Below are previous shows which we presented at Music at the Mansion during the 2014-2015 season. See previous shows for 2013-14
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2014, 8PM:
BILL KIRCHEN w/ guest EMILY BLUMENTHAL
Grammy nominated guitarist, singer and songwriter Bill Kirchen is one of the fortunate few who can step onto any stage, play those trademark licks that drove his seminal Commander Cody classic Hot Rod Lincoln into the Top Ten, and elicit instant recognition for a career that has spanned over 40 years and includes guitar work with Nick Lowe, Emmylou Harris, Doug Sahm, Elvis Costello and many more. Named “A Titan of the Telecaster” by Guitar Player Magazine, he celebrates an American musical tradition where rock ‘n’ roll and country music draws upon its origins in blues and bluegrass, Western swing from Texas and California honky-tonk.
Johnny Cash – “I think he’s great.”
Nick Lowe – “A devastating culmination of the elegant and the funky, a really sensational musician with enormous depth.”
Rolling Stone – “Opening night was particularly special due to the presence of Les Paul and Albert Lee, … Bill Kirchen cranked up his Tele for a set that gave the crowd a hotfoot, sparked by his epic cover of [‘Hot Rod Lincoln’]. (review of Danny Gatton Tribute, New York, Tramps)”
Bill Kirchen performs “The Hammer of the Honky Tonk Gods”:
Bill Kirchen was featured on “Words and Music” with Darren Devivo on WFUV 90.7 FM. Launch player
Opening the show will be Emily Blumenthal, a 19-year-old singer-songwriter from Dobbs Ferry, NY. She began writing songs and playing guitar and ukelele when she was 14. She has performed at Birdland in NYC and opened for Dr. Dog at “WinterFest” at Lincoln Center. Two of her original songs were recently featured on the album “Jim Brickman and Friends.”
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2014, 8PM:
JULIE CORBALIS, FRED GILLEN JR., and MATT TURK
Based in Port Chester, Julie Corbalis has been performing since 1996 and has recorded five albums to date: two with her band Jules & The Family (Jules & The Family, 2005; Border Radio, 2007), two as a solo performer (Old Flames And New Names, 2008; Songs In A Bottle, 2013), and one as a collaborative effort with other local musicians (Backwoods Jupiter Presents Bob Dylan’s Desire, 2011). She has had the opportunity to open for a number of well-established musical acts such as Colin Hay (Men at Work), Amy Correia, Mickey Hart, Jeffrey Gaines, Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion.
Based in Peekskill, Fred Gillen Jr. has received a NYFA (New York Foundation For The Arts) grant, has released nine full-length albums, and has toured all over the U.S. and Europe. His songs have been featured on ABC’s “All My Children,” NPR’s “Car Talk,” and CMJ’s New Music Marathon Sampler. In 2012, his version of Woody Guthrie’s “I Ain’t Got No Home” was featured on “Pete Remembers Woody,” a collection of Pete Seeger’s spoken stories about Woody Guthrie. Like Guthrie, his songs often reflect the struggles of the marginalized and forgotten, shining a light on both the despair and hope in the human condition.
Based in Hastings-on-Hudson, Matt Turk is a veteran performer who has engaged audiences around the world, both as a rocking bandleader and an acoustic folk troubadour. He has shared the stage with Pete Seeger and opened for Judy Collins, The Doobie Brothers, Fiona Apple, the Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart, and more. He has performed throughout the USA, Europe, Israel and the Caribbean, appearing at festivals and venues including Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival, the Gathering of the Vibes, Atlanta’s Music Midtown, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Beacon Theatre and Brooklyn Bowl.
Julie Corbalis performs “Jersey City”:
Fred Gillen Jr. performs “Morphine Angel”:
Matt Turk performs “Broadway”:
Cosy Sheridan has been called “one of the era’s finest and most thoughtful singer-songwriters.” She first caught the attention of national folk audiences in 1992 when she won both the Kerrville Folk Festival’s New Folk Award and The Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour Contest, then released her critically-acclaimed debut CD “Quietly Led” on Waterbug Records.
She has released 12 CDs, her music is featured in the Robert Fulghum multi-media novel The Third Wish and she tours consistently throughout the US. Her concerts are wide-ranging explorations of modern mythology (meet Hades the Biker), love songs for adults, contemporary philosophy for the thoughtfully-minded and her signature parody on aging and women. Throughout this journey, her lyrical dexterity is backed by her distinctive, percussive bluesy-gospel guitar style.
“With her superbly crafted songs, her masterful guitar playing and her big delightful heart, Cosy will transform you in the course of an evening.” — Sloan Wainwright
“Her user-friendly musical philosophy sets her happily apart from the myopic, self-involved songwriters…She is a wonderfully lively, very funny and enormously amiable entertainer with a keen and wicked eye for the excesses of our fast-food, tv-happy and noisome culture.” — The Boston Globe
“You can’t make it into double digits, and continue touring for twenty or so years, unless you know what you’re doing, and do it well. Rarely do you find a CD where every song is memorable. It happens, just not often. It happens here.” — The Chicago Examiner
Cosy Sheridan performs “Air Guitar”:
Matt Nakoa grew up on a farm in New York State and began composing music as a teenager. He won a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston where he received top honors in songwriting and vocal performance. While at Berklee, he studied closely with song-greats Pat Pattison and Livingston Taylor, and collaborated with Grammy-winners Esperanza Spaulding and Kathy Mattea. Matt is a 2014 Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Winner and has recently given concerts at The White House and in India. He currently lives in Brooklyn.
