The Falcon Presents The Chris O’Leary Band

MARLBORO – Friday, Apr. 7 at 7:00 p.m. at The Falcon will have the Chris O’Leary Band perform.

Featuring:
Chris O’Leary/Lead Singer/Harp, Chris Vitarello/Guitar, Matt Raymond/Bass, Andy Stahl/Tenor Sax, Chris DiFrancesco/Baritone Sax and Jason Devlin/Drums.

The Chris O’Leary Band’s music is rooted in the blues and steeped in the tradition of Memphis, Chicago and New Orleans with shades of New Orleans, rockabilly and big, high-energy sound. Levon Helm can be heard in Chris’s early sessions, and sitting in with regular gigs. Soon, Levon asked Chris to join the house band at his new club in New Orleans. Chris’s band relocated and became the focal point of Levon Helm’s Barn Burners, backing up touring stars and opening for New Orleans’ finest players.

Their CD” Gonna Die Tryin” is first-rate musi-cian-ship through-out, and O’Leary’s band is a group on the rise. The material truly shines. Awards include Blues Blast Best New Artist Debut winner and BMA nominee.

For more information visit, http://thechrisolearyband.net/

Dinner & Drinks from 5:30 Opening Acts at 7:00 Main Acts at 8:00
Start times are subject to change. Donations Encouraged! Table reservations for dining only.
Call 845 236 7970 or go to liveatthefalcon.com and click “RESERVE YOUR TABLE”

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Live At The Falcon: Mike Keneally & Beer For Dolphins

MARLBORO – On Wednesday, Apr. 5 at 8 p.m. Mike Keneally and Beer For Dolphins will perform at The Falcon. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

“…this band, with such a peculiar genius leading it, is a thing to savor.” – Time Out New York
“Keneally is the leading progressive rock genius of the post-Zappa era.” – All Music Guide

Long acclaimed as one of the world’s most creative and intense guitar and keyboard players, Mike Keneally’s talents as a vocalist, songwriter, arranger, producer and multi-instrumentalist are nearly unequalled in rock music.

Keneally played in Frank Zappa’s last touring band, performing as a vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist. He’s appeared on many Zappa albums, is currently a touring member of both Dethklok and the Joe Satriani Band. He has recorded or performed with Robert Fripp, Wayne Kramer, Kevin Gilbert, Solomon Burke, Steve Vai, Chickenfoot, Bear McCreary, Henry Kaiser, Michael Manring, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Andy Prieboy, Mullmuzzler, The Persuasions and many others.

Known for his innovative, unpredictable live shows, Keneally has played extensively in the United States and Europe, in contexts ranging from solo and duo concerts to performances with large-scale orchestras. His 52-minute orchestra-with-guitar suite The Universe Will Provide received its world premiere in 2003 by Keneally performing with Holland’s Metropole Orkest; the US premiere of Universe occurred at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles in 2011.

2012’s release was Wing Beat Fantastic: Songs Written by Mike Keneally & Andy Partridge, a collection of material written with ex-XTC leader Andy Partridge; the album was widely acclaimed, ranked highly on several critics’ “Best of 2012” lists, and spawned the early 2013 release Wing Beat Elastic: Remixes, Demos & Unheard Music.

Keneally’s album is “You Must Be This Tall”, featuring Mike playing all instruments on several pieces, as well as performances from Marco Minnemann, Bryan Beller and Andy Partridge.

“…this band, with such a peculiar genius leading it, is a thing to savor.” – Time Out New York

For more information http://www.keneally.com/promo/bio/

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Pros & Icons

Pros & Icons aim for “Iconic”

Produced by: Meghan Hartnett

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Formed in 2014, Pros & Icons is a locally made band based in New York City. The band considers themselves Pop/Rock but generally doesn’t like to label the sounds of their music. They write about heartbreak, success, failure, and the nostalgia of youth. Joseph Matando, a graduate of Mount Saint Mary College, is the lead singer. Lenny Morales and Nick Vaude are on guitar. Tyler O’Leary is on bass. And Nick Cardona is the drummer.

Since first taking the stage at Mount Saint Mary College in 2014, the group has played with big name musicians such as Meghan Trainor, Rita Ora, Jessie J, Shawn Mendes, Charlie XCX, Aaron Carter and many more. They’re local fame seemed to sky rocket after playing at the 2014 Jingle Ball as Z100’s Hometown Heroes!

