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  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on February 06, 2007 report

    This was really a great concert, one of our best .. there was a kind of lunacy that was going on between the electricity of the audience and my Trio, ...really dug the Tibetan instruments..Noah Garabedian, my Bass player is like our answer to Scott La Faro ,who was Bill Evans favorite Bass player before his death... By the way, at times we channel Bill,so if you heard a lot of Bill that is why ..there is a lot of La Faro and Eddie Gomez in Garabedian's playing, as well as his own unique sound, and Darren Ross is my great innovative drums/percussionist..He is is awsome and we can't wait for the next concert Feb 25, 730 PM South Pasadena 1115 El Centro, South pasadena Library Chamber Concert Hall.

    Thanks for a fine evening, you are something else...We are inspired

    Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on February 06, 2007 report

    Yes!!! it was another breakthrough evening...we had a very appreciqtive audience, and went a lot of places musically that were totally new...We had a ball deconstructing one of the Bach two part inventions...Noah was outrageous, and Bach with a drummer!!!!Yes!!! it really worked... mybe 6 choruses, and each getting further and further out... if you've ever played the Inventions, you know how knotty they are, so it was a total blast...thank you Noah, Thank you, Darren..Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on February 06, 2007 report

    AL YOUNG,California Poet Laureate with
    SUEZENNE FORDHAM CHAMBER JAZZ TRIO IN CONCERT
    Friday, April 27
    7:00 PM
    South Pasadena Library Chamber Concert Hall
    1125 El Centro
    South Pasadena, Ca.
    FREE
    818 371 7735

    We have just recieved a call from Steve at Pasadena Library, and our Chamber Jazz Trio has been invited to play a very unusual concert. We are scheduled to appear with Avant Garde Poet Laureate Al Young as part of his book tour celebrating the release of his new book of poetry,"Coastal Nights and Inland Afternoons"...He has appeared extensively with jazz groups, and written about Jazz greats Charles Mingus, and Charlie Parker.
    This promises to be a superb evening of fusion of the Art of Poetry and Chamber Jazz.The event is free, and is sponsored by the James Irving Foundation, and the California Arts Council.

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on February 06, 2007 report

    Our next concert in our regular series is :
    SUNDAY February 25th
    730 PM-10 PM
    South Pasadena Library Chamber Concert Hall
    1125 El Centro x Fairview
    South Pasadena, Ca
    Admission free, but reservations recpmmended

    We are a fusion of Bop, Tibetan percussion, Classical, streaming into Avant Garde... Ambience is Historic Sites, great acoustics,and incredible pianos and the best acoustic players Comfortable, informal with ample opportunity to ask queations of the players, a great experience...
    Suezenne Fordham, piano,Harmoneum Melodika, Indian Flutes, Ghzeng
    Noah Garabedian, Contrabass
    Darren Ross, Drums and Percussion

    AND WE ALL PLAY TIBETAN PERCUSSION AND GHZENG[CHINESE ZITHER]
    lOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU.... Suezenne

  • Maurice Grants wrote on February 07, 2007 report

    Fantastic!! Glad to see the monthly concerts.
    Can't wait for the free form Jazz and Poetry recital performance.
    What a great idea. We'll be there for sure.

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on February 07, 2007 report

    Todays rehersel was a gas...Just Noah, me and new stuff.We never reh. things we are actually going to develop, just maybe unison lines, and unusual chord changes...Other things we addressed were Noah's bowing on Monks Round Midnight, and Monk's 52nd ST.Theme.

    We also spent meaningful time on more of the Bach inventions, and the Rachmaninov Vocalise...Noah is approaching the sound of a cello. and his bowing is improving by leaps and bounds...which is a joy since one of my favorite Bass players to work with was Richard Davis in New York...[a Master with the Bow],,we also woodshedded the Inventions for the purpose of really playing in sync, and for intonation.
    Local 47 has really good rehersal halls, with IN TUNE pianos. Always a pleasure.

    On leaving, we ran into Alan Steinberger, top LA Pianist, Conductor,Arranger and Composer, and friend of Maurice and Lynn Grants,and it was fun to introduce my Bassist , Noah Garabedian, to him.

    After a three hour reh. off to feed the Paso Fino Horses at Hansen Dam Eq Ctr...

    Found out that Teddy Charles did some gound breaking String arranging for an album he did with Sam Most, Clarinet player in LA, formerly of NYC. I played opposite the Sam Most Quartet at the Composer in NYC... he is a very talented musician...Another outstnding player on that recording was Violist Walter Trampler...

    Teddy Charles is a bi-coastal vibes player arranger and composer, who started the "New Directions" Jazz era.
    He is a most incredible Icon, and he is the one who first "pulled my coat" to the Art of Avant Garde, Improvisation Fifth Stream, and Free Form playing.

    This, teamed with what I learned from Lennie Tristano, Bobby Bradford, and the Compositional theories [all 13 Volumes} of Spud Murphy as realised by MXMITACEK, have forged me into the player I have become...

    None of this could have happenned without a very solid tecnical foundation from Dorothea Anderson La Follette,William Kapell's teacher,and Robert Goldsand who was my teacher of many years[and who studied with Moritz Rosenthal,a student of Franz Liszt.}

    All of these elements at times fuse into our music, presenting a very unusual and wild musical ride...

    Been trying to locate Eddie Gomez, Bill Evan's fave Bass player [other than Scott La Faro...

    And now to practise the Brahms "51" on my old Steinway "B"... fingers, fingers, fingers...,

    Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on February 08, 2007 report

    Had a fun conversation with greatly talented Conguera Akemi Uchiama...the usual thinking of new ideas...

    I had an idea for yet another direction last year and spent four months researching Flamenco,yes,dancing,too...it is a great Art form, and my Trio and I were letting Flamenco flow through our streaming...

    Still want to launch a full fledged Flamenco concert,perhaps with SRA Clarita,a very artistic and tecnically exciting performer... She even has a portable Flamenco stage...

    At one of Chamber Jazz'concerts we were channeling Flamenco Spirit, Akemi was in the audience, and in an instantshe and Naomi and others in the audience became the "Palmas.." a sound made by clapping...

    In Flamenco Palmas, there are two sounds possible, one with the RH fingers clapping over the palm, and the other, palm to palm[duh "palmas," get it??

    She has since added a Flamenco Cajon drum [that you sit on to play] to her arsenal of very unusual instruments..and she sometimes plays gigs with Bobby Rodriguez,Latin Trumpet Legend.as well as her group "Lunanegra".


    My Chamber Jazz Trio's next project is the Great Whale Concerts...free streaming over sounds of four species of Whales...Alan Hovanness wrote a spectacular Symphonic piece,"And God Created great Whales..." and this is our inspiration, and Noah was greatly inspired by his Whale Watching adventure Sunday....Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on February 09, 2007 report

    Just saw a fab email from Akemi, we will have a copy for you to read in our program at the next concert...She and Naomi discuss the essence of our music with excerpts from John Cage's book "Silence."
    Thank you Akemi and Naomi,
    Humbly,
    Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on February 11, 2007 report

    Have heard from MXMITACEK, and he will be in on the creation and transcriptions of Whals Song for the new Trio Project, inspired by Hovannas' "And God Created Great Whales" This is really an exciting trip,and will be a never before venture for Avant Barde, to our knowledge...

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on February 11, 2007 report

    Just heard from Cynthia Hsiang, rominant concert Artist on Chinese Zither Gu hzeng, and she will be happy to have me in her clacc to learn Ghzeng, which will, of course be ranslated into our jazz Streamings... Thank you for being so encouraging and don't forget the Feb 25 concert at the South Pasadena Library Chamber Concert Hall at 730....Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on February 12, 2007 report

    Next concert
    Sunday
    February 25, 730Pm
    South Pasadena Library Chamber Concert Hall 1115 El Centro,
    South Pasadena,Ca..
    Free

    Totally new concepts!!!

    GREAT WHALE SONGS with the Suezenne Fordham Avant Garde Chamber Jazz Trio

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on February 13, 2007 report

    "Word from Bird" Havn't seen that album in ages... one by Vibes Supra genius Teddy Charles... it was a few years ago that I remember Teddy recording that album in NY...Great album, greatest Vibes Player, great composer, great human being with his faithful pack of dogs always nearby...Awsome!!

    Latest word from Teddy is an album with Tio Marcero,and the rehersels that are taking place in NYC. Teddy is playing his trusty set of Vintage Deagans,Zoot Simms is on the Gig too, and many of the other players are from Teddy's original Tentet. There was also the NYU Jazz Band on the date,["kick ass"to quote TC] and are we looking at next year's grammies???Of course!!!

    In a few weeks Teddy will be recording his new album, also in NYC.He is a great artist, and I am really happy for all the Jazz community, both Bop and Avant Garde.. He was the originator of the Avant Garde movement with his Tentet..it will be incredible to hear how the Tentet, that historically great group of his, has developed, and what his current sensabilities are...WOW!!! Too much to contemplate...Right on Teddy...

    Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on February 14, 2007 report

    It seems that MXMITACEK will assist in the production and extraction of the actual sounds of the Great Whales... we are sending him out with a crew to follow the whale watching ships to record underwater sounds with an underwater microphone, and plenty of Bonine... HE IS TOTALLY devoted to composition, and is very enthused about this project!!!Fantastic!!!

    Noah was whalewatching a couple Sundays ago, and even HE'S enthused, cool as he is...What a great group I have anound me, Thank you, all,yes, you, too Darren....Wishing all a happy, love filled Valentine's Day!!!

    Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on February 15, 2007 report

    Latest from Steve Fj re: the Poet Al Young's appearance and Poetry reading in April at the South Pasadena Library...our Chamber Jazz Trio will be appearing in conert with him...

    He is an extraordinary, brilliant Poet, and Poet Laureate of California...one of his books is "Mingus Mingus" and I am having Noah prepare one of Mingus'[a grear Contrabass player] great opus..."Goodbye Pork Pie Hat", written on the event of Lester Young's[Prez} death...With Noah's[our Contrabassist with our Chamber Jazz Trio] great bow arm, this will be an event to remember...We are eagerly looking forward to this very urban and cosmopolitan event...

    Through our concert season at the South Pasadena Library, we have found the South Pasadenians to be very Urban, and Cosmopolitan, and very "Hip"...or to quote Slim Gaillard and Papa Jo Jones.."Reet Vout and Melloroonie." To this day no one really knows what that means as those two had their own "hip" language, the true meaning only understood by them..

    I worked opposite Joey Bushkin at the Embers in NYC, and drummer Jo Jones played with Bushkin's Piano Trio...On intermissions, he would astound everyone by coming to the bar for a "taste", and proceed to use the empty leather barstool tops as a drums, and anything from Swizzle sticks to his bare palms to produce the most fantastic, quiet jazz, and even at times throwing in something like the "Poet and Peasant Overture"...Of course he never had to pay for his own drink...Jo, also had a pair of "lucky shoes" that he had since a young teenager, and he firmly believed that he couldn't play unless he was wearing those shoes, and in the Ember's dressing room one time the cleaning crew threw them out,and when Jo got to the gig, his "lucky shoes " were gone!!!EVERYONE was frantically going through some very rotten garbage cans{ In NYC ICK!!!RATS, roaches, etc]...but the Ember's Chinese Chef found them, and Jo was able to go on the stand!!!

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on February 15, 2007 report

    This blog will be from my friendships and relationships with many of NY"s JAZZ GREATS...

    We were a very close circle of "in" players, and there are many very interesting anecdotes from those close relationships that I am happy to share with you over the next few months or so...

    Many items are quite funny, some just touch the human... and some are a little sad...JAZZ being the combination af all three ... at times probing the depths or scaling the heights of human emotion...

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on February 16, 2007 report

    In prep for the February 25th concert, a really beautiful new Ghzeng[Chinese Zither ahs been added to the batterie of unusual instruments for my group...we are forever searching for unusal- out of- sight textures, the Great Whalesong project is all consuming, and the boundries are limitless...begin studies in earnest next week with Cynthia Hsiang on the gughzeng...there are so many fantastic sounds in the universe to be captured, and realised through our Music...We are so fortunate to have this opportunity...and the inspiration...

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on February 16, 2007 report

    Word from Vibist Teddy Charles is that he will play a concert this evening with a Big Band in Manhatten, ...with quite a few younger players who are blowing everyone out of the water, and of course, the great Lee Konitz on Sax...Super sounds!!! Like to have been a fly on the wall!!!Teddy plays a very vintage set of Deagan Vibes that have a truly golden sound, very warm, yet totally brilliant...There is not a trace of the metallic sound of some of the othermodern Vibes makers....just wonder why someone doesn't bring Deagan back, and exactly duplicate those older Deagan sets exactly...Anyone there??? Hello???!!!Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on February 16, 2007 report

    Have a meeting with Michael Riley re the creation af the Whalesong for our upcoming concerts[ in development} He is the son of Sax Legend John Reilly, and we really look hearing how he hears this ...Michael is one of the "in" Eis people, a brilliant composer, and fine singer...also mentored by Donald Brinnegar, tenor Extraordnaire...Michael, Thank You, Suezenne

  • Candice Merrill wrote on February 18, 2007 report

    This is to Suezenne Fordham. I publish a daily on-line news magazine and would like to feature your upcoming concert in South Pasadena on our website www.pasadenanow.com. Could you please provide me with a couple of paragraphs about the concert your trio and possibly a picture? Please respond to editor@pasadenanow.com. Thanks

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on February 19, 2007 report

    We really want to thank Candice Merrill from the pasadeanow.com online newspaper.

    She published a very wonderful article with pictures about our concert this coming Sunday ...she actually contacted me through this Jazz blog, and everything was done electronically...pictures included... It is a beautiful layout, and I am so happy about her interest...

    The pictures were taken in natural settings by Maurice Grants in an informal shoot that took most of one of California's beautiful autumn days...It was one of the most fun experiences of my life, and Maurice ended the session with a hilarious "Goth" series at his and Lynn Lusher Grants harpsochord, and then Maurice moved on to do a really funny minivideo of me playing the harpsichord... truly worthy of you tube...We laughed til our faces hurt. Usually photo sessions are very intense, very difficult, but there was such a spirit of levity, that the time just flew, followed by Lynn's great scones and tea!!!Way to do a photo session!!!Thank you, Maurice and Lynn!!

    www.pasadenanow.com
    www.pasadenalivingmagazine.com

    By all means visit those publications....

    Again proving that Pasadena and South Pasadena are very hip, cosmopolitan cities, with knowledgable,caring audiences...we are happy to have our Series here...

    Suezenne Fordham,piano, etc
    Darren Ross,drums and percussion
    Noah Garabedian.Contrabass

    AND WE PLAY TIBETAN PERCUSSION

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on February 20, 2007 report

    It is interesting to see how "warp time" seems to kick in the closer it gets to concert day[this Sunday] I had to be at the South Pasadena Library to get the contracts and pay the fee for the Hall, When I arrived, there was a power outage at the Library, and it was closed... of course this is stressful, as there are so many details to get in order, and the equipment packing lists, endless....But I know how inconvenienced the staff was....

    I have wonderful things to say about the SPPL they are really concerned, wanting each event to be as wonderful as possible.[We are privately presented, not an official Library event]

    Yolanda is a wonderful resource of information, snd is very patient with Artists...new venues are very difficult, and it takes a few concerts to see how the Hall really works...

