Pianist Gabriela Montero can improvise an entire new tune from the smallest snippet of melody.
Gabriela Montero is a classical pianist who loves to improvise. At her concerts, audience members sing her a tune and she immediately creates a multi-layered improvisation.
Montero likes to visit the NPR studio to try something similar, called Sing It and Wing It. With Performance Today host Fred Child, Montero takes phone calls from listeners. They sing her a tune and tell her the story behind it. Montero creates a new, on-the-spot improvisation.
On this edition of Sing It and Wing It, Carrie Hamblen, a listener from Las Cruces, N.M., sings a song of self-discovery that she first heard as a teenager. The song "Bring Me Some Water," by Melissa Etheridge, helped define an important moment in Hamblen's life.