By COLlive reporter
Crown Heights musician Chony Milecki has just been announced as a finalist in the national Yamaha Freestyle keyboard competition.
In January, Yamaha USA announced the competition for the best Yamaha keyboardists in the nation.
A panel of producers, arrangers and conductors would choose just 8 finalists from the entire nation for their performance and creative use of the keyboard.
A few hours before the submission deadline – between a gig and a flight to Chicago for a wedding – Milecki pulled out his keyboard and hammered out some Chabad and Jewish wedding tunes.
“I was just so busy that I pushed it off until the last minute; I just played what came to my head,” he told COLlive.com. “I was literally uploading the videos by wi-fi en-route.”
The results were published this week, and the Lubavitcher was judged to be in the top 8. The winner will be the finalist with the most votes.
There are three rounds of voting. The quarter-finals begin April 11, the semi-finals begin April 18, and the finals begin April 25.
Each person gets to vote up to 5 times per day. Sharing a link on Facebook or Twitter also counts as a vote. “Because of Shabbos and Yom-Tov I have a strong handicap,” Milecki admites, “But I’m counting on my fans to pull through for me.”
VIDEO: Take 2 – Milecki’s audition
To vote for Chony Milecki, click here