Project/Object Feat. Frank Zappa Alumni Ike Willis & Don Preston To Tour US
Project/Object is the longest continually touring alumni-based Zappa tribute band in the world. For over twenty years they have toured with more Zappa alumni than anyone other than Zappa himself. Their legendary tours of the USA, Canada, & Europe have paved the way for a rich variety of other excellent, contemporary Zappa tributes.
Project/Object is the band that brought most of the currently touring Zappa band alumni out of retirement and onto the road. Musicians from the first Mothers Of Invention album thru the last Zappa tour in 1988 have performed with Project/Object. The band is back in action in the fall of 2016 with a tour that reunites old friends Ike Willis & Don Preston. The setlist features material that each of them recorded with Frank, as well as Zappa classics from every era.
Ike Willis, voice of Joe’s Garage and Thingfish, handled lead vocals and rhythm guitar for virtually every Zappa Band tour and album from 1978 thru the final FZ tour of 1988. Ike's booming baritone is perhaps the most requested presence by Zappa fans worldwide.
Don Preston, a key member of the early Mothers Of Invention, joining for the classic second album Absolutely Free, and onto the legendary We’re Only In It For the Money thru Roxy & Elsewhere in 1974. Don is also well known as a synthesizer and jazz pioneer, playing with Nat “King” Cole and Herbie Mann. Don has also done many soundtracks including Apocalypse Now.
Project/Object - The Music Of Frank Zappa with Ike Willis & Don Preston Sept/Oct 2016
29 THU BALTIMORE MD THE 8x10
30 FRI WILKES BARRE PA JAZZ CAFE
01 SAT TEANECK NJ MEXICALI
02 SUN HARTFORD CT ARCH ST. TAVERN
04 TUE NORTHAMPTON MA IRON HORSE
06 THU QUEBEC CITY QC VENUE SALLE SYLVAIN LELIEVRE
Robert von Bernewitz – Does the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet have any new projects in the pipeline?
William Kanengeiser – Yes, one we’re really excited about right now. LAGQ is about to do the world premiere of a major new piece written for us by Pat Metheny. It’s called “Road to the Sun”, and it’s quite unprecedented in its scope and style. We met Pat in 2013 at a guitar festival in Montana. The last thing we expected one of our “guitar heroes” to say was "I'd like to write something for you guys". It took a while for him to carve out the time in his crazy touring schedule, but he finished it at the end of 2015. He told us that he was planning to write a fairly short piece,maybe 10 or 12 minutes. But when he started writing it, he said “it just poured out of me”. It ended up being a 25-minute, 6-movement suite, with almost symphonic proportions. It's such an honor to have a living legend write something just for us; even the parts are named “Bill”, “John”, “Matt” and “Scott”, not just Guitar 1,2,3,&4. It has some pretty serious extended harmonies and moody textures, but also some of his “Patented” Metheny grooves and melodies. When he was in LA recently we had the chance to work together, to show him what we were doing with it and get his advice on it. So cool for us! We’re premiering it at the University of Denver on October 20th, and then again at the Lobero Theater in Santa Barbara on October 28th, and then at the 92nd Street Y in New York City on November 5. He's going to be in the audience in Denver and New York, and we’ll do a pre-concert lecture with him.
It's GetTogether #4. A party with presentations! We'll cross bridges (poetically speaking). We'll drink, talk, look, celebrate, and listen to sound and all kinds of artists who will share their works with us.
We'll hear about percussion on the Eiffel Tower, an I-Ching inspired method to produce amazing forms and textures, an innovative approach to climate change policy, and jamming with nightingales.
It's happening on Wednesday, October 5, at WhiteBox in New York, 329 Broome Street.
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Alice Shields is a New York based composer and pioneer in electronic music. She has three degrees in music at Columbia University: Doctor of Musical Arts in music composition (1975), Master of Arts in music composition (1967), and Bachelor of Science in music (1965), and was an Associate Director at Columbia-Princeton Electronic music center. Shields is also a trained opera singer and specializes in composing operas and modern music.
June 4, 2016 at 7:30pm: the world premiere of Alice Shields' Quartet for Piano and Percussion (2016),
presented by The American Composers Alliance and Iktus Percussion,
at the Firehouse Space, 246 Frost Street, Brooklyn (take the L train to Graham Avenue).
June 14th, 2016 at 12:30pm: concert presentation of The Mud Oratorio, a 51-minute computer piece for dance theater, with music and libretto by Alice Shields, presented by the 2016 New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival at The Playhouse of the Abrons Art Center, 466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street), on Manhattan's Lower East Side.
