Jorge Mejia

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If These Walls Could Talk - Newest Release!

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Praise for

If these Walls Could Talk:

"With seemingly simple brushstrokes, Jorge Mejia summons his experiences, his ghosts, in a fascinating personal exploration that transforms an old Miami Beach building into a living creature, a mirror of his life and the city where he lives; he does it so well that his song is the song of the city itself, from sleepy town to vibrant metropolis. A musical painting that is as nostalgic as it is fresh, as bucolic as it is renewing, without forgetting a welcome touch of romance and even humor." (Sebastian Spreng, music critic, Miami Clásica, Artburst Miami)

Praise for Jorge Mejia's An Open Book:

"...virtuoso, captivating pieces..." (Billboard)

 "...an instant classic...a rigorous and eclectic work." (El Nuevo Herald)

Steinway Spiriocast Event for If These Walls Could Talk

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World Premiere: Places

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Adrienne@Home: Jorge Mejia

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Chapter 2

There Was Always

A Girl

Growing up I was a sensitive, sensitive - did I mention sensitive - kid who lay under pianos, ruefully dissecting every single last word she said. Because there was always a girl, the kind of girl you take one look at and you die kind of girl, the kind of girl who all at once fills you with power, love, grit, yearning and, inexplicably, a desire that the world have more lilac in it. The kind of girl who makes it all okay, except for when she‘s smiling at that jerk, Alex Grady.

 

You know the kind of girl I'm talking about, yes? That first girl who tore you up inside and yet you liked it? Longing for her was almost a sport (‘Hey, let's go to the movies’ - ‘I can't, I'm longing for Clara tonight’), that first love, the one who comes up in therapy almost as much as your parents, yes? That one. 

 

So now, as you listen to this piece, think of that feeling, the feeling of that person, that first person to ever - beautifully - tie your stomach up in knots.

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A Latin Grammy nominee featured in Billboard Magazine's "From the Desk Of", “Executive of the Week”, “Latin Power Players” and "Power Player" lists, classical pianist, Steinway artist  and composer Jorge Mejia defies easy categorization. His impassioned performances and evocative compositional style are enriched by his role as a leader in the Latin music world, infusing all facets of his work with a keenly global perspective.

My name is Jorge Mejia. I am a music executive and a musician. Or, depending on the time of day, a musician and a music executive.

 

I studied classical piano performance at the New World School of the Arts, the New England Conservatory of Music, and finally graduated with a classical piano performance degree from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. 

 

Upon graduation, I did an internship at Sony Music and today I oversee Sony Music Publishing for the Latin American and US Latin markets. What this means is that I get to work with some of the most incredible songwriters and artists on the planet, people I can only admire.

 

It also means that I have front row seats to see what it takes to be a successful artist and songwriter, which is nothing short of prodigious dedication and an almost hallucinatory belief in yourself and your art. I have such respect and admiration for the men and women who pursue an art form, any art form, and who have the magic within themselves to be successful at it.

 

I have always said that music chooses you as opposed to you choosing it. Which means that in parallel to my work as a music executive, I have continued working on my artistic projects, which have included rock bands, a music memoir, an album of solo and orchestral piano preludes and, most recently, my new project "If Only These Walls Could Talk".

Montevideo Portal

Montevideo Portal

“As is tradition, on June 19 a new anniversary of the Youth Orchestra of the Sodre is celebrated, with a gala on the main stage of the Adela Reta National Auditorium that will be dedicated to touring the American landscapes. The soloist on the piano will be maestro Jorge Mejía, a Colombian artist who will perform "Preludes", the work of his authorship for narrator, piano and orchestra."

Musico Pro

Musico Pro

“I sat down with Jorge Mejía in his home, at the foot of a beautiful Steinway, where he generously interlaced original pieces and sections of well-known melodies to better illustrate his responses. It turns out to be a particularly suitable dynamic given the concept of the most recent addition of its repertoire. His most ambitious project as a composer and performer is titled An Open Book: A Musical Memoir, and offers a narrative as a prelude to each instrumental piece..."