With the success of the Jingle Ball, Pros & Icons continued to garner recognition with their covers and music videos on Facebook and Youtube. As of today (December 2016), Pros & Icons have managed a subscription base of 5,005 and over 750,000 views. Their first EP track IConography, released in 2014, can be listened to on their Youtube channel or on their Spotify Channel or bought on itunes!

They are currently working on their second album and are eager to release it! In the meantime, they have no upcoming shows, but have been busy on social media and continue to release cover songs on youtube!

You can find Pros & Icons at any of the Social Media links below:

Website – http://www.prosandiconsmusic.com/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/prosandicons

Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/user/ProsandiCons

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/prosandicons/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/ProsandiCons

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THE BARDAVON PRESENTS HIP HOP THEATER: WITH BABA ISRAEL & YAKO 440

One Performance Only on Thursday, May 19 at 7pm at the Bardavon

 

(Poughkeepsie, NY) – The Bardavon is pleased to present for the eleventh straight year of Hip Hop Theater with legendary hip-hop veterans:Baba Israel and Yako 440 on Thursday, May 19 at 7pm. The theme of this performance is UNITY and is the culmination of a two-week arts residency program with Poughkeepsie’s Columbus Middle School, led by Baba Israel and Yako 440 – an accomplished pair of actor/rapper/playwright/cultural activist teaching artists.

 

During the workshops that precede the show, the middle school students will explore emotions that will allow them to create characters and develop stories. Their characters come alive for the show with the help of the professional actors, musicians, and DJs in a galvanizing rhythm-filled evening. Funding is provided by TDBank Foundation, Millman, Harris Romano Foundation, and the Poughkeepsie City School District.

Baba Israel was raised in New York by parents who were core members of the Living Theatre. He developed as a young artist exploring spoken word, Hip Hop, and experimental performance. He lived and worked in Australia working on major community theatre projects, Hip Hop festivals and co-founded the group Meta Bass ‘n Breath . He has toured as an emcee, beat-boxer, and theatre artist across North and South America, Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia.

Yako 440 is a multi-instrumentalist, beat-boxer, producer, graffiti artist, and burgeoning video maker.

 

Tickets for Hip Hop Theater: UNITY with Baba Israel and Yako 440 and students from Poughkeepsie’s Columbus Middle School on Thursday, May 19 at 7pm are just $6.  Purchase tickets at the Bardavon Box Office (35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, 845.473.2072) or through TicketMaster 800.745.3000 or www.ticketmaster.com.

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BRIDGE STREET THEATRE PRESENTS ERIC MICHAEL GILLETT IN “MAN ABOUT TOWN”

Bridge Street Theatre presents  Eric Michael Gillett in MAN ABOUT TOWN: THE WIT AND WISDOM OF NOEL COWARD
with Musical Director Erich Rausch,
Part of Tom Andersen’s WORDS & MUSIC: THE SONGBOOK SERIES. The show will take place on Friday, April 1, 2016 at 8:00PM at the Bridge Street Theatre “Speakeasy” (44 West Bridge Street, Catskill).

“Words & Music: The Songbook Series”, a four-program line-up of stellar cabaret entertainment curated by Tom Andersen, kicks off in Catskill on April 1 with five-time MAC Award winner Eric Michael Gillet in “Man About Town: The Wit and Wisdom of Noel Coward”. This stylish and sophisticated evening will be presented at 8:00pm in Bridge Street Theatre’s intimate “Speakeasy”, located at 44 West Bridge Street in the Village of Catskill.

“Our audience absolutely swooned over Eric Michael’s ‘Careless Rhapsody: The Lyrics of Lorenz Hart’ last season,” says Bridge Street Theatre Associate Director Steven Patterson. “The man’s a monster talent. And Coward is, of course, one of those songwriters who can make you howl with laughter with one tune and totally break your heart with the next. Combine the two and you’ve got a match made in cabaret heaven.”

