Today, Sunday, May 18th, singer/songwriterJenai Huff and fiddler Deni Bonet, will be performing in “Great Strides,”the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s largest national fundraising event at the Lyndhurst Mansion, 635 South Broadway, Tarrytown, New York 10591. The show day begins at 9am and ends at 2pm. Jenai will be on at 11:15 on the Veranda and Deni is in the Bowling alley at 11:25.
Singer/songwriter Martina Fišerová, from Prague, Czech Republic, will be performing on Sunday, May 18th, 5pm, at Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street, NYC.
On Monday, May 19th there will be a reading of Joe Davidson’s play, “The Rekindling” featuring Mary Tierney as actress Nancy Morris and Ron Ryan as Barney Morris. All are invited to Chelsea Street Studios #5, 151 West 26th St., NYC. Wine will be served.
On Tuesday, May 20 at 7:30 pm AWOW member Kevin Holohan will be at the Irish Arts Center in conversation with Irish author Johanna Lane to celebrate the launch of her haunting and accomplished debut novel “Black Lake,” a compelling study of the importance of place in how we create identity and store memories and history. Irish Arts Center 553 West 51 Street, New York, NY 10019. Tickets $10 member/$12 non-member. Click here for details
Peter Quinn’s Dry Bones, a spellbinding story of an ill-fated OSS mission into the heart of the Eastern front and its consequences more than a decade after the war’s end, is now available.Dry Bones at Amazon
Matt Keating will be performing at The Bowery Electric 327 Bowery, NYC on Thursday, Nov 5th, 8:00pm. Tickets are $7. FULL BAND SHOW! Allen Devine-guitar, Jason Mercer-bass, G Wiz-drums
Don Creedon’s new short play The Ledge, starring Irish actor and boxing legend, John Duddy, is being produced by Aching Dogs Theatre Company as part of their annual New York Nuts series. Led by the power-house producer-director, Pamela Scott, and featuring no less than eight new short plays, this promises to be a great evening of original theater.
Hudson Guild Theatre, 441 W 26th St. (between 9th & 10th Ave), New York, NY 10001. November 7-10. Thurs-Sat @ 8:00pm, Sun @ 3:00pm Tickets $18, Hotel Trades Council Members: Free Reservations recommended: 212-564-6485 (This show is sponsored by the New York Hotel Trades Council AFL-CIO and The Neighborhood Service Council).
Tara O’Grady and her swinging trio will be at Winnie’s Lounge in the Refinery Hotel Tuesday, November 5 from 6-9pm. 63 W. 38 Street.
Violinist Annette Homann will be performing in the musical White Christmas at the Westchester Broadway Theater, 1 Broadway Plaza, Elmsford, NY. The show opens Thursday, Nov 7 . Performances are Wednesdays at 1 pm, Thursdays 1 and 7 pm, Fridays 1 and 7 pm, Saturdays 8 pm, Sundays 1:30 pm and 7 pm
There will be a festival screening of Subterranean Love by Robert Haufrecht featuring music by Marni Rice and Frank Perowsky at The Big Apple Film Festival in NYC at Tribeca Cinemas, Saturday November 9th at 2:15pm. For Information and tickets here’s the direct link:
Author Cynthia Neale and actress Joanna Rush are in Chicago at iBam today. Cynthia will be lecturing from 1:00-1:45: A Writer’s Journey With an Irish Famine Girl. Cynthia will be selling her three books throughout the weekend at the authors’ table.
Joanna will performing thirty minutes from her show,
“Asking For It” and sharing a book table with Cynthia at the festival. Click here for the link to the theater page for details and performance times.
Singer/songwriter Matt Keating will be performing at the Living Room, 154 Ludlow St., NYC on Monday night, October 14th 9:00pm
I am a songwriter, singer, musician, performer, producer, and teacher. I’ve put out ten albums of my own over the past twenty years on various labels. I’ve toured the world playing music. I’ve produced dozens of albums by other songwriters. I’ve composed music for film and I’ve had my songs covered by other artists. As a coach and teacher I also enjoy helping other songwriters realize their artistic vision.
Do you have upcoming events you’d like people to attend?
I’m still in the process of finishing up my latest album and will be touring soon. I’ll keep you posted!
What is/are your favorite songs/albums?
God, I love and have listened to too much music to easily narrow it down. But if pressed, I’ll admit it usually comes down to all Beatles and Beatles related music; the music that inspired them, and the music inspired by them, which is pretty vast.
Who are the songwriters you admire?
