In an adorable edition of “Tiny Desk Concert,” Italian classical pianist Alessio Bax plays classics by Bach, Brahms, and Rachmaninoff of his CD Lullabies for Mila in an attempt to lull the 22-month Mila to sleep. The first piece is the performer’s own transcription of the familiar Bach tune “Sheeps May Safely Graze.” The bright piano timbre however seems to amuse Mila more than anything as she gives more attention to her Cookie Monster plush doll. Brahms Waltz Op. 39 in A-flat, the second piece featuring Bax’s wife Lucille Chung, works better to hush Mila with its graceful trills. The final Rachmaninoff Prelude No. 4 Op. 23 is more fire than soothing with the melancholic textures and darker musings. The music then rouses Mila to play on her own toy piano as the performance comes to a close.
Editorial Assistant Weiyu Dang currently lives in Montreal because of his intense affection for the STM. While he attends McGill to pursue a double major in English and History, Young Wei purposefully lives far from school to capitalize on the metro commute potential. Musical interests include Bartok, Hard Bop, and YG. Weiyu worked for La Scena Musicale from July 4th to August 1st, 2016.