Category: Music

Jacob Sacks’ No Man’s Land Release

Jacob Sacks’ No Man’s Land Release

It’s finally here. My dearest friend and colleague, Jacob Sacks has finally released his quintet cd, “No Man’s Land“. Now when I say finally, it has taken more than eleven years to release this recording. Even at the young age of 24, you can hear musical and artistic maturity beyond his years. The members of his band are incredible artists in their own right like Dan Weiss and each member contributes their own artistic sensibility to create an energetic, beautiful and engaging recording. This is also a great example of DIY. From the compositions, conceptions and production, to the cd cover design, Jacob has created
without compromise.
In a world where too many things of great artistic value are taken or given away freely (whether legal or not), with little to no compensation to the artist, I urge you to support this work and purchase it through Jacob’s website. You won’t regret it and I personally thank you for supporting great music and the arts.

Making Up With An Old Friend

Making Up With An Old Friend

Over the past year and a half, I have been studying piano with the amazing Sofia Rosoff. Sofia has rekindled the love that I had for playing the piano the way I did when I was a child. I never thought that the feeling would return.

All throughout my undergrad degree I was miserable and loathed playing the next piano class or lesson. I loved and still love music but performing on the piano was more a form of torture than joy. Today, I long for more time to practice (mostly because I’m a mom to a toddler and as you get older, life just seems to grab you by the short and curlies and yanks hard!) I am eager to try new pieces and face old ones but the best part is that I feel happy and excited when I sit at the piano. I feel inspired when I go to Sofia’s piano class every two weeks and I am always amazed that I never get nervous when I perform at class (a complete 180 from my undergrad days). Now, I do feel like a kid again when I sit down and play my Mozart, Schoenberg or Ellington. I’m just happy to be there. I’m so happy I’ve made up with my piano. I have missed it for a long, long time.

Jazz For The Family Today

Jazz For The Family Today

I am doing my first jazz gig where I can bring my son and not worry how late its going to go. I am doing a gig with my good friends Khabu (ukulele) and Mike McGinnis (bass clarinet) at Lark Cafe (1007 Church Ave, Brooklyn, NY), 4:00pm.
Lark is very child friendly with a little hang out room for the family (that’s where we’ll be playing). Toys for the kids and donuts and beer for the grown ups! This is also one of the only shows that I will exclusively sing jazz standards (something I haven’t done in years).
This is going to be fun.

Finding My Way Back

Finding My Way Back

Since last August, I have been studying with the incredible piano teacher, Sofia Rosoff. She is a remarkable woman. At 91 years old, she is sharp, wise, generous and awe inspiring. I haven’t been playing the piano seriously for more than 15 years, during which time I was working on my vocal skills. Now I feel ready to really start studying the piano and improving my skills as a pianist and musician from a hopefully better place than when I was a teenager and university student.
I like to call myself a recovering classical pianist. The constant psychological and emotional beatings I would give myself for never being good enough for the art form made me miserable. I loved to sing and enjoyed the lack of pressure I felt because I was an untrained vocalist and that I thought it wasn’t my first instrument. Now here I am, an improvising vocalist, working and living in NYC as a musician and I felt the call of the piano coming back to me. I use the piano for writing and practicing but I felt a yearning to really play the piano again.

Working with Sofia has given me new inspiration and longing to play the piano the way I’ve always wanted.

After two years of raising my beautiful little boy, I feel that now I can come back to performing with my own groups with more direction and excitement. And I hope that I will gain some new listeners along the way.

Show at Seeds in Brooklyn

Show at Seeds in Brooklyn

I am playing a show at the intimate music series Seeds in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn on Wednesday, April 25th at 8:30pm. I will be performing with a young Swiss bassist, Fabien Iannone and great ukulele/guitarist, Khabu Doug Young. Should be awesome. Hope to see some folks there. The Seeds series is located at 617 Vanderbilt Ave in Brooklyn.

A New Year And Getting Myself Back To It

A New Year And Getting Myself Back To It

Happy New Year!!

It’s now 2011 and I am astounded at how much has happened to me in the past year. Both happy and sad events have affected my life. I lost a friend and colleague very unexpectedly in a tragic cycling accident, my husband changed careers and started all over again from scratch (so proud of him) and the most life changing event for myself and Chris was having our first beautiful, baby boy!

It has been challenging becoming a mother and I have loved being one but I miss parts of my old life especially my musical life and I am trying to make my return to it. This year will be the journey to return to some creative life outside of motherhood. I hope that writing about it will help me keep focused on my goals.

Another goal for this year is to get my health back into shape. When I was pregnant, I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. I was shocked and upset but hoped that the condition would go away after my son was born. Well, ten months later, I am still pre-diabetic and now have high cholesterol from eating too much meat and cheese (Atkins you suck!) So now, I am working my way back to the healthy life I had or maybe improve it even more.

Hope you will follow along and help me on my journey to a better me.

Performing Monk Tonight

Performing Monk Tonight

This is day three for my residency at Array Music with pianist Jacob Sacks. Jacob just completed two nights of solo piano performing all Thelonious Monk tunes. We complete Monk’s repertoire tonight. The audiences have been wonderful and Toronto has been great. Anyone in Toronto, come on down to Array!

Details:

Wednesday, October 21
8:00pm

The Music of Monk
Jacob Sacks – piano
Yoon Sun Choi – voice
at
Array Music
60 Atlantic Ave
Toronto, ON

$15 adults, $10 students/seniors/artists

Dan Weiss Trio in Toronto, Canada

Dan Weiss Trio in Toronto, Canada

My friends, drummer Dan Weiss, pianist Jacob Sacks and bassist Thomas Morgan are in Toronto today doing an open master class at the University of Toronto today. If any of you have heard this trio and their compositions you should definitely take the opportunity to hear and see them. They are some of the best young musicians in New York. So you Torontonians get out there and check them out!

Details
What: music clinic
Where: Edward Johnson Building, University of Toronto
When: 3:00pm
How much: free

“Usra Minor” Just Added To Yeah Yeah Records

“Usra Minor” Just Added To Yeah Yeah Records

I am happy to welcome New York drummer Vinnie Sperrazza and alto saxophonist Matt Blostein’s newest cd Ursa Minor to the Yeah Yeah Records catalog. Vinnie is an amazing drummer who I often play with in my own projects. Matt Blostein is a horn player who plays beautiful, fluid lines and writes tasteful music. Both Vinnie and Matt contribute original compositions to this wonderful recording. Go and check it out on Yeah Yeah Records.

Shades of Jazz on Noir

Shades of Jazz on Noir

This Sunday at Barbes my voice will be on a multimedia performance that will include live improvised music, film and lighting. The film is by Ana Isabel Ordonez and the musicians will be Herb Robertson, Dave Ballou and Matt Darriau. I recorded my voice a few months ago and I have no idea what the final product is. I’ve never attended a show where I’m in the audience and I’m listening to my own voice. Should be interesting for me… If anyone is free, come on down to good ole’ Brooklyn and check it out. Flim noir is so great. Anyone ever checked out Gilda? Too cool.

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