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April 22 Composers Concordance Concert will also feature Jay Kauffman Paintings and Prints, Sigur Ros…and Foot Tambourine

Here’s what you need to know about this concert: I get to play some Sigur Ros (one of my favorite bands) I get to play foot tambourine. I get to have my prints and paintings shown. 

Also, it will be exciting and entertaining concert, packed with adventurous, fun music and top-notch musicians.

It’s great to be part of a concert that is bent on expanding the guitar repertoire, especially ensemble music with classical guitar—something in serious need of expansion!

A variety of excellent composers and musicians are involved—but most of the concert will revolve around a fantastic guitar quartet with Oren Fader, Greg Baker, and Nadav Lev and myself. We will share the stage with violinist Mary Rowell, cellist Justin Kantor, and flutist Kaoru Watanabe,There will also be a new guitar duet (a competition winner) played by Oren and Nadav, and some solo pieces. I’ll be playing a beautiful piece called Elegy in the Old Style by Russian composer Igor Vorobyev. I’m also playing a movement of a solo composition prizewinning piece by Saad Haddad. 

There is a lovely guitar quartet called “Fairytale” by Daniel Schnyder,  and a really cool piece called “No One Listens To” by Gene Pritsker, for guitar quarted, cello & violin.  The music even includes some Sigur Ros: Festival, beautifully arranged by Gene for 4 guitars and cello. Another rocking Septet by Dan Cooper, (with all 7 musicians but featuring the flutiest Kaoro, is where I premiere my budding expertise at playing foot tambourine and guitar at the same time.

The Bernie Wohl Community Center’s concert space doubles as an art show-room, and the manager of the space saw my work and offered to display it there for the evening. So if you haven’t had a chance to see my paintings and prints in person, this will be a good chance to do so. I will be working hard to finish a few new paintings and have them ready—so expect to see one or two that you haven’t seen before!

Hope to see you there!

NOTE: If you get here using Google Maps, be sure to enter “Bernie Wohl center” and it will take you to the right place. If you enter “Goddard Riverside” without Bernie Wohl, google will take you to another Goddard Building that is two blocks south of the place where we are playing.

April 22nd @ 7:30pm

Composers Concordance
– Generations VII –
at Goddard Riverside – Bernie Wohl Center

Composers Concordance
– Generations –
featuring The CompCord Guitar Quartet,
violinist Mary Rowell, cellist Justin Kantor,
and flutist Kaoru Watanabe
Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 at 7:30pm
Goddard Riverside – Bernie Wohl Center
647 Columbus Avenue, NYC
Tickets: $15 in advance; $12 students & seniors;
$20 / $15 at the door

On Saturday, April 22nd at 7:30pm, Composers Concordance, in conjunction with Goddard Riverside Community Arts, presents its 7th annual ‘Generations’ concert, featuring the music of acclaimed composers Sean Hickey, Melissa Grey, Dan Cooper, Gene Pritsker, Igor Vorobyov, Daniel Schnyder, Kaoru Watanabe, Faye Ellen Silverman, and Craig Pallett, as well as competition winners in two categories: 25 or younger and 65 or older. Featuring the CompCord Guitar Quartet: Oren Fader, Greg Baker, Jay Kauffman, and Nadav Lev, as well as soloists Mary Rowell – violin, Justin Kantor – cello, and Kaoru Watanabe – flute. Don’t miss this fun event, to be held at Goddard Riverside – Bernie Wohl Center, 647 Columbus Avenue at 91st Street.

Staying in rotation for 32 years in NYC is a rare feat. In the case of a new music presenting organization, it requires not only diligence and cognizance of achievements of the past, but also an ethic of keeping one’s ear to the ground for emerging stylistic and technological developments, as well as talented new composers on the scene. Composers Concordance strives to present contemporary music in innovative ways, with an emphasis on thematic programming. It has also created a record label, Composers Concordance Records, with distribution by Naxos. Directors Gene Pritsker and Dan Cooper co-curate the programs, and lead the CompCord Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, String Orchestra, and Big Band. Associate Directors are Milica Paranosic, Peter Jarvis, Svjetlana Bukvich, and Melissa Grey. Composers Concordance’s overriding vision is to promote contemporary music, composers, and new works as a rightful and respected part of society. Good music, performed and recorded well, pushing the boundaries of sound and composition.

“For the past 30 years, Composers Concordance has been a booster for local composers, through both its concerts across the city and a record label.” -The Wall Street Journal. “Enterprising new music organization” -The New York Times. “The Composers Concordance folks are unpredictable and at times refreshingly irreverent in a reverent sort of way….ingenious fun” -Classical-Modern Music Review. “Edgy…boisterous…demanding our attention” -San Diego Story. “These men and women are creating exciting music with elements of jazz, world music and many experimental techniques blended with equal parts classical tradition and playing techniques.” -Asbury Park Press. “There is considerable evidence to show that Composers Concordance may be one of the most exciting labels in American contemporary music.” -JazzdaGama.

for more information, please contact:
Composers Concordance
(646) 522-9442

Goddard Riverside – Bernie Wohl Center is located at:
647 Columbus Avenue, NYC
(between 91st & 92nd Streets)

See Google Map

By Subway: 1 train or the C train to 96th Street.
By Bus: M7 to 92nd Street.

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Composition Competition


Sean Hickey, Melissa Grey,  Dan Cooper, Gene Pritsker,
Igor Vorobyov, Daniel Schnyder, Kaoru Watanabe,

Faye Ellen Silverman, Craig Pallett

others TBA


Oren Fader, Greg Baker, Jay Kauffman, Nadav Lev – guitars
Mary Rowell – violin, Justin Kantor – cello, Kaoru Watanabe – flute