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Take Five with Mavis Pan

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Jazz is an abstract art form, and my goal is to bring jazz to places where people have not been exposed to jazz and introduce this complex music in a way such that people can relate to and understand it. That is why I made this vocal album and I hope to deliver this profound message of love in the accessible language to the general public.

What is in the near future?

I am constantly wearing two hats with jazz and classical. Right now I am working on a string orchestra piece for my summer composition program in Paris, which is due on July 12. I will be in Taiwan and Shanghai to promote my album in September then be back in October to premier my classical piano trio piece for my newly formed composer group "Pitches Brew." In the meanwhile, I am still looking for opportunity and funding to premier my piano concerto.

What is your greatest fear when you perform?

I don't really have stage fright performing jazz as I am a natural improviser, but to perform solo classical piano piece by memory is now nearly impossible as it is getting harder and harder to memorize music unless I wrote them myself.

What song would you like played at your funeral?

I wrote a piece "Dia de los Muertos" for violin and organ and it was one of my favorite works and it has never been performed so I would love to had it been played at my memorial service.

If I weren't a jazz musician, I would be a:

Stand-up comedian.
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