Labyrinths, Proverb, and Easter Week on the road

Labyrinth at Stony Point Center

Labyrinth at Stony Point Center

Back in 2009, I wrote an entry on my old “Renewing Presence” blog about walking a labyrinth at a retreat center in Stony Point, NY. That walk reminded me of a Denise Levertov poem, ‘I learned that her name was Proverb,’ that I set to music in 2004 for the Rochester, NY based women’s choir, Concentus. The poem speaks of how everyone we meet, whether we recognize them or not, lead us into our own labyrinths “towards the time and the unknown place where we shall know what it is to arrive.”

Program cover from 2004 premiere of "I learned that her name was Proverb" with the Concentus Women's Chorus.

Program cover from 2004 premiere of “I learned that her name was Proverb” with the Concentus Women’s Chorus.

“Proverb” has only been performed once- in 2004- and is about to receive its second performance on April 2 by the Wheaton College Women’s Chorale. I’ll be traveling to Wheaton to work with the chorale and to play the piece with them on their concert.

Listen to a WXXI radio interview about “Proverb” and how it came to be commissioned HERE. Continue reading

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New trio video playlist from Jazz at Kitano

Happy March! I’m super ready for spring (which also coincides with my birthday), as well as for a bunch of out-of-town performances (see calendar) that will take me to Raleigh, NC; Hattiesburg, MS; New Orleans; and Chicago.

Click on the photo to hear my trio version of a Chopin nocturne at Jazz at Kitano.

Click on the photo to hear my trio version of a Chopin nocturne at Jazz at Kitano.

For those of you unable to catch a live show, I’ve just posted a new set of videos from my trio’s recent performance at NYC’s Jazz at Kitano. That playlist, which ranges from Cartola to Chopin to Cole Porter, is available HERE.

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New trio video from Jazz at Kitano

Last month was conference central, with my trio performing in Louisville at the Jazz Education Network conference, followed by showcases at the Association of Performing Arts Presenters conference in New York. We capped everything off with a great gig at Jazz at Kitano.

Click on the photo to watch my trio perform "Alvorada."

Click on the photo to watch my trio perform “Alvorada.”

Erika Kapin captured our two sets at the Kitano on video (Erika does great photography as well!). We’re currently editing, and will have new video available here (and at YouTube) by the beginning of March (NOTE: new video is now up HERE at my Kitano playlist!). And HERE is one performance video from the night: our trio version of the great Cartola samba, “Alvorada.”

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