Dave Camwell’s new CD Bach-centric — a great holiday gift

December 10th, 2010 by Peter McDowell No comments »
December 1, 2010toDecember 31, 2010

The video you see above describes the making of saxophonist Dave Camwell‘s CD — Bach-centric — a collection of beloved works by Johann Sebastian Bach, arranged for saxophone, which came out on the Teal Creek label last month and is available on CD Baby. You can read my original post containing all the details about this release.

The CD is currently being played on the Beethoven Satellite Network,  a nationally-syndicated program (through the WFMT Fine Arts Network) of which Peter Van De Graaff is program director and host. The network is carried throughout the country to approximately 150 stations (mostly NPR affiliates).

The praise is starting to roll in about this extraordinary CD:

“I’ve discovered another masterpiece Bach CD recorded, and performed, all by saxophones.” – David J. Gibson, Saxophone Journal

“While doing research for my new documentary BACH & more friends, I came across the Bach-Centric CD. I fell in love with it immediately and knew Dave Camwell had to be a part of my new film. Dave’s playing and the ensemble work of the Oasis group is Bach performed at its highest level.” - Michael R. Lawrence, Director of BACH & friends

Here’s a video featuring a montage of images and audio samples from this recording:


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!