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Follow the River An evening of music with composer Bruce Wolosoff and his daughter, songwriter Juliet Garrett
Composer/Pianist Bruce Wolosoff
Singer/Songwriter Juliet Garrett
perform their own works, solo and with band
Cellist – Dorothy Lawson
Guitarist – John Brodeur
Electric Bass – Sam Minaie
Drums – Chuck Staab
An evening of original music by Bruce Wolosoff and his daughter, Juliet Garrett. Mr. Wolosoff is a composer and pianist, whose credits include 3 ballets with choreographer Ann Reinking and a recent recording of his cello concerto by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. His work has been recognized for the way it integrates modern, classical, jazz, and blues together into “an authentic American voice”.
Ms. Garrett is a songwriter and singer who has recently finished recording her first EP, Make Believe, in London. Raised on Shelter Island, she has played across Europe and in New York, most recently appearing this summer at Stephen Talkhouse and at Annie O’s Standard Sounds showcase. Her songs resonate as ‘honest,’ ‘heartfelt,’ and ‘classic,’ bringing ‘the tradition of 70’s formal songwriting into the modern day.’
The two will share the stage for a one-night-only, father/daughter concert presentation of their work on Friday, September 6th, at the John Drew Theater in Guild Hall.
Mr. Wolosoff will perform solo piano as well as sections of a new work in progress inspired by the Odyssey, with a band including electric guitar, bass, drums, piano, synthesizer and electric cello (played by Dorothy Lawson of the string quartet ETHEL). Ms. Garrett will play a set of her songs with a band, featuring Dorothy, guitarist John Brodeur of Bird Streets, and Melody Gardot’s rhythm section: Sam Minaie on bass and Chuck Staab on drums.
Bruce Wolosoff performs The Celestial Ruby, live at Guild Hall
Juliet Garret performs Traffic Light
Composer Bruce Wolosoff’s Concerto for Cello & Orchestra, recorded by cellist Sara Sant'Ambrogio with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, will be released on October 18, 2019.
More Music Inspired by Visual Art: Music of Bruce Wolosoff, an album of Bruce Wolosoff's compositions inspired by visual art, was released in January 2019 by the Montage Music Society and appears on the current Grammy ballot in the category of Best Classical Compendium.
Wolosoff has written for numerous acclaimed ensembles including ETHEL, the Eroica Trio, Carpe Diem String Quartet and the 21st Century Consort.
A frequent composer for dance, Wolosoff collaborated this spring with Pilobolus at the NY Academy of Art, and is currently at work on a new ballet inspired by the work of John Keats with choreographer Ann Reinking, with whom he collaborated before on The White City (Best Dance of 2011, Chicago Sun-Times) and A Light in the Dark for Thodos Dance Chicago.
Bruce Wolosoff's discography also includes Songs without Words (18 divertimenti for String Quartet), on Naxos American Classics, and several albums of piano music including Many Worlds; Darkling, I Listen; and an early recording of piano music by the Italian composer Ferruccio Busoni.
Singer-songwriter Juliet Garrett’s music is “a remedy for the soul” (Camden Live). Raised on Shelter Island, her songs toe the line between observation and fantasy, inviting the listener to join her in believing in our better angels. With songs that are “well-written and refreshing” (Polyvinyl), Juliet’s “sound evokes comparison to the best seventies songwriters while still remaining fresh” (Independent Music News). She has remained active during lockdown, playing live streams in support of her favorite venues to play in person— from Rockwood Music Hall in New York to the Green Note in London — and cultivating a dedicated online audience. She has also transformed her childhood bedroom into a recording studio, and is hard at work on new songs. Her first EP, Corners of Pretend, was released on March 19th and is available on all streaming platforms.
As a founding member of ETHEL, Dorothy Lawson (Artistic Director, Cello), has appeared on stages as varied as the Venice Biennale, Sydney Opera House, Lincoln Center, Toronto’s Royal Conservatory, Kennedy Center, and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. A ubiquitous presence in New York City, the quartet has performed at Brooklyn Academy of Music, Merkin Hall, World Financial Center, Le Poisson Rouge, Park Avenue Armory, Roulette, Alice Tully Hall, The Kitchen, The Stone, National Sawdust, and Greene Art Space, among other venues; at festivals and community events; at city schools and campuses; and appears year-round as Artists-in-Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Balcony Bar. ETHEL has toured every region of the U.S., performed in Western Europe, Russia, Mexico, and Australia, and been featured on internationally broadcast TV, radio, and streaming services. Prior to ETHEL, Ms. Lawson performed with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the White Oak Dance Project, Philharmonia Virtuosi, the American Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and numerous new music ensembles. Canadian-born, she completed degrees at the University of Toronto, the Vienna Academy and earned MM and DMA degrees from The Juilliard School. She teaches in the Preparatory Division of Mannes College at the New School in New York City.
John Brodeur is the guitarist and songwriter for the band Bird Streets. Last season, he was selected as an NPR Slingshot Artist of the year. His latest album, Bird Streets was released on Omnivore Recordings, and called “a rock-solid power-pop gem” by Pop Matters. His newest single, “Come On,” can be heard on his website: www.birdstreetsmusic.com
Iranian-American bassist and producer, Sam Minaie, was born and raised in Reno, Nevada where he attended the University of Nevada, Reno. After receiving his undergraduate degree in Reno, he moved to Los Angeles to study with Charlie Haden at California Institute of the Arts where he received his Master’s degree. Currently living in New York City, he has enjoyed touring and recording throughout the world with artists including Tigran Hamasyan, Kneebody, Donny McCaslin, Dhafer Youssef, Charlie Haden’s Liberation Orchestra (tuba), Peter Epstein, David Ake, Ravi Coltrane, Jeff Ballard, Nate Wood, Mark Guiliana, Patti Austin, Melody Gardot, Butch Morris, Tootie Heath, Jean-Michel Pilc, Ari Hoenig, Shai Maestro, Nate Wood, Ben Wendel, Houman Pourmehdi, Alfred Ladzekpo and numerous others.
As a producer and post production engineer, Sam has either written for, mixed, or mastered dozens of records and is the founder of birdFood Studio in
NYC. His debut record, ‘Heyo!,’ is available for download or order at samminaie.com.
Chuck is a drummer, composer, and educator originally from Ocean City, NJ. He attended Princeton University where he studied with Dr. Anthony Branker, Zakir, Hussain, and Paul Lansky. He has studied privately with Jeff Ballard and Ralph Peterson Jr.
Since 2008 he has toured extensively with Universal Music Recording Artist Melody Gardot as drummer and musical director. He has performed and recorded with Federico Aubele, Denison Witmer, Pierre Aderne, and Phil Roy.
Currently Chuck is working with Devin Greenwood and Sam Minaie on a project of original music in Brooklyn, NY.