Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Infanta Marina for viola and piano





















Review by Mark Greenfest for SoundWordSight.com
Voice Afire held a concert hosted by composer Ray Luedeke at
Tenri Cultural Center (13th St. near 6th Av.) in New York, Friday, May 22,
2015, at 8 pm.  The program
consisted of pieces by Mr. 
Luedeke, by Vincent Persichetti, and by Daniel Godfrey.  The performers included Milan
Milisavljvevic, viola; Laura Gilbert, flute; Jared Egan, double bass; Caroline
Stinson, cello; and, Jennifer Chu, piano. 
Robert Sutherland, chief librarian of the Metropolitan Opera, hosted a
wine tasting of Chilean wines.  The
artists in Voice Afire ranged in abilities from excellent to superb, and, when
they performed together had fine ensemble. . . . .
I caught Vincent Persichetti, Infanta Marina, for viola and
piano.  This piece is very
beautiful and has sophisticated writing by the late Julliard professor and
master composer.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Political Cabaret - Hard Right

Should I create a Hard Right Cabaret, using the unedited words of  Republican politicians ?
Check out my latest Youtube video and vote!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oo9w5WQkTYc&feature=plcp

Cabaret seems to be on the upswing here in NYC. So what is cabaret exactly? Here's a Wikopedia definition:


Cabaret is a form of entertainment featuring music, comedy, song, dance, recitation or drama. It is mainly distinguished by the performance venue (also called a cabaret), such as in a restaurant, pub or nightclub with a stage for performances. The audience usually sits at tables, often dining or drinking. Performances are usually introduced by a master of ceremonies or emcee (MC). The entertainment is often (but not always) oriented towards adult audiences.
Cabaret also sometimes refers to a Mediterranean-style brothel – a bar with tables and women who mingle with and entertain the clientele. Traditionally these establishments can also feature some form of stage entertainment, often singers and dancers or burlesque entertainers.

I will add to this that the Cabaret that existed in Berlin in the 1920's was quite political.

Vote - it's your right

Saturday, November 3, 2012

A Paranormal Miracle


Rescheduled "PARANORMAL ACTIVITIES" Monday, November 5 at 8 PM
Christ and Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church
120 West 69th Street
Between Broadway & Columbus Avenues

It appeared that Hurricane Sandy had assassinated my new Satyrical Suite for Chamber Orchestra,
Hard Right. With movements titled Hymn to Hypocrisy, Waltzing Mitt-ilda, Trickle down Tango and Tea Party Trot, was the cancellation of Monday's Premiere at the DiMenna Centre due to bad Republican Karma?


But now, Paranormal Activities, the Halloween concert of The Pit Stop Players, has - rather appropriately - risen from the dead. Thanks to Josh Rosenblum. You are all invited.

Addendum: add to my previous blog concerning New York Cabaret spots
The Cornelia Street Cafe  http://www.corneliastreetcafe.com/
and
54 Below http://54below.com/

Hope to see you at the show!






Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Hard Right at New York's DiMenna Center

Is it possible to be inspired by evil? Of course it is? Would Shostakovich have been Shostakovich without Stalin? Would Benjamin Britten have written his War Requiem without war? Would Tchikovsky have written Swan Lake without an evil sorcerer? And now it's my turn for inspiration from the dark side., i. e. the U.S. Republican Party.

Hard Right, my satyrical suite for chamber orchestra, was written in record time (for me). It will be premiered by Joshua Rosenblum and the Pit Stop Players, a wonderful collection of musicians from Broadway's pit orchestras, at The DiMenna Center in NYC on this Monday, Oct. 29 at 7:30
http://rosenblummusic.com/pitstop.html

This is a Halloween Concert, and the scariest thing I could think of was the Republican Party.

The movements are:

  1. Circus March (Stump speech)
  2. Hymn to Hypocrisy
  3. Waltzing Mitt-ilda
  4. Trickle Down Tango
  5. Tea party Trot and Gallop
This suite may form the nucleus of a political cabaret, also to be called Hard Right, or, if the Republicans win, The Resistance. I figure the satire that the Republicans spout can be used verbatim as my text.
Last week's Time Out New York had a great article on the Renaissance of Cabaret in NYC. Here are some of the venues they mention:
  • Joe's Pub
  • Birdland
  • Ars Nova
  • Le Poisson Rouge
  • Therapy
  • XL
  • Flute
  • Cutting Room
  • Beechman
  • The Met Room
  • Don't Tell Mama
  • Triad
As well, last week there was a Cabaret Convention at the Rose Theater.

Comments are welcome, even from Republicans.


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Distinguished Concerts International New York

So you want to debut in New York City? No problem. Just hand over $8-10,000 and Distinguished Concerts International http://www.dciny.org/Turkeywill arrange a concert at Carnegie Hall's Weill Hall. They will provide publicity - to a degree - and find an audience for you - to a degree.

That's the way it is in NYC. For a price, you can do anything, even arrange a "vanity" concert.
Don't count on that audience to be buying tickets though (yes, DCINY lets you keep ticket revenue).
There are various organizations here that will paper your house. Try Audience Extras, for example
http://www.audienceextras.com/pub/index.cfm?r=-530757921 And don't count on a revue either - the critics at the NY Times have a multitude of other performances to choose from.

Some years ago, I put in my time on a symphony orchestra negotiating team. Symphony musicians mostly see themselves as charity cases - to a degree. Board members never tire of telling them this. So orchestra musicians are inclined to give in to cries of penury. Problem is - it's a race to the bottom. 

And where is the bottom? It has been reached here in New York by DCINY. They don't pay you to play - you pay them. It happens all over this city. Witness the numerous small opera companies supposedly coaching up and coming singers. In reality, the singers are paying to sing and are themselves supporting the opera company.

For a composer like myself, this is not necessarily a bad thing. Not having a lot of $$$, I nevertheless can hope to hire performers. But for the performer, it is hell itself. Dante's Inferno for musicians. 
Is that what the DI in DCINY stands for?

Comments?