Posts Tagged ‘Cabaret’
Posted February 9, 2013on:
What a delightful evening we had at Maggie’s Cabaret on February 1st with the concert titled LOVE STORIES: IT TAKES ALL KINDS, a cabaret-concert collaboration between Maggie’s Cabaret and the DC Cabaret Network. It was a full house with folks standing in the back and a standing ovation at the end. Everyone enjoyed an evening celebrating love with songs from many perspectives, styles and genres. It was truly wonderful.
Proceeds from the event went to support St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church. Cindy Hutchins (Artistic Director of Maggie’s Cabaret) and Michael Armstrong (Managing Director of Maggie’s Cabaret) produced the evening and George Fulginiti-Shakar was Music Director and Accompanist. Many thanks to the many volunteers who staffed the evening at St. Margaret’s.
Cast of LOVE STORIES: IT TAKES ALL KINDS: A Valentine Cabaret at Maggie’s Cabaret
February 1, 2013
Photo taken by Otis Ramsey-Zoe
Back Row from Left: Cindy Hutchins, Dorian Woodruff, Christy Frye, Eileen Warner, Emily Leatha Everson, Chris Cochran, George Fulginiti-Shakar
Front Row from Left: Alex Tang, Pamela Jackson, Steven Cupo
I sang two songs from the Singable Picture Book repertoire, but songs that were originally written for grown-ups to enjoy! Here’s what we all sang (in performance order):
HAVE YOU GOT ANY CASTLES, BABY? (Music by Richard Whiting, Lyrics by Johnny Mercer)
I WISH YOU LOVE (Music and French Lyrics by Charles Trenet, English Lyrics by Albert Beach)
PART OF A PAINTING (Music and Lyrics by Benj Pesek and Justin Paul)
BENNY (Music by Arthur Johnston, Lyrics by Hal Vickery)
THE MORNING AFTER (LEAVE) (Music by Zina Goldrich, Lyics by Marcy Heisler)
I CAN HOLD YOU (Music and Lyrics by David Friedman)
STORYBOOK (Music and Lyrics by Nan Knighton and Frank Wildhorn)
THE PROMISE (I’LL NEVER SAY GOODBYE) (Music by David Shire, Lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman)
DON’T KNOW WHY (Music and Lyrics by Jesse Harris)
KING OF ANYTHING (Music and Lyrics by Sara Bareilles)
George Fulginiti-Shakar and Alex Tang
WHY HAVEN’T I HEARD FROM YOU? (Music by Dennis Livingston, Lyrics by Bob Levy)
DOES ANYBODY LOVE YOU (Music and Lyrics by Bill Solly)
WITH YOU (Music by David Shire, Lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr.)
OUR LOVE IS HERE TO STAY (Music by George Gershwin, Lyrics by Ira Gershwin)
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Grandma’s Feather Bed (John Denver’s)
Words and Music by Jim Connor
Adapted and Illustrated by Christopher Canyon
Wrap-up about the event posted on the St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church website:
My dear friend George Fulginiti-Shakar not only Music Directed and Accompanied the event, but he also played the role of MC. Before the show, he asked each person to fill out an index card with a few interesting facts about themselves.
My middle name is Leatha. You pronounce it like “Lisa” with a lisp. My great-grandmother’s name was Leatha. Leatha spell checks (or at least it did for a long time in MS Word) to “Leather.” Everson spell checks (or at least it did for a long time in MS Word) to “Evasion.” So ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Emily Leather Evasion.
Please forgive me for this infraction, but this sort of thing makes me chuckle. Especially since it is true. I did not add that one of my dad’s pet names for me was “Lethal,” but there you are. I do love my name, but like Catalina Magdalena Hoopensteiner Wallendiner Hogan Logan Bogan, there’s not much I can do about the fact that it’s the name my mother gave me.
LOVE STORIES: IT TAKES ALL KINDS: A Valentine Cabaret at Maggie’s Cabaret
I’ve lost count of how many Sing Books performances I’ve been privileged to share over the last few years, but I’ve not stood up in front of a microphone to sing for grown-ups since about a year ago, which I get to do in a couple of days, something I’m very much looking forward to doing. That said, brushing up on a few performance reminders is always a good thing to do.
