Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The Salon Wrap-Up for July 15th, 2018: "Something Cool"

When I was a kid, Summer was so much fun
Playing and laughing all day in the sun
We would all gather for a game of tag
Or running a race to the finish flag

We would think of ways to try and stay cool
Like going for a swim at the public pool
Drinking tall glasses of cold lemonade
While sitting under a tree in the crisp shade

Riding our bikes up and down the street
And waiting for the ice cream truck, so we could buy our treat
Staying up late with my best friend
Hoping that Summer would never end

I'm grown up now but it's just not the same
The loss of innocence is such a shame
It's been a long time but they're still  very clear
Those summertime memories that I hold so dear

And another awesome night of music and magic is upon us!

We had a wonderful night this week.  We didn't have a big house, but we had more than enough talent and heart to fill the room.  Our co-host for this week was the wonderful Joan Jaffe!  She started the night by singing about that heat (the weather kind) and romance (the heartbreaking kind) in tonight's theme song "Something Cool,"  and followed it with a song her father used to sing, "Mississippi Mud."  Her next song was the fabulous Sondheim work "Anyone Can Whistle." She started the second set with one of Blossom Dearie's songs, "Rhode Island is Famous For You," and closed the evening with the hilarious Memory spoof -- performed only the way the fabulous Joan Jaffe can.  Joan will be performing "Something Cool" on Saturday, July 21st, at 7pm at Pangea, 178 2nd Ave, NYC.  She also has a recurring role on this season of "Orange Is The New Black," which is now airing on Netflix.



Quick Wrap - Classical Corner

Modulation (my favorite thing in the world) was the focus for the night.  In popular music, they usually go up half a step.  In classical pieces, however, a modulation can often be found within the piece.  Mark talked about the circle of fifths - which is going a fifth at a time up or down the keyboard -- which was used a lot by Bach, and Mark demonstrated it with Bach's "C minor Prelude."  Pivot chords are frequently used for modulations.  That is a new chord that has something (a note) in common with the earlier chord. Mark then demonstrated that by playing a portion of Mozart's "C major Sonata."  He also talked about the chromatic scale (in which every note is played), as opposed to the diatonic scale and gave several wonderful examples.  Matthew Martin Ward joined us toward the end to show us other examples of modulations by playing Schumann's "Widmung."


Roster of performers for the evening (in order of appearance):
Click link to visit the performer’s website or other links, when available.
All piano accompaniment by Mark Janas  unless otherwise noted.


Co-Host: Joan Jaffe (accompanied by the lovely Matt Baker)
Louisa Lee Poster
Edie Stokes
Anna Brookstaber (with Stephen Cordine at the piano)
Stephen Cordine (self on the keys)
Frances O'Flynn (with Matthew Martin Ward tickling the ivories)
Sally Darling (with Matthew Martin Ward at the baby grand)
Matthew Martin Ward (self at the 88s)
Annie Lebeaux
Candice Oden (Moi!)
Classical Corner
BREAK
Co-Host: Joan Jaffe
Michele Zalkin
David Ballard
Richie Eisenberg
Frances O'Flynn (encore with Matthew Martin Ward on the piano)
Sally Darling (encore with Matthew Martin Ward at the keys)
Matthew Martin Ward (encore with himself tickling the ivories)
Louisa Lee Poster (encore)
Angela Leone (encore)
Co-Host: Joan Jaffe

Special thanks to tonight's musicians: Matthew Martin Ward and Mark Janas, and thank you to Jose Pena, our videographer for the night!  Also thanks to David Ballard on lights and sound, the amazing waitstaff, and the management at Etcetera Etcetera.

Performances coming up by guests of this evening's Salon:

Ongoing Shows

Monday nights (7pm): Opera Open Mic at Shanghai Mong with Mark Janas and Matthew Martin Ward, 30 West 32nd Street, NYC.

Every Tuesday (6pm-7pm): "Peaceable Hour - Music to soothe the spirit and restore the heart" with Sarah Rice, Mark Watson, and Janice Hall. FREE at Saint Clements Church and Chapel, 423 West 46th Street, NYC.

Beginning August, 2018, every Tuesday: Louisa Lee Poster will be singing at the Flatiron Hotel.

Upcoming Shows

Thursday, July 18, 2018: Bobbie Horowitz is hosting her Color Psychology Image Workshop.

Saturday, July 21, 2018: Edie Stokes plays and sings at Chez Josephine, 424 W 42nd St, NYC.

Sunday, July 22, 2018 (4pm): Angela Leone revamps her CD release show at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, July 27, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly appears in "Ricky Ritzel's Broadway" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th St, NYC.

