I’ve been in love with New York City for since my first visit when I was 16 or 17 years old.
Fortune smiled on me and I lived at 64th St. and Broadway while I attended Juilliard. And five years ago I spent five months on the Upper West Side while on sabbatical, exploring alternative venues, helping create and organize the first Bach in the Subways Day, and doing some unusual performances with the International Street Cannibals.
I’ll be back in New York from January 3-21, 2016, on a honeymoon (getting married tomorrow to my partner Nate), and doing a lot of playing.
On Friday, January 15, the fabulous pianist and composer Fernando Otero and I are playing music from our new album Dual.
(click for a sample). It’s the first recording of arrangements for cello and piano of Fernando’s sensuous, exciting, and tender contemporary classical music, and I’m so excited about helping expand the cello repertoire in this way (published arrangements will be forthcoming). We are doing a release event at 7:30 PM at the Consulate General of Argentina. Contact me for more information and an invitation to this short free concert, which is also a showcase for the Association of Performers and Presenters (APAP) conference.
Tuesday, January 19 brings a 7:30 PM recital at SpectrumNYC, one of the cool Greenwich Village venues where you can sit in a comfortable chair and sip a glass of wine, with my friend the amazing pianist Taka Kigawa. We met back in 2011 and have played a number of concerts in Indiana since then. We’ll be performing music by Bach, Debussy, Prokofiev, and Schnittke. Admission is $15 ($10 students and seniors) at the door. SpectrumNYC 121 Ludlow Street, New York, NY 10002.
And it’s also going to be Cello Everywhere month in NYC. “Cello Everywhere” is my new photo/video project of me playing the cello in as many visually interesting and unusual places as possible. Inspired by fellow cellists Matt Haimovitz and Yo-Yo Ma, each of whom do lots pop-up concerts as part of their musical lives, and Dale Henderson‘s Bach in the Subways project. I’ll be posting locations and times as we know them. And I’m definitely open to invitations to play at schools, assisted living facilities, and, well, everywhere. Here are a few pre-New York photos by Jiawei Fang; three on the campus of DePauw University, and one in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park: