Monday, March 16, 2015

The Salon Wrap-Up for March 15, 2015 - "Food Glorious Food - Life is a Banquet"

March 15, 2015
Theme: Food Glorious Food - Life is a Banquet

What better place than a restaurant to satisfy the theme of "Food, Glorious Food - Life is A Banquest?" And what better co-host of the evening to whet our appetite than Charles Baran who, along with Ben Krauss at the piano, guided us through a smorgasbord of food-related music.  To begin the evening, Charles handed out a few select pieces of fruit to the audience and asked the question "Who'll Buy?" Throughout the evening, Charles GAVE out commemorative pencils (with The Salon's name and the March 15th date emblazoned on them and a happy face on the eraser) to every singer and audience member. His mid-evening set featured a trio of songs: "It's An Art!" about waiter-ing and attending to the needs of each dining guest, then the heartfelt "Dreams," by the Cranberries, finalized by "Pelican," a hilarious song set in the middle of Poland ordering Polish food. Charles finished the night's musical meal with a dessert of a song, a piece written for The Salon called "I Love Being Here With You!" Charles will perform his show "Recipes For Disaster" on April 23, 9:30pm at The Metropolitan Room. Check out for more information.

Co-Host Who Brought Home the Musical Bacon, Charles Baran
Quick Wrap: Classical Corner

Food, music, architecture, language - all cultures have very specific tones and intonations, colors and structures that make up their unique identity.  Mark Janas used this week's Classical Corner to go through some major food cultures and how they relate to the classical music of its country of origin.  For example, in Asian music (played in the pentatonic scale), the music features pointilism, small details, and thus the same can be found in some traditional Asian food (stir fry, sushi, rice).  Germanic classical musicians were the pioneers in formalistic musical breakthroughs. Listen to German classical composers and you find structure, impact and form but, like German cooking, less elegant. German classical music is more grounded, and (much like German cooking) you can find meaty heavy chords like those in Brahms. French classical music music in contrast is subtle and detailed, like the flow of French sauces. The language of German and French follow (we don't even complete the words of French language!).  Italian food is wide open, dynamic, and so is it's music.   Imagine sauce on pasta, tomatoes and oil and cheese, and language that has words that end in vowels (easy to sing in opera), with a fully emotional quality. And then there's the American composerd Aaron Copeland of "Appalachian Spring," which arises from the simple Shaker culture and food, with open harmonies like open spaces of the West, a feeling of a sense of discovery, and the eventual incorporation of other cultures and language. Mark wants to know if a book has been written on the correlation between the music of a culture and the food it creates for itself, so if anyone knows of him!

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

Jim Speake*
Barb Malley
Bob Diamond
Richie Eisenberg
Robin Kradles
Anna Marie Sell
Bill Dyszel
Heather Antonisse
Chuck and Kelley Karel
Bill Zeffiro (with self on piano)
Khaled Dajani (with self on guitar)
Steve Bustamante (with self on guitar) -
David Ballard
Sierra Rein
Janice Hall (with Bill Zeffiro at the piano)
Tanya Moberly
Ira Lee Collings
Joan Jaffe
Adam Shapiro*
Carly Ozard
Rosemary Loar
Sally Darling (with Matthew Martin Ward on piano and vocals)
Matthew Martin Ward (with self on piano)
Bennett Silverstein (with Matthew Martin Ward on piano)
*designates performers currently nominated for a MAC Award.

Special thanks to tonight’s pianists and musicians: Mark Janas, Ben Krauss, Matthew Martin WardBill Zeffiro, Richard Eisenberg, Khaled Dajani and Steve Bustamante.

And thank you to Khaled Dajani on lights and sound, and our amazing waitstaff who always handle the demands of a full house with grace and style.

Upcoming Shows: 

Ongoing: Bill Zeffiro plays every Tuesday from 9-11pm at La Mediterranee, 947 Second Avenue (at 50th St), NYC, and on Wednesdays at La Rivista,  313 West 46th from 8-12pm.
Friday, March 20, 2015 (7pm) - Tanya Moberly with Ritt Henn in "Songs I Feel Like Singing" at Don’t Tell Mama, 343 W 46th St, NYC.
Friday, March 20, 2015 (7pm) - Barb Malley, feat. Charles Baran, in "Eat! Drink! Be Merry!" At Don’t Tell Mama, 343 W 46th St, NYC.

Sunday, March 22, 2015 (5pm) - Sally Darling with Matthew Martin Ward in "Matters of the Heart" at Don’t Tell Mama, 343 W 46th St, NYC. 

Friday, March 27th - Ira Lee Collings at Dana Lorge's show at the Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd St., NYC.

Sunday, March 28, 2015 (5pm) - Sally Darling with Matthew Martin Ward in "Matters of the Heart" at Don’t Tell Mama, 343 W 46th St, NYC.

Monday, March 30, 2015 - Heather Antonissen sings Rachmaninoff at NYU.

Wednesday, March 31, 2015 (9:30 pm) - Tanya Moberly with Ritt Henn in "Songs I Feel Like Singing" at Don’t Tell Mama, 343 W 46th St, NYC.

Thursday, Sunday, April 2 (7pm) - Rosemary Loar in "STING-chronicity" at The Metropolitan Room,  34 West 22nd St., NYC.

Saturday, April 11, 2015 (1pm) - Bob Diamond, Carly Ozard, Kelley Karel featured in Bobbie Horowitz's show "It's Only a Number."

Sunday, April 12, 2015 (7pm) - Joan Jaffe in "Joan Jaffe Sings Funnier Than Ever" at Abingdon Theatre Complex 312 West 36th St., NYC

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 (8pm and 10pm) - David Ballard in Salon Presents: "True North" at Etcetera Etcetera.

Saturday, June 13, 2015 (1pm) - Adam Shapiro in "Nothing Normal" at The Metropolitan Room,  34 West 22nd St., NYC.

Saturday, June 13 (4pm) - Bennett Silverstein in "Bennett Sings Bennett" at The Metropolitan Room,  34 West 22nd St., NYC.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 (7pm) - Carly Ozard in "Middler on the Roof" at The Metropolitan Room,  34 West 22nd St., NYC.

Next Week's Salon:

The theme next week will be "Show Business: A Potpourri of Entertainment (Broadway, Cabaret, Pop, Rock, Classical & Special Material)" with Co-Host Ann Dawson and Salon Spotlight Gretchen Reinhagen.

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