mai-ling :: pioneering alternative-classical pianist
Contact: PO Box 81 / Spring Grove, IL 60081-8859 / 815-354-2730 / notyoursinger at mai-ling dot net
Frances Mai-Ling is pioneering the genre of Alternative-Classical music; taking a classical piano to new level giving it a fresh sound of the traditional and the current trend of rock, pop, alternative. Creating a new genre that is exciting and powerful, for people of all ages can enjoy. Since 2001, she has taken her creation of Alternative-Classical merging the sparkling qualities of classical music with the emotional melodic style of many generes, all within an intimate setting of Mai-Ling and her music. She got her first start in show business with her parents magic show , but chosed music over magic. Mai-Ling is a trained classical pianist, with only having two years of piano lessons under her belt. Performing a program of original music. Mai-Ling is co-founder of EastWestNow Records. The first record label & collective that promotes artists of Asian Ethnicity. Focusing on artists who are half-Asian. Mai-Ling is HAPAnese (a term she coined being 1/2 Chinese & 1/2 Polish). She is also one-third of "The Shake n' Poe Project", where she write music to the text of Shakespeare. Founder of the creative artists group "Notes & Poets: Bringing the Creative Artist to the Stage." She has scored music for theatre and film, along with a various amount of side projects to her credit. Besides being a published composer, she is also a published writer and visual artist. Mai-Ling is an independent artist.
In addition to her creative arts efforts, Mai-Ling works with the American Heart Association and its division the American Stroke Assocition. As an Go Red For Women ambassador and American Stroke Association ambassador. Mai-Ling formed the "Take Heart Awareness Cause" in 2005 to help bring her personal crusade of helping create more awareness of heart disease and stroke to the public forefront.. She has been recognized regionally and nationally with the "Heart & Stroke" Hero Award for her "outstanding efforts to create a healthier community, safe from the devastation of heart disease and stroke." She help's create awareness of the #1 and #3 killers among men and women in the United States. A portion of every CD she sells includes information and a portion is donated to the AHA for research and eduction programs. One of the first pioneers in merchandising her CDs for a specific cause.
She is currently working on a new release for the winter, a book project for next summer, and continuing her line of hand painted purses and jackets.
» Listener Quotes
'Simply wonderful: joy and tears in composition! I only knew this talent from Rachmaninov!'
~ Tina Hahn, Promoter (Germany)
'Mai-Ling is a very talented composer, who has place among advanced pianists in the world.' ~ sleepwalker music, bulgaria
'Frances plays like a female Keith Jarrett.'
~ Kaj, melodic (sweden)
"Frances has a wonderful, magical way of manipulating a keyboard. She can create a musical atmosphere that both transforms time and dimension
of the listener. She can be eerie, serious, soulful and un-daunting in the way her hands effortlessly flow over the keys." ~ Jen Lush, midwest bands
"Alternative-classical pianist Frances Mai-Ling's music is always complex and rich, sometimes even unusual to render new approachments to a piano performance. "
~ Nuevas Músicas
"Mai-Ling's music is a celebration, a dance, a rivulet winding through wooded hilltops, far below sun drenched clouds, chasing the wind through yesterday into tomorrow. Gathering strength, swirling, cascading over ancient stone guardians; yet all the while, tenderly caressing the grassy shore and cleansing the earth on its journey to the sea. Her music is the full, ripe, mature harvest of a bountiful season. I have much to learn from her."
~ Dan, listener (Massachusettes)