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Jazz pianist Lisa Hilton’s Jan. 5 birthday is just around the corner, and, this year, she wishes to give back to those who were not as fortunate as she.
“Like everyone else whose home has been spared, I have been trying to think of what I could do to help fire victims in our community,” Hilton, a Malibu resident, wrote in an email to the Surfside News.
At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5, Hilton is to perform at The Colburn School of Music’s Herbert Zipper Hall, and she is extending 100 free tickets to 50 families who lost their homes to the Woolsey Fire (with a limit of two tickets per family). Tickets — normally $28 for general admission and $14 for students — can be purchased at www.colburnschool.edu/calendar/events/guest-piano-recital-lisa-hilton/, and the discount (while available) can be received by typing WOOLSEY in the discount code section.
At the all-ages show, Hilton is to perform music from her new album, “Oasis,” which was released Dec. 7.
Hilton states that the music reflects upon the need to create an oasis — a place of refuge and relief — to maintain sanity in tough times. This past spring, when she was composing her latest works, the oasis she had in mind was one that allowed the listeners to escape from political turmoil and climate catastrophes, but her own music took on new meaning last month as she evacuated her Malibu home.
“Art has the ability to touch and uplift our spirits, so that is what I chose to focus on creating for others while composing the album ‘Oasis,’” Hilton explained. “Little did I realize that it would in fact be me that desperately needed this music as I evacuated early on Nov. 9 from the massive Woolsey Fire.
“As I listened and listened again to the compositions on my evacuation drive to Santa Monica that took four hours, titles like ‘Vapors & Shadows’ and ‘Adventure Lands’ took on completely different meanings, but it was the beautiful and calming title track, ‘Oasis’ that I needed most.”
Now, she hopes to share that calming effect with those who deserve it most.
“I think the music and the evening out will be good for people who have experienced this kind of disruption in their lives,” Hilton said.
Herbert Zipper Hall is located at 200 S. Grand Avenue, in Los Angeles, across from Walt Disney Hall.
For more information on Hilton, visit www.LisaHiltonMusic.com.