Eric Michael Gillet

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ERIC MICHAEL GILLETT is the proud recipient of five Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs Awards, including the 2012 MAC Award for Outstanding Major Artist (Male), two separate awards for outstanding direction, the 1995 Male Vocalist Award and in 2014, Outstanding Special Production for his revue, “The Amanda McBroom Project”.  He has been seen on Broadway in the original casts of “Kiss Me, Kate” (1999 revival), “Sweet Smell of Success”, and “The Frogs”.  He is honored to have made his New York City Ballet debut as ‘Father’ in the production of Brecht/Weill’s “Seven Deadly Sins” starring Patti Lupone and Wendy Whelan. Eric Michael conceived and directed “Dance On”, the 2010/2011 edition of New York’s beloved Big Apple Circus.  Lincoln Center audiences have also seen him in the New York City Opera productions of “Cinderella” and “Candide”.  Off- Broadway: ‘Papa’ Denny Doherty in “Dream a Little Dream” at the Village Theatre, Richard in the York Theater’s workshop of the new musical “The Tutor”, as well as “Silent Laughter” (Lambs), “Good Companions” (York), “Of Thee I Sing” (Encores),”Frankenstein” (37 Arts), “Roller Derby” (Alvin Ailey), “December Fools” (Abingdon), “Time and Again” (Manhattan Theatre Club), and the Carnegie Hall staging of “Show Boat”.  Film and television credits include “Maid in Manhattan”, “The Judge”, “The Producers”, “Good God”, multiple “Law & Order” episodes, and “Ed”. For twelve years, Eric Michael appeared as the Ringmaster of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Visit Eric Michael Gillett at www.ericmichaelgillett.com.

Tickets:
General Admission $20, $10 for patrons age 21 and under
Tickets available for pre-purchase at BrownPaperTickets.com or by calling 1-800-838-3006
Tickets can also be purchased at the door one half hour prior to the performance on a space available basis.
A four evening “Words & Music” Series Subscription is also available for only $60 from BrownPaperTickets.com or by calling 1-800-838-3006.

 A discounted Series Subscription for the entire “Words & Music” line-up, which includes appearances by Grammy Award-winning songwriter Julie Gold, Mark Nadler singing Cole Porter, and the duo of Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano, can also be purchased from BrownPaperTickets.com at $60 for all four evenings – like getting one show absolutely free! For more information, visit BridgeSt.org or call 518-943-3818.

BRIDGE STREET THEATRE. Bridge Street Theatre, Inc. is a non-profit corporation which purchased an old factory building at 44 West Bridge Street in Catskill, NY in late 2013. We are now in the final stages of converting the building into a fully-functioning year­-round arts complex which will house our own theatre productions, will be available to other theatres and performing arts groups, and, because of its location adjacent to Catskill High School, will be able to provide theatrical opportunities for high school and middle school students. We recently received a grant from New York State’s Homes and Community Renewal to convert our black-box “Raw Space” into an 84-seat proscenium theatre. We’ve also transformed the lobby of the theatre into our “Speakeasy” where we’ve already presented over 40 events — theatre, music, magic and more – and turned our “Big Room” into an exhibition space where we’ve showcased a monumental balloon sculpture called “AVIARY (reimagined)” and an exhibit of large scale sculptures by local artists called “Big Works in the Big Room”. For more information on who we are, what we’ve done, and what we have planned, please visit our website at BridgeSt.org.

Further Information:
To contact Bridge Street Theatre directly for features and interviews or to reserve press tickets, email contact@bridgest.org or call their offices at 518-943-3894. For more information on Bridge Street Theatre visit BridgeSt.org.

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LEVON HELM STUDIOS PRESENTS STEVE KIMOCK MARCH 25

Kimock’s ability to articulate tone, melody and emotion into music combined with technical brilliance has earned Kimock the title “Guitar Monk” ( Relix Magazine) for his commitment to guitar, and his ability to make it speak with its own original voice.

His variegated brand of guitar, alternately subdued and vibrant, defies easy categorization. At times prog rock/jazz-inflected and at others gypsy-straightaway, his crystal clear tone has been captivating audiences for more than thirty years.