    And we are waiting to hear from Steve Fj to see if he can raise the stipend for my bassist and drummer for the Al Young {poet} concert... I am contributing my services, but my players must be compensated...Ahhhh reality!!!

    Rehearsal tomorrow with Noah...he'll see the Khachaturian Toccata for the first time...Can't wait to see if"anything happens"...play it through straight a few times, then stsrt to deconstruct it each time getting further and further out, and the last time...return it to it's original form...Awesome...

    We rehearse in the Local 47 rehearsal studios, and it is a joy to meet on"neutral territory." IN TUNE PIANOS,too!!!

    Hey Akemi, what have I been telling you???

    Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on February 20, 2007 report

    This turned out to be a fine experience...Candice Merrill is a fine writer, and publishes pasadenanow.com, and she and Photographer- Cellist Maurice Grants created a wonderful, classic article...also in pasadenaliving.com Thank you!!!! The writing is beautiful, and the photographs are wonderful!!!

    Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on February 22, 2007 report

    I have to say today's rehearsal with Noah was incredible! Since we are really a multi fusion Trio, I brought the Khachaturian Toccata[the pre notes for the great Piano Concerto which was so brilliantly premiered by friend William Kapell with the Boston Symphony, and on RCA Victor.]

    (In rehearsing my players, I rehearse them separately so we can address each other's needs and they feel free to ask whatever questions need to be addressed, and can freely offer suggestions to help the group...)

    Noah had never heard it before, and it is brilliant tecnically. The first time through it was rough, the second time through better, and the THIRD time through,Noah was grabbing most of the notes from the LH,in the score, and started to get the idea of a churning train, and then he started to grasp the idea of incorporating avant garde fusion Jazz, and we were ecstatic...

    Then we moved to the Two Part Inventions of Bach, playing them and tossing the parts back and forth, then deconstruct them...What a joy, literally such happy music....really dance music...not sullen and sad, but joyous!!!

    Then we gave the Rachmaninov Vocalise more shape, and refined it even more...We have yet to take it "Out There" but it will happen when we least expect it ... Jazz is a marverous thing, and to have the players to fuse my two backgrounds is my consumate passion in creativity

    I really thank Noah Garabedian and Darren Ross. for being the integral part of our journey through quantam space and time..

    Rehearsals with Noah focus on Intonation, Bowing, and Ensemble, and very precise work such as the Two Part Inventions...etc, and when I rehearse with Darren, it is Ideas, Rhythmic Permutations, Dynamics, and his wonderful Encouragement... He, like Noah is a superb Jazz Artist, but has the ears to go to the stars and stay or come back...So Creative, so Original...Great people, too... This was interrupted by a call from the Great Avant Garde Vibist ["New Directions" Teddy Charles who got to meet Noah over the phone, they had a nice musical conversation...Hey, Noah!!! Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on February 22, 2007 report

    OUR WHALESONG PROJECT WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE NEXT CONCERT

    MARCH 25TH TUESDAY
    PASADENA LIBRARY 7 PM
    285 EAST WALNUT, PASADENA
    818 371 7735
    FREE
    Suezenne, Noah, and Darren

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on February 23, 2007 report

    And so today on to the great venture of lesrning the basics of playing Latin Percussion. Having had gome really good piano pointers, [and playing in some of his groups] from Latin Trumpet Legend Dr.Bobby Rodriguez, I thought it is time to add yet another challenge for me,yet another texture for the Trio...So there I am sitting in the right position with a tilted Conga Drum between my knees, and concentrating most intentely on the lesson with Robin Sharp, who is filling in for Roberto Yslas, who is on the road with Christina Aguilar....it is a Latin [really Afro Cuban drum ]class, which seems to be the best way to learn Latin Drums and -or percussion.

    heel tip heel tip slap heel tip open open.

    It is amazing, ideally you have THREE congas, Tumbo[papa]Mama[mama]and el nino [a spoiled screamer] Big Medium Small... Amazing...

    But for our purposes, we each had one drum, supposedly since we couldn't juggle three Congas between our knees[think riding three horses at once.]It was interesting to note that one of the players had to leave temporarily to tend to split fingers, and some others were wearing very crucially placed duct tape, and one of the "drum half circle" actually was putting on hand lotion to stave off drying out of the hands due to the dehydrating power of the skin drum heads...WOW!!!It's merciful that the Steimway family didn't figure out this particular source of torture to incorporate it into their incredible pianos...

    The sounds I produced were totally devoid of the much sought after Overtones, having all the thrill of wet Kleenex....EXCEPT for the open open...that had beauty,resonance, AND overtones [I think]

    So it may be a few weeks before I spring a Conga Drum on Noah during rehs at Bach Invention time , or the Rach Vocalise... then wait to see Darren's expression when I haul in a Conga Drum to do a duet with him in concert .Can you dig it??? He and Roberto Miranda
    [bassist formerly with my Trio for three years before Noah] used to bring six conga drums to some of our concerts, and they Burned...Really incredible!!How lucky to have these players with me..

    Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on February 28, 2007 report

    And so the Great Whalesong Fusion Jazz Concert will be up and running for the next concert in March...due to the mishaps at sea[ocean] off of Santa Barbara....The waterproofed microphone fell into the ocean and sank. {We hadn't had the forsight to attach a flotation device, and voila!!!sank, only to sit silently for the next milenia unless we could retrieve via dolphin...

    We contacted the Dolphin Foundation to see if we could "rent a dolphin" to retrieve said jazz explicit microphone, saying it "was impossible, that Dolphins are great at finding drowned or drowning, or playful Humans,[having something to do with the electricc energy between the two species brains,] but they arent oceanic bloodhounds, and it is very deep in that area, and who knows if they even dive deep, let alone hold their breaths AND dive AND retrieve..and would the jazz mic survive a trip into the Very Deep Briney???"

    Pricewise, of course it made sense to contact that great inexpensive NY audio company to get another quality jazz mic, and start all over again...

    Alas, we didn't send ENOUGH Bonine... Perhaps coupled with one of those magnetic wrist thingies next time, ...so in the meantime we are honing our Asian percussion instrumental dexterity, and the Ghzeng to get some great oceanic jazz sounds. Also 18 inch roofing flashing makes a great and fearsome sound, as does Tympani Mallots on open lower register piano strings. So we are "Whaleing Away"[wailing away] so to speak. and the Whalesong Jazz Fusion Project is alive and well, thank you.

    Then MXM ran out of Bonine... We should have sent more...And so we'll try again, in the spirit of pursuing a Great Project. And this is one of our Great ones.

    Suezenne, Noah and Darren

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on March 03, 2007 report

    And so this concert was very shall we say different...unusual events, preparations, hauling... we are currently looking for a "roadie" to help with unloading and reloading the trusty VW Bus, AND act as a security guard...for reasons to relate later...

    Thanks to Akemi and Naomi and a good friend of theirs...there was a huge jump in the number of people who came to see the concert...we were estatic, and our creative juices were really flowing, I have never heard Noah so incredible, and Darren was his genius self, and I heard one gentleman refer to Noah as "genius."...I think it was at the premiere of the Tscchaikowsky Piano Concerto in B b, and the critic the next day said "Hats off, Gentlemen, a Genius." And I feel the same about our wonderful players, both deep into it, and able to enhance my every whim, be it the farthest out Jazz or thundering, rumbling paswsages reminescent of Franz Liszt[my pianistic lineage goes like this;Franz Liszt;Moritz Rosenthal; Robert oldsand; Me so there it is all in the heart and fingers.
    Darren was a good sport when I told the audience he would play a recital piece on Tibetan Cymbals, and gamely picked up those deadly things, but Noah intervened with the most incridible Slow Blues with double and triple stops on bass, a lot played with bow...Darren eventually placed the TCs inside the piano, and it was a very unique, sort of Hungarian Cymbalon sound...totally strange and wonderful for a blues.

    One of our cornerstones,Nardis, went to [Liszt's] Dantes Inferno and back with fearsome double octave passages, and some quotes from the Rach 3rd, then Noah with his beauriful Rach Vocalise, and our deconstruction of some of the Bach Inventions..and then...

    A commotion!!! and Noah came to my side at the piano to distract me, and Darren rushed past, they told me later that some deranged man had to be ejected, he was "made crazy from the music," shadea of Ravel, Stravinsky, Schoenberg, and Monk, Mingus,Charles,Stockhausen,and Picasso...on reflection, we are proud to enter the world od musical controversy, my players are aware that is good to stir controversy, ...we rather thought of this person as , shall we say, nanodung???and so the second half was new tunes for us, Gary's Waltz of Gary Mc Farland,and Noah's Round Midnight with bow...all in all a really satisfying and artistic exhilerating evening, entering uncharted waters. Very tough for me to De Zone after the concert. but we definitely need a roadie, Both of my players put themselves between me and a potential lunatic...more about that another time...
    Thank you, dear ones...
    Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on March 05, 2007 report

    A great occasion on the release of Poet Laureate Al Young's new book of Poetry"Coastal Evenings and Inland Afternoons"

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on March 07, 2007 report

    CAL TJADER,Vibes
    Met Cal while I was a hatchick [before being discovered by Winchell],and becoming steady pianist opposite top Jazz Artists] at NYC's Embers,A beautiful East Side Boiterie, and Jazz Club featuring the top Classy Jazz Pianists in a really beautiful East Side Jazz club, playing with mostly Trios,and the Ember's beautiful Steinway "B.".

    He played Vibes with Goerge Shearing, and at times Congas,Claves,Bongos and Cowbell.George at that time was into a very commercial and lucrative bag, and his sidemen had to be able to double on Latin Percussion...Looking back on it it wasn't "real" Latin as preached by ,say, Bobby Rodriguez,current West Coast Latin Trumpet phenom band leader, but it kept the NY East Siders thinking they were in Battista's Cuba... Kenny Clark was on drums with George Shearing, and other members of the Quintet included Al Mc Kibbon, Bass; Toots Thielman on GUITAR;[Shearing had a set sound he wanted, and Toots had just begun to play Chromatic Harmonica during boring times on the road]... and Shearing wouldn't allow him to play harmonica on the stand cause it wasn't part of the "sound.]"Armando Peracez was on Latin Percusion, and even then was a giant of a player, and really a team player...

    Cal was a blast and a very close friend to me, as it turned out...Of course, it helped that I was a student at the Juilliard,and vitally interested in All music...He loved All music,too,and he was always pulling my coat to Ravel, esp Daphnis and Chloe, as did Bill Evans later... Then there was the tune"Ive Never Been In Love Before" from the Broadway hit Show, "Guys and Dolls."that Cal truly made his own.

    Cal was an good player, and had a certain niche for a few years, but life on the road, and booze finally took it's toll, sadly. He lacked the genius of, say, Teddy Charles or Milt Jackson..

    Working for Shearing was tedious at best, and it wasn't very long before Armando left the group, and returned to his roots...Armando recently played in LA. I didn't get to see him,but was told he was really as great as ever.

    Cal was unhappy, too, and just a few months later, left to form his own "Latinish band"...["latinish" is a term I believe invented by Dr.Bobby Rodriguez when desccribing someone trying to play Latin in Tumbao, and failing miserably.

    Imagine how disappointed I was when Shearing returned to play [after going on the road ], the Embers with his Quintet, Cal was replaced by Joe Roland...who played nicely... but...

    Cal was very endearing and gave the impression of being very shy, he loved Autumn, and huge, long walks, even back at my apartment on East 77 Street... he never drank or turned on in my presence, but he would get a cab back to Shearings Hotel, where I think the band had the joy of sharing one big room, nothing to do but get smashed or stoned.. or so Cal said.He wore mainly tweedy things, at times smelled of "Woodhue", I'm sure was copped from George, as the guys couldnt have afforded Cologne. I remember one time he showed me some extraordinary things on Bongo playing without Bongos...

    He always had trouble keeping warm as it was very cold in NY, and he was from the San Fransisco area,so the NY weather wasn't too appealing to him. Maybe the Ember's fine Chinse food or their fabulous Ribs, but certainly not the weather.

    He constantly bugged me to move there...Lets be serious, SF instead of the Juilliard, and NY..Get real...but it was a temptation, yes it was, INBILB...great tune...Suezenne Fordham

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on March 12, 2007 report

    The Suezenne Fordham Chamber Jazz Trio, featuring Suezenne Fordham, Piano, Noah Garabedian, Contrabass, and Mark Schmidt on Vibes end Percussion will intertwine with the great California Poet Laureate in celebration of the release of his new book of Poetry "Coastal Evenings and Inland Afternoons".Among his other books is "Mingus, Mingus" about the life of Charles Mingus, Bass Player Extraordinaire.Noah Garabedian, Fordham's Bassist is preparing a n extended solo on Mingus' "Goodbye Porkpie Hat,"with Tibetan Percussion.

    The readings and concert will take place at the Historically beautiful South Pasadena Library inthe Concert Hall 1115 El Centro.

    The event is on April 27th, Friday 7PM and is free to the public.
    The event is sponsored by the California Arts Council, and the Levinne Foundation of Orange County. The Chamber Jazz Trio is privately funded.

    For information call 818 371 7735...

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on March 14, 2007 report

    SUEZENNE FORDHAM CHAMBER JAZZ LA
    SUEZENNE FORDHAM,STEINWAY AND GUZHENG
    DARREN ROSS DRUMS AND PERCUSSION; MICHAEL ALVIDREZ,CONTRABASS WE ALL PLAY TIBETAN PERCUSION

    OUR ERSTWHILE WHALESONG RECORDING PERSON HAS JUST RETURNED FROM AN EXHAUSTIVE, DANGEROUS AND WET EXCURSION TO CAPTURE THE SONGS OF THE GREAT WHALES!!!THIS IS HUGE NEWS!!!

    --- IN DEVELOPMENT ---
    "INTERPLAY FOR WHALESONG AND CHAMBER JAZZ TRIO" For
    ON MARCH 27TH2007 THE SUEZENNE FORDHAM CHAMBER JAZZ LA TRIO WILL PRESENT THE PREMIERE PERFORMANCE OF "INTERPLAY FOR WHALESONG AND CHAMBER JAZZ TRIO"as realised by the Suezenne Fordham Chamber Jazz LA Trio.

    Tuesday March 27,07 7PM
    Pasadena Library
    Donald Wright Auditorium
    285 East Walnut
    Pasadena,Ca.
    818 371 7735
    Admission is free, but reservations are suggested

    We are an experimental, Bop multifusion group with Evans, Parker, Monk,Messian,Liszt, and Bartok influences..Venues are Historic, Arty and Comfortable. Music is acoustic, and readily accessible to the audience ...The intensity of the concert experience with the passion of jazz.

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on March 15, 2007 report

    APRIL IS NATIONAL POETRY AND NATIONAL JAZZ MONTH

    AL YOUNG, CALIFORNIA STATE POET LAUREATE TO APPEAR AT THE SOUTH PASADENA LIBRARY

    The South Pasadena Public Library and Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library are proud to present California State Poet Laureate Al Youbg for a free Author Night.The program is on April 27 at 7 PM.1115 El Centro on the Community Room.The event is free.

    This will be Young's first appearance since his California State Library sponsored "Top To Bottom" tour of the Golden State's putlying rural areas.

    It will be his only public reading during this trip to Southern California, though he will be panelist for the LA Times Book Fair the next day.

    No tickets are necessary, and during April a display of Young's books are on display at the Library.

    His latest book is "Coastal Evenings and Inland Afternoons.

