Musical Parodies, Lincoln Center, and the band returns to Brooklyn
This Tuesday, March 24 I'm bringing the full band back to Brooklyn to play a follow-up show at The Living Room. After having played their former Lower East Side location many times, I'm happy to say that the new room looks and sounds amazing! Kudos all around. I'm excited to get a chance to play there again. We had a great time in February, and hopefully this time it won't be nearly as cold (it was something like 5 degrees outside that night - though that didn't stop our intrepid friends from coming and rocking out).
Also coming up, this Sunday, March 22 is the annual gala concert for HaZamir: The International Jewish High School Choir, which is a network of 26 local teen choruses across the US and Israel who will all be descending upon Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center with about 350 singers in total. (I conduct the Manhattan chapter.) This is a wonderful project that fosters Jewish identity across the religious and cultural spectrum, with music as the unifying force. I am honored to be conducting one of the selections this year. We are nearly sold out, but a few tickets are still available (see the link to the right).
I've recently joined the team of Unauthorized! The Musical as the musical director for their new show, a loving and hilarious spoof of a certain 80's movie about a group of strong, southern women, entitled Steel Petunias. We are running most Sunday nights at the PIT (People's Improv Theater). You'll laugh, you'll cry and you'll probably see a puppy. Thanks to the creators of the show, Ryan Mercy and Chris Barnes for bringing me on board! Note that if you're planning on seeing the show, we will be off on March 22; on March 29 and April 5 I will have a supersub, Dan Reitz, filling in for me (but you should see the show anyway).
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.
I've also been conducting jazz vocal ensemble Uncommon Chord, who just recorded some new demos at Dubway Studios in downtown Manhattan, which are set to be mixed and produced by Ted Spencer. The sessions will include two of my arrangements, which I'm excited to lay down. More info on the group can be found on our website, www.uncommonchord.org.
This past 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.