Jean Rohe Trio kicks off new Gowanus family music series

December 10th, 2010 by Peter McDowell No comments »
December 12, 2010
12:00 pm

Singer/composer Jean Rohe and her trio will kick off the first concert of a new music series, the Douglass Street Family Concert Series, at the Douglass Street Music Collective in Gowanus, Brooklyn on Sunday December 12th at noon. A charismatic and versatile musician, Jean sings in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. The Music Collective is at 295 Douglass St. (between 3rd and 4th Ave.) and suggested donation is $10/children and $15/adults. Concerts will run approximately 75 minutes. Space is limited to 50 people or so, so patrons are encouraged to arrive early to ensure seating.

This new series of monthly family concerts over the next eight months is curated by NYC based composer and saxophonist Sam Sadigursky and will be held at Douglass Street, a musician-run space that is primarily used for rehearsals and performances. Sadigursky says “I’m gearing the concerts towards children of all ages… I’ve always loved the old Leonard Bernstein Concerts for Young People and have long dreamed of putting together something of my own, where music is revealed in way that appeals to both children and adults. Each artist will choose their own format and present the music of their choice, explaining aspects of what they do, opening up dialogues about their music, and encouraging audience participation and questions from the kids (and adults!). I’ve chosen a number of my favorite artists and composers, all of whom have extensive experience working with children, either through teaching music privately, performing in similar concerts or workshops, or having children of their own.”

Future concerts in the series include:
Sunday, January 9th – 2pm – Becca Stevens Band
Sunday, February 6th – 2pm – Dan Loomis
Sunday, March 6th – 2pm – Sebastian Cruz
Sunday, April 10th – 2pm – Ziv Ravitz
Sunday, May 8th – 2pm – Daniel Kelly
Sunday, June 5th – 2pm – Sam Sadigursky

Questions? contact sadigursky@gmail.com.

Concerts celebrate Neil Rolnick’s new CD – Extended Family

December 9th, 2010 by Peter McDowell No comments »
January 9, 2011toJanuary 30, 2011

Composer Neil Rolnick announces the release of his newest CD, Extended Family (Innova 782).  The event will be celebrated at Le Poisson Rouge on January 11, with the help of ACME (American Contemporary Music Ensemble) and pianist Bob Gluck.  The show starts at 7:30, and they’ll be playing all the music from the CD. (Le) Poisson Rouge is at 158 Bleeker St., NYC, 212-505-3474.

Concerts celebrating the new CD will also happen at Hudson View Gardens’ Sunday soirees. On January 9 at 4pm Neil will perform his song cycle “Making Light of It” with baritone Robert Osborne. On January 30 at 5pm Evelyn Luest will perform his “50 Fugue” and he’ll play his “MONO Prelude.” Hudson View Gardens Lounge is at 183rd St & Pinehurst Ave, NYC. Robert Osborne sings Making Light Of It, setting of poems by Philip Levine, and with Neil on laptop.

Watch Neil’s videos here.

Medieval Love Songs from Asteria at Brooklyn Public Library

December 2nd, 2010 by Peter McDowell No comments »
December 5, 2010
4:00 pm

Asteria (Sylvia Rhyne, soprano, and Eric Redlinger, tenor and lute) seeks to bring a narrative quality and emotional immediacy to their late-medieval vocal and instrumental music. Their historically informed settings are based on extensive archival research into original sources in Paris, The Hague, and Basel, Switzerland.

They will present “Music for a Rash Prince – medieval love songs from the court of Charles the Bold” on December 5th at the Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture, Brooklyn Public Library, main branch, Flatbush Avenue and Eastern Parkway on Grand Army Plaza; nearest subway: 2,3 or 4 train to either the Grand Army Plaza station or to the Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum station.

This concert is given in honor of Early Music America‘s 25th Anniversary.