    Young is a noted Poet,novelist, memoirist,plays,Essays.

    His mission is to bring awareness of Poetry,intellectual pursuits, and inspiring the best within his readers.

    Young is from Berkley,loves jazz and has performed with many Jazz groups, so it should come as no surprise that a topnotch Combo the "Suezenne Fordham Chamber Jazz Piano Trio" will play an opening set, and will later be backing Young.

    Noah Garabedian plays Bass, and Mark Schmidt will play Vibes, and percussion, and all three play Tibetan Percussion.

    Sponsored by Poets and Writers,Inc with funding from the James Irvine Foundation with special thanks to Artists Inn, and the California Arts Council.

    A truly wonderful celebration of National Poetry Month,and National Jazz Month.

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on March 17, 2007 report

    As a Trio, now in our fifth year, we are highly honored to be invited to play the opening set, and to accompany Mr.AL YOUNG, California Poet Laureate, in celebration of the release of his new book "Coastal Evenings and Inland Afternoons."YOUNG is a jazz afficionado, and he has performed with many noted Jazz Groups.

    YOUNG has just returned from a most unusual tour of outlying and rural areas not having many cultural events...We know he has been and continues to be a source of great inspiration for every one of his readers, and his new readers, too.

    The event is free, and takes place at the South Pasadena Public Library Community Room, which is our concert Hall of choice because of it's great acoustics, and Historic beauty, located at 1115 El Centro.

    We urge everyone to celebrate National Poetry Month,along with National Jazz Month and come to hear this very interesting concert...Suezenne Fordham Chamber Jazz Piano Trio

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on March 19, 2007 report

    So today was a really great day... I had to go to Monterrey Park to a fine Chinese Instrument Store, Johnny Thompson...they have the most unusual Chinese instruments, and also exotic Mariachi strings,and Instrument repair.I think they also have a conservatory and lessons available

    My favorite salesperson is Gary Gee, and he treAts me with special kindness and explains everything possible...My quest today was Zheng Claws, as I am adding that sould to the Trio...it is difficult to find the things they have there in other places, and I was knocked out when Gary pointed to a flyer of upcoming CONCERTS PROMINANTLY displayed on a beautiful music stand... I was very touched at the respect.

    He had the Zheng claws, after consulting with another knowledgable person. There is a similarity between Zheng Claws and Pipa picks.Zheng is also known as a Chinese Long Zither, and the Pipa is a sort of a cross between a Lute and a Mandolin with maybe 20 strings or so it seemed... I am studying with Cynthia Hsiang, and I really am excited about that sound with my group, I will be able to coax forth a bit of ocean from that instrument...

    This is very unusual, I think it will be a first, Zheng Jazz...and Whalesong!!!

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on March 19, 2007 report

    I was fortunate enough when I went to New York City to study at the Juilliard, to land a job at Birdland, named for Charlie Parker["Bird"]I had zip survival skills, so it was very fortunate that job happenned.I lasted about three days, as a hatchick, and Mo Levy, owner of a bunch of HC concessions, took me out of Birdland, and sent me to the EAST SIDE Boiterie, the Embers... it was fab, as it was a very chic club, and the top jazz pianists played there, and they all had 'class". Mo said I wasn't West Side, but East Side...to make a long story shorter, I practised there before work, and was "discovered "by Walter Winchell.The syndicate who owned the Embers transferred me from the checkroom about 60 feet to the Steinway 6'11 on the stage inside the club, and given Union Scale, YAY I could eat!!!.

    Joe Howard was manager, and Ralph Watkins was his boss,and John Putz{I swear} was their assistant.

    I was very happy when I heard Errol Garner was going to appear...The musicians would all hang out in the bandroom downstairs, and if it was very late, the Musicians would have a bite to eat in the club... It was so much fun for a KANSAS HICK, abbeit a Juilliard Student to hang out with the elite of the Jazz World.

    Errol was a kind person with a wicked sense of humor...AND a brilliant pianist. He is [was]known for a certain style, using Block Chords, and the Left Hand punching slightly behind the right and really swinging...Looking back it was cliche, But he was a huge success, and one of Joe Glaser's [Associated Booking Corporation}biggest stars...

    My fondest memories of Errol's playing were very late at night, if it wasn't crowded, and his Bass player[Kelly Martin, and NY Drummer "Papa "Jo Jones would be at the bar having a taste and Errol was alone with the beloved Steinway, tended to by a top Steinway tecnician...and I swear, Errol channeled Chopin... endlessly improvising something above and beyond Jazz but somehow incuding some of the feel. Some of those improvisations could have been Nocturnes, some, complex etudes, and always that possessed, impish half smile, truly in Communication and on another plane, other spirits.Yet when the Club was full, the people went crazy for his trademark.

    More on Errol and trio as guests at a fancy dinner party given in their honor by Charlotte Ford{yes, of the Ford Dynasty] in Grosse Pointe, Michigan[ an elegant suburb of manses just out of DEtroit.

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on March 22, 2007 report

    Errol had a really fine, classy and hip Trio, Piano, Bass and Drums in the fifties, and in New York they played a lot at the Embers, which I was fortunate enough as a Juilliard student to have been discovered as a hat chic, and transferred to the magnificent Steinway, playing Bach, and all manner of fantastic classical music... of coiurse this created a stir in the jazz community, and Downbeat's Nat Hentoff told me that if I would play Bach Fugues, they would run a story, I did, and they did.

    So in working at the Embers, a very fancy East Side Piano Jazz Club, I met all the great players and we were all handled by Joe Glaser's Associated booking Corp... JOE GLASER, Larry Bennet, AND Bert Block, who later married Barbara Carroll... another story...back to Errol.

    All of us that worked at the Embers were signed to Assoc. Booking Corp, and of course, were on the road a lot, too.

    On one of Errol's Trio's appearances in Detroit, they were appearing at the top piano jazz club,Bakers Keyboard Lounge,which sported a white 6'11"Steinway and a galaxy of super mood lighting that the pianist could control with their feet.

    It was frequented by very socially elite people, among them Charlotte Ford and her husband, of the Automobile Ford family..,They loved Garner, and his trio, and thought it would be a great idea to introduce him to Detroit Haute Society by personally preparing and cooking for!!!!??? a huge very formal dinner party, the idea being that it would really be a gas to have their friend Errol ensconsed in Detroit Society...

    Errol's whole Trio was invited... so said evening arrives, and all illustrious Detroit Society turned out, and the trio was seated side by side...and of course, in order to prepare for such an event Kelley Msrtin, the Bass Player was totally stoned,[though Errol's road drummer, Denzel Best was somewhat straight] The equisite Martinis didnt help Kelly's plight, either...

    Errol kept asking out loud how he liked the food, trying to elicit a compliment for the Hostess from Kelley, but Kelley was somewhat paralyzed, and finally after repeated "How do you like the food "questions from Errol, Kelley opened his eyes and said to an absolute silent room, all eyes focused on him.. and said, giving his chin a scratch,"Man, Bitch can burn!!", and promptly passed out...

    The room remained absolutely silent, and that was the end of the EGT in Detroit Society...{Thank heavens).

    True story, as told me and some other musicians by Errol and Kelley in the Band Room at the Embers

    Suezenne Fordham

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on March 30, 2007 report

    March 27th concert at the Pasadena Library Donald Wright Auditorium..

    A lot of preparation, and a lot of stress, of course.Noah wasn't able to do this performance, due to a midterm... yes, he is in school, and graduating from UCLA in Bass and Ethnomusicology...Darren and I are proud of all he does, and feel he has developed light years from the time he called me for an audition for my Trio[I thought, how dare Roberto M. send me a student??} Well, as it turned out he contributes a lot musically,and became hip to Bach and Rachmanninov, and even playing 2 part inventions on piano...and agreeing to rehearsals at the reh. facilities at Local 47,and accepting ntonation suggestions.So when he has to be absent,it is trauma time.

    So call to my mentor, Bobby Bradford,jazz Icon, and he had a very talented player,young, open minded musically,so I agreed [he would be coming into my group without preconcieved ideas about what I should sound like.]..So our Bassist for the concert was Mike Alvidrez. I had played in a couple of Bobby Rodriguez bands with him, and have had my ears on him for a couple years..So one reh at Darren's house, and we felt, go for it.

    There was a lot of pressure on him, as we were premiering "Interplay for Whalesong and Jazz trio" and we HADN"T rehearsed that...

    So we consider "Interplay" a work in progress, and it will evolve in many directions as we play and replay it at various concerts.

    Mike held well for"Interplay", and Darren and I think he is a very talented player, and look forward to more things with him.

    Darren cautions me about older players, who have preconcieved ideas, as it's sometimes hard to shake them up musically. Of course my big loves as far as Bass players go are Richard Davis, Eddie Gomez,Bill's great Bassist, and amazingly enough Noah Garabedian, the kid who Roberto sent to me two years ago.

    We are waiting with baited breath, as he is a finalist for the Thelonius Monk Institute, which is located in New Orleans beginning this Sept, but I know from my Juilliard days that it is my opinion that the Star teachers really won't be in New Orleans on a regular basis maybe once a month , if the kids are lucky...But I only wish the best for him. I am that way about family, yes musical, too.

    So, it is heartwrenching to have this spent this time developing this unique sound, which can only happen through continuing concerts, and a third of it will dissapear forever. I was upset, really finding it hard to be gracious, but Noah has agreed to play the rest of the season with us, [I hope]...ending in June.

    But Mike has possiblities, too.Will continue the details of the Concert. Akemi and Naomi came up with the great sound system which made us feel the Whales were in our laps!!!

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on April 01, 2007 report

    So after the usual depression over a change of players, albeit temporary, it was possible to haul it out again,to be willing to put the emotions out for all to see and hear, and improvise and create from the bottom of the soul.This means all of the Asian instruments,
    and Tibetan things, Chakra, and singing bowls, gongs, and all of the instruments that give our group its unique sound...hauled in my old VW Bus...Faithful since 1970.

    The really big problem with launching the "Interplay" performance piece was realistic sound... I thought just put the boombox into the Steinway with raised lid, with the speakers pointed into the raised lid, but my fine friends Akemi and Naomi showed up mercifully
    to help me set up the Hall and Stage with the plethora of "essential" stuff, and they showed up with a really great medium size sound system, and proceeded to set it up, after we ascertained that my boombox really sucked...Their sound was so clear and the whalesong so reaistic, that we all believed we were underwater. And I give my profound thanks to them for coming up with that idea. And for all their help in setting up and tearing down.

    The first tune was MXM's "9 for Suezenne", and we had a ball with it, After the extended Percussion intro, Darren laid down a new Drum pattern that was so unusual but very clear for me and Mike to latch onto, or play against. Darren is a World Class Drummer, and is my fave drummer in the world... he is the most intuitive Artist, and has the uncanny ability to send me in very new directions, and follow me wherever the Must takes me...Mike listened carefully, and did well, as this is his first experience with this kind of free performance, and yes he did come in with no preconcieved ideas abou how I should sound. More later.

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on April 01, 2007 report

    One of the amazing things that happened at this concert was the realisation of Whalesong.... It was actually Akemi Uchiama,Conguera ,ans Disney Imagineer who cued in the sounds with a remtote, and by deciphering hand signals..., and left to her artistic intuitions, fade outs and fade ins...Thank you, Akemi for having such acute sense of srtistry, and she totally was aware of what it was that needed to be accomplished.. a work in progress as we say at SFCJLA..

    There was also a very interesting new take on "So What?" by Miles, giving all of a chance to further explore the Dorian Mode...really a jolly in depth romp, and every one really loves it as it is so familiar...it sort of set things up for the abstract quality of "Interplay."... In studying the actual Whalesongs, I discovered that by meditating to the Sounds, my sense of serenity, and being mindful, had the much desired effect of a dramatic lomering of my jitteriness, better known as HBP, and this is a wonderful realisation. I am an herbalist, and am of the belief that natural is better. No toxins in the body, mind blazingly clear, and energy levels through the roof.

    This was the first time ever for Alvidrez to play the melody line for "Round Midnight,"though Noah has been flying with it a few timew.It is always a work in progress.He did well, though I know that playing with such an outrageous,on the edge group as SFCJ was a challenge for him, but we thank him for all his prrep time, and ESPECIALLY returning my calls and emails in a respectful and promrt manner... I am a leader, though I believe that each player that comes into the group has their ownmusical voice, and never lay down laws.Each Artist if free to exprexss themselves.

    I do all the work myself, and if I need to get in touch, I NEED TO GET IN TOUCH!!!I can always tell if separetion is imminent, the player start taking me for granted, and gradually gets more lax about keeping in close contact. I am a typical Leader, insecure, stress ridden, and filled with angst. Leader in my sesne means one who chooses direction, and does the grunge work, like publicity, contaccts, booking halls, choosing repertoire, and asking Good Composer Friends for originals, as well as somposing music, distributing flyers, and the list is endless. Later, must guess what distribute flyers, as there is another concert in NINE DAYS!!!???!!!!Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on April 01, 2007 report

    Thinking back on the last concert, I had the tune" Alone Together" as a last minute thought, as a really trashy tango, not too happy with my chsnges, At first it was spun as a Bossa ...and for some reason, as with other great tunes I heard Biil do live, and shared live, at times I suffer flashbacks... It's atrange, but Noah was the one who picked that up during a reh at the Union, we aere doing [of all things at this late stage of development]"Waltz For Debby." and there were so many flashbacks that, it was disruptive, and slowly we put that phenomona in place, so at least I know where it comes from at this point.

    It seems fifteen munutes before the Donald Wright Hall closes, they have a new thing of a robot voice coming over a loudspeaker announcing, "the Library will be closing in fifteen minutes" updating every few minutes, the countdown... I find it VERY rude and disruptive, I lodged a complaint the nest Thursday, and really they thought they were jusT wonderful and had the right to interrupt paid for concerts with recorded announcements... Really rude, inconsiderate, and a total disruption of the Artistic Process...Ich!!!Another wonderful facet of being a leader...Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on April 02, 2007 report

    Astonishing another concert in nine days!!!Yes we will haul out the Whale singers for "Interplay" and happy to do so...

    I will hear within a very few days whether noah has the scholarship for the Thelonius Monk Jazz Institute ... Wonder why anyone would move a viable Institute from super hip USC to new Orleans, the crime capitol of the country.I would think it is in their best intrest to have their students be where there are opportunities to expand connections, like NY or LA, or Paris, but in NY they would be in competition with the New School, and the formidable Juilliard.

    It is every jazz player's dream to start life as a professional player,[ some are scared of the challenge, and prolong that commitment]...ASAP hard as that is...That is why I want my younger players to become as proficient as possible in all aspects of playing, jazz, reading, Bow, respect and reliability, as in LA it may lead to a very lucrative career not only in the Industry, but as a sought after jazz player, and it helps to be able to eat.

    So we are hoping Noah will be with us on the 10th, and really havn't heard for a couple of weeks. We are hoping that he will play the rest of the season with us, but at this point who can tell, besides, is this the Insecure Leader speaking? Probably..

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on April 02, 2007 report

    So retuning endlessly the Zheng. I absolutely love the sound, and am very grateful there is a great and sharing artist teacher,MMe. Cynthis Hsiang... Last Thorsday was mid terms and we had to play our choice of four traditional ancient Chinese folk songs...My small zheng came via Mo from Lark in the Morning in Seattle...Mo and I had quite a time speculating how to set up, etc, then Mme. Hsiang enters, and so I signed up at PCC for Chinese Ensemble... so she graciously set the beastie up.

