|Solo MazzMuse rides again tonight
at the New Brecht Forum! Thanks so much to Ras Moshe for inviting me to play on
the same bill with his duo "Music Now!" (Shayna Dulberger on Bass, Ras
Thurs., March 20, 7pm
The Brecht Forum
388 Atlantic Avenue
@ The Commons (bet. Hoyt and Bond Streets)
Also, at the end of 2013 I had the privilege of becoming a Teaching Artist
in Carnegie Hall's Musical
Connections program where I joined percussionist James Shipp's group Nos Novo.
My first assignment in working with the group was a series of trips to Sing Sing,
a Maximum Security facility in Westchester County, NY where the band worked with
some of the inmates. We ended the series of workshops with a concert for all
inmates where we performed our own pieces as well as songs written by the people
we were working with. I could write a whole blog on the experience, how fulfilling,
moving, exciting and educational it all was. Maybe someday I will. In the meantime,
one of the inmates, Kenyatta Hughes, has expressed a desire to have his music performed
outside the walls of Sing Sing. As such, one of his songs was performed by the truly
talented Jean Rohe at her most recent concert with her band. I am following suit
and plan to perform a bit of Kenyatta's music, reimagined through the MazzMuse
looking glass, tonight at my solo show. I do hope you will join me to hear it as
well as some new material I am working on.
But to continue with the Musical Connections story...
Since January, the group has been engaged through the program again. This time we've
been working with some of the residents at the Barbara Blum Residence - a non-secure
detention residence for boys, coaching them in writing their own songs. Last week
we went into a professional recording studio with them and recorded their songs,
backing them up while they sang and rapped about life, love and the Struggle.
I'm so proud to be a part of this process and am truly excited to announce that
on Tuesday March 25, we will be performing these songs with the
boys in a free concert at Galapagos Art Space in DUMBO that is open to the public.
Please come see the brilliance and experience the joy with us! It is maybe a once
in a lifetime chance for you to witness something like this and promises to be a
really good time. :)
Carnegie Hall Weill Music InstituteMusical Connections in partnership with Good Shepherd
YOUNG SONGWRITERS LAUNCH
Tue., March 25, 5pm
Galapagos Art Space, DUMBO
16 Main Street, Brooklyn
Finally, I just wanted to give you all a little update on the recording process for
the MazzMuse: The Band and Solo MazzMuse CDs.
In December, the band went into Hoboken Recorders with Vernon Reid and laid all of
the basic tracks for the Band CD. Each month since then, Vernon, Alan (from HoboReco)
and I have returned to the studio in a series of recording sessions to lay down
vocals and violins on what I think is going to be a really great album of songs
when all is said and done. I estimate we've got about another day and a half's
work to do and then it's off to be mixed and mastered. Juggling the schedules
of a busy recording studio, a traveling, freelance musician (that's me) and
a rock GOD (I think you know who I mean!) has been a real challenge, and if I'm
being honest, the process is even slower than I had originally expected it to be.
But I have to say that all of it is so, SO exciting and the music making is truly
rewarding, so I shall NOT complain!!!
The Solo CD tracks are about halfway laid and will be finished once the recording
process is finished for the band. It turns out this is a LOT of work but I am so
game for all of it. It all sounds beautiful, thanks largely to the sonic genius
of Alan Camlet, and I hope to have more news about all of it to pass on to you sooner
Please be sure to find me on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram (whichever floats your social networking boat!)
to be updated in realtime on all of this!
Thank you so much again to all of my Kickstarter supporters and to every single one
of YOU who are on this email list. By being here, your support buoys my creative
spirit and inspires me to keep doing what I am doing. I appreciate you all and I
hope to see you tonight if you can at all make it!
Yours in music,