Kimock co-founded the Jazz/Rock fusion band Zero in the 80’s, KVHW in the 90’s and now tours under his own name. He is widely embraced by fans as one who carries the free-form torch of improvisation, through an extensive catalog of original material in his own bands, as well as through live performances with so many esteemed musicians. Kimock has performed alongside the likes of Bruce Hornsby (and can be heard on two of Hornsby’s releases), John Cipollina Jerry Garcia and all members of the Grateful Dead, as well as Peter Frampton, Bonnie Raitt, The Allman Brothers, Buddy Miles, Buddy Cage, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Bobby Vega, Martin Fierro , Joe Satriani, Baaba Maal, Angelique Kidjo, Elvin Bishop, George Porter Jr., Steve Winwood, Derek Trucks, Ivan Neville, Grace Slick, Papa John Creach, Norton Buffalo, Amos Garrett, Warren Haynes, Hadi Al Sadoon, Stephen Perkins, Nicky Hopkins, Freddie Roulette, and many more.

A relentless innovator as well as player, Kimock’s focus leads to guitar & amp craftsmanship. Over the past few years, he collaborated on a series of highly collected custom Two-Rock “Kimock Amplifiers” as well as a coveted ergonomic Scott Walker brand guitar – built in stereo.

His passion and devotion to performing live improvisation is matchless, and his unparalleled ability to embrace and capture a theater musically is the stuff of legends.

“Unconventional. Experimental. It’s sort of the Steve Kimock way.” – CNN, 2009

   

Gates 6:30pm 
Doors 7:30pm 
Show starts at 8pm

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PLEASANTVILLE MUSIC FESTIVAL – SATURDAY JULY 9

PleasantvilleMusicFestival2008.313 joniSaturday, July 9 Parkway Field in Pleasantville is going be rocking. Thousands of friends, families and lovers of live, world-class rock, setting out their chairs, blankets and tents, going up to the stage and dancing.

Rock, blues, and roots. Singer/songwriters and slide guitarists. Bands that have dominated the airwaves and bands that are just breaking in. All brought to one place by dedicated Pleasantville music fans and our expert friends at 107.1 the Peak. That’s what you get every year at the Pleasantville Music Festival.

Food and drink, a beer & wine garden for the adults, fun activities to keep the kids happy, and a zero-waste program to keep the Earth happy. Plus stuff to buy, charities to learn about, and a warm, positive backyard vibe.

All combined with world-class headliners, breakout stars and local artists you need to know, hand-picked and brought to the stages by dedicated music fans.

Not to mention the dedication of hundreds of volunteers and our long-standing Exclusive Broadcast Sponsor, 107.1 the Peak.

It’s New York’s Backyard Jam. Music submissions are now open. For more information, contact music@pleasantvillemusicfestival.com

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FORMER BASS PLAYER FOR BAND INXS BEING SUED

A former rock bass player is embroiled a legal battle over dogs. 

According to Court documents, Gary Beers, formerly of the band INXS sued his Studio City CA neighbor this past January. The issue allegedly stemmed from a dog-walking incident late last year in which Beers claims that the neighbor attacked him after his dog accidentally got loose.

The neighbor apparently views the incident differently, as Beers is being counter-sued claiming that Beers unleashed his dogs on her husband.

Both sides claim their respective dogs are gentle and well-behaved.

RPM on HVNN will have updates on this case as information is made available.

 

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PREMATURE BURIAL TO PERFORM AT BEACON YOGA ON THURSDAY, APRIL 14

Orthogonal Hustle Industries Unlimited, a new music series curated by Beacon multimedia artist James Keepnews, premieres with the ecstatic, amplified “doom jazz” improv of Premature Burial. Premature Burial features Peter Evans on piccolo trumpet, Matt Nelson on saxophone and effects and Dan Peck on tuba and effects.

The trio is distinctively accomplished, possessing one of the most inclusive resumes of any contemporary ensemble performing today, ranging from past work with Anthony Braxton to the innovative pop group tUnE-yArDs, from John Zorn to the Broadway musical Chicago, among countless others.

“(Premature Burial)’s combo of harsh noise gunk, metallic heft and aut-jazz skronk is carefully considered, at times even lyrical. It’s heavy and propulsive without a single drum in sight, brutal and imposing without having to spell it out for you. It’s also dynamic and varied in a way that much of this stuff is not.”

— Dustin Krcatovich, The Quietus

For their 2015 debut release The Conjuring, their record label wrote:

“New Atlantis Records is thrilled to present The Conjuring, the debut LP from Premature Burial. The unit takes it’s name from an Edgar Allen Poe story in which the narrator suffers from episodes of catalepsy and fears being buried alive. The reader is taken through various stages of paranoia, forced to imagine being trapped inside a coffin, paralyzed and unable to communicate their mortal predicament to the world of the living.