    It has 18 bridges, and a beautiful tone, though smaller than the regular zheng... Maybe the tooth faerie will drop one down the non existant chimney, or better yet leave one under my pillow, tho don't want to lose a tooth.

    Midterm was really fun, and I played all four songs, complete with vibrato, anf slides... and with very strong rhythm... AS I say I love that sound,and she shares the endless ins and outs of the instrument...

    Of course had to play it on our last concert, and will play it again in the concert on the 10th, though I think it needs slight amplication...I am hoping to sell this one and buy a regular size zheng soon[with Maurice's permission.]

    I add a new instrument every concert, and this time from a fave place of mine, I am adding a wooden flute made in Nepal from Tibetan artisans, and we are very enthusiastic about this, another New Direction.... Funny I keep using the term "New Directions" and realise again it is the new music that was developed by Teddy Charles, Vibist, and Charles Mingus,Bassist, about 1950. Isnt that a hoot?

    And so to work on the play list for the upcoming concert, and then practist tecnic, and the Liszt fingerings for Double Thirds and the Brahms 51. A group is only as strong as it's weakest player, yes this is so, I have seen this to be so whether it is Camber Ensemble,Orchestra,Jazzist, or a Rock Band... so we practice, continuing to strive to be better, because we know in a practise room somewhere there and many many others with the same practise ethic...

    My dear friend William Kapell, brilliant Concert Pianist, practised a minimum of eight hours a day, and I have seen his Steinway in his NY brownstone onE. 94th with [can you believe it?} banana peels and orange peels all over the music rack, and yet it wasn't offensive, he wouldn't take time to eat lunch as there was so much to learn, to do, and he was RCA' s top and most charasmatic recording Artist of the era, and had just signed a new contract for recording the Beethoven and Brahms Trios with co Artists Jasha Heifetz, violinist,and Gregor Piatagorsky,Cellist...

    Unfortunately, it wasn't to be, he was going to have a short vacation when his plane landed in Hawaii,after a concert tour of Australia, changed his mind, and got back on the plane, and on approach to the San Fransisco Airport, the plane clipped a wing coming through Half Moon Bay, and exploded into a fireball and all aboard were incinerated...Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on April 03, 2007 report

    Just got through to Noah re playing the concert, yes. YES!!! s

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on April 03, 2007 report

    Got an email from Darren,"have I heard from Noah?'...not yet....and the beat goes on ...ladiladidah..later//

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on April 04, 2007 report

    Tuesday the third??I think so...really fab California day, and so after doing my barn chores for the morning, including feeding, mucking, brushing, picking horse hooves,and supplementing my twoPaso Finos, plus Whiskey,Chris'Tennessee Walker, then on to Nancy's three quarter Horses, supplementing them, and hanging out...

    I had to "Distrube Flyers" again.. so off to Pasadena, and Eagle Rock...and then to Dr Music... the only music store I've seen that actually has music from France by Oliver Messian,I think in it's own way hipper than the Juilliard Bookstore.

    We have been told by musical sages that our music at times takes on an Oliver Messian aspect...and this is "cool" in the vernacular...

    I think that is actually where the idea of all the gongs came from... Zubin was in town for a Messian fesival with the LA Phil, and one of the pieces had a vertical rack of maybe 15 gongs, and i sat there spellbound, as I actually had relief from my Tinnitus[ringing in the ears from childhood ear infections]...

    Aside from that they looked great, sounded in my heart, and lo, these years later, my band is a Five Gong Band, and Darren spirits the hugest to his house, and sometimes uses it on a gig, which is great, as it picks up fine vibes when it is being played with great Artistry, and Darren is a consumate Artist and world class Drummer= Percussionist...Ears out to THERE!!!

    So while at Dr Music, i picked up the April issue of Myrna Daniel's LA Jazz Scene, and after reading her always right on editorial column, turned to the listings, and discovered that she had listed BOTH concerts for April, I was very moved, not only this concert was listed, but, the Concert with Al Young was listed, too!!!Thank you Myrna!!!Nameste!!

    Let me tell you that the rest of the day of flyer distributing just flew by,bopping along at 25MPH in my '72 VW Bug.till time to do the evening Horse Chores...

    Wow!!!What a great day...I hope your day was equally filled with wonderful things, and beauty, kindness,Music, and creativity, and that you have wonderful people in your life, too...Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on April 05, 2007 report

    WHALESONG UP AND RUNNING...SWIMMING-DIVING PLAYING.. IN DEVELOPMENT

    AND BEING AGAIN PRESENTED ON APRIL 10TH CONCERT,

    hORRY TO HEAR THIS, IT GETS BETTER AND BETTER....SUEZENNE, dARREN NOAH

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on April 05, 2007 report

    BIG NEWS...

    NOAH HAS CHOSEN TO BE HERE IN LA INSTEAD OF NEW ORLEANS, AND HE IS VERY MUCH WITH THE TRIO, WITH MIKE ALVIDREZ... ASST BASSIST

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on April 06, 2007 report

    THE BEST BEST BEST

    NOAH HAS DECIDED AGAINST NEW ORLEANS, HE REMAINS WITH US.

    ALL OF LA BANDS BETTER PAY ATTENTION TO THIS PHENOM DEEPLY ROOTED BASS PLAYER.. NOAH, THANK YOU

    The 5th of April, another really great day for different reasons..the best news is that Noah, our Bass player has chosen to be in LA instead of NO.this is fantastic for him as well as all of the groups who want a superB, IN TUNE bassist, who plays his patoot off,and reads up a storm...Yes good newa, as he is graduating from UCLA, and will continue to build his career...with his eye on the Big Apple, though with his chops, he will also be valuable in the Studios.... Hey Noah!!!Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on April 08, 2007 report

    AL YOUNG CELEBRATORY CONCERT
    AL YOUNG, CALIFORNIA POET LAUREATE
    Suezenne Fordham Chamber Jazz LA
    Noah Garabedian, Contrabass;Mark Schmidt, Vintage Deagan Vibes, All play Tibetan percussion

    In Concert April 27th
    Friday 7PM
    South Pasadena Library Community Room
    1115 El Centro, South Pasadena

    We are estatic over Mr. Youngs extraordinary new Book of Poetry...such beauty of words and rhythm and meaning.. we are very much looking forward to this collaberation. And we are hoping he will join us on Tibetan percussion...

    I especially want him to play one of my treasures,,,the ancient, seven metal sacred Singing Bowl that is seven inches in diameter, and four inches deep, which was especially picked out for me by Melanie Foerschler, the owner of Noteable Bowls.com, a treasury of all things Tibetan...this particular Bowl has three overtones, with one being dominant, with the most beautiful sound...

    She was very understanding of my wishes to incorporate Tibetan Percussion into my group, and had many more suggestions for various combinations of sound, and also the healing aspects involved, and indeed, we have noticed that at times we will see some of our audience with eyes closed, and inhaling deeply with index and thumbe in a mindful position...

    We are very grateful to Melanie for all of her help, and understanding that this vs a very unique sound in Avant Garde Jazz... I proudly say we are a five gong band, with a smile,and we are waiting to see what Mr. Young will say about our musical ideas in Concert with his Poetry...

    And Melanie!!!We are the FIRST Tibetan Percussion to be listed with Musician's Union, Local 47, Los Angeles...Isnt that a hoot?!!!
    Suezenne Fordham Chamber Jazz LA;Darren Ross Drums and Percussion, Noah Garabedian, Contrabass and we ALL play Tibetan percussion.

    We hear that Mr. Young is intrigued with the Tibetan aspect of our group..Thank You!!!

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on April 08, 2007 report

    Happy Happy!!!Today is a wonderful gloomy day here in S. Cal, and really appreciating Al Young's new book, "Coastal Evenings and Inland Afternoons".... what a joy to see a lot of my NY freinda mentioned in Poetry, Lionel Hampton, Monk, and music I hope mr Young will dig as we play. I am pulling them from my stacks of Music, and even the Goldberg Variations of Bach, and Mozart's 39th Symphony...,Jazz tunes "Up Jumped Spring, Body and Soul," such good things, and the Poetry is, to use a southern Cal expression...
    "Awsome."More later, I am preparing Tuesday's Concert at the Pasadena Library...C'Mon down, ya hear???Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on April 13, 2007 report

    The last concert.... April 10 was the best...Noah is back,whom I adore,as a bassist and person.. though Mike is very striking, and plays good...

    There was our usual looniness in the air, which means the concert will soar..Noah sounded so inspied, and perfectly in tune, that everyone could feel ...the first tune was "Gary's Waltz, by McFarland, then a free event going to the universe, and we even included Zheng, the Chinese Long Zither.and our Batterie of Tibetan Percussion, Noah played the most extraordinary "Round Midnight" I've ever heard, and all the while Darren was the consumate Drummer, sensitive, intuitive, just great, Thank you Darren, and I really dug his SEXY green silk shirt

    ...Later on we did our new work in Progreaa."Interplay" for Whale Coro and Chamber Jazz trio.We swam in and out of their song, and Aksmi Uchiyama worked with the Whale Sounds to perfection..Thank you and Naomi for all you are and do...later, Suezenne... Noah it's true 10 pounds in two and a half weeks, and migraines daily to my shoulders...you know what I mean.. [ smile]..Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on April 13, 2007 report

    Intermission was really a gas....WE were honored by Myrna Daniels being in the Audience...Myrns is the founder creative force , writer, of LA's only Jazz Newspaper, now in it's ninteenth year...LA would NOT be the Jazz Mecca it is now if it weren't for Her efforts, meeting deadlines, and an inspired staff...This is a monthly publicationand the highlight for me is her always corret and inspired Editorial, you have to read this Publication to even begin to be hip in LA Jazzwise, and Myrna, all of the jazzers love you and reapect you for all you have done, and thank you for creating this oasis of jazz community...WOW, and thank you for coming to see and hear us, and I love your comments, all for the betterment of understanding between the Band, and audience...Hugs from all of us, Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on April 15, 2007 report

    Also at intermission I spoke with two really hip ladies who had decided that ther were tired of crowded freeways,would start to come to local concerts, one of them plays vibes, so it was good to connect with more music lovers,,,,

    Before intermision, we played an outstanding Nardis, thank you Bill for all of your inspiration, and your spirit which I am able to impart to Noah and to a lesser extent Darren..

    Noah is very hip to it all, as I have shared a lot with him, basically because he has a great reverance for Bill and always asks really intelligent questions, and Darren is more laid back about that whole aspect of the Trio.The Spirit os Bill Evans, or the Channeling Bill thing..We are not Bill Evans imitators, but our music is profoundly under HIS care and nurturing, so to speak

    I think Darren is more interested in Papa Jo Jones,or perhaps Gene Krupa, and I think he at times is a Rock Drummer, and I love that in his avant playing and perhaps sometime I will share some info on Marian[Mc Partland's]Semi Blind Drummer Joe Morello, he was a quiet, very right drummer for Marian, and she almost died of grief when Joe left...{know how she felt.]

    Back to the Concert:

    We barely touched on the actual melody of Nardis, but were especially aware of free Harminic substitutions, and the skimming over the top of it all with very atonal passages, both on piano and Bass, and lots of virtuoso lightning from all three of us, but still playing off each other.The final segment was a Canon I laid down based on just a single bass line nardis , interspersed with Rachmaninov like passages free before returning to the Canon theme....

    This represented the tolling of twelve bell songs representing the tolling of the bells and the end of time for time for Bill. Can you dig it???The audience did, and so did we, and now you can dig it, too,..Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on April 16, 2007 report

    And the end of the Concert, and my favorite time, loys of hugs from Darren, Noah mmm... Naomi and Akemi,Martha and Mike, and Myrna, all my very favorits people..it really is NOT about how many are in the audience, but the feel of the peeople who are there is where it's at, and the closeness within the music with Darren and Noah,,,AND what a groove...Suezenne Fordham Chamber Jazz

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on April 17, 2007 report

    All about he preparations for the upcoming concert with Al Young, California Poet Laureate

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on April 17, 2007 report

    so the musicians that are playing the concert on the 27th of this month are really super, of course, Noah, Contrabassist, and My drummer for this gig is Don Littleton, Drummer/ Icon/ Super Person, and a friend, and a very trusted drummer...[Darren is away on a short sabbatical will return for the next concert on May 8th, Tuesday at the Pasadena Library...yes, Noah will be with us then, too, whew!!!]

    I asked Don if he would mind if I brought along Akemi Uchiama, Conguera, and he is happy with that...Don will be playing part drumset, part hand drums, and we ALL play Tibetan Percussion...

    I am hoping to have a talk through before the concert with Al Young, so I can find out his feelings and perhaps which Poems he will be performing...

    I know it will be very different performing with him than it was with Bill Roper, Tubist, and Avant Garde
    Improvisational Bard, who, when he is so moved spins the most wonderful tales of loveand sorrow, interspersed with awsome Tuba sounds Bill is a member of "Purple Gums" along with Bobby Bradford, and a Sax player, all Avant, very interesting!Later, Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on April 18, 2007 report

    But it really wasn't that simple...it didn't just fall into place...About a month ago, Darren called with the news that he couldn't play this really important booking, due to a retreat that weekend...not to worry, MUCH!!!so i thought a Vibist would be good, and the valient Mark Schmidt agreed...then as i was running this past our Bassist Noah, Noah was uncomfortable with using three "melodic" instruments, the counterpoint could get out of hand, so to speak, and so to look at my fave players, and next to Darren, i thought of Don Littleton, who was scheduled to actually be my first Drummer when I organised this trio in earnest. It was Roberto Miranda who was recommended to me by Bobby Bradford, who actually brought Don aboard, but it wasn't to be, as Don got a great call for a gig in Tahiti{WOW!!] and then ROBERTO brought Darren into Chamber Jazz, and he has been with us ever since,[though Roberto left, and i hired Noah} but I have to expect that things can come up from time to time, and I have a very rigorous concert schedule...maybe 20 a season...

    So i called Don, and eventually he returned my call, and so we are playing again.In the past, i have hired him for other gigs, but Darren is the Official Drummie with Chamber Jazz, and Don is "co-principal" so to speak..

    i really wanted to add the sound of the Conga, and so Akemi Uchiyama is our Conguera...Super group!!!

    And i have called a special reh with Noah, so we can go over new material appropriate for Mr Young's appearance.More later
    Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on April 19, 2007 report

    All in the Prepping for the Concert with Al Young, Yolanda from the SPPL called today, and said Al gave the go ahead for Akemi and Naomi ti Video the performance, and that is a huge thing, and we are grateful for his graciousness...

    Then in the other department, the more practical, am searching frantically for a Pick Up for my Zheng to be amplified through my Bass Amp, which, of course, amplifies my Korg for casual gigs, not Concert related. My Concert gigs are played only on ultra fine Concert Grand Pianos, preferably Steinway , Bosendorfer of beckstein. I am happy with the older Concert Baldwin at the SPPL, it was buily in 1906, and in that Hall has an incredable sound, and at times, i know we are channeling Franz Liszt...it would be interesting to have a list of concert artists who have played there over the years, and see if there are anyu Liszt connections.It is very unsettling to know that the actions that are going into Bosendorfer, Beckstein a,d Baldwins are actually Renners, MADE IN CHINA!!!And at the last Namm Show, I could NOT tell the difference between the three... really wierd, used to be that each of those pianos had very distinctive and high quality individual sounds... really sad...

    So today was find a pick up ay, and I think it will be in Claremont, at the Folk Center, they really have great things, and reasonable...so it appears that my Zheng will have a bit of amplification....and it will compliment Mr. Young. Lateruezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on April 20, 2007 report

    More prepping for the beautiful concert on the 27th trying to destress. Mo called and he's playing cello in "the Diary of Anne Franck" [only onecello, a really avant happenning of LBO with only one singer, depicting Anne Franck...Lynn was there, too and it was very stirring and beautiful... held in a parking garage structure in Westwood... very beautiful,unusual, and makes me covet the Disney Parking structure at Magnolia and Lankershim as a venue for a concert, as the reverb is stupendous, we'llsee if we can get a sponsor.

    This opera took everyone back to her days, and left all with a renewed feeling of hope and purpose...So, yes Dahlings,Experimental Opera can be an inspiration for Experimental Jazz... all Art feeds on all other Art, be it Mucic, Poetry, Opera Classical, Bop, and on endlessly crossing each other, and inspiring each other...So, maybe a bit more destressed, can you dig it??

    Hey, Noah, you really would have dug this one., and Darren the percussionist had a groovy Gong but ours are better...Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on April 21, 2007 report

    And so a very unusual day in sunny Southern California, IT RAINED!!! very unusual, I had a rehearsal scheduled with Mike, Noah's sub, but since I drive a '72 VW bug, it wasn't worth the risk Freeways and all. So I just chilled out, and started picking[ yes i did, Noah} the tunes for the Al Young Concert... heard a few times from Akemi, and I kept sending Emails thinking of group related items, like Copyrighting the Documentary that she and Naomi are doing. There is very vaaluable material on the DVD, and we want to make sure we are protected...

    I took a very valuable class at PCC a while back with John van Houten, Supra Tubist, on Music Business, and guess what??? in the textbook there it was !!!The Copyright form!!!copyable and isn't that special???Yes... Thank you John,for a great class with info that is useful. Funny, ran into him last night at the performance of the Opera Diary of Anna Franck, he was the Contractor. He looked great and was really tending to business.I was very impressed.Mo was playing in that orchestra...

    Then after picking some great tunes for the gig, I had a ball with the Zheng, retuning it, and learning and memorisins more Chinese fols songs for the gig, then discvered to my delight the I could play Turkey in the Straw on Zheng, Really silly sounding. My teacher plays a very elaborate improvisation of that tune, but hers is NOT funny, just beautiful,Cynthia Hsiang. Yes, i am tempted to pull that on my guys when they least expect it...kind of sounds like a banjo>>>. Oh no!!!! Can't believe I said that...
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    SUEZENNE

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on April 22, 2007 report

    aybe 6 hours today honing the tecnical aspects of the zheng, slides, runs, glis, individual notes in natural positions, and altering them in tune, really inapiring, and greatly appreciating the Zheng Masters, who spend their lives in devotion to mastering this instrumant, as do we all who strive to excell, and to help others.One of my very fvorite things in music is to have a very talented Bassist approach me ... It was that way with Noah... i was kind of put off after Roberto left my group, and I was in deep mourning for perhaps a year. He had been with the group for three years... But I can be very annoying to work for, as i really like to be out of the box a lot, and play free, and it takes a very special presence to make/create music with me.Noah was studying with Roberto at UCLA, and Noah wanted some gigs, and I think Roberto knew he hadn't been replaced yet[a year later], but I got a call from Noah, and he wanted to audition.... at first I said no, but he was persistant, so i said well, ok.

    When he auditioned, we played maybe an hour and a half, and i heard some wonderful possibilities in his playing, so i areed that he would play one concert, and he did, but didn't bring the required tape for his fingers, and they bled even before the intermission, but i had an audience, and we had to play, and he worked very hard after that to thicken his calouses so we can play long sets, which we have to do if we are in an outer zone.

    I always bring Sbux, and Mixed nuts for energy, and plenty of bottled water...No booze or drugs, please... if you can't play from your own firs, then... Later, Baby, I run a clean group, based on the Hehh some of my friends in NY went through, like my friend, Bill Evans... a Nightmare of try ing to save hi from whatever demons possessed him...

    And so we strive for the best, and love the opportunity to play for and with Al Young, and pray that we are worthy of all of these wonderful things that are happenning for us...

    And so I love spending time with N on everything musical, and intonation, musicianship, joy of life and playing, accepting minow setbacks, and bouncing into the furure with his heart on his sleeve, and not bitter, just being the developing genius we know he is...

    And then there's Darren, and we adore him musically, too, very different, and gifted, and reliable and loyal, Thank you Darren.

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    SUEZENNE

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on April 27, 2007 report

    This is the beat time preparing for a concert ... we are all having a ball.. We will miss Darren as he is on a short trip, but the great Drummer Don Littleton is performing with us...We know him and love him musically, and as a person, he is super...there is such a good feeling about everything, and we are very happr to have the opportunity now only to hear him in a poetrt concert, but to be a part of the creative process in support of him...

    And we are totally inspired by Steve Fjeldsman from the South Pasadena Library. he is very helpful, and very savvy jazz wise, and knows a lot of my friends in Jazz in NY.

    Noah Garabedian, contrabassist
    and our Dear Akemi Uchiyama, Conguera Y'all come hear us!!!
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    SUEZ

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on May 02, 2007 report

    This was a most wonderful experience, and I thank Mr Fjeldsted at SouthPasadena library for the opportunity to be a part of their festivities honoring Mr Young, and what fun it was putting together the group to back him.Don Littleton, Drummer, Noah Garabedian, Contrabass, Akemi Uchiyama, and I played Piano, Tibetan perussion, and Zheng.

    As I left my house for the Concert, there was a huge brushfire, and I was under evacuation orders...So I left, not knowing whether there would be a house when I returned.

    I had been reading and rereading Mr. Young's book of poetry"Coastal Evenings and Inland Afternoons" and on leaving the fire drenched area, i remembered his poem, "Hot October" in which he leaves his house amid a brushfire, but didn' really notice, as he was going to meet his loved one... Well that poem inspired me to just leave to join my loved ones, my musicians and friends, and MAKE MUSIC with a great poet, Mr Young...and so i did. Thank you, Mr Young for your beautiful poem and inspiration. Continued

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on May 05, 2007 report

    Continued... got to ths SPPL, and Akemi {Conguera and film documentarian and Naomi Film documentarian were already there waiting to et into the hall, but the Press was there creating a wonderful aura of excitment around Mr. Young.. Noah arrived way earlyas is his habit, and i thank im for that..Good player, And responsible...

    Young is an incredable sensitive, artist and really digs jazz, and he even SANG some jazz tunes with us!!!...Earlier we had a meeting about how the program would go, and he was very hip to all the ins nd outs of the Jazz world, and dedicated "Five" to me as i was a friend of Bill Evans... there were many highlights, and it was a Ball to play So What wiwth the group... Noah Garabedian, Contrsbass, the fabulous Drummer Don Littleton, and Akemi Uchiyama, Conguera...
    I am very proud of my group i put together for this event, and MR YOUNG had heard of Don Littleton!!!Right ON!!!

    The audience was really turned on by the power and depth of Mr. Youngs Jazz Poetry and presentation, and in turn we were estatic...An incredable Art Culture evening. Thank you, Mr. Fjeldsted...

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on May 30, 2007 report

    There has been so much that has happenned since May 8th concert...I recieved a call from my revered bassist that he couldn't play the concert, this the afternoon of the concert, I was devastated, as I have trusted that Bassist above all others, and have spent countless hours preparing him for our performances. He is very gifted, but this was shattering to me and Darren. But it turned out very well, beyond my wildest dreams.

    I called Roberto Miguel Miranda, Noah's teacher, and the first Bassist with SFCJLA...and he was very agreeable to play the concert, of course at this level, no rehs. The Documentarians were very happy, as Roberto is a superb photographic subject, and the Concert was incredible... so I decided Noah needed a leave of absence til next season, so there we are! Roberto will play the concert with us at South Pasadena Library a week from Sunday, June 10th, 730 PM, and as I find out today, Darren won't be there, but my Drummer is Don Littleton, who was the original drummer Roberto contracted for the Trio, but Don had to go on tour to Bali, for a month, and my gig was just one to three a month. So Roberto got Darren, confused? welcome the real world. I tend to rely on my players, and we become very close, so when things aren't as they seem, it is awful, and sad.

    So I contracted Roberto to play the Steinwat Hall Concert on May 28th, and I was stunned at what a really hip Concert space that Hall is...

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on June 03, 2007 report

    Let me tell you that David Ida, the Artists rep at Steinway way very helpful, and went out of his way to choose a really fine Concert Grand [8'11" for our concert.We had all of our Tibetan, Chinese and Latin instruments that create our unique sound, ant the hall was lovoly. It is very unusual, the entrance is two levels down of the parking structure, but it was a very arty ind interesting space, acoustics a bit dry, but really terrific.

    Roberto played his heart out with some of the fstest tempi i have ever heard from a Bassist [Noah a close second] and Darren was on top of his game, though just returning from a European trip...He was still on jet lag, but played his pettpt off... Thank you, Guys.

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on June 03, 2007 report

    In the middle of preparing for the next concert, on June 10th at South Pasadena library730 PM... get a call from Darren, and when he put things together cant play the concert, hwart palps!!!

    Fifteen minutes later, just a few minutes after calling him, Don Littleton called back, and yes he will play the concert on the 10th... and the biuggest surprise of all this is my original Trio as envisioned and contracted by Roberto... but as it would happen, Don got a call to tour to Tahiti, and Darren subbed, so that was how Darren became the Bass player with SFCJLA... I thought Don would be touring a lot, and i knew Darren is rooted in LA.So the Trio is Don Littleton, Roberto Miguel Miranda, and yours truly YAY!!!And Roberto is joining Darren and I for the June 28th Concert back at Steinway Hall in West LA- Santa Monica.

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on June 03, 2007 report

    Let me tell you that David Ida, the Artists rep at Steinway way very helpful, and went out of his way to choose a really fine Concert Grand [8'11" for our concert.We had all of our Tibetan, Chinese and Latin instruments that create our unique sound, ant the hall was lovoly. It is very unusual, the entrance is two levels down of the parking structure, but it was a very arty ind interesting space, acoustics a bit dry, but really terrific.

    Roberto played his heart out with some of the fastest tempi I have ever heard from a Bassist [Noah a close second] and Darren was on top of his game, though just returning from a European trip...He was still on jet lag, but played his patoot off... Thank you, I really appreciate your creative genius, and willingness to follow me and to lead me into deep space--- uncharted areas...!!!

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on June 07, 2007 report

    SUEZENNE FORDHAM CHAMBER JAZZ LA
    Final Two Concerts 06 07 Season

    SUNDAY, JUNE 10TH 730 PM
    South Pasadena Public Library
    1115 EL Centro
    South Pasadena
    Suezenne Fordham, 1901 Baldwin, Zheng
    Roberto Miguel Miranda, Contrabass, Conga Drums
    Don Littleton, Drums and Percussion
    Ensemble plays Tibetan Percussion
    Free

    Thursday, June 28th 730 PM
    STEINWAY HALL
    AT FIELD'S PIANOS
    12121 West Pico Blve.{at Bundy}
    two flights down parking structure
    West LA.
    FREE 818 371 7735

    Suezenne Fordham, Steinway Concert Grand, Zheng
    Roberto Miguel Miranda, Contrabass, Conga Drums
    Darren Ross, Drums and Percussion
    Ensemble plays Tibetan Instruments

    Presenting New Music, Avant Garde, Bop and originals with influences of Bartok, Messian and Evans. ambiance is Historic Sites, Hip, understandable, informal, and Acoustic.

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on June 07, 2007 report

    And we really missed our documentarians who were on a short sabbatical, but they will be back documenting the final two concerts of the 06 07 season,they are true artists, and we are really fortunate they are interested in the group... Akemi Uchiama and Naomi Okamoto, remember their names they are brilliant. The previews are stunning!!!Thank You...

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on June 07, 2007 report

    I was privledged to speak with the Artists rep from Steinway today to be sure that all is in order for the Concert at Steinway Hall on the 28th of June... Todl hom how happi I am with their Beautiful and historic Hall, and I am so happy it has interesting ambiance and character...

    He felt it was sad that the hall wasn't totally full, but I explained that it is quite difficult to build an audience in a new area, and it takes some research to have halls filled to capacity.

    I feel honored to have such a splendid piano to play, one that can is so sensitive that it responds with gusto and willingness to please, and make it possible to realise my farthest out improvisory thoughts, and to inspire my beautiful players. Thank you Steinway and Sons, and Field's Pianos... Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on June 10, 2007 report

    And SOOOO the last two concerts of the season!!and tomorrow is at the South Pasadena Public Library Chamber Concwrt Hall. Thia hall is really a favorite, as the acoustics are the greateat it is two stories tall, and the sound is very bright, and visually it is stunning, built in 1901, and the piano is a 1906 Baldwin. Of course all my readers know I am an avid Steinway person, but that old Baldwin is really great, and i cannot help wondering about all the fine pianists through the yeays thar have poured their hearts out through the keys of that piano.

    The staff, Yolanda, and Steve have been treasures, and have become friends in the process... Steve, the City Librarian blows my mind with his knowledge of Jazz, and he knows recordings, and facts about many of my NY era Bopsters, and the close knit little clique of "in" players...

    I am choosing venues for summer series, and I will for sure choose SP if they are available, and i think my second choice[not necessarily in that order] is the beloved Steinway Hahh at Field's Pianos on the Westside...

    And I am happy to speak with you and share the trials of a Leader. Tomorrow's concert features Genius players, Roberto Miranda, and Don Littleton, we are ready to bring forth hitherto unheard Avant New Music...Hope to see you tomorrow evening at 730 PM, 1115 El Centro, South Pasadena. free, but not for long...Later Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on June 12, 2007 report

    The June 10th concert at South Pasadena Library Chamber Concert hall was a terrific success, I loved it, My players,Contrabassist Roberto Miguel Miranda and Drummer Don Littleton were in top form and playing music with them is a sublime experience.

    There wasn't an empty seat in the Hall, and our audience provided us with the deeply felt emotion and high energy to make this one of the high points of our season... we had about twenty concerts in the 06 07 year, steadily growing and creating the New Sounds we are known for, in essence a new Music. It takes a very sophisticated person to really dig deeply into what we are doing, they are knowing hip and really very deep music lovers.... that is the person we are playing for, and our audiences are fab, thank you.
    And Akemi Uchiyama and Naomi Okamoto were there and very busy in another step of creating our documentary, they are delightful, and very close friends...