Matt Nakoa performs “Barefoot Dancer”:
Time to put on your dancing shoes and head over to the park for a fun night of dancing, grooving and good timing with DJ Rush.
DJ Rush has traveled all across the country providing high-energy events not many have seen before. His unique style and open-format music selection allow him to be versatile and in style, which brings him to the forefront in what is now a highly competitive business. Having DJ’ed at many high profile venues, he is always ready to show up and have everyone FEEL THE RUSH!!!
Join the Friends of Crawford Park and DJ Rush as they pump of the volume and clear the floor for a night of fun dancing. We all need to cut loose sometime – come shake it off while contributing to a great cause – to beautify Crawford Park.
SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 2015, 3PM:
An afternoon of classical music and opera with
THE FURUYA SISTERS
w/ guests: RACHEL WEISHOFF, MATTHEW COSSACK,
and CHRISTOPHER COOLEY
The three talented Furuya Sisters – cellist Mimi, pianist Sakiko, and violinist Harumi – were each a child prodigy, with Harumi beginning her studies at age 2, and Mimi and Sakiko making their respective debuts at age 8. Their original compositions have been performed many times at Juilliard.
All graduates of the Juilliard School, the Furuya Sisters have performed in the great concert halls of the United States and Europe: Carnegie Hall (NY), C. Michael Paul Hall and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center (NY), Dvorak Hall (Prague), Liszt Academy (Budapest), Royal British Legion (Cambridge), Westminster Abbey (London), The United Nations (NY), Chopin’s House (Valldemosa, Spain), Morse Recital Hall (NY), Wiener Saal and Lehrerhaus (Austria), Chopin Kosciuszko Foundation (NY), Lehman Hall at Harvard University (Cambridge, MA), Kilbourn Hall (Rochester, NY), Stanford University’s Dinkelspiel Auditorium (CA), De Lamar Mansion (NY), and Steinway Hall (NY).
TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50
I. Pezzo elegiaco
II. A. Tema con Variazioni: Tema & Variazioni I – XI
MOZART Piano Trio in E Major KV 542
Opening the show will be mezzo-soprano Rachel Weishoff, baritone Matthew Cossack, and pianist Christopher Cooley, performing selections from Mozart, Gounod, and Rossini. Ms. Weishoff and Mr. Cossack are both current students at the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music. Ms. Weishoff has performed in operas in NYC and Austria and has been featured on NBC’s Today Show. Mr. Cossack is currently cast as Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro at SUNY Purchase. Mr. Cooley holds a doctorate from Manhattan School of Music and has performed at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.
Among guitarists and critics, Woody Mann is considered a modern master. While the blues are his touchstone, he seems to draw inspiration from every direction, blending a myriad of influences with ease and grace. Pioneering guitar legend John Fahey said it well: “You can hear classical, jazz and blues approaches somehow converging into a single sparkling sound – a sound completely his own.” Woody takes a fresh approach to his blues re-creations and his own compositions defy category. If there was a category simply called ‘great music’ Woody’s music would belong there.
Woody received his first musical schooling in the living room of Reverend Gary Davis, the legendary blues, gospel and ragtime guitarist. Mann soon went on to perform with blues legends Son House and Bukka White, British great Jo Anne Kelly, and guitar innovator John Fahey. Mann complemented the tutelage of Rev. Davis with formal training at New York’s celebrated Juilliard School. In addition, Mann completed a period of intense study with noted Chicago-born pianist Lennie Tristano, who introduced him to the world of jazz and its infinite possibilities. During this time, Mann’s early musical grounding began to blossom into an improvisational style all his own.
Since then, Mann has pursued a rich and diverse career. He has recorded extensively and performed everywhere from the orchestra pits of Broadway to festivals, clubs and concert stages worldwide. Mann’s reach as a teacher, producer, and writer has been just as sweeping; he has been a faculty member at the New School in New York City, conducted master classses throughout the world, founded International Guitar Seminars / Acoustic Sessions Inc, and schooled countless guitarists through his acclaimed books and DVDs including the series “The Art of Acoustic Blues Guitar,” “The Complete Robert Johnson,” “The Blues Fakebook,” and “Lisboa – the Guitar Of Woody Mann,” a collection of his original compositions. He has recorded nine albums ranging from “Stories” (1995) to “Tribute to the Reverend” (2014), as well as collaborations with blues legends Son House and John Cephas. Acknowledging his artistry, the famed C.F. Martin guitar company has honored Woody with the recent release of the “Woody Mann” signature model guitar. Few guitarists have been so generous with their knowledge. He is presently a visiting artist at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.
“Having studied, literally, at the feet of the Rev. Gary Davis and other blues ‘greats,’ Woody has taken the music and evolved it into his own highly personal, energized approach while practicing his teachers gift for telling powerful stories in the song form.” — The Boston Globe
“You can hear classical, jazz and blues approaches somehow converging into a single sparkling sound – a sound completely his own.” -– John Fahey
Woody Mann performs “Kindhearted Woman”:
Opening the show will be Westchester natives LAURA DeLUCIA & AARON GAITA. Laura and Aaron originally met on the Albany music scene a few years back. They began playing as a duo in NYC in spring 2012 and discovered a natural musical chemistry. Playing Aaron’s introspective original music and favorite cover songs, the two have taken on NYC open mics and gigs around the area with emotive energy and beautiful harmony. They are influenced by the harmonies of Iron & Wine and Simon & Garfunkel.