Welcome #RRBC’S February “SPOTLIGHT” Author, @Kirazian @TheMusicWeMade @RRBC_Org @Tweets4RWISA @RRBC_RWISA #RWISA
Hello, friends! I’d like to introduce you to a fellow writer-friend, RWISA Author, Lisa Kirazian, who is the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB’S first “SPOTLIGHT” Author of 2021! I’m honored to have Lisa take over my blog today to introduce you to her new book, CADENZA!
Lisa, the floor is all yours…
It’s an honor to visit Nonnie’s blog today and to be RRBC’s “SPOTLIGHT” Author for February!
My book, Cadenza, the third and final installment of “The Music We Made” novel series, has been released and is available on Amazon.com. The series follows three generations of the Driscoll family of musicians in London and the U.S., from the 1940’s to the present day.
The novels in the series — Bravura, Appassionato, and Cadenza — are fictional but inspired by my experience as a violinist playing in orchestras when I was younger. As a trained playwright and screenwriter, I’m also developing the series for television.
In Bravura, first in the series, luminous violinist Kate Driscoll, and her temperamental pianist brother, Neil, try to escape a troubled family upbringing in Somerset when they are accepted to the Royal School of Music in London in 1959. There, they meet their lifelong friends and loves. When the young prodigies near graduation, the youth movement, British rock explosion and Vietnam get under way, changing all their lives, and they give everything they have to reach the world stage in the decades that follow.
Appassionato, book two of the series, continues the passionate story of the next generation of the Driscoll family of musicians as Jenny Driscoll, now an emerging composer and conductor, navigates the victories and tragedies of her personal and professional life in London in the 1990’s, with her famous family, and a few childhood friends, alongside her.
In Cadenza, the final book of “The Music We Made” series, Brian Martin, the famous tenor son of Jenny Driscoll, leaves his present-day superstardom, his family and his fiancé, to go to America to find out more about his maternal grandmother, the only other opera singer in his family: the late Maggie Crawford. His journey takes him to Marshall, Minnesota, and Maggie’s hometown high school, where he meets the music teacher, Laura Jones, who helps him with his family history in more ways than he could have imagined.
What do the unusual titles mean? They are all musical directions, in Italian. Bravura means great skill and energy in doing something (such as performing on a stage); or a musical passage requiring exceptional agility and technical skill. This pertains to the book’s protagonist, the brilliant violinist Kate Driscoll. Bravura also implies bravery and courage, which applies to the entire ensemble of main characters in the book.
Appassionato is another direction in music, to be deeply emotional and impassioned when playing a piece. It relates to Jenny Driscoll, a musician, composer and conductor representing the second generation of the Driscoll family of performers, who navigates great victory and tragedy in her life with all the passion and faith her heart can hold.
Finally, Cadenza means a virtuoso solo passage inserted into a movement in a concerto or other work, typically near the end. So, it seemed appropriate for the last book in the series to represent that ending flourish – not so much because it represents a particular character but more because all of them come together in powerful ways as the story comes to a close.
If you have read any of the books, I appreciate it! And if not, I invite you to take the journey. Thank you! Onward!
In Cadenza, the final book of “The Music We Made” series, the young tenor Brian Martin finds himself on the cusp of superstardom and marriage, until he is compelled to leave behind his distinguished musical family, and his fiancé, in London, to visit the U.S. to see where his famous late grandmother, Maggie Crawford, the only other opera singer in the family, grew up. His journey takes him to Marshall, Minnesota, and Maggie’s hometown high school, where he meets the music teacher, Laura Jones, who helps him with his family history in more ways than he could have imagined.
Lisa Kirazian writes fiction, plays, screenplays, and also directs for stage and screen. Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Performing Arts Magazine, San Diego Union Tribune and many other publications. She is in demand as a speaker and has been a guest on KPBS Public Radio and at various conferences. Lisa has also edited and written introductions for a variety of Audie-award winning audiobooks. Lisa is a graduate of Stanford University.
Several of her screenplays have placed in major competitions and festivals. Twelve of her stage plays have been produced across the U.S. and have won numerous awards, including a few publications. She also directed and wrote the adapted screenplay of the short film, “Reflection Day.”
Her novels include BRAVURA, APPASSIONATO, and now CADENZA, the three books of “The Music We Made” series, following three generations in the Driscoll family of musicians and inspired by her experience as a violinist. The series is also being developed for television.
Lisa lives in San Diego with her husband and two daughters and is involved in the Armenian community locally, nationally and abroad.
Thank you so much for dropping by today to show your support of RRBC’s February “SPOTLIGHT” Author, Lisa Kirazian! To follow along with the rest of her tour, please visit the “SPOTLIGHT” AUTHOR forum on the RRBC site. And please, take your support two steps further by leaving her a comment below and also picking up a copy of either of her books!
Until next time…