Raindrop: Improvisações com Chopin

I’m so excited to have my first full writeup in a major Brazilian newspaper (plus, I can read the Portuguese). I’ll provide a translation soon- for now, here is a link to Luiz Orlando Carneiro’s review in Jornal do Brasil. … Continue reading

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Stepping Off the Page…and a new review of Raindrop

Over the fourth of July weekend, a great review of Raindrop: Improvisations with Chopin came in at Richard Kamins’ Step Tempest. Check it out here. Yesterday, my first installment of a new monthly column on improvisation, Stepping Off the Page, … Continue reading

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End of the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop???

**June 12 update: Yesterday morning, I visited BMI’s New York offices with one other representative from the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop. We hand-delivered our petition- with over 1000 of your signatures- at a sit down meeting with Patrick Cook and Charlie … Continue reading

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Glistening Lily: A Resurrected Choral Work

As a pianist, I’ve entered a fair share of music competitions. Some were in junior high and high school, on both piano and flute; some were college auditions. Some were professional: in 2002, I won the Great American Jazz Piano … Continue reading

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Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz from 2003: Birthday memories

My birthday is coming up on March 20. It’s a date that I share with other piano luminaries including Harold Mabern, Larry Harlow, and Marian McPartland. In 2003, I recorded a Piano Jazz episode with Marian that occurred just days before … Continue reading

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Collaborating with playwrights at New Dramatists’ Composer-Librettist Studio

Tomorrow is my final day of immersion in the world of music-theater at New Dramatists, a New York institution that offers many practical resources to emerging playwrights. 2015 marks the thirtieth year that New Dramatists has offered a Composer-Librettist Studio … Continue reading

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The Story Behind Raindrop- Part 2

Here is part two of a recent interview on Raindrop: Improvisations with Chopin with Jeff Tamarkin, associate editor of JazzTimes. To read part one, click here. JT:  The other factor here is Brazilian music. What is the relationship between Chopin and … Continue reading

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Great review of Raindrop in Rochester City Newspaper

Just in: this great review of Raindrop from Rochester City Newspaper’s Ron Netsky. See the original review here. ALBUM REVIEW: Raindrop: Improvisations with Chopin By Ron Netsky If ever there was an album that transcends genres, it’s Deanna Witkowski’s gorgeous new … Continue reading

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The Story Behind Raindrop- Part 1

Raindrop: Improvisations with Chopin has been out for almost two weeks now, and I’m starting to receive comments from listeners. One friend emailed me and said, “What a beauty! Your playing touches my heart and calms me. The first note, … Continue reading

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The New Album Raindrop is Here!

Raindrop: Improvisations with Chopin, my new solo piano album, is now officially available here, as well as at iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby! Mark your calendars for the official New York record release concert on Saturday, December 6 at 8 … Continue reading

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