I’m singing two short sets on the Solidarity Salon this Saturday, December 5, 7-9pm, online, of course. There will be a premiere by the wonderful Fran Trester, a little bit of Bach and some tunes that reflect the up and down emotions of the past while. I’m excited to hear the poets and my piano colleague, Debbie Beers, as well. Our March event was cancelled, but I’ve added more songs for this week’s event.

On YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCip09dA5ad49pMFfvqex_Xw

and FaceBook Live https://www.facebook.com/events/404040077299164

From Lisa DeSiro, the mind behind all this: “When we begin the Zoom meeting and go live, people on Facebook will be able to see that the event has started, and then they can watch.”  All new to me, but I have been teaching online for months so I know how to position the camera and mic…

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Water Music: 5 premiers, sung and played at the Esplanade on the longest day of the year…this is what I call new music heaven…percussion, brass and voices.  I can’t wait to hear what they all sound like out there, and I cannot imagine what the audience will experience as they wander through the Esplanade island near the Hatch Shell, among and between us performing musicians.  It’s sure to be a great event–I have done other large-scale pieces with Maria Finkelmeier, the organizer (“In C”, “Inuksuit” at the Arboretum, playing the wall of the Green Monster during a light show), and trust her implicitly.  These compositions are by Maria herself, Marti Epstein, Anthony Green, Neil Parsons and Manuel Garcia Albornoz.   7:30-9pm on Thursday, June 21, 2018, the River Charles in Boston…

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practicing-instruments

I recently attended a workshop on improvisation*, and one of the interesting topics was practicing.  Not just figuring out how to improvise over a jazz standard, although we did some of that as well.  Finding new ways into the music, ways to make it more creative and a lot more productive.  I was fascinated, because I had already been invited to offer an evening workshop at the New England Conservatory about the very subject.  I had a lot of ideas before and now I have even more. The free event, for adults of all persuasions (beginners are encouraged), is coming up soon.  Here’s the scoop:

Wednesday January 31, 8-9:30pm, Pierce Hall, New England Conservatory of Music, 241 St Botolph Street, Boston.  Free to all, no NEC affiliation necessary.  Appropriate for all styles.  Bring your questions or even a bit of a song you’d like to ask about…there will be handouts, so if you’re coming, shoot me an email so I know how many to prepare.  No one is required to sing, but there will be opportunities for the group to try exercises together.

*it was a weeklong workshop with two master performers/teachers, Rhiannon and Laurence Hobgood.  In Hawaii.  Poor me.  I did, however, suffer through Boston’s Big Chill before earning the right to get warm.   There was also an exciting false alert sent to my phone about incoming missiles.  Some people have all the fun.