And, since I consider each Sing Books performance to be its own kind of cabaret performance, these reminders are extra helpful.
A few nuggets of advice from Master Teachers that I’ve collected over the years to remind me what Cabaret Singing IS…what it is all about:
- Don’t forget that, regardless of your interpretation, the words and music must fit comfortably together. “Listen to your heart and just sing.” (Bob Harrington)
- “Cabaret is about specificity.” (Wendy Lane Bailey)
- “There is no fourth wall in cabaret. The fourth wall is the one you walk through to get into the room.” (Erv Raible)
- “The performer is a guide through the story of the song.” Wendy Lane Bailey
- Remember what George Fulginiti-Shakar said about rehearsing with taped music (or any accompaniment). Your job is NOT to follow the piano or accompaniment. Your job is to experience the song and express that experience to the audience.
- “The central point remains: In cabaret, you’re doing much more than singing. You’re communicating through song.” (Bob Harrington)
- Do all the homework. Work out for yourself what each word of the song means to you. Then TRUST and let it go. The influence of your work will be there. Sing from your heart.
- Once you’ve done all the homework and rehearsed, approach each performance as an improv, an opportunity to tell the story new to a new group of people…as Tovah Feldshuh said “Write the performance not in stone, but in water.”
- A cabaret song is “…expressing a burning thought that the singer needs personally to covey…” (Michael Miyazaki 090608 on cabaretdc.wordpress.com)
- There should be no difference between the person who is standing backstage from the person who steps up the the mic (Lina Koutrakos)
- TELL THE TRUTH (Lina Koutrakos)
- Remember, though, “songs weren’t written to be spoken, and some things that work fine to music sound rather questionable as prose,” and “a lot of what makes a song work is coming from the singer, not the song.” [BH]
- “There’s just as much that’s cerebral going on, and a lot of it occurs because constant repetition leads to the internalization of a song.” (BH)
INFO AND THINKING ABOUT SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
Emily’s Upcoming Performances: “Love Stories: It Takes All Kinds” a Valentine Concert at Maggie’s Cabaret
Posted January 21, 2013on:
LOVE STORIES: IT TAKES ALL KINDS
A Valentine Cabaret at Maggie’s Cabaret
Friday, February 1, 2013
Doors open at 7:15 when you can enjoy a free glass of wine and snacks that come with your ticket
Show starts at 8
St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church
1830 Connecticut Avenue
Washington, DC 20009
The next Maggie’s Cabaret, held at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 1830 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC will take place on Friday evening, February 1st. Come, bring a friend, and celebrate Valentine’s Day a little early. Members of the DC Cabaret Network, including Emily Gleichenhaus, Chris Cochran, Steve Cupo and others, will share songs dedicated to all kinds of Valentines.
George Fulginiti Shakar will musical direct and accompany.
Doors open at 7:15 pm and the songs start at 8:00. A donation of $20 goes to the church’s general fund and includes a glass of wine or soda and light refreshments. Leave behind the cold February night for the warmth of Maggie’s.
Hope to see you there!
EMILY’S UPCOMING (AND PAST) PERFORMANCES
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with this collection of Singable Picture Books which express one person’s love for another.
Posted July 6, 2012on:
I feel so deeply, so passionately about my program Sing Books with Emily. In many ways my entire life experience has come together in it. Everything from babysitting, substitute teaching, working at the Children’s Museum in Indianapolis to being a parent and performing in plays, musicals and cabaret have helped facilitate the effort. And, importantly, being an active member of the DC Cabaret Network (DCCN) and serving on its Board of Directors was (and continues to be) essential to the creation of the Sing Books project. I am incredibly grateful to DCCN for the opportunities it has given me to learn and perform. DCCN has also given me the chance to meet, work with and learn from a fabulous group of talented people. And, thanks to the DC Cabaret Network’s offerings, my ideas for Sing Books with Emily were able to germinate and grow.
