Month: February 2005

Last Minute Gig

Last Minute Gig

This Monday I will be a special guest of the Sacks/Ambrosio/Sperrazza trio (piano/bass/drums). They will be playing at Charley O’s in midtown, Manhattan. We will be playing jazz standards (which I hardly ever do these days) AND, I just found out that our friend and saxophonist, Mike McGinnis will also be sitting in. It’s gonna be a fun night of music. Anyone who enjoys jazz standards should come out and hear the music being done a little differently.

Here are the details:

Sacks/Ambrosio/Sperrazza Trio
with special guest Yoon Sun Choi (Voice) and Mike McGinnis (Saxophone)
Charley O’s
713 8th Avenue (at 45th Street)
8:00pm-11:30pm

Cover: $5.00

4inObjects at the 55 Bar this Tuesday

4inObjects at the 55 Bar this Tuesday

This Tuesday, February 22, 4inObjects (the collective quintet I play in) will be performing at the 55 Bar at 7:00pm. It’s so great to play with some of the most talented young musicians in New York City (Jacob Sacks on rhodes, Dave Ambrosio on bass, Jacob Garchik on trombone and Dan Weiss on drums and yours truly singing).

If all goes well this weekend, I will have a new tune to present on Tuesday that I wrote a while back. Writing music is one of the most painstaking tasks that I do. I received a composition degree and I still have nasty flash backs of sleepless nights and total emotional freak outs trying to notate my ideas. If you can’t tell, I’m not the most prolific composer. It takes me months to start writing anything down. I usually complete the composition on the piano first and then try (sometimes unsuccessfully) to notate everything. Sometimes I compose stuff that I just don’t know how to write down. I might hear some rhythm very clearly in my head and I just can’t figure out what the hell I was doing (it comes in handy when you have good friends who are great drummers like my roomie, Vin).

I’m really looking forward to Tuesday (Feb 22, 7:00pm, if I didn’t mention it, ha!) We’re going to do some new tunes and I can’t wait to hear what the guys will do to it.

God, I love music!!!

Bad Ass Brahms!

Bad Ass Brahms!

Last night my best friend, Jacob took me to see a performance of the Brahms’ Quintet in F minor for Piano and Strings, Opus. 34 (1862). The performers were Christopher Taylor and the Ying Quartet. All I have to say is that NOTHING beats a live performance of music and Johannes Brahms is a bad ass mother f***er! It was a passionate performance by all and I was soooo into it. The second movement Andante, un poco Adagio was so moving that I just started to cry. When the quintet finished the Scherzo: Allegro, I had to bite my tongue from screaming and clasp my hands to not start clapping ferociously. If you can’t tell, I loved the performance. The way that Brahms develops melody and his use of harmony and counterpoint is amazing. As I was listening, I kept thinking “who can do that?!?” Being a composer, I just feel overwhelmed by the thought of trying to produce works that are so masterly developed and beautiful, it makes one sometime re-evalute their occupation (well, sort of..) Anyways, the F minor Quintet is such a beautiful piece and I felt so grateful that Jacob discovered it was happenning and even bought my ticket! (yup, that’s my best friend for ya, he is the BEST). The rest of the performance was really great too. After intermission the quintet performed a Webern piece and a piece from Peter Lieberson, a composer I didn’t know. Overall, I had a great night of music, although I did go out to eat after the concert and that was definitely not as good as the concert I just went to see. I believe that it’s not good karma to reveal the name of the restaurant. All I can tell you is that the vibe and the service sucked. It was a pan asian place up in the Columbia University area (that’s all I’ll say). I finally came home and finished the night with a nice bowl of Ben and Jerry’s Vanilla Heath Bar Crunch (one of my faves).
It was a wonderful night regardless of the food. When I finally went to bed a whole other event happenned but, that’s another story that I might tell another time.

The Restless Spirit Is On Its Way

The Restless Spirit Is On Its Way

I am sooooo excited! I just got a phone call the other night giving me the ok on a proposed music series that Jacob Sacks (pianist extrordinaire) and I would like to have at the 5C Cafe in the east village. This series is called The Restless Spirit Series, and on the first Friday of every month Jacob and I will perform with a different guest artist. The series will begin on April 1st and I’m excited to say that I have just confirmed our first guest which will be the creative improvising pianist, Angelica Sanchez (she will probably be playing wurlitzer).
I’m totally stoked!!! Can’t wait to play with Angie. We haven’t confirmed any other guests yet, but keep on checking in to find out more.

Indian Food, Finally!

Indian Food, Finally!

Finally there is a decent Indian restaurant in Park Slope. Kinara is located on 473 5th Ave in Brooklyn. I noticed this restaurant a couple of months ago and was surprised to see an Indian restaurant located there.

Saturday night after my gig with Jacob Sacks and Ben Monder, CY, Jacob and our friend Aga went out for dinner. We tried to go to an Italian restaurant in the East Village but it was over an hour wait and we just couldn’t wait. So we drove back to Brooklyn and Aga mentioned this Indian restaurant on 5th Ave. I was curious about it because I had seen it earlier on and I had already tried the only other two Indian restaurants in the Slope. Kinara surpasses them both, by far.

We started out with the vegetarian samosas and some pakoras. Even though I’m not really into a potato texture, I enjoyed the samosa’s flavour. The papad (I think that’s what they’re called) was spicy and I totally dug it even though my mouth was burning. I ordered the usual, chicken tikka masala. It was heavenly! What I liked was the buttery flavour and the creamy smoothness of the sauce. Also, the chicken was juicy and tender. CY had saag ponir and Jacob and Aga both had the lamb saagwala. The spinach dishes were flavourful and the texture was so creamy. The naan was huge and piping hot. The folks at Kinara were so friendly and patient with us since we showed up just when the kitchen was about to close. They even gave us complimentary mango lassies(?)

It was a pleasant surprise to come back to Brooklyn and find that the neighbourhood has such a wonderful, new, good eats joint. I’ll be back to Kinara soon. Double bonus for all us hard working, no money making artists; the lunch special is 50% off the in house menu price (whoopee!!)

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