Traveling divas and the band returns to Rockwood

This month finds me criss-crossing the country a bit as the accompanist for a program called 'Divas on the Bima', a multi-genre concert series featuring some of the top female cantors in the US - Jen Cohen, Magda Fishman, Alisa Pomerantz-Boro and Elizabeth Shammash. I've did a run of concerts with them last year across the Midwest, and this month we are bringing the show to Omaha and Princeton. More information can be found on the venue links on the calendar page.

 

Then I'll be back at my musical home away from home, Rockwood Music Hall, with the full band in tow on Wednesday, May 20. A Facebook invite is coming soon, so be on the lookout for that!

 

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.

 

Lastly, my sincere thanks to the cast and creative team of Steel Petunias, which recently closed its weekly run at the People's Improv Theater (i.e. The PIT), where I served as musical director. We had a terrific run and are in talks about bringing the show back to the stage at a later date. Thanks to everyone who came to see us!

 

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.

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