This month - The Met and songwriters in the round
For the past seven years I've been priveleged to conduct the Manhattan chapter of HaZamir: The International Jewish High School Choir, a network of 35 teen choruses in cities around the US and Israel. This is a wonderful musical and educational organization that fosters Jewish identity and true Jewish pluralism through high-quality music. Once a year, around 400 singers from around the two countries come together to form a mega-choir and perform at one of New York's top venues. This year we are honored to be singing at the Met, and furthermore, I am excited to have the opportunity to conduct one of the pieces on the program. Visit the links below for more information on our choral network and for tickets to our 24th annual gala concert:
On a more humble note, my monthly songwriters-in-the-round series will continue at Bar Chord (in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn) on Wednesday, March 29 and will feature my good friends and collaborators Jeff Litman and Andi Rae Healy. Bar Chord is my local neighborhood hang for good music and good company. We'll be trading songs from 9 until midnight-ish.
New video - Wine Soaked Heart
Thanks to my good friend Sam Teichman who shot and edited footage from our recent CD release show at Rockwood Music Hall. This clip features some of the musicians that we spotlighted during the show including my core band members - Jeff Litman (guitar), Shawn Setaro (bass) and Dan Barman (drums) - as well Jeff Young (violin) and my wife Sarah (piano). There will be more clips to come from the show too.
Traveling Companion - out now
The new record is finally here! Thanks to all of you who came to the New York CD release show last month at Rockwood Music Hall, or to the Akron release show at Jilly's in August. For those of you who haven't been able to get your hands (and ears) on the new record, here are some links for you. And of course you can stream three of the album's tracks for free, or download for whatever price you like, via the Bandcamp link below.
Listen to / buy the new album Traveling Companion on
Inside the sessions of Traveling Companion
Back in January when we started tracking the new record, my drummer and frequent collaborator Dan Barman took some terrific footage via the 'drum-cam'. He's put some of the footage to the final mix of one of the tunes from the new record. Check out the video below to hear the tune 'The Goodbye Road To Baltimore' and to watch Dan's beautiful performance.
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 as a collaborator or as a for-hire pro.
Previously, this information was available on a separate website, westendmusicnyc.com. I've decided to migrate all of the information from West End Music over to this site, making it 'one-stop-shopping' for all fo my various musical endeavors.