A birthday show, with new songs and a brand new band
In what seems to be an annual tradition, my birthday show is coming up on Sunday, November 9, back at Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 1). I'm especially excited for this one - after having spent the last two years writing primarily chamber pop for the Well Groomed Orchestra, I've decided I'm ready to rock again. I've been writing a ton of new songs, many of which will debut at the show. I'll be featuring fellow singer/songwriter Jeff Litman on the guitar (who has also been a guest vocalist with the WGO), bassist Shawn Setaro (with whom I played many a gig in The Ramblers), and drummer Dan Barman (who drums for Joanie Leeds, and was the drummer the last time I put a full band together, 5 years ago!). What can I say? I'm stoked to start a new chapter as a songwriter and performer.
Kids' rocking in Delaware and the Divas return in Jersey
To wrap up the month of November, I have two shows rather close to Philadelphia (though both outside the city limits). First off, I'll be playing a kids' rock show with Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights as we return to World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington, DE on Nov. 22. This is a beautiful venue located an old grand theater, and of course is related to the venerable World Cafe Live in Philly. The following day, I'll be accompanying the Divas on the Bima - Cantors Elizabeth Shammash, Alisa Pomerantz-Boro, Magda Fishman and Jen Cohen with special guests - in Voorhees, NJ. You may remember that I accompanied a string of shows with this same crew in the Midwest at this time last year. This is truly a talented and multi-faceted group of artists whose genre-hopping shows have brought in audiences of all ages.
Venue and ticket information can be seen to the right under 'Upcoming Dates', and more details are on my Calendar page.
New single - "Ohio Song"
Here is the last of the four songs that I recorded back in January at The Bunker Studio in Brooklyn with members of the Well Groomed Orchestra. It's a song about homecomings, of sorts - we've played it at numerous gigs (including, approrpiately, a benefit for my high school's music department). Like the other singles, this one can be streamed for free or downloaded for whatever price you like. Enjoy!
New page - Professional Services
You may have noticed a recent addition to my site. Working as a professional musician, I offer a number of services including vocal accompaniment, transcriptions, arranging and piano lessons. My new Professional Services page includes details on some of the various types of work I can offer.
Previously, this information was available on a separate website, westendmusicnyc.com. I've decided that it's simply easier to make this site 'one-stop-shopping' - to include all of my musical endeavors on one site - rather than asking people to go to a separate site for my professional / for-hire work. As a result, I am migrating all of the information from West End Music over to this site and will eventually close down the second site.
In other news...
This summer, I served as the Associate Music Director for Cloned! The Musical, a hilarious sci-fi musical which recently had an extremely successful run at the New York Musical Theater Festival (NYMF) - we had 7 sell out shows, earned rave reviews from the New York Times, and took home the festival's prestigious 'Best of Fest' award! I also was the Music Director and guitarist for the Essential Theater Group's musical adaptation of Twelfth Night, which ran at this year's NY Fringe Festival. The production featured beautiful, original music by my friend Conly Basham. The production was a magical experience - how many times does a musician get a chance to do Shakespeare? To add to the experience, we debuted at the beautiful new Sheen Center, a top-notch venue.
I've been accompanying classes at CAP21, one of NY's finest musical theater conservatories, which allows young professionals and promising high school performers the opportunity to hone their craft with some of the finest instructors around. I've been accompanying their summer intensive for the past few years and am excited to join their year-round staff.
I'm working on some new projects and shows for the fall. Details will be posted here once things are confirmed, so please keep checking back at this website.