Category Archives: Music

September 11th – Celebration of Life “Be-In”

On September 11th 2011 I produced the Celebration of Life “Be-In” as an alternative way for local artists and community to acknowledge, process and transcend, via ritual, the events of 911. While I am horrified by the tragedy and its aftermath which claimed many thousands of innocent lives and still impacts worldwide events – I think it is essential not only to mourn those who have been lost but to make a conscious choice to go on living, loving and celebrating life so we who envision a better world will have the strength and courage to actualize that vision. Imagine peace – work for justice! Continue reading

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The Sweetest Song

As the audience joined in the hand clapping, there came a point where we wondered if the song was going to end … but it went on and on and on … and, there came a moment where something shifted. The energy in the air changed – there was laughter – a transformation in group-consciousness. Continue reading

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SEEKING NYC Creative Collaborators for “Celebration of Life!” September 11th, 2011 – “Be-In”

“SEEKING NYC Dancers, Choreographers, Percussionists, Body Painters, Photographers, Videographers, and advance & on-site Event Organizers for
CELEBRATION of LIFE!” – A “Be-In” & Video Documentary, September 11th, 2011. Continue reading

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Tree Sculptor Judith Z. Miller Presents: Unique Tree Branch Percussive Instrument-Making Workshop – July 23rd – Park Slope Brooklyn – CANCELLED DUE TO HEAT WAVE

CANCELLED DUE TO HEAT WAVE – WILL RESCHEDULE SOON. In a culture where we BUY everything, it’s a radical and fulfilling shift to create with our own hands. Come – join me in our lush and beautiful St. Mark/Warren Street Community garden to make your own musical percussive shaker out of a TREE BRANCH/found materials and objects that are precious to you.
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Grammy Culture War – Calling for NARAS Resignations & Boycotts!

May 22nd’s press conference at the Nuyorican Poets Café in NYC was energized by the presence of some of the world’s greatest musicians. Accusations of cultural genocide, ignorance, greed – and a plea to save the Grammy’s from itself – specifically, by recanting the recent action of the NARAS Board to eliminate 31 Grammy categories.

The eliminated categories include not only Latin Jazz, Native American, Zydeco and Polka – but approximately one third of American music. The panelists perceived the decision by NARAS to be racist, destructive, divisive and shortsighted. Continue reading

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Mary McBride: Soulful, Gritty, Gorgeous – A Knockout Performance at Joe’s Pub!

Drawing upon her Louisiana roots, her love/hate/comic relationship with church, mad songwriting skills, a great sense of timing, a good head for song selection, and a strong, sweet/raw voice that soulfully carries it all aloft – Mary McBride takes the stage and makes it her own. Continue reading

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CUBAN JEWISH ALL STARS – Messiah’s Intertwined Vibration

Goddard Riverside Community Center Performance Review: Event date, November 10, 2010; review published November 20. They come, leaning on canes, carefully, gently stepping down the steep stairs. One-by-one, two-by-two, holding each other’s arms for support. They hobble in using walkers, … Continue reading

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