Monthly Archives: January 2014

Music, Music Music- Cyrus Chestnut at TheJazz Standard

Yesterday was pianist extraordinaire Cyrus Chestnut’s 51st birthday. To celebrate his birthday this year he performed as a part of his trio at The Jazz Standard.

The Jazz Standard is a favorite jazz venue in New York City because it not only hosts most of the great jazz musicians who come through New York, but also because it is a part of Danny Meyer’s wonderful southern barbeque restaurant,  Blue Smoke.

Great food, fabulous music shared with friends certainly makes for a great night out.

Last night was no exception. Cyrus’s trio consisted of his usual drummer, Neal Smith and instead of Dezron Douglas on bass, Marika Galea fit in perfectly.

Last January I wrote about seeing Cyrus perform at Dizzie’s Jazz Club for his 50ith birthday with bassist Dezron Douglas, Neal Smith on drums, Stacy Dillard, saxophone and special guest Jimmy Heath, saxophone.

The performance last night was no less stellar. The subtle and obvious talents of Marika Galea and Neal Smith blended so perfectly together with Cyrus’s prowess.

Most of the exquisite compositions were, as Cyrus stated “penned” by him. The most wonderful feature of the trio was that it showcased Cyrus’s prodigious talents while presenting the whole trio in lovely balance.

Once again, I am blown away, my heart opens with joy and gratitude for the gifts we are given to enjoy and with which we can soar.

Life is soooo good!

Music & Art – The New January in New York

This week was joyous for me because I filled my heart and soul with quenching music and art.

It started with Sunday Jazz Brunch at beautiful Robert on Columbus Circle. It was a foggy  day so the view of Central Park from top of the Museum of Art and Design (where Robert is housed) was ethereal and misty.

The holiday decorations were still up and the jazz set was performed by bassist Rob Dugay’s trio Songevity. The pianist was Justin Kauflin and the drummer Nadav Snir-Zelniker. It was a particularly good set with lots of energy, smoothness and cohesive interaction between the musicians.

They clearly enjoyed the standards they played with each other and so did we.

Later in the week I was fortunate to attend the New York Philharmonic conducted by our own music director Alan Gilbert with the exquisite violin soloist Lisa Batiashvili.

The concert was like a grab bag of musical genres.

Beethoven’s Fidelio Overture was first followed by the electric and seamless performance of Shostakovich’s  Violin Concerto No.1. I am generally not a fan of music that is less than melodic, but the extreme sensitivity and deeply resonant notes of Ms. Batiashvili violin amazed and moved me. Her performance seemed effortless despite the obvious difficulty of the solos.

What I loved about Alan Gilbert’s conducting Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1  was Alan Gilbert.  He is jubilant, expressively using his whole body and hands to conduct the entire program without one piece of sheet music to guide him.

What finally astonished me was the performance of George Gershwin’s An American In Paris. I have never heard it live and while Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron flashed in my mind’s eye the subtlety of the interplay of the rhythms and instruments were so very exciting. I had chills all over my body.   Wow, I didn’t expect that!

Finally, after months of watching the lines outside of the Frick Collection (located across the street from where I frequently enter Central Park)  I finally got tickets to see the special exhibit Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Painting From The Mauritshuis.

What I realized when I saw this exhibit and later went on to see old favorites of mine from the permanent Frick collection is that “live” art- the masterpieces themselves, touch me energetically in ways that reproductions simply don’t.

I have wonderful memories of visiting this jewel of a museum as a child on Sundays with my parents. There is a marble central courtyard adjacent to the gilded organ that used to be played while we meandered through the exhibition rooms.

It was here that I first fell in love with the portraits painted by Romney, Renoir and Gainsborough.

Just as in musical performances, some of the very minute nuances in the energy and visuals of a painting fall short in reproduction.

The simple point is that the majesty of the humanity and divinity that the painting masters capture touches me in ways that are difficult to describe.

In this week’s slide show there are a few left over holiday pictures of small shops and houses, Christmas carolers, the red snail sculptures in Central Park and Columbus Circle, a picture of Santas, strolling down my street on Santacom, the 67th Street Armory garlands,  views of Jazz Sunday Brunch at Robert,  and a flash of Vermeer’s Girl with The Pearl Earring at the Frick.

Enjoy!

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Happy New Year and What Ever Happened in December Group?

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Dear Readers,

Wishing you each the most joyful year ever!

With the beautiful, powdery crunchy snow gracing our city streets I thought that this Google obtained image most represents my internal feeling tone for this new year.

I am feeling a certain ease, excitement and glistening inside myself about the opening opportunities that our new year provides. It seems that something very new is being ushered into our experience of life on planet earth this year.

Yesterday, after the snow stopped falling,  the sun was shining brightly while I sat next to my kitchen window. Outside it was really really cold and blustery.

The wind was driving snow drifts. As  tiny flakes flew in the air by my balcony the light of the sun glinted off their structures.

It reminded me of  miniaturized fireflies in summer night skies- in reverse. Here were specks of bright white light illuminated by the sun’s reflection.

Wow.. It was gorgeous!

Left over from the old year is a short account of what during our December Practitioner Skills Development Group.

We were delighted to include a new Group member, RPA Student Practitioner  Veronica, who recently completed her basic Resonance Repatterning™ coursework with our wonderful teacher in Mexico, Karine Bourcart.

Other Group members who were present were Minh, Merrill, Gladys, Harriet, Paula and Shyama. Lillian was present by proxy.

After our paired practice sessions, we had a Group Repatterning. It was the Nun Karma Repatterning which is authored by a group of Certified Repatterning Practitioners.

Our healing modality included Harmonic Overtones with the energy of Infinity Healing.

The next Group session date will be determined a little later on. It will be either March 1st, or March 8th.

If you have a definite preference and would like to be with us, please let me know soon so I can publish our proposed March Group date.

Sending you each love, light, laughter and much gratitude,

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