Lennon/McCartney, Bob Dylan, Richard Rogers, Harry Nilsson, Willie Nelson, Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen, Morrissey….man…I could go on forever!
Who is your greatest inspiration and why?
John Lennon. He not only wrote some of the most mind blowingly original pop songs in history, after having put together the greatest band of all time, but he used his platform of celebrity towards a greater vision of freedom of thought and the importance of world peace as a goal.
What are the top five things you’d like to accomplish in the next five years?
1) Record an album with my friend Claudia Chopek’s awesome string quartet, The New Retro Strings.
2) Explore musical styles from other cultures.
3) Have a consistently touring band.
4) Write the music for a musical.
5) Compose a soundtrack for a feature length film.
If you could dream of trying something in the arts you haven’t tried, but would like to, what would that be?
Whenever I come back from a gig and my wife asks me how it went, I usually reply, “Not so good, they didn’t laugh at any of my jokes”, or “Great, they laughed at my jokes,” to which she usually replies, “But you’re a musician, not a comedian.” I also had a pretty good audition for the musical, ONCE where I had to do a little acting…it felt fun and natural, so I’d like to pursue that as well if I ever get the gumption!
What was the best gift that someone gave you that inspired or facilitated an interest in your art?
It was advice that I received from an older woman I worked with many years ago in an office. After seeing her type so fast, I asked her how fast she could type and she said 120 words a minute. She then looked me straight in the eye and said, “Be very careful what you do because you’ll get good at it.” I’ve never forgotten that.
Kathleen Frazier reads from her current project, Somniloquies, at The Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia St. (west of 6th Ave, bet. West 4th and Bleecker) Thursday, July 11th, 2013, 6pm. $8 cash cover, includes a free drink. Reservations suggested (212) 989-9319
Annette Homann will be singing and playing the violin on stage for the musical Julian Po, which opens Monday July 8th. There will be six additional performances during the week. The New York Musical Theater Festival, The Pershing Square Signature Center , 480 West 42nd St. For more info please visit the website: www.julianpo.com
“I thought this kind of free flowing music, spoken word, anything goes evening, went out years ago. Terrific night at the ‘Artists Without Wall Showcase’ at The Cell Theater in Chelsea.” Marion Stein, attendee at Tuesday night’s “Artists Without Walls’ Showcase at The Cell.”
Iranians Navid Kandeousi and Mehdi Darvishi began the evening with a rhythmic improvisation. Navid wrote the work for an ensemble but for this performance it was arranged for the “kamancheh,” played by Navid, and the “daf,” a percussion instrument and the most common instrument in Iran, played by Mehdi. The work, calling on traditional Persian folk tunes, included complex passages and difficult bowing techniques, which were perfomred by Navid with dazzling results. Mehdi’s accompaniment was perfect, calling upon subtle forces to transmit great energy. A dynamic opening to the evening.
Carl Capotorto, “Little Paulie” Germani in the Sopranos, expressed his gratitude to the group for allowing him a few moments to honor and remember his friend and colleague, James Gandolfini. “Thank you so much for allowing me the opportunity. And I was delighted to read a few pages from my book for the wonderfully diverse and highly sophisticated audience. It’s great work that AWoW is doing!” And thank you to Carl for sharing this thoughts on the Soparanos and James Gandolfini, and for his witty reading from his memoir Twisted Head.
The Leni Stern Trio, which includes bass player Mamadou Ba, percussionist Alioune Faye and jazz guitarist Leni Stern, has recently written a set of ten songs that are based on old traditional Senegalese rhythms, blended with sounds of blues and jazz from America. The songs they played on Tuesday were from that project, one of them performed for the very first time in public. The trio will soon be traveling to Senegal to record their next album with a group of local percussionists, but they can be heard next Tuesday night, July 2,10pm, at 55 Bar on Christopher Street in New York. Commenting on the diverse mix of talent that was presented throughout the evening Leni said “I was especially moved by the two young poets, Koro and Ciara. What spirit!”
Back from a trip to Ireland where she was awarded the Poetry Award at the prestigious Listowel Writer’s Week, Connie Roberts introduced the two young poets, Koro Koroye and Ciara Thompson. Connie, while a professor at Hofstra University, was instrumental in shaping the paths of each of these rising stars. Spoken word artist Koro Koroye, who has dazzled the Showcase audiences in the past, performed her poem “My Name,” with power and verve, while Ciara Thompson read five soulful poems, which reflected on her life and her experiences. Two great young talents.
