From artists’ homes to yours
Last month I had the pleasure of helping my friends Jan Vogler and Eric Jacobsen produce “Music Never Sleeps NYC” a 24-hour livestreamed music video marathon of original content performed by NYC musicians from their homes. This project was a labor of love and ended up receiving an incredible response, with over 40,000 views worldwide. It also received a 5-star review from Richard Morrison in the London Times!
At a time when we are all forced to stay home and unable to share live music together, this livestream provided a wonderful community moment for all of us, musicians and audience alike.
Many of the artists involved are near and dear to Caramoor. So, we thought we’d share some of their wonderful videos with you.
1. Paul Huang and Danbi Um are both alumni of Caramoor’s Evnin Rising Stars. They recently returned to play a Wednesday Morning Concert in our Spanish Courtyard last year. Paul will be back at Caramoor for our upcoming 4th Annual Chamber Feast. Luckily for us, Paul and Danbi are sheltering at home together and were able to perform this beautiful Ysaye Sonata for 2 Violins from their apartment. In addition, Paul plays the Largo from Bach’s Sonata No. 3 in C Major.
2. Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo was last heard at Caramoor in July, when he performed in recital with Paul Appleby and Matthew Aucoin in the Spanish Courtyard. Anthony made this beautiful solo video of Dido’s Lament from home, accompanying himself on the piano.
3. Sandbox Percussion performed John Luther Adams’ songbirdsongs in the Sunken Garden last summer and will be returning to Caramoor with pianist Conor Hanick, including a world premiere by Chris Cerrone. Here they play works by Victor Caccese, David Crowell, and Andy Akiho FROM MEMORY, folks! How do they do that!?
4. Here’s a beautiful short work for solo clarinet by Scottish composer James MacMillan, performed by Todd Palmer. Todd performed a beautiful Brahms Quintet with the Brentano Quartet in our Spanish Courtyard in 2018.
5. Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin contributed Intermezzo, a piece he wrote for three cellists to play over video conference. The work takes the delay/lag of video conferencing and makes it into a feature! He recorded it here with himself playing fadolín, and cellists Laura Melnicoff and Valeriya Sholokhova. He also plays his Seacliff Serenade on fadolín. What’s a fadolín? A six-string violin that combines the range of the violin, the viola, and almost all of the cello by using two extra strings — the low F and C (the “fa” and “do” in the newly-minted word “fadolín”). While the C string exists on the viola and cello, the F string is unique to the fadolín. Ljova and the Kontraband are playing on our new “Concerts on the Lawn” series this summer.
Stay tuned for more, coming next week!
Stay safe and healthy, and let music continue to comfort and inspire.
All my best,
A note from Music Never Sleeps NYC presenter, cellist Jan Vogler
“The Coronavirus global crisis has changed all of our lives drastically and has shut down every performing arts institution and venue we artists call our homes. While practicing at home on the Upper West Side, I realized that we can still contribute something during the fight against this pandemic.
After hours of conversations with my New York-based friends and colleagues I understood they are more eager than ever to express their artistry. These friends and colleagues have agreed to create original performance content for Music Never Sleeps NYC to be livestreamed over a 24-hour period beginning on March 27 at 6:00PM EDT.
We will all unite to send a musical message of courage, empathy, friendship, hope and love from New York to the entire world. We also encourage those watching Music Never Sleeps NYC to support various New York charitable causes that directly benefit New York-based artists. Please join us to celebrate music and joy during hard times!”