WLRN Sundial

WLRN Sundial

“Concert pianist and classical composer Jorge Mejia talks about his 'An Open Book: A Memoir in Music,' an e-book in which Mejia composed music to reflect the text in each chapter.”

UM Connect

UM Connect

“Latin Music Executive and Steinway Artist, Jorge Mejia, B.M. ’96, brings all of his passions together to create a classical album and accompanying book, An Open Book: A Memoir In Music. Mejia, a Keyboard Performance major while here at the University of Miami, honed his skills and expanded his expression while studying piano..."

Miami Clasica

Miami Clasica

“JORGE MEJIA’S BET: CONNECTION AND INTIMACY. An Open Book: A Memoir in Music is the latest work of composer and pianist Jorge Mejia, who talks about his new creation born of the achievements, experiences, and examination of his life. A musician who exemplifies the confluence that makes Miami unique, the young man from Bogotá is set to kick off a Latin American tour that begins May 4 on the stage of the Knight Concert Hall.”

El Nuevo Herald

El Nuevo Herald

"To complete the panorama were Four Preludes for Piano by the Colombian Jorge Mejia – a full-scale and colorful mosaic. Mejia’s world is imagery, cinema, storytelling, and he doesn’t hold back. The composer narrated in Spanish before each prelude, in a trip through childhood and adolescence that portrayed his life experience, with Dinnerstein personifying it at the piano."

NBC News

NBC News

"Wherever Jorge Mejia goes, he says he makes sure that a piano is never too far away; his life revolves around music. As the executive vice president of Latin America and U.S. Latin for Sony/ATV, he oversees the world's largest Latin music publishing house - home to artists like Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias. But he is also an accomplished classical music composer. His debut album, Preludes, was released earlier this year with rave reviews..."

The Miami Herald

The Miami Herald

"The brilliant American pianist Simone Dinnerstein was the featured soloist in a program that included two Mozart piano concertos, four delightful sketches by Jorge Mejia, and Aaron Copland..."

WLRN Radio

WLRN Radio

"Opening the program is a special performance of preludes by composer Jorge Mejia. Each prelude is a piece of the story of Mejia’s life of coming from Colombia to the U.S.  The story of his family and his sensitivity will be narrated in Spanish as the orchestra and piano play. 'To have a pianist of Simone Dinnerstein’s caliber and to have an orchestra like this performing the pieces is absolutely exhilarating,' said Mejia."

WDAV Radio

WDAV Radio

Myelita Melton of Concierto, America's first nationally distributed bilingual classical music program, speaks with contemporary composer Jorge Mejia about his new album of piano preludes.

Stay Thirsty Magazine

Stay Thirsty Magazine

"What I am trying to achieve, what I would love to communicate, both in my composition and my performance of my compositions, is a sense of stillness within an incredibly busy, incredibly flowing, incredibly aggressive time, the time in which we live."

Encore Magazine

Encore Magazine

Jorge speaks with Encore about his debut piano album and how he rose from intern – fresh out of New England Conservatory – to head of the largest Latin music publishing company in the world. "Mejia secured an intern position at the Sony Music offices in Miami in 1997. Starting out in Sony Music’s sales and marketing department, he was loaned to Sony’s publishing department for a single day. That day stretched into another day, into weeks, and then into years. He’s never looked back."

Billboard Magazine

Billboard Magazine

"As our recently released Latin Power Players list shows, many top Latin music executives are musicians. But it’s not every day that one of those executives releases an album, much less an album of classical music -- much less an album of classical compositions performed by that executive. Jorge Mejia's was an uncommon album launch that brought together an industry who’s who, including the heads of all the Latin publishing companies, as well as musicians, producers and label heads."

Billboard Magazine

Billboard Magazine

"Four years after Sony/ATV merged with EMI Music Publishing -- with Shakira, Pitbull, Enrique Iglesias, Carlos Vives and Ricky Martin all on the same publishing ­corporation roster -- the company is a solid market leader, in Latin and other genres. 'Now we're one team with one vision,' says Mejia, whose ­division leads the midyear Hot Latin Publishing Corporations chart. 'Adapting to a changing market is the biggest accomplishment of all.'"

 

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