Join me and pianist Jacob Hiser for a free concert celebrating the release of my recent album, Unadorned. We'll perform songs from the album as well as jazz standards and other favorite songs. Hosted by Phillips Exeter Academy, we'll perform in "The Bowld," the beautiful new 250-seat music performance space in the Forrestal-Bowld Music Center. The concert is free and open to the public on Sunday, September 30 at 4pm.
I'll be joining the fine jazz ensembles from Fryeburg Academy as a guest artist during their fundraiser evening at the marvelous Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield, Maine. I'll sing my arrangement of Duke Ellington's lovely tune, "I Like the Sunrise." The Fryeburg Academy ensembles are award-winning jazz performers, so it's sure to be a great evening! Tickets $20, for tickets: http://www.stonemountainartscenter.com/ArtsCenter/Fryeburg-Academy-Jazz-Ensembles.html
Join us in Exeter, New Hampshire for a community celebration of "American" song and poetics. Coordinated by Jon Sakata and Todd Hearon, "this communal sound party seeks to (re-)enliven the [Phillips] Church as a cultural center and give voice to expanding 'American' sonic expression to the widest spectrum of offering, diversity, challenge, statement, joy, we can muster and desire!"
The event will feature song, story, spoken word, and many fine surprises. Musical styles will include jazz, country, folk, classical, and more! The concert is informal with performances staged in multiple places and directions in the church.
I will be performing two folk songs by Todd Hearon, along with Todd and other fine guitarist Ralph Sneeden, and I will also perform two solo songs. One of my solo songs will be a WORLD PREMIERE of my new country-esque song, "Unadorned."
I hope you can join us for this spectacular new event!
I will be performing a brand-new original song, "Nobody Can Tell Me," which I wrote just for this occasion! A local service for the town of Exeter, NH coordinated by local trans authors (and heroes) Lisa Bunker and Alex Myers, this wonderful evening commemorates the 18th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, a world-wide annual event which honors people lost to anti-transgender violence over the last twelve months. The event will feature speakers and other musical performers as well. It's free, open to the public, and all are welcome to attend! Learn more and see who's coming at the Facebook event page.
Join me on the musical journey that is the culmination of two years of intensive study at New England Conservatory. The program includes works by Johannes Brahms, Duke Ellington, Kurt Weill, Willie Nelson, and more - plus five of my original songs. I'll be joined by two incredible pianists: my inspiring studio teacher Hankus Netsky, and my friend and colleague / piano superhero Jacob Hiser. Free and open to the public. Check out "teaser" rehearsal recordings on my blog, and let me know you'll be there on the Facebook event page!
Because so many of my New Hampshire friends are unable to make the trip to Boston to hear my full solo concert on April 23, I'm bringing a short set right to them! Join me for a short performance of the solo set of my recital. I'll be performing one song by Duke Ellington plus three of my own originals. Free and open to the public, in Phillips Church (a lovely space in both aesthetics and acoustics) of Phillips Exeter Academy.
Join us for a fantastic evening of Jewish Music at New England Conservatory - ensemble coached by foremost Jewish Music expert and NEC Contemporary Improvisation Department chair and Klezmer Conservatory Band founder Hankus Netsky. The concert will include Klezmer, Yiddish folk songs, cantorial music, and more. I'll be singing two fantastic numbers inspired by the amazing cantor and Yiddish Theatre actor Moishe Oysher: Yiddish solo "Dos Keshenever Shtikele" with the full ensemble (and oy vey! I've put in a lot of work getting the feel for a big mouthful of Yiddish lyrics), and a very light and charming Hassidic duet using "Yiddish scat" syllables, joined by singer Eunjin Ahn and pianist Seyun Park.
**UPDATE** Snow is going to keep me from making it to this event. I hope you will still go to support the other artists, but unfortunately I will not be able to be there or perform.
The monthly Boston improvisational event Weird Folk Fest, which rotates venues around the city, will be a special LGBT installment in February. At Magnolia Loft in JP, 8pm.
I'm honored to be a guest performer on the annual Seacoast New Hampshire celebration and breakfast honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I will sing one solo a cappella number, the classic freedom song "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around." The event is open to the public for a a small suggested voluntary donation and you can reserve your ticket in advance. The community breakfast begins at 9, and the service in the church begins at 10:30am. More event info here and also on the Facebook event page.
As part of multi-instrumentalist and song/writer composer Hankus Netsky's Songwriting Ensemble at New England Conservatory, Ilona will premiere her new original song "Songwriter's Lament" and assist other songwriters on vocals and piano with their original performances. There are other excellent ensembles beginning at 7pm, and the Songwriting Ensemble set with my song begins at 9pm.
As part of jazz singer and songwriter/composer Dominique Eade's Songwriting Ensemble at New England Conservatory, Ilona will premiere her new original song "Where I May Go" and assist other songwriters with their original performances. There are other excellent ensembles beginning at 7pm, and the Songwriting Ensemble set with my song begins at 8pm.
I will be performing one song in this local service for the town of Exeter, NH, part of the 17th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, a world-wide annual event which honors people lost to anti-transgender violence over the last twelve months. The event will feature speakers and other musical performers as well. It's free, open to the public, and all are welcome to attend!
Ilona will spend a week-long artist residency at Taipei American School in Taipei, Taiwan, working with student musicians. As a culmination of the week's activities, Ilona will give a concert including solo performances and arrangements with students.
Ilona will join singers Jenny Herzog and Burcu Gulec in a vocal trio as part of Jenny's graduate recital for her Master of Music degree from New England Conservatory. The trio will sing an arrangement of Duke Ellington's "In a Mellow Tone" via Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross with Jacob Hiser (piano) and Umar Zakaria (bass).
In addition to being an exceptional singer, Jenny is also an expert tap dancer - this will be an innovative and special concert!
In the Keller Room at New England Conservatory.
As part of Dominique Eade's Songwriting Ensemble at New England Conservatory, Ilona will premiere an original song, "I Am Only Water." Piano and vocals, in Brown Hall.
Concert info on the NEC website, though the personnel listed is incorrect.