Saturday, July 28, 2018: Edie Stokes performs in a memorial for the beloved Barry Levitt.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018: Deborah Stone in "Siren Song" with Daryl Kojak at Pangea, 178 2nd Avenue, NYC.

Thursday, August 16, 2018 (7pm): Michele Zalkin is the Spotlight Performer at Parnell's, 350 E 53rd St, NYC.

Thursday, August 16, 2018 (7pm): Matthew Martin Ward is acting as musical director for Stephen Hanks' "Cabaret Campaigns: Ride The Blue Wave 2018!" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, September 8, 2018 (8pm): Zach Wobensmith will be appearing in the benefit concert production of "The Flood" at TimesCenter, 242 W 41st St, NYC.

Wednesday, September 12 (7pm): Matthew Martin Ward has his Cabaret Theatre Workshop performance at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday, September 13, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs Kendra Cunningham in "This Could Be You" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday September 27-Sunday September 30, 2018 (6pm): Zach Wobensmith will be playing the Narrator/Mysterious Man in "Into The Woods" in concert at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 
W 42nd St, NYC.

Friday, September 29, 2018 (4pm): Matthew Martin Ward has his second performance of his Cabaret Theatre Workshop show at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, October 13, 2018 (4pm): Becca Kidwell performs "Fangirl" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, October 19, 2018 (9:30pm): Tanya Moberly directs "She Bangs She Bangs," written and performed by Jennifer Bangs at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday, October 25, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs Kendra Cunningham in "This Could Be You" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, October 26, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs Amy Beth Williams at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Monday, November 5, 2018 (7pm): "Marnie Klar Sings Bobbie Gentry" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, November 10, 2018 (1pm): "Marnie Klar Sings Bobbie Gentry" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, November 12, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs "She Bangs She Bangs," written and performed by Jennifer Bangs at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, November 12, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs "Lisa Viggiano Sings Bruce on Restaurant Row" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, November 16, 2018 (7pm): "Marnie Klar Sings Bobbie Gentry" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, November 17, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs Amy Beth Williams at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday, November 29, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs Kendra Cunningham in "This Could Be You" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, November 30, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs Amy Beth Williams at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, December 1, 2018 (5pm): Tanya Moberly directs "She Bangs She Bangs," written and performed by Jennifer Bangs at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, December 7, 2018 (7pm): "Marnie Klar Sings Bobbie Gentry" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Monday, December 10, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs Amy Beth Williams at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday, December 13, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs Kendra Cunningham in "This Could Be You" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Sunday, December 30, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs "Lisa Viggiano Sings Bruce on Restaurant Row" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, April 26, 2019: Robin Kradles stars in "70 Is the New 40" at Don't Tell Mama, 
345 West 46th Street, NYC.

NEXT SALON! - Sunday, July 22nd, 2018:
Our next Salon is being co-hosted by David Hadju, featuring Emery HadjuMarissa MulderKaren Oberlin, and Jon Webber, with guest host/pianist John Cook!  The theme next week?  "Contradictions."
- Candice Oden
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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The Salon Wrap-Up for July 8th, 2018: "Long Ago & Far Away"

Wow!  What a great night!  A WONDERFUL way to ring in the Salon new year -- because welcome back, everyone!  We hope everyone had a wonderful hiatus and that everyone's anxious to stretch their vocal cords/fingers/guitar strings/etc.

Our co-host for this week was the fabulously Australian Kim David Smith.  He started the night by singing "Song Of Black Max," which he actually considers a Christmas song ... even though there's no mention of Christmas. ;)  But he loves to sing it at Christmas, and we were so glad he shared it with us in July.  He started the second set by entertaining us with "Ich Bin Ein Vamp," and then he shared his wonderfully talented friend Tracy Stark, who sang a fantastic song she co-wrote entitled "New York Is Closing." Kim closed the show with the fabulous "And The Time Are Dark And Fearful."



Salon Spotlight
The Salon Spotlight was the Bruce Clough!  He started his set by sharing a very intimate story of how he was bullied as a child, which led us into his first song, "Lost Boy."  His second song which had a totally different and awesome vibe called "Use Me" was inspired by his high school -- VERY hot -- girlfriend. ;)  He finished with the exciting "Toxic Love."



Quick Wrap - Classical Corner
Classical Corner was particularly interesting tonight.  Mark focused on Baroque music, which was, actually, defined really by Bach.  The dates that are considered Baroque era are actually the dates of Bach's life and death -- 1685-1750.  An interesting note in his life (no pun intended)?  Between two wives, Bach had 20 children.  WHAT?!