    We had two guests who parformed spots with us. one was Robin Spurs, an angel of a singer,and Leader of the Group "Pearl", [who are doing their first album.] With Roberto Miranda[Contrabass] created a whole new vision of Amazing Grace, an old Gospel tune, and at intermission, a lovely Zheng player from a Chinese Ensemble graced the audience with some Chinese Folk Tunes, as I accompanied her on Chinese Percussion. The evening ended after many great creations of Avant Garde Music, and after Intermission, the second half was devoted to chaneling Bill Evans. Need I say more? We are all in love with music, and with the process of creating that music.
    Thank you for giving us the platform to sound our creativity. Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on June 15, 2007 report

    And so on and on the very difficult business of building a new audience in a new area...Meeting more beautiful people, and everyone...is very helpful. I am ery impressed with the Librarians at the beautiful libraries in West Hollywod, Beverly Hills, Westwood, Venice, but was told by a very snippy "Keeper of the Ropes" at the main branch in Santa Monica that the only way they would post anything is if it was paid for by the government...Give me a break, if I pay their salary with my taxes, I AM THE Government.Really a sad moment in my week... such short sightedness, and I thought SM is culturally hip, yes that is so, but the central library is in the stone age, or that rude person behind the information desk has a bloated idea of herself, and is not a good representative of the Artistic life there.oh well, onward and upward!!!!Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on June 22, 2007 report

    And so it goes before a concert every time and relentless practicing .. never much of a break, and the fingers and hands better than ever... play with and against the strongest players top virtuosos on Bass and Drums, and am there with the best... but only because of the very slow and deliberate preparation.

    It doesn't "Just happen"...after each concert , if I can, i let my hands rest for a few days, at the mist a week. Then I get out my book of Brahms 51 exercises, and there are maybd forty out of the 51 that one of my great teachers, Robert Goldsand gave me. He was a student of Moritz Rosenthal, who was a student of Franz Liszt, and so i had the best...and that training, in classical tecnic including the Chopin Etudes plus my lessons with Lennie Tristano gave me the tecnic, and the improvising freedom I enjoy today, and can share with my audiences and players.

    The pracitse in the weeks before another concert is slow and very deliberate, including above material, and all manner of scales including double thirds, sixths and octaves, graduall the speed comes into play about two weeks before a concert, and this is so that during a performance i don't injure myself due to the heat of performance and the flow of adreneline and endorphins, which cut off any sensations of pain. In a sesne this is a bit like ballet .. the art of preparing for performance. and of course everything that has gone before in the way of universe---al harmonies of SDpud's Equal Interval System start to come into play all over again, but very different...later, Suezenne and here we go again, I spend all this time writing in my blog and the stupid "post' Button doesn't work.Boo Hoo!!or did it?

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on June 23, 2007 report

    And continuing EVERY OTHER dayalternating
    A. Scales all inversions, ancluding 10ths 9th, etc, in couble thirds, Liszt fingerings, double sixthe, Liszt fingerings, Octaves, all keys, and types, scales arpeggios, octave, octave, octave 10th, etc in scales.very solid, very slow...later start pracitsing for speed, in bursts, three or four notes at a time, and as concert time gets closer, up the strength and speed and extreme stress of accurady... remember, "No Fingers, no tecnic, no pianist," In order to excel there is the unending pursuit of what lies just beyond us, and this is the constant striving that will give us the power to do with our hands whatever our brain tells us to do it becomes a transcendental experience...Music for the Gods, so to speak.

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on June 23, 2007 report

    B. the alternate days;

    Brahms 51 exercises there are 43 out of the 52 that Goldsand considered vital.
    They also must be practisen very slowly, and with great precision, sinking deeply into the keys with perfectly rounded hand position think holding an apple.. in observing the videos that naomi Okomoto and Akemi Uchiyamd hav filmed, there are times that the fingers are tucked rather tightly into my palm, and released at the split second to attack the keys. In looking at ole pictures of Liszt, this was his hand position an he matured, and likeiwise with Goldsand. Also some of this comes from some lessons i had with harpsichord Virtuoso Wanda Landowska,,, a hsrpsichordist keeps a very curled hand, due to the leverage needed for the attack amd the desired crispness. More later, Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on June 23, 2007 report

    YES!!!

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on July 09, 2007 report

    Next Concert of the Summer Series
    Thursday, July 26th, 730 PM
    Steinway Hall at Fields Pianos
    12121 West Pico[at Bundy]
    SUEZENNE FORDHAM, STEINWAY, GU ZHENG
    DARREN ROSS, DRUMS AND PERCUSSION
    ROBERTO MIGUEL MIRANDA,CONTRABASS
    Ensemble plays Tibetan Percussion

    Super Venue, and really Cool on the West Side.Exquisite Piano and informal, elegant Chamber Concert space

    Complimentry...Donations are accepted to help defray expenses.Your friendship and support are very much appreciated.

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on July 09, 2007 report

    Next Concert of the Summer Series
    Thursday, July 26th, 730 PM
    Steinway Hall at Fields Pianos
    12121 West Pico[at Bundy]
    SUEZENNE FORDHAM, STEINWAY, GU ZHENG
    DARREN ROSS, DRUMS AND PERCUSSION
    ROBERTO MIGUEL MIRANDA,CONTRABASS
    Ensemble plays Tibetan Percussion

    Super Venue, and really Cool on the West Side.Exquisite Piano and informal, elegant Chamber Concert space

    Complimentry...Donations are accepted to help defray expenses.Your friendship and support are very much appreciated.

    I am fully dedicated to presenting our music for the education and enjoyment of your community. When I present concerts, I am fully aware of the quality of Players that will be appropriate for the growth of this New Music, and the very deep commitment needed to provide the ultimate experience for my audiences

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on July 09, 2007 report

    And there is another concert coming on the 26 of July.I hesr regularly from Noah, and he sends hugs to all our audiences, and is looking forward to playing with us again. Roberto had a stunning idea... and i had to agree, as i had this idea several months ago... A Quartet, but with TWO Contrabass players, Roberto, of course, and Noah Garabedian, our bassist of three years, who will return in the fall. I Love Noah's playing and of course Roberto's playing, and I would faint to have those two players in concert, so I will see.

    The Album is coming along great. Akemi Uchiayama"s Art work is incredible, and the Dvd is Awsome. i am so very happy that She and Naomi Okamoto are in our Musical and Art family. And of course the Music is totally unique! We are getting closer... Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on July 17, 2007 report

    Coffee with Myrna Daniels

    [actually Iced Tea and Raspberry frozan thingies]And it was a really fine time at SBUX the other evening with Myrna Daniels, Founder- Editor Publisher and creater- genius of LA Jazz Scene, the informative, fine jazz publication that is currently celebrating it's twentieth year as LA's only jazz publication.

    We discussed many musical things, and many world things, She is a super hip lady, with an "A" staff, all devoted to Jazzand making LA a world class Jazz city.

    It's amazing, when I first moved here [1972] LA was a kind of jazz wasteland, oh yes, sometimes Bill or Milt, or a jazz thingie at the Bowl would appear, but look at LA Now!!!just popping with fun venues and fine artists, some of whom rank with the Worlds great...Are we fortunate to have LA Jazz Scene??? You Bet!!!and we all have Myrna Daniels and her staff to thank that we have the opportunity to perform our diverse styles and create new ones....WOW!!!Thank YOU

    Suezenne Fordham Chamber Jazz LA
    Suezenne Fordham, Steinway, Gu zheng
    Noah Garabedian, Contrabass
    Roberto Miranda, Contrabass, Congas
    Darren Ross, Drums and Percussion
    Don Littleton,Drums
    And we ALL play Tibetan Percussion

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on August 19, 2007 report

    SUEZENNE FORDHAM CHAMBER JAZZ 818 371 7735
    Suezenne Fordham, Steinway, Gu Zheng
    Darren Ross, Drumset, Percussion
    Noah Garabedian, Contrabass
    ALL PLAY TIBETAN INSTRUMENTS

    REVISED SCHEDULE 07 08
    GALA OPENING CONCERT

    SUNDAY OCTOBER 7TH 2 30 PM-5 PM
    PASADENA MAIN LIBRARY
    DONALD WRIGHT AUDITORIUM
    285 E WALNUT
    PASADENA,CA

    THURSDAY,OCT 25TH 7 30 PM-10 PM
    STEINWAY HALL AT FIELDS PIANOS
    12121 WEST PICO BLVD AT BUNDY
    WEST LA,CA

    SUNDAY NOV 11TH 7 30 PM
    SOUTH PASADENA MAIN LIBRARY CHAMBER CONCERT HALL
    1125 EL CENTRO
    SOUTH PASADENA

    THURSDAY NOVEMBER 29TH 7 30- 10 PM
    STEINWAY HALL AT FIELDS PIANOS
    12121 WEST PICO AT BUNDY
    WEST LA CA

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on August 19, 2007 report

    SUEZENNE FORDHAM CHAMBER JAZZ LA 07 08 REVISED CONCERT SCHEDULE

    THURSDAY JANUARY 31 7 30 PM -10 PM
    STEINWAY HALL AT FIELDS PIANOS
    12121 WEST PICO BLVD AT BUNDY
    WEST LA CA

    SUNDAY,FEBRUARY 10TH 7 30- 10PM
    SOUTH PASADENA LIBRARY CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT HALL
    1125 EL CENTRO
    SOUTH PASADENA CA

    THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28 7 30 - 10 PM
    STEINWAY HALL AT FIELDS PIANOS
    12121 WEST PICO BLVD AT BUNDY
    WEST LA CA

    SUNDAY, MARCH 2 2 30-5 PM
    PASADENA PUBLIC LIBRARY
    DONALD WRIGHT AUDITORIUM
    285 EAST WALNUT
    PASADENA CA

    THURSDAY MARCH 27 7 30 -10 PM
    STEINWAY HALL AT FIELDS PIANOS
    12121 WEST PICO AT BUNDY
    WEST LA

    SUNDAY APRIL 20TH 7 30-10PM
    SOUTH PASADENA LIBRARY CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT HALL
    1115 EL CENTRO
    SOUTH PASADENA CA

    THURSDAY, MAY 29TH 7 30-10 PM
    STEINWAY HALL AT FIELDS PIANOS
    12121 WEST PICO AT BUNDY
    WEST LA CA

    SUNDAY, JUNE 15 7 30 - 10 PM
    SOUTH PASADENA LIBRARY CHAMBER CONCERT HALL
    1125 EL CENTRO
    SOUTH PASADENA, CA

    THURSDAY JUNE 26 7 30-10 PM
    STEINWAY HALL AT FIELDS PIANOS
    12121 WEST PICO AT BUNDY
    WEST LA CA

    CONCERTS ARE FREE DONATIONS ACCEPTED

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on August 27, 2007 report

    Tis is a terrific time for Suezenne Fordham Chamber Jazz LA... we are doing final preparations on the first album from some of our concerts... Our muse-videographer-record producer is Akemi Uciyama, herself a conguera, Imagineer, and graphics designer extraordinaire...The players on this album are Noah Garabedian, Contrabass Player; and Darren Ross, Drumset, percussion; and Suezenne Fordham, Steinway, and gu Zheng;...Ensemble plays Tibetan Percussion... Noah Garabedian is on board and he is a luscious contrabess player, adding a note of youth freshness,virtuosity and a terrific attitude, and devil- may care innovative playing... I am truly fortunate to have this particular combination of genius players, so sensitive, supportive and as Slim would say, "Reet Vout, and Melloroonie- O"...And special help from my good friend Myrna Daniels, of the LA publication "LA Jazz Scene"... she is very encouraging.All in all this is better than it's ever been in LA... We have a fantastic season of concerts lined up, and will be doing all sorts of creative things, including some concerts as a quartet with Vibist Mark Schmidt. So we'll see you at our first concert on the 27th of September, 730pm at Steinway Hall 12121 West Pico Blvd at Bundy...visit our website at http://suezennefordhamchamberjazz@blogspot.com/ or call at 818 371 7735... Nameste, Suezenne admission is free, Donations accepted.

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on August 28, 2007 report

    What a fine season we are entering for SFCJLA... it seems that everything is going to come together, the music has been constantly evolving, constantly spinning in new and uncharted directions... It reminds me of my friend Teddy Charles, the Avant Gardist vibist- composer in New York. He was the very first of the JazzAvant Garde masters, and the name of his ground shattering record that left us all spinning was "New Directions." together with Charles Mingus, he changed the world, and how we thought of music. We are doing just that again today in our multi fusions and we are grateful for each other, and the closeness of out Trio- ...Every little while, I hear a new sound in my head, and it will ring and develop til it spills out in performance... it is sometimes frightening how the process just is instantly reality, with my players on equal par, and handing me wonderful ideas to play "off Of" they are allsuperb players, and I look very much forward to our first concert of the season on September 27, Thursday, 730pm at Steinway Hall 12121 West Pico Blvd, West LA 818 371 7735... Http://suezennefordhamchamberjazzla.blogspot.com

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on September 12, 2007 report

    SCHEDULE REVISION completed... there will be added concerts as the season unfolds. Watch our website for all pertinant info, and we are looking forward to the best year ever, and the release of our album, it is very exciting, and my many thanks for all of your good positive energy with my recent health issue... my very deep thanks to Maurice and Lynn for helping me to undergo very frightening medical tests, and for the fun trips to the Vietnamese fab noodle restaurant, really heart felt thanks to you both, and all of my friends and fans who have heaped love upon me, including Myrna Daniels who loves her horsemanship lessons., and Akemi, who never lost faith, and contunued her hard work on the album, producing a glorious cover, and album while i was trying to ancor myself....Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on September 17, 2007 report

    this is a trip!!! Today Akemi and our crew brainstormed to get a lot of the details out of the way re the new album.... She has designed a very beautiful album and I am very happy with the image... There was the very tedious task of proofreading the text, snd it is amazing that even with several eyes proofreading, there are still little things that creep in, escaping notice... But after a ver long session we got the kinks ironed out so our fans will have a clear idea of what we are all about... Akemi is a very gifted and sensitive designer- artist and we are really very blessed that she and Naomi are on our team... the art is in the details...

    And it felt good to finallyu be able to visit my favorite WF store for a supply of suppliments and tinctures, as i am an Herbalist...I am still having trouble with vision, but it gets better each day...a,d we are looking forward to being back together as a Trio with Noh Garabedian, and we will look forward to anouther album, this time with him.. Roberto was fun, and it would have been a kick to have a Bass 4tette[2 bassess] but it takes 4 to tango, so to speak. When the right bass player comes along to join Noah as a Bass 4tette, we will all know it, but alas, Roberto just wasn't "it."

    So oward and upward, seeking the eternally beautiful muses of creativity, and reseeing Bill[Evans} and Bela [Bartok.]

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on September 27, 2007 report

    Yes, the New album is indeed scheduled for release in November.... for the first time ever, we had to cancel a concert. There was a very unusual thing that has been happenning with my eyes, but i have a fantastic team with me, and my family is working very hard on my behalf, and I am looking forward to a full recovery... All other and interest... and my daughter in law, for all you have done...Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on September 27, 2007 report

    But the season continues and begins with the concert Sunday afternoon at 2 30 OM at the Pasadens Librsry"s Donald Wright Auditorium...It will be intereting, as I will be "Flying Blind, so to speak... I have Double vision now, amd am in the process of many tests too see what is the probles... I cannot really focus both eyes together, but see pretty clearly with either eye, really a very scary thing. I have good doctors, who have ruled out stroke, and a brilliant young neurologist who is trying valiently to find the source of the problem... Help!!!

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on September 27, 2007 report

    And so today was rushed to the hospital Lab where they had to draw yet another vial for a Multiple Sclerosis test to rule that out before they can begin ttreatment for what they think the problenm might be... but the day went beautifully, and I was informed by Mr Ida from Steinway that there were inquiries about tonight's cancelled concert.

    But tonight, for the first time since mt affliction, I was able to play a clear and beautiful melody, on the new Steinway[1917} of my son's. I have a 1934 Steinway "B" that once belonged to Willie Kapell, the brilliant concert pianist who was killed in a plane crash over Half Moon Bay trying to land in San Fransisco.

