Nancy Manocherian’s play “Hey Jude,” directed by Kira Simring at Urban Stages. Tickets are $45, but AWoW members can get them for $20 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org Performances at Urban Stages, 259 West 30th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues. Fri -Wed @ 7:30pm, Sun @ 2pm Performances: June 4 – June 21 Tues. & Wed. at 7:30, Thurs.-Sat. at 8pm and Sun. at 2pm.
Today, Sunday, June 7th, 2 pm, Annette Homann is performing with the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International at Carnegie Hall, W57th, St., NYC. The orchestra will be performing works of FAURÉ, DURUFLÉ, DINOS CONSTANTINIDES
On Thursday, June 11th, 6pm at Cornelia Street Cafe in New York City, Sasha Papernik and Alexander Wu will be officially launching their album, “Four Hand Band.” You can celebrate with them and hear them perform the new album live in its entirety. Poulenc, Gershwin, Bernstein, Berlin, Mozart, Bizet, Chopin…it’s going to be a wonderful night.
Richard Stillman and Flip Peters’ “Spirit of Vaudeville” at The Concert Space at Beethoven Piano – NYC – June 11 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm | 211 West 58th St. (Between Broadway & 7th Ave.) – 10019. Richard’s Show the “Spirit Of Vaudeville” won the Best Concert award at the United Solo Theatre Festival in NYC. This Show takes place in the waning days of vaudeville when the jazz age was in full swing & the Charleston was all the rage. The tale is told through banjo strumming, eccentric tap dancing, vaudeville stories, ukulele & mandolin solos & the Charleston Dance! Concert Charge – $10.00 at the door
Cellist/pianist Noah Hoffeld will be performing at Bowery Electric, 327 Bowery at Joey Ramone, Place, Wednesday, June 17th, 7:45.
Two Artists Without Walls’ members, Sasha Papernik and Amanda Thorpe, will be be performing free shows at Rockwood Music Hall this week. Sasha will be performing at Rockwood tomorrow, Sunday, May 3rd, at 6pm with two original bandmates: Kyle Saulnier on bass and Justin Poindexter on guitar. You can join Sasha for an evening of Russian dances and original songs.
In other news, Sasha is very excited to share that her arrangement of the Russian Folk Song “Vo Pole Bereza Stoyala” (In the Field Stood a Birch Tree) has been licensed to Carnegie Hall’s Link Up program and will be orchestrated and played by orchestras across the country! She will be performing the song live at Rockwood.
On Thursday night, May 7th, 7pm, Amanda Thorpe, AWOW’s member abroad, will be back in NYC and performing Bewitching Me: The Lyrics of Yip Harburg. Harburg, born and raised on the Lower East Side, is the oft unknown wordsmith of some of the most popular songs in America. Two of Harburg’s most famous lyrics form brackets around the 1930s: “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” written for the musical Americana, told from the point of view of a WWI vet who’s standing in a breadline, wondering where his slice of the American dream is, and “Over The Rainbow,” sung by a girl clutching her dog, gazing into the heavens, wishing she could get the hell out of Kansas.
Amanda’s CD, Bewitching Me: The Lyrics of Yip Harburg has received wonderful reviews. Here’s what Tom Semioli,writing for the Huffington Post, said of Amanda’s singing. “Amanda’s organic rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” turns subtly anthemic upon the arrival of the chorus…and (guitarist) Scherr’s exquisite solo on “Adrift on a Star” deeply echoes Thorpe’s seductive pathos.”
Amanda is looking forward to returning to New York City from Paris to perform these and other Harburg tunes at Rockwood.
Rockwood Music Hall is located in Manhattan at 196 Allen Street.
Artists Without Walls’ Showcase at The Cell Theatre, 338 W23rd St. NY, Tuesday, April 28th, 6:45pm.
Martina Fiserova (singer, guitarist, songwriter) will perform at the Way Station, Brooklyn, on Tuesday April 28th at 10pm, featuring Yuka Kameda (tap dance).
. Great bar, no cover. The address is: 683 Washington Avenue, Prospect Heights.
On Wednesday, April 29th at 6:30pm. Kevin Holohan will join Mayra Santos Febres, Kevin, Salar Abdoh with fellow author David Unger to celebrate his winning of Guatemala’s “Miguel Ángel Asturias” National Prize for Literature They will reading a little and chatting about the craft of writing at CUNY’s Center for worker Education (CWE) 25 Broadway, 7th Floor, New York, New York 10004. Admission is Free
Susan Seliger’s “Out by Ten: Jilted Lovers, Bad Kids, Dreams, Drums & Desires.” Thursday, April 30, 2015, Spectrum NYC, 121 Ludlow Street, NYC. 7:30-9:30 PM. Open Mic for storytellers & musicians after the featured performers.
$20 admission fee ($18 in advance) includes FREE wine and cheese and cookies. Click here for tickets at Brown Paper Tickets.
Ed McCann’s “Writers Read” a celebration of the spoken word presents “What We Ate,” at The Cell Theatre in New York City at 2:00PM, Sunday, May 3rd. This live staged reading will feature twelve writers presenting short, original pieces on the theme, and writers and guests will mingle and share light refreshments during intermission.
Stella Pulo’s “Shrimp Shells in My Cleavage” will be performed on May 3rd, 5pm at the School of Visual Arts, 133 West 21st Street, Room 101C, NY and on May 16th, 7pm at 111 Bowery, 4th floor, NY.
Sasha Papernik will be performing at Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen St, NYC, on Sunday, May 3rd, at 6pm with two original bandmates: Kyle Saulnier on bass and Justin Poindexter on guitar. Come join her for an evening of Russian dances and original songs and hear where this whole thing all began….
Artists Without Walls’ Holiday Showcase is Tuesday, December 23rd at 6:45pm at The Cell Theatre, 338 W23rd St. Performers include Joseph Goodrich, Honor Molly and Niamh Hyland, Brona Crehan and Grainne Duddy, Michael Sheehan, Ed Romanoff, Marion Stein, Nick Garr and Ron Vazzano.
Join Tim and Cynthia Neale for their New Year’s Day Ceili, January 1, 2015 at 574 Main St., Hampstead, NH. 603 329-4249. BYOB $10 per person. Musicians free.
And if you’re planning ahead here’s an event for the end of January: Deborah Monlux producer of: Bayou ‘n Brooklyn Music Festival, (next years fest is May 8, 9, 10, 2015) invites you to a free event at Jalopy Theatre 315 Columbia Street Brooklyn NY 11231; Saturday, January 31st, 2015, from 2-5PM.
Join them for the next session of their traditional Brooklyn Cajun Jam Session at the fabulous Jalopy Theatre in Brooklyn. This jam will be led by Jesse Lége.
The Brooklyn Cajun Jam focuses on the traditional Cajun & Creole music of southwest Louisiana. Vocals are sung in Cajun French and are backed up by button accordion, fiddle, guitar, and occasionally, ‘tit fer (triangle) bass and mandolin. Since most tunes are played in the keys of C and G, fiddles are usually tuned down a whole step to FCGD. Bring your instruments, join the music session, dance, or just come by and listen to some great traditional Cajun music.
New York-based singer songwriter Warren Malone is originally from Manchester, England and has played thousands of gigs on stages, street corners and bars across Europe, Ireland, and the United States, playing with Steve Earle, David Gray, Lucinda Williams, World Party and many more. Currently embedded in the folk scene of New York, Warren has released four albums in three years—including Spit ‘n’ Kisses, featuring members of the Tori Amos band. Here’s what one reviewer said of Warren Malone, “Malone has created an absolutely amazing album. And The Ants Ate The Bee never sounds the same twice/absolutely spellbinding/each listen feels fresh and different/The album is like a audio kaleidoscope/And then there’s that voice…an entirely unique instrument that sounds like a slightly androgynous soul singer/this album deserves repeated spins.” Here’s a quote from Warren: “I try to be good, I love to sing, I sing all day, everyday.”
Popular New york based jazz singer and stylist Tara O’Grady is currently recording her 4th album Irish Bayou a tribute to the Irish in New Orleans. Tara was chosen to perform in New Orleans at the city’s Famine Commemorative Gala–the Irish in New Orleans love her unique fusion of jazz and Irish music. She has a concert on Nov 21 at Swing the Teapot in Floral Park, Queens, or you can catch her every Monday at the NYLO Hotel and every Tuesday at the Refinery Hotel swinging jazz, blues and folk with her band in Manhattan.
Sasha Papernik is a Russian-American pianist, singer, and composer. She has recorded three albums of original music and has been a featured artist in Lincoln Center’s Meet the Artist, Lincoln Center Local, and Carnegie Hall’s popular Musical Explorers series this year. This week, in addition to Rockwood, Sasha will be performing with her piano duo at the Bruno Walter Auditorium in celebration of her newest recording project: an album of piano four hand and solo music called Four Hand Band!
Veteran actor Jack O’Connell has appeared on stage and in film and TV. Recent favorites include, Inside Llewyn Davis, Doubt, Knight and Day and Men in Black 3. Jack will co-star in the soon to be released Medal of Victory. He also co-stars with Michael Cera in the YouTube favorite, Brazzaville Teenager. Jack will be performing Bob Dylan’s “Desolation Row.” If you haven’t seen this you’re in for a treat.
Deni Bonet is a pop/rock singer/songwriter and classically trained violinist who has recorded and performed with R.E.M., Sarah McLachlan, Cyndi Lauper, Scissor Sisters, and Warren Zevon among many others. She was an original member of the cast of the nationally syndicated NPR radio show “Mountain Stage”; singing and performing in her own right and accompanying guests on the show. Deni left the show to pursue a solo career, with a mission to prove that there is more to the violin than concertos and hoedowns. She has performed at Lilith Fair, Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, and just recently performed at the White House for the President, First Lady and Vice-President of the United States. Deni Bonet has become an in-demand act, headlining various festivals, performing arts centers, clubs, colleges and international venues. Her music has been featured on HBO, NBC, American Airlines, several film and modern dance projects, and has been described by the Wall Street Journal as like “Sheryl Crow meets the B-52’s”.
Aisha Badru is a 22 year old singer-songwriter from Yonkers, New York, who will be making her debut appearance at Rockwood. Aisha, a self taught guitarist, has been inspired by a diversity of genre and style, which has allowed her to create her own, very unique sound. A fourth year college student, Aisha plans to pursuit a career in music. She is currently putting the finishing touches on her debut EP.
Tonight, Tuesday, September 30th, join pianist and singer/songwriter Sasha Papernik and pianist and arranger Alexander Wu for an intimate performance at the Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia Street, NYC, at 6:00pm Doors open @ 5:45 pm – Cover $10 + $10 drink minimum. For Reservations: 212-989-9319
“Wu and Papernik are an uncommonly attractive and entertaining pair. ” The Washington Post Review – Joan Reinthaler
Michael Brunnock will be at the Woodhaven House, 63-98 Woodhaven Boulevard, Rego Park, NY 11374, Friday, October 3,10:30pm. Joining Michael Brunnock will be Deni Bonet, Ryan Vaughn, Mark Marshall and Skip Ward 718-8945400
You can watch Deni Bonet live in concert from her home, Sunday, Oct 5. Here’s what photographer Mitch Traphagen said about Deni. “Mere words aren’t sufficient to describe the sheer talent, intensity and passion that Deni Bonet brings to her music.”
Deni Bonet has performed at the White House — now she can perform at *your* house.
MAGDALEN is a compelling one person, multi-character play written and performed by Erin Layton, directed by Julie Kline, about the women and girls who labored as unpaid slaves in commercial laundries operated by nuns in mid-twentieth century Ireland. MAGDALEN will perform for the last time in New York City at the UNITED SOLO FESTIVAL on Thursday, October 2 – 7:30PM (SOLD OUT!) and Friday, October 3 – 6PM
Pianist/singer/ composer Sasha Papernik is getting married Saturday Aug 23 in North Carolina to fellow musician Justin Poindexter. Performing the service will be legendary composer/jazz musician David Amram. A “bluegrass wedding” in the Blue Ridge Mountains is planned with AWoW members Annette Homann and Tara O’Grady in attendance. Congratulations Sasha and Justin.
And down the road a bit. MAGDALEN, written and performed by AWoW member Erin Layton, will be presented by the 2014 United Solo Theatre Festival. Venue: Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street. Date and Time: Friday, October 3 at 6PM. Tickets: $18; Click here to purchase tickets. Click on “Find Tickets” and go to Friday, October 3rd at 6PM ONLY or call (212) 239-6200. Ask for tickets for United Solo show MAGDALEN.