“Calendar Girl” Colleen McHugh presents STOCKING FULL OF PROZAC

December 1st, 2010 by Peter McDowell No comments »
December 9, 2010
9:30 pm

Celebrate another great year of fabulous CALENDAR GIRL shows at NYC’s Duplex with a timely collection of super-fun classics, little-known gems, and lots of comedy and original improv. Acclaimed singer, writer, actor and comic Colleen McHugh will be joined by a very special guest star: the hilarious Jeff Hiller (who works from time to time on BLOODY, BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON and 30 ROCK) will work his magical holiday humor all over you.

Just when you’ll need it: a hilarious holiday evening of music and comedy celebrating the darker side of red and green. Bring all your painful holiday memories – they’ll make up a song about ‘em — the perfect gift: catharsis for Christmas.

Eugene Gwozdz, musical director

Thursday, December 9th at 9:30pm at THE DUPLEX – 61 Christopher Street @Seventh Ave., NYC

Reservations here.

There’s a two drink minimum… but the pills are entirely up to you!

NYC and NJ CD Release Concerts for Steve Hudson Chamber Ensemble

November 28th, 2010 by Peter McDowell No comments »
December 18, 2010 7:30 pmtoDecember 19, 2010 9:30 pm

“A little bluegrass, a little rock-n-roll, a little scat, a turn at tango.  How does “Galactic Diamonds” offer such a genre-bending sound? – try the diversity of the players” – Aural States

The Steve Hudson Chamber Ensemble (www.SteveHudsonMusic.com), led by composer Steve Hudson – piano/melodica, and featuring Zach Brock – violin, and Jody Redhage – cello/voice plays two CD release events for their newly released album “Galactic Diamonds” – on Saturday, December 18th, 7:30pm, at Mo Fiddles (www.mofiddles.com), 4260 Town Center Way, Livingston, NJ (Admission is $15, (973) 994-1083 for more information) and on Sunday, December 19th from 7:30-9:30 pm, at Miles Café (www.milescafe.com), 212 E. 52nd St. 3Fl. (b/2nd & 3rd Ave. – E/V train to 53rd St./Lexington, 6 train to 51st St.), New York, NY ($10 admission with $10 drink/food minimum). The Steve Hudson Chamber Ensemble performs original genre bending works rooted in jazz, classical, tango, and rock for violin, cello/voice, piano/melodica, and cajon/percussion.

Praised by Keyboard Magazine for his “exquisite compositions” and for “a quest for beauty in his lines that evoke the masters,” Steve Hudson has worked with Steven Bernstein, James Zollar, Marcus Rojas, and Claire Daly. Zach Brock has performed and recorded with Stanley Clarke, Joel Harrison, and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, while Jody Redhage currently tours with bassist Esperanza Spalding and has performed with the Tokyo String Quartet, and Bang on a Can. The ensemble was recently selected to perform at Chamber Music America’s national conference in New York in January 2011, and in March will tour Italy and Austria to promote “Galactic Diamonds,” which is available for purchase or download at iTunes and at www.cdbaby.com.

Steve Hudson is a pianist and composer based in New York City whose compositions and piano style embrace the history of jazz, blues, folk, and modern classical music, all with a free spirited love of improvisation. In addition to his work with the chamber ensemble, he is cofounder of the Outer Bridge Ensemble. His jazz sextet recorded the album “Shine” which featured Curtis Fowlkes, James Zollar, Marcus Rojas, Claire Daly, vocalist Peter Eldridge and other New York artists. In May 2011, Steve and saxophonist Claire Daly will premier an extended suite at the Juneau Jazz Festival dedicated to the Alaskan explorer Mary Joyce.

Hudson was largely self taught, and learned the instrument by ear and by playing along with Ray Charles and Lou Rawls’ records, thanks to the encouragement and guidance of his teachers James Reed and Jim Ellington. He graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in English literature and divided his love of music with a teaching and writing career. In his early twenties he met the pianist Barry Harris who introduced him to the world of bebop, and everything changed. Steve threw himself into music and never looked back. He fell in love with an eclectic world of music which included Miles Davis, Gil Evans, Red Garland, Ahmad Jamal, Astor Piazzolla, James Brown, the Beatles, Ray Charles, Bach, Ravel and others. Steve went on to study with Stanley Cowell and Kenny Barron, and earn a graduate music degree from Manhattan School of Music.