    I know each day will get better, and I hope the treatments will be successful and tolerable... I have ne choice... I am listening to Bill {Evans} a lot, as well as our CDs from previous concerts, and truly amazed at the beautiful lines my players have created... I love Music, and our teamwork is so gratifying. I was happy to have Roberto back for that month, but I will really be very very happy to hear and "see"as well as I can, Noah... he is such a fine player... Contrabass, and loyal Dtummer Darren Ross is a superb player and band member... When Roberto left again I was sad, but remembered my father, Band Leader Howard Fordham who mourned each and every player who eventually left his band... I now understand it all... Love to all of you who read my musings, you are invited to write me, I don''t bite....Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on September 28, 2007 report

    So, after minor-major health setback, keep on keepin on.. deciding to go pro in the production- actual making of the new album, and we will use one of the really good companies with super sound, and clear and beautiful colors, as we owe this to our devoted following...Sooo by November our albums will be available online and at our concerts...Akemi Uchiyama is an extraordinary artist-graphics designer, and sound person, and working with her has been a wonderful learning experience... aaai am very grateful to her for all she does and her sharing of her talent... and the beautiful pictures taken by my son Maurice, so very valuable...This is a really wondrful experience...much better than my experience with Columbia- Epic!!!!Indie is the way to go! Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on October 03, 2007 report

    A hippity hippity hop, Noah Garabedian's back in town after a bone jarring, a rhythming fantastic tour of Europe this summer, we are really happy to see him again, and he doesn't yet know my big secret... wow will he be surprised... hope it isn't too big a shock... Hey, Reet Vout and Melloroonio, NOAH's Back In Town!!1!

    Contrabasso, Contrabasso!!! Noah's Back In Town!!!!Wee Dot Wee Dot!

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  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on October 03, 2007 report

    Wee dot Bee Boppio, Reet Reet Voutti Vouttio , Roonie, o roonio Goin on the IRT... gonna get me some reeely vout Roonies, and potato salad, oh reet oh vout oh mellaroonio, scad daddiebebop, veout mellorooniemelloroonio... vout vout!
    Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on October 05, 2007 report

    The great Jazz writer,editor, critic, and LA Jazz Scene's driving force became a student of mine, and a very good friend as we live in the same area, and have a common interest not only in Jazz, but all music, and horses...
    I was very happy when she confided that she would like to take some horsemanship lessons. I have my Paso Fino horses ensconsed at Hanson Dam Equestrian Center, which is near to where we both live, and she negan lessons maybe two monthe ago.
    My emphasis is on safety, and actually getting ON the horse is an event that will happen spontaneously, snd when I see that the time is right, and it will be a surprise... the idea being so there is no opportunity for fear to creep in...
    Myrna is a natural horseperson, who has great empathy and love for God's creatures, and she is very thorough in her student duties. AND pitches right in to help with the non glamorous chores, not caring if her boots get dirty or her hands or clothes get soiled, a kind patient person with a good potential to become a good rider, and with the ability to be "Alpha Mare."
    So, today after the safety lesson and chores were over, I began teaching her how to Western saddle a horse using my beloved 32 year old mare Jara...The saddle weighs 22 lbs, and Myrna was very agile, and strong and game for this really complicated, and exhausting part of learning about horses...
    I feel that a person cannot possibly ride unless they learn from the ground up, literally...and so after successfully saddling up, I had her lead Jara to a huge stone. Once there I explained the mounting process. She was stunned that she would have to negotiate this awesome task, but trusted me AND JARA, and mounted perfectly.{She had never been near a horse until she began her studies with me...]
    So it came to pass that I led her a little while so she could start to know the feel of a horse, and then I taught her to dismount... then we ha dour TJ salads, and it was a feeling of great accomplishment for all three of us [ Jara included...horses love their gigs, and Jara is one of the best teachers ever]
    I have to say that Myrna is a fine student, and this all has a lot to do with jazz... the feel, the artistry, devotion, discipline, and willingness to be a part of a team, meaning that if one of us [in Jazz or on or around horses]is out of sync, it all would fall apart, it is a cooperative team effort, and Myrna Daniels, I am proud of you...Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on October 06, 2007 report

    Fair warning to Noah Garabedian and Darren Ross... at our opening concert tomorrow afternoon, I have to tell you ... only VOUT will be spoken during the concert ... This is for the private communications between us, and the Audience will dig it, too... Your fearless Leader, Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on October 16, 2007 report

    Really looking forward to our next concert Thursday, Ocober 29th 07 at 7 30 PM at Fields Pianos 12121 West Pico Blvd, West LA. This is a great venue, and we had really good audiences last season We look forward to building our relationships even further with Westsids discerning listeners...

    They love our Tibetan instruments, Noah's playing on his Acousitc Bass,Darren's percussion artistry,and the superb Steinway supplied by the Steinway company... just beautiful, and perfectly in tune... it is an alegant small chamber space, very arty and safe area. It is comfortable, historic, and very informal... and our audiences tend to be friendly with each other... All in sll a terrific artistic experience..."The passion of Jazz with the Concert Experience." Wow!!! does it get better than this??? See you, Suezenne, Darren, and Noah

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on October 17, 2007 report

    OK OK OK so I'm a leader, and leaders are entitled to a mistake, Thank you Noah for telling me that the next concert is actually a week from this coming Thursday October 25th 07 at Steinway Hall 12121 West Pico Blvd West LA.... See you there..

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on October 17, 2007 report

    Duh, thank you Myasthenia Gravis...this is the right info.... Thanks for your patience....Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on October 20, 2007 report

    Recieved a call from Myrna Daniel's, asking if it is OK to have the release of rht article and the LA LAZZ SCENE's article in December insted of November, and I said yes, that is Super... OK friends, there it is, it is official...Hugs, Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on October 24, 2007 report

    We are really looking forward to the return to the West Side and elegant Steinway Hall tomorrow evening...I can't wait to see how much they will dig Noah... He hasn't played that venue before, and the audience is very hip and knowing... There will be a premiere of a tune he wrote called "Noah's Blues" which will be featured on the album.... Thank you Noah for being really hip, talented, hard working and a great bassist....Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on October 27, 2007 report

    Last night's concert was one of our best... of course,there is the incridible Steinway Concert Grand provided by Fields Pianos, and all perfectly in tune, and just the best acoustics and hip ambience, to say nothing of playing and recording live music with my two favorite players in the world, Noah Garabedian,loyal contrabassist, and Darren Ross faithful and great drummer- percussionist.... again they led me musically into vast uncharted musical jazz landscapes, and it was very moving... they were very empathetic and groovy partners in this ballet of jazz, and very aware of myesthenia gravis, which now becomes my life's partner, until I get into treatment, and it temporarily succumbs to being controlled. Perhaps I will once again see one set of 88s instead of 176s...Ha Ha!!
    It is a strange thing,MG creating double vision for me, and yet I see perfectly well with either eye closed. I am still riding my horses, and it has taken a LOT of getting used to to play again, and yet there is a wierd compensation that the eyes are doing.And that playing instinct...burns as never before...

    I am going to see the top specialist in occular MG at UCLA before entering into treatment with my neurologist, as I need to feel it is safe to undergo the Steroid thing...It is miraculous that there is a treatment, as it used to be fatal. I am very fortunate to be able to play and make music ... I shall keep on playing, as it is my only means of sanity, with the help of Darren, and dear Noah, and the best, my Son and Daughter in Law Lynn, I am able to survive this and be elevated to my muse, Music, and remembering Bill...OR AS THE ALBUM SAYS "CHANNELING BILL." Love to y'all and appreciate your vision and get checkups with an opthmalogist, the better the better...

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on October 31, 2007 report

    Realised that I have to put out many more flyers... due to MG, I didn't do it last concert, and people didn't realise we were playing... but we appreciated playing and recording for our regulars.... we were also treated to Akemi on some of our tunes... she is an exqisite Conguera, and a sensitive player... Thank you, Akemi.... Hugs.. Suezenne, Darren, and Noah...

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on November 02, 2007 report

    Today, Thursday Nov 1 was a gas...Went to Pasadena to put out flyers for the upcoming concert in South Pasadena, and of course went to all the usual places, including PCC.... Ran into a very hip young talented Contrabassist, Michael Alvidrez, and it was nice to see him again, I am curious to hear him again, as he has been studying with Roberto M, and it is good to hear that there is progress...

    It was good to see my friends there, as I have not been able to go there since mys g... and so on to the next huge concert on the 11th of November at the Concert Hall of the South Pasadena Library 1115 El Centro in SP at 7 30 PM... We look forward to seeing you there, and I look forward to playing with my superb Bassist, Noah Garabedian, and Hip Drum Genius Darren Ross... we will take you to far places and soothe you yet excite your musical sensibilities...

    Wow!!!!is here anything but ceativity, and music??? Is it possible to have a world without music or the arts? I think not, not that is worth a whit.... I am sorry that there is very little music left in public schools, or the other arts, either... What a shame, a shame that there are all of those potential musicians, artists, actors, etc that can never be because the BOE doesnt think this is a priority that would solve a lot of the delinquincy , and learning and absentee problems... just give them the opportunity to be creative, to have the discipline of the Arts, and learn how to be the best to the best of their capabilities, and love the arts, and life, and Being...Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on November 03, 2007 report

    Hi!!! Next concert coming up soon!!!
    Suezenne Fordham Chamber Jazz LA
    Sunday November 11th 7 30 PM
    South Pasadena Main LibraryConcert Hall
    1115 El Centro South Pasadena Ca.
    818 371 7735

    ADMISSION IS COMPLIMENTARY.... DONATIONS WELCOME
    Suezem\nne Fordham, Steinway, Gu Zheng
    Darren Ross, Drumset, Exotic Percussion
    Noah Garabedian, Contrabass
    Ensemble plays Tibetan Percussion

    Our music is Avant Garde, our muses are Messian, Bartok, Evans, Monk, Mingus... We are full of fiery virtuosity, and the music is very exciting and unusual..."The Concert Experience With Jazz Passion.} Ambience is Historic, Hip Arty and Friendly.

    Myrna Daniels writes{ Suezenne Fordham Chamber Jazz LA's music is hip and oh so knowing. I love when that happens.

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on November 04, 2007 report

    Another really great trip to Pasadena, and continue putting out flyers.... I absolutely LOVE Cal Tech... the campus is so fraught with history, and it is very beautiful, and as you walk along, you can feel the presences of past genius who have trod those hallowed walks. Einstein, Feynman, just to mention a oouple... in a sense it is kind of eerie.

    They dont come in and tear down those historic sites... I particularly love the Bookstore, and there are lots od nooks and crannies thar are just right for leaving flyers, and a couple of super leather sofas and a huge low table in front of them, very inviting to just "set a spell."[quoting my dear cousin in western Kansas].

    I was knocked out by the display of books about Albert Einstein.It must have been ten feet wide and eight feet tall, and it was fun seeing all the different pics of Einstein peering out from the bookcovers... Hi, Albert, you Genius, you!!![Always dug brilliant people. Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on November 09, 2007 report

    And it was a really super day today, as I had reserved a room at the Union rehersal building on Vine Street for work with Noah, my bass player extraordnaire... so we began work at 1 30 in Room 1 at the Union, and I love thst room as there is a rather nice Yamahe[Though I am a Steinway person] but it was all shiny and mostly in tune... I think the pianos there ae provided by the Yamaha co.[don't they make motorscooters?] Meow... so Noah showed up, and I gave him a beginning continuation of his piano lessons, as i would like him to be piano literate, and he is a terrific student, as well as a superb bassist, and he has a eagerness to learn new things, so i presented him with a book of the Well Tempered Clavichord of Bach, because if he ever goes to the Juilliard, that will stand him in good stead...
    Then he showed and played a movement from one of the Bach Suites on Contrabass, and I was very pleased to hear the quality of his tone and intonation... his bass, which was rather new and raw when he first came to my Trio three years ago has deepened into a very good sound... it is very god, and his is using bow, and very much improving in all the areas that I require of my players,,,,
    And then on to some of the things we will be doing on Sunday, and then my Mys. G sort of took oves, and it was a concern to Noah, so it was time to say our goodbyes til the concert on Sunday, so he took off and I was trying to decipher a call from Darren, and it turned out that Darren and his beautiful wife had just given birth ... it was a lovely moment... so may they have all of the good things in life, and now they have three sons... I remember how amazed and deliously happy I was when my Maurice was born...Isn't life a wonderful experience?
    So, my friend, please come to our performance this Sunday, the 11th at the South Pasadena Library 1115 El Centro at 7 30 PM.... DMISSION IS COMPLIMENTARY, NS DONATIONS ARE ACCEPTED, AND ON WITH aRT, am I the luckiest person to have these two great people with me???? Yessssss!!!!!Thanks, guys... Love you Bunches, Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on November 14, 2007 report

    What a fine concert last Sunday evening.. It was really fine, the sudience was fine, and a lot of jazz lovers turned out... and some good friends were there... our photographer- documentarians Akemi Uchiyama and Naomi Okomoto were there and were their usual helpful selves, and Singer Robin Spurs was there with her record tecnician, and Maddie Eaton showed up with het Violin, and when I asked her to play, she accepted...and played three tunes, she was very good, had all the nuances of Stephan Grapelli, and it added another dimension to our sound, it was really fun... Thank you, Maddie... she is equally good as a classical violinist, and studied in Vienna.

    The concert was dedicated to Mr. Bings, a treasure of a canine who left us last Tuesday, much to our deep sorrow... Noah wrote a really groovy tribite to him, even catching the skip in his gait due to being hit by a car before my son and dauhter in law adopted him... When they toured, I had full charge of my Grand Pup, for many years... I promised them that if they would adopt him, I would always be available for caring for him... at my house he had a Frank Lloyd Wright special designed Dog House, Bings, I miss you so very much... So Noah really did a great Blues for Mr. Bings, even catching the part of him that yearned to be able to run like other dogs...
    We did some Mingus tunes, and Miles, and Monk, and after intermissionthe obligatory Bill Evans set, interspersing everything with free improvisations utilising my ample collection of Tibetan Percussion, giving my group it's totally unique sound... very[out there.]
    We will be at Sreinway Hall again on the 29th of November... See y'll there... Love, Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on November 21, 2007 report

    Next concert is a week from this coming Thursday at Steinway Hall
    12121West Pico at Bundy, West LA. 7 30 PM-10 PM
    Suezenne Fordham, Steinay Concert grand, Gu Zheng
    Darren Ross, Drums and Percussion
    Noah Garabedian. Contrabass
    Ensemble plays Tibetan Instruments

    Our music is intenre, high emphasis on fiery virtuosity with deep feeling, a fusion of avant garde, jazz, bartok, monk, bill evans and tibetan Soul.

    Ambience is hip arty, historic sites, comfortable, and very beautiful music... "The concert experience with Jazz Passion.

    Admission is complimentary, but donations are accepted to help defray the considerable cost of presenting this work of art to the public.

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on November 28, 2007 report

    And it's almost here!!!another concert!!!See you there... Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on November 28, 2007 report

    Our major article by Myrna Daniels in the LA Jazz Scene will be on the stands friday Nov 30th 07, this is a beutiful work of art by Myrna, who has spent many hours pouring over the many background pages I have prepared for her, and she spent countless hours interviewing me and her Photogrsper, Bob Comdon took countless pictures to compliment the article... I am very humbled and amazed that this is all happenning... really good things... we hope you will find this worthy publication, and dig it. The LA Jaz Scwne is the only monthly Jazz publication in LA!!!!Wow!!!Thank you Myrna!!!!

