Lots going on musically this winter! On Friday, January 9, BeBimBop performed at Classic Quiche Café in Teaneck, NJ to a full house. A great way to start the new year! But that’s not all…
Villa Palagonia, my duo with Allison Scola, is currently in the studio recording our debut album. Along with Greg Maker on bass and Dave Mancuso on percussion, we have been working hard to produce a beautiful record with the help of outstanding engineer Don Sterneker of Mix-O-Lydian recording studio and Janie Barnett, who is supporting us with vocal production. The plan is to release it in the spring of 2015. Stay tuned for updates!
Furthermore, Villa Palagonia will be in Chicago at the beginning of Februrary (6 & 7) for a mini-tour, the highlight of which is a live broadcast on WFMT’s Folkstage.
Hosted by Richard Warren, Folkstage is an uninterrupted, one-hour concert broadcast featuring some of the best traditional and singer-songwriter talent in folk music. The live concerts can be are heard Saturdays at 8 PM on WFMT (98.7 FM) or streaming at http://www.wfmt.com, immediately preceding the broadcast of the renowned folk show, The Midnight Special. Stream it live!
BeBimBop continues to grow and evolve, and we’re looking forward to bringing our spicy jazz-pop to Pera Mediterranean in midtown Manhattan at the end of January (Friday, 30 January, to be precise!). Join us for excellent cuisine and an upbeat evening of music!
Looking ahead, there are some plans brewing for a Johnny Rodgers Band tour abroad for the US Department of State in June/July. Can’t say too much now, but we are very excited about the prospect of more cultural diplomacy work in 2015.
I’m excited to report that BeBimBop will be performing at The Morgan Library on Friday evening, May 23. Admission is free.
Things with Villa Palagonia are heating up. We’ll be performing a short set on Sunday, May 18 at Bar Eolo for a Sicilian spring feast, and then on Saturday, June 21, as part of Make Music New York, we’ve got 2 shows. One in Central Park for the whole family, and then in the evening, we’ll be at Pera Soho from 7-9. Additionally, we’re scheduled to be part of the song swap on Saturday, July 19 at the Huntington Folk Festival on Long Island. Check out Villa-Palagonia.com for all of the details.
With the Dodo Orchestra, I’ll be performing some shows in the next couple of months. In July, we’ll be at Drom in NY’s East Village. Details to follow.
Lecture | March 3, 2014 | Parsons The New School for Design
Multi-faceted guitarist and programmer Joe Ravo will take us on a journey exploring some of the reasons the guitar has grown to become the most popular and widely used musical instrument of our age. The discussion/performance will visit world-wide technological advances over the last century that affected the guitar’s development, the player-instrument connection, and the audience-performer relationship.
Through performances with his trio that includes Greg Maker (bass) and Danny Mallon (percussion), Joe will demonstrate how the technology and designs of different guitars promote different sound concepts and genres, and ultimately, enable an acoustic instrument once bound by its small voice to become an amplified instrument whose sound fills stadiums.