I have had the genuine honor to follow the work of Miss Elena Ling House, a spectacular classical-crossover vocalist (and more) for about the last two or so years.
I first discovered her work on YouTube and wrote comments and gladly re-posted her brilliant work. She was gracious enough to provide me very kind replies in social media. I have continued re-posting essentially everything she has produced ever since.
I listed “and more’ in the opening line above for good cause. In addition to a world-class voice, Elena is–in her spare time–a superb gymnast, martial artist, musician and actress. Often accompanied by her father as a character in her music videos, the entire family provides considerable encouragement to the many skills in Elena’s arsenal.
Although every music video is exceedingly well done, I most enjoy her classical-crossover selections. Her renditions of “Ave Maria” (Caccini, Schubert, Mascagni and Bach/Gounod), “Ombra Mai Fu” “Pie Jesu” and the remainder are superbly done.
I have really enjoyed getting to hear some traditional Japanese selections of late; and hope that Elena expands that particular offering to her fans and followers. I would be remiss if I did not mention the assistance of another friend, renowned improvisational pianist, Chooka Parker, who accompanied Elena in her release of cover, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight.”
For a treat to the ear and eye, try Elena’s YouTube link at: https://www.youtube.com/user/MissElenaHouse
— R. Johnson