I was on the board of the DC Cabaret Network for nearly 7 years and will, of course, continue as an active member. Thinking back over the years that I have studied the Art of Cabaret (and will continue to study and will always consider myself a student), reminds me of what an incredibly important role the DC Cabaret Network has played in my life as a performer and the indispensable role DC Cabaret Network played in helping me create Sing Books with Emily, which has miraculously turned into something special for my community. I believe in my heart that the program is not just entertaining and enriching for the children, but that it is also important for conveying and enlivening musical heritage.
Without the DC Cabaret Network, Sing Books simply would not be. The Sing Books “experience” involves me sitting, Singable Picture Book in hand, before a group of children and performing songs LIVE, singing directly to the children (or any person of any age who happens to be there), from a personal point-of-view, sharing the words and music and everything I know and understand about the songs. Factual information and my own life experience combine to give me something to say in introducing the songs and, of course, inform the performances themselves. In other words, in my mind at least, Sing Books is in many ways a “cabaret” experience but which also just happens to employ Singable Picture Books and is most often performed in classrooms.
Most of what I learned about cabaret and the personal style of reaching out to others with song (conveying personal experience while simultaneously participating in the history of our musical heritage) came to me in one way or another though the funnel of the DC Cabaret Network. DC Cabaret Network provides many benefits to its members, including performance opportunities at Open Mics, a newsletter with information about cabaret performances and classes, salons, workshops, and the chance to establish relationships with other performers, directors, musicians, and teachers.
The DC Cabaret Network is facilitated by a group of 5-7 volunteers who are steeped in the world of professional musical performance and who bring to the table their passion, time, energy, experience and considerable skills and talents, talents which are not exclusively musical. Other skills frequently employed include the ability to cooperate as an ensemble and establish consensus, the ability to be forward thinking, resourceful and creative in solving problems, as well as skills like perseverance, organization, communication, writing, and technology.
It is important to note that the DC Cabaret Network is FACILITATED by the Board of Directors, but the organization itself is not just the Board of Directors. The DC Cabaret Network is a NETWORK of people who all have similar interests, and in the sharing of those interests they find ways to grow, experience, explore and learn about their craft TOGETHER. People in the network don’t just wait for things to be provided, they work and play together inside and outside the structure of the network and its membership to make new things happen.
Like so many things in life (including the artistic adventure of the art of cabaret itself), the DC Cabaret Network is exactly what each person makes of it for him or herself. It is exciting to see what so many of its members have done using experience and relationships gained through DCCN as a launch pad to create new projects. Many shows, workshops and performances would not have happened unless DC Cabaret Network had been there. The Sing Books with Emily project (the blog, performance program and the cabaret) is just one example.
I stepped down from the board a few months ago in order to devote more time to my Sing Books with Emily projects, but my heart will always be IN the Network. I give the DC Cabaret Network (the organization and all its members) my deepest gratitude and I look forward to participating more and more in the many opportunities to stand up and perform and learn and associate with so many like-minded, cabaret-loving friends.
Web Page for DC Cabaret Network:
SONGSPEAK, the blog of the DC Cabaret Network, here:
I have such deep feelings for Spalding Gray. Having lived solo for years in NYC, his performances, recording and videos kept me company. He changed the way I looked at the world and he opened my eyes to the art of solo performance and the idea that one’s LIFE is one’s own work of art. These ideas changed my life.
Steven Soderbergh documentary, “And Everything Was Going Fine,” is absorbing and illuminating.
I’m very sorry that Spading Gray is gone, I’m sorry he was in pain and that life was not easy for him. He talked so much about his mother’s suicide and about death. I love what he said about reincarnation, which, in the filmed interview documentary segment, he says he does not believe, but that,
“…one of the ways to reincarnate is to tell your story. It’s like coming back. I get tremendous pleasure from that.”
Of course it all ties in, for me (as everything does), to singing songs. Cabaret, to me, is telling stories with songs (and the patter which before and after the song sets it up and creates a context). In many ways, Sing Books is also a form of cabaret for me. I get to share songs and tell what I know about them, what they mean to me and why I think they are important. As a result, the whole group of us become part of the song’s history and play our part in conveying musical heritage. We reincarnate the songs, for one thing. We reincarnate all those who carried the songs to us. We reincarnate ourselves by being part of it all.