The Mud Oratorio was originally commissioned by Dance Alloy of Pittsburgh and Frostburg State University in Maryland. I created the work around two Nature Conservancy swamps in Frostburg Maryland whose flora and fauna survived the ice age. My voice narrates, with bird and animal imitations by a local biologist, and sounds constructed by digital sampling and software synthesis. The choreographer in the 2003 premiere at Frostbug State University was Mark Taylor; the lighting designer was Barbara Thompson; the libretto is based on the book Stirring the Mud by Barbara Hurd. You can hear an excerpt of The Mud Oratorio on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2siY21UPbE
The New Stew is a band of talented musicians from all walks of life who are banding together to pay tribute to a specific historic musical event "Bill Withers at Carnegie Hall". This classic 1972 concert will be re-lived with a series of shows by The New Stew. The group consists of: Corey Glover (Living Colour, Galactic) on vocals, Roosevelt Collier (The Lee Boys) on Lap Steel/ Pedal Steel, Yonrico Scott (Derek Trucks Band, Royal Southern Brotherhood) on percussion, Dave Yoke (Susan Tedeschi Band, Dr. John, Scrapomatic) on guitar, Jared Stone (Stone’s Stew) on drums, and Matt Slocum (Oteil and the Peacemakers, Col. Bruce Hampton & Aquarium Rescue Unit, The Lee Boys) on piano. I corresponded with drummer Jared Stone about the project.
R.V.B. - Congratulations on your upcoming tour showcasing Bill Withers Live at Carnegie Hall. You have a rather large group of talented musicians... what went into the process of gathering everyone involved for this?
J.S. - Thank you. Yes this was a fairly lengthy process. I started kicking around the idea back in late Summer of last year (2015) with a few fellow musicians, Roosevelt being the first. We then started collaborating with different people on the idea. I think it was Rico next. He and I have long lasting ties. He was my best man in my wedding and many other things to me. The group went through a metamorphosis of 2-3 stages with different people in, then out, then in again until we settled on this final group just before Christmas… It was pretty crazy for a minute dealing with everyone’s individual schedule’s. Then the agents get involved, usually that messes everything up! We came out strong though!
R.V.B - How did you guys decided to pay this tribute to Bill?
J.S. - That was a personal decision of mine. I have always been a fan, always. But really I hit a low point back in 1999 or so and this record was given to me along with a Sly and the Family Stone record by Derek Trucks. For some reason it really stuck with me and had become something I felt I needed to honor. When I brought this to the table, not one of the band members balked. Everyone was on board from the jump. It’s a great, great record. One word of advice: Don’t piece meal it when listening to it. Listen to it from beginning to end in one sitting. You might cry!
R.V.B. - I gather showcasing the Carnegie show will allow a lot of space for artists to solo and add their own voice into the program?
J.S. - I think so, we are missing a few pieces of the recording such as the string section, but I think that is where Roosevelt and his instrument will really come into play. We will stay as true to the recording as possible while adding each member’s individual voice. I’m excited to see what happens on the stage. That’s the glory of it all. You just don’t know!
R.V.B. - Can you tell me a little bit about your own musical history as a drummer.
J.S. - Well I first started playing the drum set in a single wide trailer and with my father in a band called Island Breeze. My folks owned a campground on the Chesapeake Bay. My father and I, along with a few of the regular campers would get to together on Saturday nights in the pavilion and play old Country and Western songs. Hank, Merle (God bless his soul),Willie, Conway Twitty, you know the usual suspects. I then started playing in different garage bands around town until I landed a gig in the house band at Donk’s Theater in Mathews Va. We got to back up some great Nashville artists at the time like Cissie Lynne (Loretta’s daughter) Joe Diffie and Doug Stone. After that I quit playing for a bit while serving in the Marine Corps then jumped back in the hot seat when I went to college to work on my jazz performance degree. Since then I have played in and out of Jazz, Folk and Rock bands with a variety of musicians. My own band Stone’s Stew recorded several albums that never really did anything. It was Jazz after all!
R.V.B. - You all come from diverse backgrounds... from Americana to heavy rock... was it easy to channel this into the music of the soul feel of Bill's music?
J.S. - I believe diversity is the key to a great band. In this case we all learn something new from each other and we all learn how to respect each others unique make up. All of us have a different story to tell in the same language. It certainly is not easy, nothing worth any value comes easy..
R.V.B. - What are some of the concerts and festivals that you were involved in producing?
J.S. - I have worked with many different artists and events. A short list would be the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Martina McBride, Ladysmith Black Mambazzo, The Lockn’ Festival, Field of Dreams Fest., Gov’t Mule, its too long to continue…….
R.V.B. - What kind of merchandise did you help minors purchase driving around? Toys, sporting equipment, clothes, science projects???
J.S. - It’s funny you picked up on that… Not too long after I got out of the Marine’s I was on the road with Derek Trucks. He was a teenager at the time. My pay was based on a percentage of the group’s merchandise sales. Cd’s, shirts, hat’s etc. Those were some great, great days…….
R.V.B. - Are you guys planning to do more projects in the future or one step at a time?
J.S. - One step at a time really. I suppose if a promoter wants to have this specific group then we can do this again. And perhaps a Fall run in the mid-west / west coast might happen. But at its core this project is most meaningful because of its limited nature. The original idea is for The New Stew to continue as an ever evolving group of musicians that come together periodically to perform great recordings. Who knows what is next. Something will be……….I promise.
