New single and August happenings
Twelfth Night at Fringe NYC
I'm serving as music director for an exciting new production from Essential Theater Group; Twelfth Night: A Folk Musical, with original music by Conly Basham, is currently playing at the NY Fringe Festival at the Sheen Center, a beautiful brand new venue in Grenwich Village. This production, which draws on English folk music idioms and places the musicians on stage a la 'Once', has had some great write-ups in TimeOut NY and other outlets. Please support indie theater and see this unique production. As an added bonus, if you'd like to see me playing guitar with this production, come see us on either August 17 or 22.
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!
Food Will Win the War - August residency
Every Wednesday in August, FWWtW will be playing at Pete's Candy Store, which feels like our second home (it's right around the corner from the Williamsburg studio where we rehearse every week). It's a free show, and we'll have lots of special guests. To kick things off, our first show (Wed. August 6) will be an Elliot Smith tribute show, with special guests Louis Schefano (of Lou-is) and Alec Spiegelman (of Cuddle Magic). Visit foodwillwinthewar.com (our the calendar page) for details.
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 just wrapped up production 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! Thanks to everyone who came to see the show, said a kind word and helped to tell people about the show.
I just finished another season as an accompanist for CAP21's summer intensive; CAP21 is one of NY's finest musical theater conservatories, and its summer program allows young professionals and promising high school performers the opportunity to hone their craft with some of the finest instructors around.
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.