Monday, August 15, 2011

Awesome sounding performance tonight at BloomBars: Ella, a 12-year old multi-instrumentalist

BloomBars, the local art space at 3222 11th Street NW, has a neat event tonight featuring Ella, a 12-year old musician and singer who is part of the DC Youth Orchestra and Girls Rock DC. She plays guitar, bass, drums, xylophone and sings. Not your average 12-year old. Here's their press release about it:
My name is Ella. I'm 12 years-old and excited to be entering the 7th grade. I have a passion for exploring and playing music. I play several instruments including the guitar, bass, drums, xylophone, and most recently, I discovered my voice.
In April this year, I performed at “The Garden” open mic at BloomBars. It was my first performance in front of an audience that wasn’t comprised of my classmates. It was a pretty big deal for me. Especially since I’ve always fancied myself as a behind-the-scenes artist, writing and producing music. In fact, my real goal is to score music some day. Nothing ruins a movie more than a bad score if you ask me.
So you can imagine my surprise and excitement when Jonathan and Gowri, hosts of “The Garden,” invited me to be the featured artist this coming Monday, August 15th.
My set will include covers by Hall and Oates "Adult Education,” Zero 7, "Somersault,” and an untitled song by yours truly. As you might guess, I’m inspired by all genres of music from classical to Hip Hop to alternative rock. I count Hans Zimmer, Kanye West and Joan Jett among my heroes. My grandfather, bass player Elbert L. “Pops” Stewart Jr., is known for backing blues legends in Houston. I'm trying to learn some blues riffs now to impress him.
I was born in New York City, but I recently came to Washington, D.C., where I’ve been honing my skills with the DC Youth Orchestra Program and Girls Rock! DC.
If you want a sneak peak, here’s a clip of me playing for Kevin Sandbloom, who I had a chance to meet yesterday. I was blown away by his laid back style and deep speaking voice, which he controls beautifully when he sings. I can’t wait to see him perform tonight at his CD release concert at BloomBars!
See you soon,

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

that self introduction was NOT written by a 12 year old. No way.