I’ve just followed a wonderful month in Germany and Norway with two weeks of warm New York weather, and now I’m returning to Switzerland on Monday! It was great to improvise with cool cats in Leipzig, Berlin, and Oslo and to work with an awesome team in Stamsund, Norway to bring puppets to life – look out for our show, Point Pleasant, on both sides of the Atlantic in the future! Now I’m going to Zürich and Zug to play my own music in a show about cabaret predecessors to Dadaism. I’m also playing a few shows in New York this month, and in July, I head out for another big US tour with the World/Inferno Friendship Society! Read on for details.
For the past few weeks, I’ve been hard at work creating new music for violin and piano to accompany Der Schleier der Pierrette, a pantomime by Arthur Schnitzler from 1910 that has been shortened and adapted for the new show Dada kam vor Voltaire. The idea of the show as a whole is that Dadaism, which this year is celebrating the centennial of its founding in Zürich at Cabaret Voltaire, didn’t emerge from a vacuum, but has immediate predecessors in the literary cabaret tradition of the late 19th and early 20th century. The show includes pieces from that time period such as pantomimes, poems, and short scenes, which will be performed in German by Swiss-based theater company stringsaTTached and directed by fellow New York native Sarah Bellin. The violin and piano music I’m writing is strongly inspired by silent film music and by Viennese waltzes – sometimes more Johann Strauss, but often more Arnold Schoenberg. I’ll also be adding solo interludes on violin and electronics, and additional touches throughout the show. The first performance is in the town of Zug on June 11 at Gewürzmühle, a spice mill turned theater. The main event, though, is a run of performances on June 17, 18, & 19 at Miller’s in Zürich as part of Festspiele Zürich, an annual four-week arts festival. If you live in Zürich or know anyone there, please let them know about our show!
I mentioned shows in New York: this very evening, June 2 from 9-10pm, I have a show with Westchester folk rocker Bill Steely at Otto’s Shrunken Head on East 14th St. It should be a good time. We’ll be playing a lot of tunes from our upcoming album, which will be available soon! Later in the month, I’m playing an album release show at the historic Old Stone House in Park Slope for Amelia Robinson‘s first solo album of “adult music” (she’s also an accomplished creator of music for children). You can already stream the album, which I played on, here; but please drop by and celebrate with us on June 23rd at 7:30pm! I’m also again playing with singer/songwriter Johnny Kira at the Bitter End at 8pm on June 26 – this time, we’re playing a half hour set.
Then in July, I’m hitting the road again across the US with the World/Inferno Friendship Society! The first leg of our tour is from Boston to Chicago, including a hometown show at the Bowery Ballroom on July 7 – mark your calendars! Then a second leg takes us from Seattle to southern California and Phoenix. I’ll make some more noise about this closer to the tour, but for now, check out the tour schedule on the shows page.
Heads up about some shows I’m not playing in but which you should check out: since July, I’ve worked for LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI, based in Switzerland, and this weekend is the organization’s first international series of concerts, which are in New York at the Met Museum as part of the NY Phil Biennial. You can find info and tickets here. I also organized an afterparty for ALUMNI and their friends 7-10pm this Sunday in downtown Manhattan – if you’re interested in stopping by, let me know and I’ll send you the info!