This CD includes arrangements of your favorite Christmas songs for Ocarina, Violin and Piano. The ocarina is an ancient instrument dating back thousands of years. Its origins can be traced back to many different cultures. In South and Central America, the Mayans, Aztecs, and Incas all developed and performed on clay ocarinas which were often shaped like birds or animals. Ocarinas could also be found in India as early as 5000 BC. China had its own form of ocarina called a Xun which was more rounded and egg-like in shape. Today, ocarinas are once more gaining popularity all over the world. For more information about ocarinas, please visit stlocarina on the web. Members of the St. Louis Ocarina Trio: Laura Yeh, Ocarina As a folk musican, Laura performs on both fiddle and ocarina. She received her musical training at the University of Illinois where she completed a Bachelor s of Music in Violin Performance. Although most of her formal musical training is in Classical violin, Laura has also studied Irish fiddle and Baroque violin. Her violin recordings are included in the discography of the Anthology of Baroque Music published by W. W. Norton. Along with her husband Dennis, Laura directs the St. Louis School of Music and teaches violin, fiddle, and ocarina. Dennis Yeh, Violin Dennis has performed numerous recitals in the United States and Australia and many of his performances have been nationally broadcast in Australia. He has also performed as a soloist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in Sydney, Australia. Dennis pursued his musical training at the Sydney Conservatorium, Indiana University, and the University of Illinois and has three degrees in violin performance, including a Doctorate of Musical Arts. In addition to performing and teaching, Dennis is the director of the St. Louis School of Music and St. Louis Ocarinas. Ruby Lai, Piano Ruby received her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Northwestern University School of Music. She has maintained an active performing schedule, playing solo piano recitals all over the world including Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, St. Petersburg, and Taipei. She was the director of Seed Piano Ensemble and performed chamber recitals at the National Recital Hall in Taipei. Ruby has also collaborated with renowned vocalist Joanne Dorenfeld on a CD recording released in 2003. In 2005, Ruby produced a CD recording of her own piano arrangements of the works of renowned Taiwanese songwriter Guang-yu. In addition to performing, Ruby teaches piano at the St. Louis School of Music.
This is simply a wonderful album for everyone, even if you don t know what an ocarina is. The performances are excellent. The arrangements of these famous Christmas songs are very tasteful. I have been listening to this album for the past month, and still can t get enough! --iTunes
I love the sound of ocarinas, and I think they are great. Most of these Christmas songs are quite well know, and they sound great being played on an ocarina. --iTunes
It seems the ocarina is one of the less known instruments. They sound great and so does this CD. A beautiful take on classical Christmas songs. --iTunes