Interview conducted by Robert von Bernewitz
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Remember the days of Alan Freed, The Brooklyn Fox,The Paramount Theatre, all those great doo-wop shows? So many groups, so many memories. LAR Enterprises takes you back to that time again. Over 35 groups in this two day extraordinary event, where the artists sign autographs, take pictures, tell stories and so much more. No place else will you find a doo-wop event that makes you—the customer—part of the event. So come join us on April 1st and 2nd, 2017 at the beautifully renovated Hauppauge High School Auditorium. This is the one event you won’t want to miss and promises to give you memories to last a lifetime.
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Cygnus, Bridge Records and Marsyas Productions present
Cygnus in Five World Premieres January 16, 2015 at SubCulture, 7pm, Cygnus hosts an evening of premieres, much of the event centered around the brothers David and Michael Starobin. The concert features the much anticipated premiere of West of the Moon, by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Yehudi Wyner, a sextet composed for and dedicated to David Starobin William Anderson and Cygnus, and here conducted by David Starobin. Other premieres will be David Starobin’s song cycle, From Tchaikovsky’s Letters (2014), for baritone & guitar, based on letters that Tchaikovsky wrote to family members, performed by baritone Thomas Meglioranza and guitarist William Anderson; and the premiere of Michael Starobin’s Blurred — three theatrical songs by William Finn, Tom Kitt, and Stephen Sondheim, arranged by Michael Starobin for the ensemble Vox n Plux. To complete the gala program, two more premieres will be performed: Paul Lansky’s Talking Guitars (2014), a piece dedicated to David and Becky Starobin, and performed by two of David Starobin's students at Curtis Institute, guitarists Jiyeon Kim and Hao Yang; and William Anderson’s Eight Rhythms of Djuna Barnes, for Vox n Plux and guitar orchestra.
The twenty-first century has brought with it new levels of virtuosity in a number of instrumental and vocal categories. No where is it more apparent than with plucked instruments, which have witnessed an explosive growth during the past 30 years. Cygnus's program will showcase both the virtuosic and expressive expansion of the guitar, its players and its composers.
Featuring David Starobin, Conductor Thomas Meglioranza, baritone
Cygnus Ensemble Barry Crawford, flute; James Austin Smith, oboe/E. hn; Anna Lim, violin; Susannah Chapman, cello; William Anderson, guitar, mandolin, theorbo; Oren Fader, guitar; Elizabeth Farnum, soprano; with the Cygnus guitarists Oren Fader & William Anderson
Sheer Pluck Guitar Orchestra John Olson, Jason Sagebiel, Daniel Conant, Liz Hogg, Valentina Savu, Zeke Bardash, Christopher Rispoli, Evan Cordes
Program Michael Starobin: Blurred (2014) Arrangements of Stephen Sondheim, William Finn and Tom Kitt. A Cycle of Theater Songs 1. Losing My Mind 2. Psychopharmacology 3. When The Earth Stopped Turning
Vox n Plux Elizabeth Farnum, soprano; William Anderson & Oren Fader, guitars
Paul Lansky: Talking Guitars (2014) A conversation for two guitars 1. Repeat After Me 2. Let's Talk 3. Fast Talk
William Anderson Eight Rhythms, Six Songs Settings of Djuna Barnes 1. Seen From the "L" / Rite of Spring 2. She Passed This Way 3. Crystals 4. The Child Would Be Older 5. Paradise / When the Kissing Flesh Is Gone 6. Pastoral
Vox n Plux, with Sheer Pluck Guitar Orchestra
From Tchaikovsky's Letters David Starobin 1. In Paris 2. My Opera 3. Three Hundred Rubles 4. The Villa Richelieu 5. The Weather 6. My Future 7. Waves
William Anderson & Thomas Meglioranza Yehudi Wyner West of the Moon
Peppino D'Agostino is an Italian born acoustic guitar virtuoso who immigrated to the United States in 1984. He is currently on tour and has two New York appearances next week before he embarks on a European tour. Peppino is supporting his new album, "Penumbra" in which he states, "The title means the gray area of a shadow. Most of humanity lives in that gray area. We are not evil, and we are not strange, and we are trying to do the best we can." The album contains compositions that are technically complex and difficult to play. D'Agostino composed approximately half the songs on the album. Guitar greats such as: Sergio Assad, Maurizio Colonna and Roland Dyens composed other songs especially for him. He is well - rehearsed and ready to share. Peppino was voted best acoustic guitar player in 2007 by the readers of Guitar Player magazine. From his first gig in the San Giuseppe (his real name) Theater in Italy to his current tour, Peppino has performed in over twenty-six countries. Peppino says his style is, "A mixture of genres. I have listened to all different styles: from Brazilian, to country, to ragtime, to blues, to jazz, to bluegrass and classical. I think that when I write, all these different influences come across." "Penumbra" has passed the first round of the Grammy nomination process and Peppino is very happy about it. On November 6th, Peppino will be at The Turning Point in Piermont, New York and Saturday night November 7th he will be at The Rockwood Music Hall in Manhattan. Come on out and enjoy this world class guitarist - you won't be disappointed.