Tonight, we learned about sequencing and imitative texture.  We learned that clarity was a major component in Baroque music, as there were no pedals on the piano.  Tuning was also quite different during Bach's time.  They used what was called "real tuning," but it was very problematic.  Certain notes would become so out of tune to the point that they simply couldn't be played on the piano.  The science of tuning progressed, though, and they came up with "well temperament," which allowed any song to be played in any key.  Bach set out to prove this with his piece "The Well-Tempered Clavier."

Mark dazzled us tonight with many examples, and finally played for us a portion from "Brandenburg Concertos."  Thank you, Mark!

Roster of performers for the evening (in order of appearance):
Click link to visit the performer’s website or other links, when available.
All piano accompaniment by Mark Janas  unless otherwise noted.


Co-Host: Kim David Smith (with Tracy Stark at the piano)
Bobbie Horowitz
Madelaine Warren
Shannon Wynne
Jonathan Kuhn
Michele Herman
Michael Colby (with Andrea Colby on the keys)
Nicci Nicholas
Candice Oden (Moi!)
Lauren Stanford
Salon Spotlight: Bruce Clough
Classical Corner
BREAK
Co-Host: Kim David Smith (with Tracy Stark at the 88s)
Tanya Moberly
Jen Bradley (and Tanya Moberly)
TJ Polzin
John Burns
Jeff Flaster
Eileen Lacy (with Matthew Martin Ward tickling the ivories)
Sally Darling (with Matthew Martin Ward on piano)
Frances O'Flynne (with Matthew Martin Ward at the baby grand)
Barbara Malley (with Matthew Martin Ward on the keys)
Matthew Martin Ward (self at the 88s)
Richie Eisenberg (self at the piano)
Steve Bustamante (self on the guitar)
David Ballard
Angela Leone
Co-Host: Kim David Smith (with Tracy Stark tickling the ivories)

Special thanks to tonight's musicians: Tracy StarkMatthew Martin Ward, Mark Janas, Richie Eisenberg, and Steve Bustamante -- who was also our videographer for the night!  Also thanks to Zach Wobensmith on lights and sound, the amazing waitstaff and management at Etcetera Etcetera.

Performances coming up by guests of this evening's Salon:

Ongoing Shows

Monday nights (7pm): Opera Open Mic at Shanghai Mong with Mark Janas and Matthew Martin Ward, 30 West 32nd Street, NYC.

Every Tuesday (6pm-7pm): "Peaceable Hour - Music to soothe the spirit and restore the heart" with Sarah Rice, Mark Watson, and Janice Hall. FREE at Saint Clements Church and Chapel, 423 West 46th Street, NYC.

Upcoming Shows

Wednesday, July 4-August 26, 2018 (various times): Adam Shapiro will be part of the cast of "Fiddler on the Roof" (in Yiddish), directed by Joel Grey, at The National Yiddish Theater, Museum of Jewish Heritage, Battery Park, NYC.

Thursday, July 12, 2018 (7pm): "Spotlight On You" open mic (featuring Tanya Moberly and Steven Ray Watkins) at 53 Above, 318 W 53rd St (1st floor), NYC.

Friday, July 27, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly appears in "Ricky Ritzel's Broadway" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th St, NYC.

Sunday, July 29, 2018 (4pm): Angela Leone revamps her CD release show at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th Street, NYC.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018: Deborah Stone in "Siren Song" with Daryl Kojak at Pangea, 178 2nd Avenue, NYC.

Thursday, August 16, 2018 (7pm): Matthew Martin Ward is acting as musical director for Stephen Hanks' "Cabaret Campaigns: Ride The Blue Wave 2018!" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Saturday, September 8, 2018 (8pm): Zach Wobensmith will be appearing in the benefit concert production of "The Flood" at TimesCenter, 242 W 41st St, NYC.

Thursday, September 13, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs Kendra Cunningham in "This Could Be You" at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Thursday September 27-Sunday September 30, 2018 (6pm): Zach Wobensmith will be playing the Narrator/Mysterious Man in "Into The Woods" in concert at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 
W 42nd St, NYC.

October, 2018: Madelaine Warren is performing her cabaret show at Don't Tell Mama, 345 W 46th St, NYC.

Friday, October 19, 2018 (9:30pm): Tanya Moberly directs Jennifer Bangs at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

Friday, October 26, 2018 (7pm): Tanya Moberly directs Amy Beth Williams at Don't Tell Mama, 345 West 46th Street, NYC.

NEXT SALON! - Sunday, July 15th, 2018:
Our next Salon is being co-hosted by the fabulous Joan Jaffe!  The theme you ask?  Why, "Something Cool," of course.
- Candice Oden
Blogette for The Salon
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