The Upstairs Arts Space will host a “Zero Launch Party” on January 14th 2-5pm celebrating the release of recordings and sheet music for voice and piano by composer-performer Annalisa Ventola. She will be joined by Kasandra Murray for an artist’s reception and concert of art songs merged with pop sound.
Annalisa Ventola is a Columbus-based musician immersed in studying classical piano and creating her own brand of neo-classical pop art song. From J.S. Bach to John Cage, King Crimson to P.J. Harvey, Annalisa’s repertoire is as varied and complex as her personality. Having studied at the Ohio State University under Dr. Donald Gren (a protégé of Nadia Boulanger) and establishing her own teaching studio at Whitney & Ventola Music Studios, Annalisa enjoys performing everywhere from the concert hall to the neighborhood bar – wherever she can find a tuned piano. A powerful, enigmatic and endlessly curious world traveler, Annalisa’s lifelong fascination with comparative religion, consciousness and parapsychology provide her with a wealth of compositional subject matter. Her keyboard virtuosity and powerful voice have been known to leave audiences stunned.
Known for her childlike determination to evade her vegetables and doodle, Kasandra Murray’s lifestyle often takes a seriously silly route. With a positive attitude and the natural overabundance of mishaps that come her way, she falls in the rare category of a rebellious illustrator who enjoys working in InDesign and laying out huge pages of type. Working with local bands and interning at Promowest Productions, Kasandra pushed to expand her skills as a designer and illustrator, amassing a repertoire of imagery opening into fine art. Even with the sudden sharp turns that life takes Kasandra knows it’s only what you make it, and that’s why she chooses to use as many strokes, line widths and textures as she embraces the unexpected.
The Upstairs Arts Space is located in the Beechwold Building at Sheffield and High (next to Beechwold Hardware). Enjoy the offstreet parking, and look for the stairs behind the stone facade.