Monday, December 29, 2014

Jennifer Castellano - a hearing and visually-impaired pianist

It is not often I come across a pianist on the internet born with hearing and vision loss. And when I do it is a treat. Because what she does is simply an inspiration. So is Sky Mundell in a piece I covered a few years back. Jennifer Castellano has been a pianist for over 20 years and a composer for over 10 years. She describes herself as a person born with hearing and visual impairments. You can visit her website to learn more.. There are links to her Facebook page, Twitter, and more. If you want to support her by downloading one of her performances go here. She is a member of the Association of Adult Musicians with Hearing Loss.  In September 2013, her own piano performances were included in the organization's CD recording entitled Hear This!  She has a few more CDs of her performances you can buy as well.

I am also a member of the Association of Adult Musicians with Hearing Loss for several years. I was also asked to provide a recording of my ragtime pieces for Hear This! CD compilations of deaf and hard of hearing musicians but unfortunately I never gotten around to getting it done. Although you can hear me play a couple of ragtime pieces here. I have been interviewed for a published book on deaf and hard of hearing musicians if you're curious about buying that book "Making Music with a Hearing Loss: Strategies and Stories" by Cherisse Miller who is also a pianist with hearing loss.

All in all, visit Jennifer Castellano's website! How often do you come across a pianist of that caliber?

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