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Sunday, July 24, 2011
Reception or EVENT?
This past June, I had the pleasure of performing background music at a cocktail reception for the executive committee of the volunteer program at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It was held outdoors at the Centennial Café in Fairmount Park. Since it was a small gathering, all that was requested in terms of instrumentation was solo keyboard. My very professional Yamaha P8O keyboard works well for outdoor parties and, once again, provided a good sound.
Attendees were very pleased with the music and the committee chairwoman sent me a lovely thank you note concluding with the sentence “Your beautiful music made the reception an EVENT!”
I certainly realize the importance of live music because of many letters of appreciation I’ve received over the years. The chairwoman’s statement, however, was a unique observation of its capacity to transform a special occasion. A reception doesn’t have to be just another reception. Add live music and, who knows, it may magically turn into a warm, wonderful, extraordinary “event.”
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Good recording is a “must” for any musician. When I began to work on my website last summer I chose to record at Morningstar Studios in Ambler, PA, because of it fine reputation. Head engineer is Glenn Barrett. I found Glenn very knowledgeable, professional and patient when I recorded my solo piano selections so I recently returned to record four jazz standards with my jazz trio.
I was impressed by the “start of the art” technology. Not only could we hear each other extremely well through our headphones but could communicate with each other as well as with Glenn throughout the session. Since we could remain seated at our instruments for most of the time, the session was completed in less than two hours.
The finished product is excellent thanks to Glenn and the musicians who worked with me, Tyrone Brown on bass and my husband, Ray Bruckno on drums. Tyrone and Ray generate a magical jazz feel and I could not have asked for a better rhythm section. The four cuts are now on the audio sample page. Enjoy!
Saturday, January 30, 2010
I recently had the pleasure of performing for an event at the Tavistock Country Club in Haddonfield, NJ. A company was sponsoring a post holiday cocktail party and networking event. I was asked to assemble a jazz trio for background music. My initial suggestion , in terms of instrumentation, was a trio consisting of piano, bass and drums. I thought this would work wonderfully- a nice, bright swinging sound. However, the event planners wanted a smooth, sophisticated and low-key sound that would not interfere with conversation. We decided on a piano, bass and saxophone trio for the perfect sound level. Personnel included myself on piano, and two world class musicians, Larry McKenna on sax and Bob Campbell on bass. The event was a huge success, well attended, lots of conversation and many business cards exchanged. Everyone loved the music and the company was very pleased- it was the perfect instrumentation for the event.
When planning a party, please be sure to communicate your musical needs for the perfect ensemble. MUSIC MATTERS, INC. specializes in customized, attentive service. Remember, the right music makes all the difference!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
If you click on audio samples, you’ll hear my renditions of more traditional wedding selections such as CANON IN D, a great piece for strings which also works well on piano or keyboard. Through the years, however, I’ve played wedding ceremonies for couples who think “outside the box” and had interesting musical requests. Once, a couple wanted LINUS AND LUCY by Vince Guaraldi from A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS for a recessional. It was well received, everyone thought it was great fun, plus I loved playing it. So, remember, it’s your day and your music!
P.S. Your questions and comments are most welcome.