Mood.”
She loves “Rain of Spring,” for example, for the resonance and dissonance in the piece, while “A Dying Art” is a reminder of her home country.
The composition was inspired by a photograph. A friend sent her a snapshot of Malaysian’s famed puppets.
“It is a developing country,” she said of Malaysia, so the focus now is on keeping up with the advance of technology. The beautiful art of string puppet theater, however, is disappearing due to neglect.
“It’s dying; nobody wants to watch it. You can hear some sadness in that music,” she said of the song.
Her second album has already earned raves from critics.
“Dawn of Peace” is “absolutely beautiful,” wrote Keith Hannaleck of MuzikReviews.com, adding, “In my opinion it’s a melody worthy of Schubert.”
And from Kathy Parsons of Mainlypiano.com: “Dawn of Peace is exceptional from start to finish, and I give it my highest recommendation.”
Evers began playing at the age of 4, on a toy piano.
“I bugged my mom to get a real piano for me, and find a piano teacher for me,” she recalled.
“It is not easy to find a piano teacher in Malaysia,” she said.
While music is popular in her home country, piano music wasn’t so much. As she continued to play — she started performing at 6 — she advanced in her studies and later graduated from Trinity College of Music in London. Her performance career spanned 20 years before her move to the states, and included command performances for the king and queen of Malaysia, and then the prime minister.
Evers’ compositions have long been formed by what her eyes have held.
“I see music in a piece of artwork or a picture,” she said.
It earned her the label of a bit of an “eccentric,” Evers said.
After coming to America, she recalled looking through a window and watching autumn transform a neighbor’s tree. She watched as the leaves turned green, yellow, then red, and cascaded to the earth.
“I grew up in the tropics and the leaves don’t change color,” she said.
The scene later became the title track of her first album, “The Falling Leaves.”
She recalled introducing the song to an audience here, and then admitting that “eccentric” inspiration to her listeners.
A woman came up to her after the concert, she said, with some reassuring words.
“It’s fine to be eccentric in America,” the woman said.
The CD release party and performance is 7 p.m. Saturday, May 5 at Island Music Center.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students and are available online at www.islandmusic.org or at the door.Contact Bainbridge Island Review Editor Brian Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-206-842-6613.