I decided to play a song called “Aretta’s Rhumba “by Eric Baumgartner, and I really enjoyed learning and playing this piece. This song, most likely due to the heavy sounds it created, reminded me of rain/thunderstorms. More specifically, it would remind me of staying inside and relaxing while it was raining/thundering outside, which is something I really love doing.

While learning this piece, there were definitely spots that were easy for me to learn, and ones that took some more time and practice to solidify. One spot in particular that was tricky for me was measures 25–30, but with practice it got easier. Regardless, I had a lot of fun learning this piece. It’s one of my favorites that I’ve played recently, and I enjoyed performing it at various festivals and competitions I participated in.

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Julie Harris
Julie Harris(@julie-harris)
1 month ago

What a fun piece, Rupika! I had never heard it before, and I really love its exciting energy. Since I’m a piano and composition teacher, I enjoy discovering new repertoire that my students will enjoy. Thanks for introducing me to this piece.

You had me totally hypnotized from beginning to end. That cool sign you made to introduce the piece was great – so original and creative! You really mastered the syncopated rhythms, and kept the energy vibrant for the entire piece. You seemed to be enjoying yourself the entire time – hooray! Music should be a joyful experience, as you seem to know!

Your comparison to thunderstorms/rainstorms in your intro was also very original and added to my enjoyment of the performance. I too love relaxing indoors during a wild storm.

Your picture and title were the final touches to a very engaging, energizing presentation. After hearing you play, I want to go dancing!!

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 month ago

That’s an awesome performance, Rupika. Your lively performance and the energy it brings also make me want to dance. Well done.  

Lola Mestas
Lola Mestas(@lola-mestas)
1 month ago

Haha, I’m also playing a storm inspired piece, but yours is certainly much jazzier! This sounds like such a fun piece to play.

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