The title of the album is an homage to director James Wan’s 2013 film, The Conjuring, in which a family moves into a haunted house and is terrorized by an evil force that eventually takes possession of the mother. The private claustrophobia of coffin-death is traded for the collectivized fear of living in a cursed space, as feelings of helplessness and loathing are projected both outward and in.

It’s with this shared imagery that we arrive at the sound world of Premature Burial. Comprised of Peter Evans, Matt Nelson, and Dan Peck, all three members use varying degrees of amplification; Evans presses up against a close mic at times while Nelson and Peck have a full array of effects pedals at their disposal. Combining a vast dynamic spectrum and versatility of form, the resulting pieces range from the sound of softly scurrying rats to pitch-shifted loon-calls from Hell. The recording session took place in a church, the acoustics of which enhance the illusion of the sounds having multiple/unclear origins and supply an added dimension of unease to the standstill moments.

Houses and churches often serve as safe havens, beacons of hope. Yet once something sinister is allowed in, it is difficult, if not impossible, to get out. In contrast to H.P. Lovecraft’s haunted New England forests and Stephen King’s pagan burial grounds, the horror of Premature Burial’s The Conjuring is specifically that of a cursed interior space. Whereas the destruction emanating from the outside world exhibits a sort of timeless and ambivalent violence, the type of force occupying the inside of a space feels decidedly more insidious; more the deliberate actions of a sentient being, man-made. The church in which this album was recorded is in Wilkes-Barre, PA, a depressed Rust Belt town that in recent years has seen spikes in gang crime and unemployment. A broader definition of the word “haunted” could be applied to cities like these across the country, “ghost towns” where the progression of time and socio-economic development has seemed to creep backwards. The real darkness of Wilkes-Barre’s past still resonates within it’s interior spaces, and subtly exerts itself on this recording.”

Premature Burial will perform at Beacon Yoga, 464 Main St. in Beacon, NY on Thursday, April 14 at 8 PM. Admission will be $10 at the door. For more information, contact 212-353-6971.

Biographies of the artists:

Peter Evans is a trumpet player, and improvisor/composer based in New York City since 2003.   Evans is part of a broad, hybridized scene of musical experimentation and his work cuts across a wide range of modern musical practices and traditions.   Peter is committed to the simultaneously self-determining and collaborative nature of musical improvisation as a compositional tool, and works to use the great music of the past as a springboard to forge new directions with his colleagues. His primary groups as a leader are the Peter Evans Quintet and the Zebulon trio.  In addition, Evans has been performing and recording solo trumpet music since 2003 and is widely recognized as a leading voice in the field, having released several recordings over the past decade.  He is a member of several fully cooperative groups, such as Pulverize the Sound, Rocket Science, Premature Burial and is constantly experimenting and forming new configurations of players.  Evans’ work as a band member extends to groups such as the International Contemporary Ensemble and Wet Ink.  He has been commissioned by the International Contemporary Ensemble, Yarn/Wire, the Donaueschingen Musiktage Festival, the Jerome Foundation’s Emerging Artist Program and was a  2014 Artist-in-Residence at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn, NY. He has presented and/or performed his music at many major international festivals and has toured his own groups extensively in Europe, Canada and the United States. In addition, he has played with such artists as Moppa Elliott’s terrorist bebop band Mostly Other People Do the Killing, the hyperactive improvisation duo Sparks (with Tom Blancarte), a duo with trumpeter Nate Wooley, as well as a sustained interest in solo performance. Other collaborators include: John Zorn, Tyshawn Sorey, David Taylor, Steve Beresford, Okkyung Lee, Taylor Ho Bynum, Zach Hill, Jim Black, Evan Parker, Kevin Shea, Ned Rothenberg, Richard Barrett, Mark Gould, Weasel Walter, Matt Bauder, Luka Ivanovic and many others.

In 2011 Peter Evans founded his recording label More is More Records which has released several highly acclaimed albums.  The focus so far has been on PE’s own music, but as the market for recorded music continues to flourish, releases by others maybe be expected in near future.