Singing songs from picture books (or any other way anyone might choose to sing and share a song) may seem like something simple and mundane. But the truth is, doing so is profoundly meaningful and is nothing less than an act of reincarnation.
Wow, Spalding Gray was one fine, fine Narrator in Thorton Wilder’s OUR TOWN
Yesterday, I felt compelled to write a little something on Facebook about how Spalding Gray has inspired my “Sing Book” thinking. Ha ha, I’m quoting myself here, but since this blog is a collection of my own thoughts and experiences (“cabaret” comes to mind) as well as SPB findings and musical information…I figure, why not? …
Spalding Gray said that he believes telling your story is a way of reincarnating. And I believe that singing songs to children is a way of reincarnating…and not just myself, but the songs and the people who kept the songs alive before they got to me (and you and everyone else). And hopefully the children I get to sing with will do the same…
This is just to say right out loud that I think singing songs with children (and with anyone/everyone who joins in) is an important and wonderfully joyous thing to do.
More about Spalding Gray on his (and his Estate’s) official website:
I proudly served on the Board of the DC Cabaret Network from 2005-2012.
As my last project for the DC Cabaret Network, I am acting as Producer for the 2012 DC Cabaret Network Members’ Only Showcase.
Only members can perform, but anyone can come see it.
Here’s the info:
DC CABARET NETWORK
Members Only Showcase
Musical Direction by Alex Tang
Directed by Michael Miyazaki
Sunday, March 25, 2012 – 7pm
Arts Club of Washington
2017 I Street, Northwest, Washington, DC.
$15 Admission for DCCN & Arts Club members
$10 Admission for children 16 and under
For reservations, e-mail email@example.com
The DC Cabaret Network Open Mic at the Atlas Performing Arts Center last night was sheer delight. We had a sweet crowd of familiar faces all of whom contribute to the warmth and camaraderie of the wonderful cabaret community in the DC area. We heard a delicious menu of songs, some new, some old favorites, and some old favorite sung new. GREAT!
I celebrated Halloween with,
Sweet Suffolk Owl
Poem Attributed to an Anonymous Author
Music by Thomas Vautor (1619) (Thomas Vautor’s musical setting: www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbkTP7NJXME )
Music by Richard Hundley (1981) (Richard Hundley’s musical setting: www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCOijXQEeqk)
Illustrations Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
You can sing-along with this book I assembled, to view or print, click here:
sweet suffolk owl book for singing
For my friend Christy Trapp, who sang another lullaby,
Last Song (A Lullaby)
Poem by James Guthrie
Music by Emily Everson Gleichenhaus and Paul Raiman
Illustrated by Eric Rohmann
Sing-Along with Emily:
Note: I sang these songs just as songs…not with the books. It’s a great exercise for me to sing these books for gatherings of kids, but also to stand up and sing the song all on it’s own. Both ways of singing the song, I have found, bolters and improves the other…however, they are two different skills for sure!
My last song last night wasn’t from a Singable Picture Book, but something from my grown-up cabaret repertoire. It was a tribute to my husband, since we met in September 1998 and had a wonderful church wedding in October 2000. Charlie was and is my Saving Grace. I sang “Play Me” (words and music by Neil Diamond).
The event was hosted as always by the fabulous Terri Allen.
Jonathan Tuzman made musical magic on the piano.
Jeff Tucker made everyone sound great with his amazing work mastering the sound.
It is my honor to serve on the Board of Directors of the DC Cabaret Network and to assemble its monthly newsletter.
