Sloan’s Circle in The Round Solo Folk Review:
The Circle Round is a Showcase for composing acoustic musicians!
@The Shrine, Harlem
2271 Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.
In this multimedia oratorio by composer Ted Hearne, four singers inhabit a fever-dream assemblage of media to explore the hysteria surrounding Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning.
The primary-source libretto was culled from Iraq/Afghanistan War Logs. One of the most intense,beautiful and terrifying pieces I have been a part of. The NY Times review describes the power and simplicity of this multi-media experience. http://nyti.ms/1tAjjQb
Composed by Ted Hearne
Libretto by Mark Doten
Directed by Daniel Fish
Mellissa Hughes Soprano
Samia Mounts Soprano
Isaiah Robinson Tenor
Jonathan Woody Bass-Baritone
Nathan Koci Music Director/ Conductor/ Keyboards
Courtney Orlando Violin
Anne Lanzilotti Viola
Leah Coloff Cello
Greg Chudzik Bass
Ron Wiltrout Drums
Produced by Beth Morrison Projects
Trio for Clarinet, Cello, Piano
Four Serious Songs
String Sextet No. 2 in G major
St. Peter’s Church
619 Lexington NYC 10022
Mary Bopp – piano
Sam Hutcheson – baritone
Sharon Gunderson, Claire Smith – violin
Julie Goodale, Katherine Sinsabaugh – viola
Scott Ballantyne, Clay Ruede, Leah Coloff – cello
Damon Albarn is a fantastic songwriter. Everyday Robots is his first Solo record, but he’s known for his band Gorillaz and if you go back even further, BLUR. Yes.
A little side story: I play with The Secret City most months and we played the Blur song Girls and Boys as one of the Prelude songs for the March? service. I didn’t listened to Blur back in the day (or Oasis…) or to Gorillaz in more recent times. Anyway, the song seemed rather simple upon first look. But it turns out that it was the most fun to play, sounded the best, and I decided that it was actually a great song, as simple songs often are. (I have yet to master this- always getting too complicated…)
A month later, Martha Mooke from Scorchio told me we were going to be the string quartet for some sessions with Damon Albarn who was promoting his new record, Everyday Robots on radio shows for WFUV and Sirius. Oh! Turns out it’s that guy who wrote that great song! Turns out he’s written many great songs!
I just love the synchronicity of that. I never would have thought I would be playing with the guy from Blur. And he’s still as cute as he was in the video for Boys and Girls, just slightly more mellow. Only slightly. He and his band were good humored and friendly. And his music director, Mike Smith writes a very nice string arrangement.
We were asked to play with them again on The Tonight Show and at Bonnaroo! Ah….we accepted.
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:
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/
Please join me Saturday May 24th, 9 pm
I will celebrating the release of my new album ThisTree and playing a show at Spectrum!
Joining me will be: Mathias Kunzli on drums, Tom Swafford on Violin and Alden Banta on horns.
Spectrum 121 Ludlow, floor 2
between Delancey and Rivington: 2 blocks from the F,M,J and Z trains at Essex/Delancey stop. Ring bell for 2.
from:Scorchio Quintet in RealTime
Sunday, October 27 at 3:00pm
New Jersey City University – Ingalls Recital Hall
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.