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Matt Nelson has been playing the saxophone since his days at El Carmelo Elementary School. He left the sunshine of California for the flurries and wintry mix of Northeastern Ohio, where he attended Oberlin College and Conservatory to study with Gary Bartz and Paul Cohen, among others. After graduating he moved back to the Bay Area and became an active member of the experimental/jazz/noise scene in Oakland and San Francisco. It was in the Bay Area that he began playing with tUnE-yArDs. After recording on the acclaimed album WHOKILL, he spent a large portion of 2010-2012 on tour with the band.

In 2010 Matt began to split his time between the Bay Area and Brooklyn, where he now resides full-time. Since relocating to New York he’s begun playing regular solo shows, as well as in the band Battle Trance, who will be releasing their debut record in August 2014 on New Amsterdam Records and NNA Tapes. He can also be heard playing with Brooklyn-based bands Skeletons, Zongo Junction, and Timosaurus. Over the past couple years he’s had the pleasure of performing with amazing musicians like Ava Mendoza, Peter Evans, Weasel Walter, Ben Goldberg, Dan Peck, Tom Rainey, Michael Coleman, Sam Ospovat, Bill McHenry, Tim Dahl, Nick Podgurski, and many others. His debut solo record, Lower Bottoms, was released in 2014.

Dan Peck is a tubist currently living and working in New York City. Since his move there in 2005, he has been active as a soloist, improviser, and sideman in a wide variety of settings. Dan’s current interests are in experimental music and improvisation, and he has performed at many of New York City’s most respected venues for creative music including The Stone, Roulette, and Issue Project Room. Dan has collaborated with many New York artists, including Tony Malaby, Nate Wooley, Michael Attias, Ben Gerstein, Tom Rainey, Peter Evans, Kris Davis, Ingrid Laubrock, and Matthew Welch. Recent projects include recordings with Tony Malaby’s Novela (Clean Feed), Harris Eisenstadt’s Canada Day Octet (482 Music), and Jeff Newell’s New Trad Band. Dan will also be on a forthcoming Anthony Braxton release, featuring music from the Falling River Series in small ensembles from Wesleyan University.

Dan currently leads a trio comprised of himself, Tom Blancarte (bass) and Brian Osborne (percussion). The group plays a mix of freely improvised music and his compositions, some of which are influenced by music of the Doom Metal genre. Their debut LP, “Acid Soil”, is out on the Heat Retention Records label. In March of 2011, the Trio completed a 9 day tour of the Midwest/East Coast.

Equally at home in more traditional jazz settings, Dan plays in the old-timey jazz band Grandpa Musselman and His Syncopators. The Syncopators appear frequently at high society events in and around New York City, and in 2007 took part in the Jazz at Aspen Festival, directed by bassist Christian McBride.

Dan also plays a lot of contemporary music. He has premiered solo tuba works at St. Bartholomew’s Church, Merkin Hall, and The Stone. In 2009, Dan was featured as part of Kagel Nacht, a celebration of the music of composer Mauricio Kagel, in which he performed two of Kagel’s solo works, Atem and Mirum. As an orchestral performer, Dan has played under great conductors such as James Levine and Herbert Blomstedt, and has worked personally with composers such as Helmut Lachenmann and Alvin Lucier. Dan is a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble, and has also worked with the American Composers Orchestra, Signal Ensemble, New York City Ballet, New World Symphony, and the Tanglewood Festival Orchestra. Dan recently recorded a DVD of Iannis Xenakis’ chamber music for Mode Records, with the International Contemporary Ensemble and percussionist Steven Schick conducting.

Currently, Dan plays on the Broadway musical Chicago, and is adjunct-faculty at New Jersey City University.

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BEATLES PRODUCER SIR GEORGE MARTIN DIES AT 90

The man known to millions as the “Fifth Beatle” is dead. Beatles producer George Martin has passed away at the age of 90.  Ringo Starr confirmed the news on Twitter, writing “Thank you for all your love and kindness George.”  Martin signed the Beatles to a record deal in 1962 and went on to produce most of their records.  He gave them a break after every other British label had passed on the foursome, though he at one point called one of their demos “rather unpromising.”  Over the course of his career, he produced 23 number one hits in the U.S. and 30 in the U.K.  For that, and for having the vision and courage to even sign the Beatles in the first place, Sir George Martin will be remembered as one of the greatest record producers of his time.

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