Michele Cetera and Jack O’Connell acted the closing scene of “Frankie and Johnny In The Clair DeLune. “ “What made this exercise very special was that it was the first time Michele had ever tried this off book,” Jack said. “We practiced this scene many times outdoors in parks from Greenpoint to Central Park. Michele translated her personal life right into the shoes of her character “Frankie” with brilliant results.” And, as always, Jack who played Johnny, was perfect in his role. Ray Lindie handled the music in this wonderful scene from Terrence McNally’s play.
Catahoula Cajun Band played rocking two steps and a sweet waltz, which enticed audience members to jump up and dance. Catahoula is a New York-based group that plays Cajun dance music of Southern Louisiana. While all the band members hail from north of the Mason-Dixon line, their love of the rocking two-steps, sweet waltzes, and soulful blues of Acadiana inspired them to bring their Northern take on this Southern sound to the parks, streets, and subway platforms of New York. They delighted the audience with toe-tapping, infectious rhythms, perhaps inspiring a pop-up Louisiana dancehall on a street corner or two. Great music.
Matt Keating ended the evening with a few of what TimeOut London calls his “beautiful and honest songs of substance and melancholy”. His first song, “Maker of Carousels,” from his most recent album, Wrong Way Home (Sojourn Records) was a moving tribute written after Matt read an obituary about the man who designed the Bryant Park carousel. Matt followed “Carousels” with some amusing banter about nitrous oxide abuse as he finished the evening with his Willie Nelson-esque ode to summer jobs and un-requited love, “Between Customers.” Time ran out on the evening–it felt like we were just getting warmed up–and Matt left the crowd wanting more. You can hear this outstanding musician and his band playing these tunes and others on July 10th, 8pm, at The Living Room in New York City.
The next “Showcase at The Cell” will be held on July 31, 7pm. For more information on becoming a member click on “Membership” above or write to email@example.com
Come on out to the “AWoW Showcase at The Cell” for a taste of “Northern Fried” Cajun music of Southwest Louisiana: Upbeat, danceable roots music, spirited two-steps and beautifully heartwarming, bittersweet waltzes. The Catahoula Cajun Band is a New York based group and while all the band members hail from north of the Mason-Dixon line, their love of toe-tappin’ dance and traditional music inspired them to tackle the two-steps, waltzes, and Cajun-French lyrics of Acadiana.
Here’s the rest of the evening’s line-up:
Timeout London said of singer/songwriter Matt Keating “Beautiful and honest songs of substance and melancholy.”Matt’s newest album, Wrong Way Home, a 16 song emotional piece, is his tenth release. Matt’s music is tinged by nostalgia while being entirely modern. It is contemplation on life’s narrative, offering moments of joy and melancholy, epiphany and regret.
Leni Stern, who was born in Munich, Germany, and educated at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, is a New York based guitarist whose recent recordings are lush, deeply felt explorations of the sound of Africa colored by Stern’s soulful lyrics, lightly sanded voice and dazzling instrumental prowess. Leni will be joined by one of her fine musicians, bassist Mamadou Ba.
Carl Capotorto, born and raised in the Bronx, is a playwright, screenwriter and actor, well known for his six seasons in the role of “Little Paulie” Germani in the Sopranos. Carl will be performing a work from his book, Twisted Head, a darkly comic memoir of growing up in the Bronx in the 60s and 70s.
Jack O’Connell, Michele Cetera and Ray Lindie, Showcases regulars, will be performing a scene from Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune by Terrence McNally. This two character play focuses on two lonely middle aged people who work in a Diner, he as a cook, she as a waitress. Johnny is certain that he’s found his soulmate in Frankie. She, on the other hand is far more cautious and disinclined to jump to conclusions.
Classical musicians Navid Kandelousi and Ava Nazar not only perform classical music but Persian traditional music as well. Navid, a violinist will be playing the Kamancheh, a traditional Persian instrument, and Ava will be playing the piano during their performance of Persian music.
Award-winning documentary filmmaker Stephanie Silber will be reading from her short story The Lemon Tree, which follows a little girl through an eventful day with her grandmother in a 1960’s cityscape both alluring and menacing. This excerpt finds the duo visiting the grandmother’s stricken friend in a New York hospital for rehabilitation.
Artists Without Walls was created to provide artists of all disciplines an opportunity to experiment with new ideas in front of a live audience; create an environment that fosters collaborative and creative effort and promote members’ careers in the arts, whether they have already established themselves or are at the beginning of their artistic career. We’re looking forward to a great night. Hope you can join us.