Kitty Bungalow Gets A Paw Up

I know what it’s like to accomplish something wonderful, and the Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats is my choice for this very first “Paw Up” appreciation from a cat who, though never feral herself, has a sibling who is. I have been referred to as “bossy” and “possessive of my piano,” but that’s a whole other story. You can check out the amazing work of Kitty Bungalow at <http://kittybungalow.org>. On Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/kittybungalowcharmschool/ Tell ’em Nora sent you.

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Paw to Paw: The Maestro Meets His Muse

by Nora The Piano Cat on April 7, 2016

Paw to Paw

To get to the place where the photo above would become a reality, much had to happen. It all began a long time ago, well, it was actually 2009, when a Lithuaian conductor of the Klaipeda Chamber Orchestra was sent a link to a very famous video of a cat playing the piano. That conductor was Mindaugas Piecaitis. The cat, in case you haven’t already guessed, was me. Maestro Piecaitis is a brilliant human being, obviously, who saw the potential in the piano stylings of moi. And he set about composing a concerto inspired by those stylings. The result was a beautiful piece of music titled CATcerto. Clever, eh?

The piece was premiered in 2009 by the Klaipeda Chamber Orchestra with Maestro Piecaitis at the podium and me, as guest soloist, projected onto a large screen behind the musicians. It was a rousing success and was eventually published by Peter’s Publishing. To date, CATcerto has been performed 20 times by orchestras around the world. It even made it into the Guiness Book as the first concerto ever written for a cat.

Then in late 2012, Maestro and muse (that’s me) met for the very first time when Mindaugas flew to the United States and spent several days with me, my siblings, and my purrsonal assistants, Burnell and Betsy. It was during the very first moments of that meeting that Burnell took the now famous photo of our paws touching on the piano bench.

Maestro Piecaitis was heard to remark, “I feel I must be dreaming.” Truth be told, it was I who was humbled by his presence. A gray tabby rescued from the streets of Camden, New Jersey only to one day touch paws with the Maestro from halfway around the world. Of such things are not dreams made?

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You can watch the video that Mindaugas Piecaitis was inspired by HERE.
And click HERE to watch CATcerto.

Orchestras who may wish to perform the piece should contact Peter’s Publishing for the sheet music and the DVD for the projection.

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Nora On The Briggs…

March 29, 2016

There are two pianos in my home. One is essentially mine. That’s the shiny, black Yamaha Grand. The other is the one the students play on most of the time. That one is a Briggs piano. It’s the one I’m posing on in the above photograph taken by my photographer/purrsonal assistant, Burnell. Normally, I would […]

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$50 Off on Petcube Camera Till March 27th…

March 23, 2016

Have you seen the interactive Petcube Camera yet! Well I just got one and it’s pretty cool. My purrsonal assistants have already set it up and have interacted with me using the built-in microphone and speaker and have played with me using the remotely controlled laser, which is controlled from your smartphone using the free […]

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Meet My Purrsonal Assistant…

March 14, 2016

Here I am with one of my purrsonal assistants. His name is Burnell Yow! and he’s an mixed media artist and a musician. He’s also my chief photographer and videographer. I dictate all my posts to him. He’s just better at typing than I am.

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“The Purring Quest” Video Game…Now!

November 20, 2015

What is “The Purring Quest”? Read this description from the Valhalla Cats website: “Have you ever wanted to be a cat?, you will be able, thanks to the aventure platformer The Purring Quest. Take on the role of Kimchi the cat and meet famous cats of the internet in a journey full of humor. Enjoy the […]

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Sophia and Daughter, Fonda, Make a Return Visit…

October 3, 2015

Two or three years ago, I had the privilege of meeting mother/daughter fans from Harrisburg, PA. Their names are Sophia and Fonda. We had such a wonderful visit. So, they decided they wanted a second audience with the diva. And, of course, I was happy to oblige. Despite my reputation for being a bit nippy […]

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My Purrsonal Assistant, Betsy Alexander…

August 7, 2015

We all know how important art and music are in making the world a better place for all creatures, great and small. I’ve certainly tried to do my part and, in doing, I’ve collaborated with some amazing humans along the way. One of them is my purrsonal assistant, Betsy Alexander. In addition to providing me […]

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Acro-Cats Come To Philly…

July 10, 2015

Yep. The Acro-Cats and the Rock Cats band arrived in my home town, Philadelphia, this weekend for a series of performances at the Painted Bride Art Center in Old City, Philadelphia. My human purrsonal assistants, Burnell and Betsy, came home from brunch this morning with the great news. Turns out, Burnell was eating next to […]

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Are You A Diva, Too!

July 2, 2015

Sure, I’m a Diva, and I’m loving’ it. I’d be willing to bet you have an inner Diva just waiting to purr. Just waiting to show the world your purr-pose. And if you like the Nora Diva tee, you can order yours by clicking here.  

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