So many exciting things these past few weeks—enough to get me back on Tumblr for the first time in a while, at least.
After I helped out a wonderful, but struggling, East Village cafe and jazz performance space by giving them some press to raise awareness, the co-founders kindly let us perform there last Thursday. We had a warm, magical evening there, goofing around on the piano, and then cuddled up on the couch, listening to co-founder Trudy Silver play, and taking pictures of each other on Becca’s droid. It was a humble, but beautiful night.
The next day, I went to Caravan of Dreams, a strange-but-charming vegan eatery in the East Village, to discuss the possibility of performing there during meal times (solo piano). The manager had me play for an hour to hear what I sound like. People talked, people ate, waiters rushed by, Lauren sat next to me on the floor (for moral support). It was background music, and that was more than fine by me! Honestly, if someone had to pick the one restaurant in New York where muzak could contribute as much to the experience as any of the food or decor does, it would have to be Caravan of Dreams. Come see me play during brunch, Saturday 10/23 and 10/30, 1–3pm!!!
Finally, we have begun planning an exciting benefit concert that will take place in January, at the Gershwin Hotel, and will feature all piano-themed performances. If any of you remember, last spring, an installation called “Play Me, I’m Yours” distributed 60 pianos in public spaces throughout the city. It was awesome, and got a lot of great press for both the artist (Luke Jerram) as well as the cause (Sing For Hope—a non-profit that introduces arts programming to communities via schools, hospitals, and fundraising events). Now, we are in the process of coordinating the event (scheduling artists, catering, invitations, press releases, promotion), which will feature 5 piano-themed artists and performers (including Greene Girl!), and the opportunity to learn more (and donate…) to this amazing organization. More to come!
Other things in the works, but not wanting to brag—or jinx anything—I’ll stop. The 5-track EP is slowly but surely winding down to a point of completion, and soon we will have a solid, tangible “thing” to put in your eager hands.
Until then, come see us every Wednesday morning (10:30–11:30am) in the lobby at the Gershwin Hotel. 2010 is all about tigers, making mistakes, and dreams coming true. And we still have two months before it’s over!