Solo pianists play travel-guide role at Lone Tree Arts Center

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A trio of contemporary concert pianists will entertain at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Lone Tree Arts Center: Lisa Downing of Ken Caryl, Argentine native Julio Maziotti and American Bob Baker.

The concert will be a first piano solo program since Lone Tree Arts Center received a Yamaha concert grand piano in 2012 as a gift from the Lone Tree Cultural Foundation, the Park Meadows Business Improvement District, Don and Betty Winslow and Linda Bjelland.

Each pianist brings a distinct personal history and style to the joint concert, which is titled “The Global Piano Experience.”

Downing, the great-granddaughter of a slave, who also boasts American Indian background, is a Colorado native who lives with her family in Ken Caryl. Her multi-ethnic history affects her own worldview and personal spirituality, coloring her compositions and the stories they tell.

She performs across the U.S. and internationally, has recorded three albums and has a fourth in production. She teaches in her home studio and has a talent agency called Vision Quest Entertainment.

Julio Maziotti, a native of Mendoza, Argentina, brings a Latin influence, combining tango rhythms and traces of his Italian heritage. He too performs internationally — in Switzerland and Spain recently.

Bob Baker, who comes from an Asian/Irish background, is classically trained, and is influenced by many genres of American music: jazz, rock, gospel and more. He has performed with a wide variety of musicians and recorded at a various studios, including Northstar and Caribou in Colorado.