The DC Cabaret Network website: http://dccabaretnetwork.org/
SongSpeak, the blog of the DC Cabaret Network: http://songspeak.wordpress.com/
Find us (and “Like” us) on Facebook.com: DC Cabaret Network
For the Love of Ella – from MM’s Video Master Class of Classic Performances on YouTube (and the SPBs of Ella Fitzgerald)
Posted October 4, 2011on:
ELLA FITZGERALD (sings “How High the Moon”…with a few other surprises thrown in)
Em’s Thoughts (10/3/2011)
HOLY COW! VOCAL VIRTUOSITY! Ella blows my mind. Her singing is, however, free of pretense. When she sings, it’s as if what she is doing has always existed in the universe and she is the instrument of delivery. At the same time the performance is still fresh and new and FUN. She’s like an extraordinary kid in a sandbox playing, melting the sand into jewel colored glass then blowing and spinning it into fascinating sound sculpture, we have to watch and listen hard to believe it. Her voice is acrobatic and miraculous. How does she do that? Most extraordinarily, the singing, the scat, the sound and rhythm just flow right out of her. You know she’s working hard, but it seems effortless and self-sustaining at the same time. She’s doing what no one else can do like she does it and yet what she is doing is not off-putting and confusing, but exciting with its own gravitational pull. She drew me in. I found myself leaning closer and closer to the screen, my legs twitching to find a way to participate. Ella was brilliant and unique, a master and a virtuoso. Delicious.
See Michael’s Post of with his selection of videos of classic performances by women, here:
You can find Ella Fitzgerald in Singable Picture Books
Video Master Class in Live Performance Assembled by Michael Miyazaki
Singable Picture Books Celebrating February is African American History Month
Singable Picture Book Lists for Special Occasions & Interests
The first phase of my mission for ”Oh, What a Beautiful Day: Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret” is finished. The CD is recorded (we are finishing up the details of “rights” and can officially release it soon) and the first two performances have been performed. What an amazing experience it has been!
I learned so much!
And, I will be forever grateful to the amazing cast of talented and brilliant friends and supporters who helped bring the idea, show, and CD into existence.
My plan now is to get out in the world and perform the show in the coming years to inspire people of all ages to enjoy the wonderful experience of singing together (through the fabulous medium of Singable Picture Books), provide musical enrichment and introduce the art of cabaret to audiences that include folks young, old and in-between.
The CD has a mission, too. I hope that the CD will help facilitate the enjoyment of grown-ups and children getting together to sing songs in Singable Picture Books!
I really believe that the songs and Singable Picture Books filling the Singable Bookshelves in the blog make every day a Beautiful Day!
All about the show (songs, books, CD, printable program, upcoming performances, etc) here:
An Additional Thought on the Educational Mission of “Oh, What a Beautiful Day: Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret”
Posted May 3, 2011on:
Part of my objective with “Oh, What a Beautiful Day: Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret“ is EDUCATIONAL.
“Oh, What a Beautiful Day: Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret“ provides a great opportunity for children and adults to experience a wide range of songs from the Great American Songbook. Audiences will also become acquainted with Singable Picture Books as a means for enhancing the skills of emergent readers, enriching musical appreciation and a great way for people of all ages to spend quality time.
Plus, if anyone of any age is interested in the art of cabaret or vocal performance, this show will be a great introduction.
This show is a fully realized one-woman cabaret performance complete with unique arrangements for each song; a through-line and concept which incorporate emotional, intellectual, and conceptual arcs which create a work of art in its own right; and vocal performances crafted by an experienced performer (using crafting techniques developed through years of training and experience) and a team of professional musical and theatre directors.
I have had the honor and privilege to study the arts of cabaret and vocal performance from many of the best teachers and working performers in the business. Though thrilling and fun, I take the work very seriously. I feel that nothing less than the creative lives of young people and the quality and longevity of our great musical heritage are among the many things at stake.
Gathered from master classes, university courses, master teachers, and colleagues I’ve had the chance to work with, as well as extensive personal experience, I have developed a process for working on songs. A significant element of this process is research (this blog is a result of my compulsion to know and understand everything I possibly can about the songs I sing) and written homework. To facilitate and organize a portion of the research and homework, I created a “Song Craft Worksheet,” and it is my honor to share it:
This worksheet details my process for crafting a song for performance.
For Emily’s Song Craft Worksheet, click here:
Emily’s Song Craft Worksheet
For more information about this worksheet and the thoughts that went into its creation, click here:
The Art of Singing and Crafting a Song for Performance: Emily’s Song Craft Worksheet
“Oh, What a Beautiful Day: Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret,” is funded in part by a grant from the Arlington County Commission for the Arts, which makes the project a special work of art created as a gift for the Arlington Community.
I hope you will come and support the live performing arts. In return you will be rewarded by enriching your creative self and the emerging artistic sensibility of youngsters.