Kicking off 2015 with the full band
Thanks to everyone who came out to the birthday gig with my new band. We'll be back at Rockwood Music Hall, one of my favorite venues in the entire city of New York, on Sunday November 25 for an 8 PM show. Hope to see you there!
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'll be music directing the premiere of a new show, ROPE with book and music by Mark Sickman, directed by Debra Whitfield. The show is part of the Venus Adonis Festival, playing in January at the Robert Moss Theater. Only three performances! Click here for more information.
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.
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 are about to start recording some new demos at Dubway Studios in downtown Manhattan. 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.