04/24/15

Chosen for HERE Artist Residency Program

 
I am delighted and honored to have been chosen to be a part of the HERE Artist Residency Program. I will be developing a multi-media theatrical piece exploring the themes present in my most recent  collection of songs called ThisTree.  ThisTree as a performance piece will sew together song, family stories, animation, home movies and handmade objects to explore identity, memory, legacy and loss,  propelled by the question – “What do we leave behind when our family tree has died?”

HERE commissions and develops new hybrid works over a 1- to 3-year period. As part of the HERE community of artists and audiences, the 15 resident artists show works-in-progress, develop workshop productions, and mount full–scale productions. Through the residency programs, HERE seeks to not only grow innovative artistic work, but also give artists the awareness and skills—in areas such as audience relations, budgeting, grantwriting, and touring—they need to continue to grow their careers.

HERE has developed such acclaimed works as Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues; Basil Twist’s Symphonie Fantastique; Basil Twist and Joey Arias’ Arias with a Twist; Hazelle Goodman’s On Edge; Young Jean Lee’s Songs of The Dragons Flying To Heaven; Trey Lyford & Geoff Sobelle’s all wear bowlers; Faye Driscoll’s837 Venice Boulevard; Taylor Mac’s The Lily’s Revenge and original musical and dance works created and directed by HERE Co-Founder and Artistic Director Kristin Marting.

05/30/14

Judson’s Bailout Theater Wednesday June 2nd,

I’m so pleased to be playing the inspiring Judson Memorial Church                                                                                    along with the amazing talent of Anna/Kate and Racquel Cion.

Free to everyone!

Wednesday, June 4th 


On the first Wednesday of each month, join us for free homecooked dinners, good vibes, better people, and entertainments. No cover, no catch, no proselytizing, no processed food. Each Bailout Theater date will rotate between music and dance.

7:00 PM – Doors open at 55 Washington, Square South at the Corner of Thompson Street – Greenwich Village, Manhattan.
7:30 PM – Free potluck dinner: Potluck donations welcomed (but not required).
8:00 PM – Free entertainment:

The Music of:
Anna/Kate
Leah Coloff
Raquel Cion (accompanied by Karl Michael Johnson)

 

Anna/Kate are a folk-pop duo consisting of, well, Anna–a teacher, solo artist and red-nose clown–and Kate, playwright, activist and jazz singer. Together they perform for theater companies, pop-up performance parties and protests. Their song-cycles have been produced by Culture Project/Women CenterStage Festival, Dixon Place, Poetic Theater Productions/Poetic License Festival, and Judson Church/Magic Time and BailOut All-Stars. They have developed original content for Bowery Poetry Club, the Duplex, and multiple music venues throughout NYC. See www.facebook.com/ annakatemusic for more!

 

Hailed by The New York Times as “half witch and half cabaret performer,” Raquel Cion has performed extensively in NYC, Paris and the Bay Area. Recent projects include: Kim Katzberg’s DARKLING (Director) -IRT Theater, CATCH Performance Series; Nora Woolley’sHip(Director), IRT Theater; Gilding the Lonely: An Evening of Cabaret (Writer/Performer)-Joe’s Pub, Dixon Place. She is a founding member of NYC’s Eat a Radish Productions and performs monthly with the Obie Award winning The Secret City.

 

Karl Michael Johnson is an Astoria-based singer-songwriter and composer-lyricist. He is a graduate of the NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, and performs his own songs under the name Karl Saint Lucy. He wrote CLASS, a musical, with playwright-lyricist Maria Alexandria Beech, and songs from his song cycle, LA HORA PERDIDA: SONGS FOR RENNO can be heard at http://www.youtube.com/user/ karlsaintlucy .

 

11/17/13

From Scorchio’s performance at Town Hall for the Garrison Institute

Scorchio at Garrison Institute Benefit 2013 “In the Spirit” produced by Philip Glass. Scorchio performed “Songs of Milarepa” with Gregory Purnhagen and Nelson Padgett and “Orion: China” with Wu Man. 

10/25/13

Scorchio Quintet in RealTime ~ Sunday, October 27 at 3:00pm

New Jersey City University (Ingalls Recital Hall)

Concert program:
-Divided Sky (Trey Anastasio, arr. Don Hart/Mooke)
-String Quartet #2: Company (Philip Glass)
-Quantum (Martha Mooke)
-You’re the One (Leah Coloff)
-A Humble Tribute to Guaguancó (Gregg August)
-Ecstasy (Lou Reed, arr. Mooke)
-Ave Maris Stella (JS Bach)
-Stash (Anastasio, arr. Hart/Mooke)

 

06/2/13

“Multitude” Concert in Milwaukee with Present Music

Last month, I had the pleasure to be a part of Milwaukee’s Present Music ensemble for their Season Finale concert, MULTITUDE.

It was not just a concert, but truly an event with the evening ending in the audience dancing!  The founder, artistic director, and conductor,  Kevin Stalheim has created an anomaly and phenomenon; Present Music manages to regularly bring to their concerts audiences of 600 and they commission pieces that go on to be established repertoire for new music groups around the world.

Reviews!

“Hearne’s “Warning Song” (2006), “Snowball” (2008) and three postmodern cabaret/art songs from his Delusion Story (2011) completed the program. All are mind-bending, transcendent mash-ups of genres. The greatest, most unforgettable performances of the night were by Leah Coloff, who sang Hearne’s most searing songs while ferociously playing the cello part.”                                                           ~ John Schneider, Shepherd Express

Third Coast Daily review by Tom Strini
Journal Sentinel review by Elaine Schmidt
Milwaukee Magazine review by Paul Kosidowski
Shepherd Express review by John Schneider

Multitude Concert: Present Music 2013

03/7/13

Nurse Jackie Finale on Showtime

I love the show Nurse Jackie, so I was thrilled that Scorchio did a session for the last song of the season finale, “One For My Baby”.
Don’t worry, there’s no spoiler alert- I want to enjoy hearing it as the last moment of the season without prior knowledge of what’s going to happen…Matt Ray is playing piano. Pat Irwin was the  composer and producer of the session. Patrick Derivaz the recording engineer par excellence. Michael Hill was the music supervisor. I don’t know who is singing, but they’re great!