Vancouver, Canada, September 10, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- Canadian pianist and composer Martin Mayer knew his calling was in music after landing his first national scoring gig at age 16. Now, some thirteen years later, the son of a famous Czech singer has racked-up international performances and radio play, two award-nominated CDs and invitations to Asia on his resumé. Mayer, who first travelled to China in 2001 for a 16-city national concert tour of his music, followed by an invitation by the Canadian Government to perform in Taiwan in 2003, is returning to both countries next month.
First stop, the Lalu Resort & Spa in Taiwan’s Nantou county. The young artist and the management of Taiwan’s premier resort have been working for months to prepare the Canadian Music, Food and Wine Festival, which begins on October 1st. Featuring nightly performances of Canadian music by Mayer on grand piano with Sun Moon Lake as the backdrop, guests and visitors of the hotel will also enjoy a special menu of Canadian cuisine, prepared and presented by Chef Allistar Barnes of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Resort in Banff.
"The Canadian Music, Food and Wine Festival is an excellent way to promote Canada's music and cuisine to Taiwanese people," says the Lalu’s General Manager Joe Tsang. "This is the second time I've worked with Martin Mayer on the project, and am excited to have him back for it, along with welcoming Chef Allistar Barnes this year."
After the Canadian Music, Food and Wine Festival wraps on October 14th, Mayer, who recently finished scoring the Alberta Order of Excellence documentary, will fly to mainland China for a 6-city national concert tour of his music to audiences upwards of 12,000 per show. In addition to performing on local and national talk shows, the young composer will also take time to visit music conservatories and arts schools, to talk with students about the importance of music in our lives.
“When I was growing up, I had the great privilege of being mentored by some fantastic musicians,” says Mayer from his home in Vancouver. “What’s important is that the young kids I get to meet with, talk to, and play for in China understand how much music enriches our lives, and builds bridges between our cultures. It allows me to give back and make a difference in a way from which I learned so much myself.”
Mayer’s concert tour and educational visits in China wrap on October 26th, leaving just enough time to put the finishing touches on his new solo album Martin Mayer: Alone when he lands back in Canada, before its release on iTunes by year’s end. A larger concert tour of China is in preliminary prepartion for 2010.
Visit http://www.martinmayer.com for more on Martin Mayer's music, albums and career.