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Jazz Pianist Chris Grasso Explains ‘Expectations Are the Enemy of Creativity’

D.C. became home for jazz pianist Chris Grasso by happy accident when he was unable to find a job after attending Peabody and graduating from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Grasso serves as music director for Sharón Clark, D.C.’s most in-demand jazz singer, and they have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and more. Learn more about Grasso’s journey, including why he believes expectations are the enemy of creativity and details on his show this weekend at Mr. Henry’s.

Ting Lin – International Influences and Expressions

Ting Lin on Episode 20 of Alchemicast: with Andy Reed

Ting Lin is a multilingual multigenre experimental pop-fusion artist with a passion for fashion and Zumba. A trained pianist and vocalist, she enjoys exploring blending international influences both musically and lyrically, with broad influences which began with exploring her Chinese heritage along with her time living on both coasts of the United States.

Ting joins the Alchemicast: with Andy Reed to talk about the inspirations and songwriting methodology behind songs like “Te Quiero” (“I Love You”) about a long-distance relationship with Spanish guitar instrumentation and lyrics that remind you of a classic Latin love song. She also has written songs in Cantonese (“Dream Chaser) and in Mandarin (“NvWoRen”).