2 pianos / 4 hands at Vivaldi! Plus a new MD gig
This Tuesday, June 16 I am excited to be doing a very special one-night-only gig with my good friend Wade Tarling, an exceptionally talented keyboardist and composer who has come all the way from St. John's, Newfoundland! Way back in the day, Wade and I both worked as pianists aboard a cruise ship for Princess Cruises where we bonded over our love of jazz and late night jam sessions. We are teaming up to do a 2-piano, 4-hands gig at Caffe Vivaldi, a great little West Village haunt (and also, incidentally, the venue where I had my first gig of any sort in NY about 8 years ago). We are doing two sets starting at 9:30, so I hope you'll join us!
Starting at the end of this month, I will be music directing a brand new musical - Held Momentarily, with music by Oliver Houser, will be featured at this year's New York Musical Theater Festival, aka NYMF, and I'm honored to be the music director for this awesome new show. More details will be forthcoming, but you can check out the show dates on my calendar page.
On another front, there are new recordings available from Uncommon Chord, a 10-voice vocal jazz ensemble which I conduct. We tracked four pieces, including two of my arrangements, at Dubway Studios down in the Financial District. The sessions were engineered, mixed and mastered by Ted Spencer. You can hear all four of the new recordings at our website, www.uncommonchord.org.
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...
I recently was the music director for the premiere of a new show, ROPE with book and music by Mark Sickman, directed by Debra Whitfield. The show was part of the Venus Adonis Festival, which played at the Robert Moss Theater. The show was nominated for several awards and advanced to the festival's final round. Thanks to the cast, crew and creative team for a great run!
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.