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.
Alice Shields exciting mini-opera Komachi at Sekidera, inspired by a Noh play,
will be performed Tuesday, Dec.1, 2015 at 7:30 pm
at OPERA AMERICA, 330 Seventh Avenue, NYC (between w.28th & 29th St.),
with Martha Cluver, soprano, Sarah Carrier, alto flute & Mayuko Matsuda, koto.
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.