Sasha Papernik is a first generation Russian-American classical pianist, singer, and composer who draws on her dual heritage and wide range of talents to present concerts spanning the genre and continental divide. Lauded for her “lightly transparent performances of Chopin and Scriabin,” The Washington Post (July 2013) calls her “uncommonly attractive and entertaining…managing a comfortable balance of the formal and the casual.” Prokofiev, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, folk songs, and original compositions appear in her repertoire. Her 2013 self-released bilingual album, Victory, has been hailed by reviewers as “an eye opener,” (Wildy’s World) and “unparalleled in its aesthetics and musical elegance,” (Indiemunity). Sasha is currently a featured artist in this year’s 2013-2014 Lincoln Center Meet The Artist school series and Carnegie Hall’s Musical Explorers program. Her bilingual program, “I Speak Music,” has also toured New York City schools for The Center For Arts Education. Sasha was a recipient of a 2012 and 2013 Wildacres Artist Residency in North Carolina. Recent engagements include performances at The Smithsonian American Museum of Art in Washington, D.C., The David Rubinstein Atrium, Walter Reade Theater, Bruno Walter Theater, Clark Studio Theater in New York City, and The Joint, Las Vegas. Sasha is a Teaching Artist for Lincoln Center Education and The Center For Arts Education and she is on the piano faculty of the Third Street Music School Settlement in New York City. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and the Manhattan School of Music.
Do you have upcoming events you’d like people to attend?
Yes! I am presenting my program, I Speak Music, at Joe’s Pub on Sunday, June 1st at 9pm. I have invited the other singers from my recent Carnegie Hall program to share the stage with me! It’s going to be a fantastic night of music and culture.
What is/are your favorite songs/albums?
A few of my favorite songs: Killing the Blues (John Prine), Jolene (Dolly Parton), Only Love Can Break Your Heart (Neil Young) What’ll I Do (Irving Berlin), Always (Irving Berlin), All of Me (Gerald Marx and Seymour Simons), Will You Love Me Tomorrow (Carole King and Gerry Goffin), Yesterday (Paul McCartney)
Favorite Albums: Ella and Louis, Raising Sand
Who are the songwriters you admire?
I come from a classical background and generally feel like I came to know rock, popular, and folk music as an adult. I love all genres of music. My top favorite songwriter is Irving Berlin because I admire his songwriting craft and identify with his being Russian-American. I also love that his popular tunes have become standards and were played at a time that all genres of music were kind of blending – classical, jazz, pop….they all were influenced by each other then. Other songwriters I love are John Prine, Dolly Parton, Hank Williams, Don Gibson, Leonard Cohen, George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, Cole Porter, Carole King. I’m sure I’m missing many!
Who is your greatest inspiration and why?
My parents are my greatest inspiration. I admire their tenacity and endurance for immigrating to a new country and building a new life here when they were already in their 30s. I can’t imagine packing two suitcases, saying goodbye to family and friends possibly forever, and starting again in a new world. They have taught me to be resilient and strong, to learn as much as I can, to value myself, and to follow my dreams.
What would you like to accomplish in the next five years?
1) Write a musical about the East River and Lower East Side immigrants of the early 20th century!
2)Begin research and writing on a book about the female partners of great composers and their influence on their famous husband’s works.
3) Collaborate on an original program with a choreographer.
4) Collaborate on an original exhibit with a visual artist.
5) Place an original song in a movie or television show.
If you could dream of trying something in the arts you haven’t tried, but would like to, what would that be?
I love multi media collaboration. I have never collaborated with a visual artist on a large scale project – and visual art is the other art form I feel most drawn to. I would love to try to create an installation of original art and music that commented on the Multicultural-American experience.
What was the best gift that someone gave you that inspired or facilitated an interest in your art?
A close family friend bought me a grand piano when I was young. I was so enchanted and in love with this piano (and still am!)– it inspired me to spend long hours practicing and learning lots of new music. I also felt like just by giving it to me, the friend and also my family believed that I had something special that I should continue to pursue. And so I did!
Singer/songwriter Martina Fiserova will be performing at the Way Station at the Way Station, 683 Washington Ave between Prospect and St Marks, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn 11238 on May 26th, Monday, at 8pm. Suggested donation for all shows is 5$
Artists Without Walls presents its “Showcase at The Cell” on Tuesday, May 27, 7pm at The Cell Theatre, 338 W23rd St., NYC.
Martina Fiserova will also be appearing at The Path Cafe on May 31st, Saturday, at 9pm, 131 Christopher Street, West Village. No cover
Russian-American pianist and singer Sasha Papernik will be at Joe’s Pub on Sunday, June 1, 9pm. Sasha will be joined by Brazilian-American singer Nanny Assis, and African-American husband and wife duo Puma Sojola and Andrea Jones Sojola and will be bringing selections from their spring concert for Carnegie Hall’s popular series, Musical Explorers. Together they sing songs from three vibrant cultures of New York City. Join them for an exciting journey through different cultures coming together in music. Click here for a link to the event