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on December 02, 2007 report

    WE ARE DELIRIOUS WITH JOY... THE BEAUTIFUL THREE AND A HALF PAGE ARTICLE BY MYRNA DANIELS IS NOW IN CIRCULATION...It is amazing, and we hope you go to your place where you get LA Jazz Scene, and really dig what she has to say. A lot of the article has to do with various NY musicians who were close friends of mine, and this includes everyone from George Shearing to Bill Evans... a lot od memories, hope you dig it... Love, Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on December 13, 2007 report

    So, after all the exams at UCLA Neurology Department yesterday, I contacted Noah, angel Bassist about a rehesal today at Local 47.... Let me tell you, the Union rehersal rooms are really fine. Very quiet, excellent pianos, though not Steinways, but well in tune Yamahas[whew I can't believe I wrote that word, being a true Steinway Artist]

    Today's reheasal was really beautiful in its own way. We worked on small details, and that ultimate precision, that makes all the difference in Concert. I love when things are the way they were today, And as usual, Noah was so helpful. I wore the piece Bill{E.} gave me before I moved to the West Coast from NY.When Myrna was interviewing me, I told her about that, and it is in the article for LA Jazz Scene...in my sketch [written] about Bill, and this is beautiful history.

    Back to today,we really woodshedded, and in the most intelligent touching way. I recommend either of my players to any leaders who are looking for the best there is...Noah is VERY special...and so is Darren...Love, Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on December 17, 2007 report

    So here are afterthoughts on my reh with Noah the other afternoon at the Union...

    It was really cool, as Noah was unusually maleable musically, and had a lot of thoughtful[ mindful] things to say about what we ewere doing, many things that hadn't really occurred to me until I heard some of his ideas... He has application in to the Juilliard graduate program, and I hope he will have the opportunities he deserves... he is a Leader's dream... helpful, not afraid to contribute ideas and extraordinately sensitive... He isactually my Scott La Faro.....Bill's great bass player... Though Noah is a straight arrow kind of person...NO substance abuse, and very reliable, but a thorough Artist... I really thank Roberto for sending him to me, though at the time I was dismayed as he was so young, and that was 3 1/2 years ago...My God where to find Bill's Gomez... DONT forget to ead this month's LA Jazz Scene, we have the cover article, and three and a half pages!!!WOW...Love, Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on December 27, 2007 report

    Featured in LA JAZZ Scene's Decmber Issue Cover Story with a three and a half page article by Myrna Daniels,owner, editor and critic for LA Jazz Scene.

    SUEZENNE FORDHAM CHAMBER JAZZ LA
    STEINWAY HALL at Fields Pianos
    12121 West Pico Blvd at Bundy
    Free parking onsite 2 Flights down in the parking structure.Safe area.
    West LA, CA.
    818 371 7735

    Thursday, January 31 08
    7 30-10 PM
    Complimentary admission
    Donations accepted to help defray the considerable expense of presenting this Artistic musical happenning.

    We are a unique fusion of Classical,Avant Garde,Jazz with fiery virtuosity. "The Concert Experience with Jazz Passion."

    Ambience is hip, arty, historic, and comfortable.The Music is accessable and totally absorbing.

    SUEZENNE FORDHAM, STEINWAY CONCERT GRAND, Gu Zheng
    Darren Ross, Drums and Percussion
    Noah Garabedian, Contrabass
    Ensembleplays Tibetan instruments

    Our Muses are Bill Evans, Monk, Bach, Rach, Messian, Stockhausen, and Bartok. Our music is highly individual, and we invite you to share out Art.Thank you.
    Nameste

    Suezenne
    Darren
    Noah

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on December 31, 2007 report

    This was the best year ever for SFCJLA!!!! So many exciting things happened...Akemi Uchiama and Naomi Okomoto came into our lives, and for a while they worked intensely on a documentary, and great help to put an album together... We had difficulties when Roberto Miranda once again did the eely routine, promising he'd be with us again, then sliding away before the documentary was completed, and also the album.
    I really knew the he wasn't going to stick, having previous experience with him, nevertheless it was heart wrenching, as so much was riding on his talents. Naomi and Akemi were disappointed too, as we had really great plans for the Trio with him as our bassist and conga drum player... It was the day after he gave me the "call" that I lost my vision, and began seeing double... I have adjusted very nicely to this, each eye is great on it's own, just that they dont focus, Five months later, $10.000 and many tests still no diagnosis. but the playing is better than ever, but the eyes remain the same.

    But I am very happy with our previous Bassist Noah, as he is a really fine player, in many ways I prefer his playing. He is radically IN TUNE, and gives sttention to all details, and will be with us through the end of the season, and I am happily pulling some of the tunes that Roberto recorded with us and inserting things that Noah has recorded...The documentary is another story, though...

    We discovered the West Side and Steinway Hall, with their glorious pianos, and Mr.Ida, their Artists Rep. They are wonderful, and very helpful, as is Mr. Lee who gives us very valuable help for our concerts.

    We had some great concerts at the South Pasadena Library Concert Hall, and I swear the hall is saturated with the soul of Franz Liszt, an there are times when performing there that I feel not only Bill, who is always with me, but Liszt is very much in my hands.{ My teacher in NY was a direct musical descendant of Liszt, see the Wikipedia article.]

    And there was a great concert with Al Young, California Poet Laureate, and he also sang with us. Darren couldn't be there so Don Littleton subbed for him, and Noah and Don were fab and I added Akemi Uchiyama on Congos, and it was a blast and fun!!!

    And there were a few concerts at the Pasadena Library, but I gave them up in favor of Sunday afternoon performances there due to small attendance, and Tuesdays being a bad night for concerts, at least at that venue.

    And so there it is, except for the major news. Myrna Daniels reviewed our group[LA Jazz Scene ]and really liked it, Whale songs and all...including the Tibetan instruments, and later on in the summer she asked to do a major article... she worked very hard and it took about six months, and she wrote the most beautiful three and a half page article. It was the Cover Story... It was in the December 07 issue. It was one of my finest experiences. Thank you Myrna.

    We began our fall 07 series in late October. Our series there are the last Thursday of the month at 7 :30 PM...We had huge audiences there before the summer ended, as Akemi had lots of friends that came to see us at Steinway Hall...When we returned there after the summer off, in Oct, we had lost all our audience... I think the previous audience was all her friends, as she and Naomi thought we deserved to really be heard. However we will keep trying to build an audience,as I feel there is a market..

    Attendance was good at South Pasadena, and we are happy there...Yolanda is great and so is Mr. Fjeldsted.

    And so here we are, I remember how hard Bill[Evans} had to hustle to keep his Trio together. I know 08 is our year, and I hope for a cure for my double vision, too...God Bless You All, we love you, Suezenne, Darren and Noah...
    l

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on January 05, 2008 report

    It is with sadness I tell you that Dr John Seely passed away recently. He was an enthusiastic amd and lived life to the fullest, and was a fulfilled man.

    We met the good Doctor when we first started giving concerts at Steinway Hall in West LA. We were impressed with his entourage, who lovingly saw to his every need, ans saw to it that he and they attended all of our concerts at Steinway Hall. There was always an enthusiasm and Joie de Vivre that inspired my Trio to transcend itself, and we will very much miss him, Manuela, and his other friends.

    The last time we saw him wasat our last concert, Novem,ber 29th...When I said, "look forward to seeing you soon," he said I don't know if I will see you again... I was taken aback, as this was a man whom I thought of as "Forever." But he was ninty five years young, and fate took him... we will miss him very much... The Hall was so full of joy when they were there...His wonderful friends made everyone very happy.May God Bless you All, and ease your pain at the loss of this beloved friend...Love, Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on January 05, 2008 report

    We invite you to attend the joyful concert celebrating the fulfilled and beautiful life of Dr John Seely :

    Suezenne Fordham Chamber Jazz LA
    Dr John Seely Memorial Concert
    Thursday, January 31 08 7 30- 10PM
    Steinway Hall at Fields Pianos
    12121 West Pico Blvd at Bundy
    West LA, Ca.
    Complimentary Admission

    We are a fusion of Jazz, Avant Garde, Classical, with Tibetan Overtones. The Concert Experience with Jazz Passion." Ambience is Historic, Arty, Hip and Comfortable. The music is readily accessable, and totally absorbing.
    Suezenne Fordham, Steinway and Gu Zheng
    Darren Ross, Drums and Percussion
    Noah Garabedian, Contrabass
    Ensemble plays Tibetan Instruments

    Our Muses are Bill Evans, Bartok,Bach Messian and Stockhausen. Our music is highly individual, and we invite you to share out Art, and enjor our hot virtuosity.

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on January 27, 2008 report

    Darren, Noah and I invite you personally to our next concert on January 31st, which will actually be a recording session for an upcoming album. You will have the opportunity to hear some new material and sounds, and be a part of our recording History. We are very excited, as Mr. Ida the Artist's Rep at Field's Pianos[Steinway and Sons] is having the 8'11 "D" Brahms Concert Grand moved to the Hall for our session, Really exciting!!!

    Unlike most recording sessions we pefer to use the first take, as it is usually the most outre!!!Hugs, Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on January 29, 2008 report

    Wow, I promised Noah that I would never let us be on UTube, and got a great letter from Steve Fjeldsted, City Librarian and Jazz lover from South Pasadena Library, and he told us that Al Young has put a great film clip from our last concert with him in South Pasadena last season... looked it up and it was done by Time Warner, and there are some great clips of my band for all the world to see...

    http://alyoung.org/index.php/resources-links/

    What a blast! Thank you, Al, look forward to seeing you again!!!

    Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on February 16, 2008 report

    Scot dot dadoo wa!!!

    The Teddy is swingin in NY! Just heard from TC, an old frend[ from Manhatten[ not Kansas] and he just finished a gig at Sweets and the lines were around the block waiting to get in, great sidemen, too.... and he will be going into the jazz palace[underground] of all Jazz Palaces... the Village Vanguard on March 23rd for a week...

    Teddy is the founder along with Charles Mingus, contrabassist, of the Avant Garde Movement in NY and he had the Teddy Chsrles Tentet for ages, some of the grest sidemen csme out of there, like Zoot, Art Farmer, Mingus, Lester, they blazed unchartered trsils, snd he was one of my teachers as well as a buddy. He lives on Long Island near his beloved ocean with a jillion dogs,and has several seaworthy boats.

    It is amazing what a virtuoso he is on vibes [once told me he got his incredable tecnic by practising vibes with teatowels on the bars]... regularly playing.... was somewhat of a musical hermit til Teo Macero got on his tail, and got him back to where he once belonged.... He told me that he is going th the Netherlands in November for some major performances and concerts... Hey, Man, told you they love you and really are searching and wanting to hear WAY MORE if you in concert... We want you to perform here, too, how 'bout that gig with the Poet Al Young, do you really want to Play it??? or were you putting me on???Know you are an icon, BUT!!!!Dig it? Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on February 19, 2008 report

    Next concert !!!
    SUEZENNE FORDHAM CHAMBER JAZZ LA
    Thursday, February 28th 7 30=- 10 PM
    Steinway hall at Fields Pianos
    12121 Wst Pico Blvd at Bundy
    West LA, CA.

    Suezenne Fordham, Steinway Piano and Gu Zheng
    Darren Ross, Drums and percussion
    Noah Garabedian, Contrabass

    Ensemble plays Tibetan Instruments
    Ambience is hip arty, casual
    The concert experience with Jazz Passion.
    Emphasis is on musicality and a high degree
    of blazing virtuosity...

    We are avant garde with classical, bop, and all areas in between.
    Our muses are Bill Evans, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Bartok.
    Admission is complimentary, but donations accepted..

    We are happy to discuss our ideas with you, and appreciate
    your attendance...

    Se you there, you won't believe how great the Steinway sounds with
    this particular group of players!!!









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  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on February 19, 2008 report

    SUEZENNE FORDHAM CHAMBER JAZZ LA
    MARCH CONCERTS
    Sunday March 2nd 08 2 30 PM-5 PM
    Pasadena Main Library
    Donald Wright Auditorium
    285 East Walnut
    Pasadena, Ca.

    The last in our Pasadena 07-08 series.

    A highly unusual time of day for our concerts, I hardly ever book afternoon concerts, but were able to book our Pasadena series a year ago for these times. we have gotten requests for afternoon concerts, so here we are!!!

    Concerts are free, but free will donations are accepted.

    Ambience is hip arty historic, with a Greene and Greene atmosphere. and very comfortable velvet theater seats.


    March 27th 08
    Suezenne Fordham Chamber Jazz LA
    Steinway Hall at Fields Pianos
    12121 West Pico Blvd at Bundy
    West LA, Ca.

    All information above applies...

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on February 23, 2008 report

    Suezenne Fordham Chamber Jazz LA will be auditioning Contrabassists for the 08/09 concert season beginning immediately for next season, which starts October '08.

    There are from 15 to 18 paying concerts per season.

    The gig isn't easy, concerts are 2 1/2 hours long, with a twenty minute intermission between acts.

    The music is Hip,Avant Garde, Bop, Bartok, Classical Fusion, and there are many opportunities for extended solos. Fluency playing solos with Bow is a must, as is intonation, and extraordinary improvisational skills. Reliability is very important, as is love of your Art. No drunks or druggies. Emphasis is on blazing virtousity., and our ability to go places not charted. Venues are Chamber sized Halls with Historic Ambience.

    Your interest in composition is welcome, as my group is a member of Chamber Music America, and there are opportunities for grants, to be shared equally within the group and understanding the purpose of the grant.

    I ask that you bring your unique Musical Voice on your instrument, you will have remarkable musical freedom, not to be found in other groups.

    Must be willing to rehearse [paid]or perform seemingly unrelated music such as Bach Inventions, and various music by Rachmanninov,VillaLobos etc.

    At times we go into a Tibetan Bag and the Ensemble plays Tibetan Percussion...

    Noah Garabedian, my current Bassist, will be completing his fourth season with us, and will be leaving for New York to form group with his bro and may have an opportunity to attend the Juilliard Jazz Graduate Program.

    I ask the Candidate to appreciate playing with a very unique and experienced older NY Jazz Pianist- Gu Xheng player, and really great Drummer- Percussion player, Darren Ross. I am looking for musical "family," communiction, and sharing of ideas.

    I expect the candidate will answer all calls and emails in a timely manner, as I have crucial decisions about the group that must be addressed and your input will be important.

    Excellent players of any age should apply...Serious inquiries only, please. I DON'T need someone twenty four going on fifteen.

    I know you are out there...some of my former bassists were Roberto Miranda, and in NY, Richard Davis... THAT is what I will be listening and looking for...

    Suezenne Fordham
    818 371 7735,

    or answer this blog

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on February 28, 2008 report

    SUEZENNE FORDHAM CHAMBER JAZZ LA
    Pasadena Library 285 East Walnut
    Donald Wright Auditorium
    Sunday, March 2nd 08
    2 30-5PM
    Complimentary Admission,
    Donations are accepted

    Jazz, Avant Garde, Classical,
    Fusions with Tibetan Overtones
    Hip, Arty, Historic Ambience
    Fiery Virtuosity,the concert
    experience with Jazz Passion

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on March 03, 2008 report

    Noah Garabedian, my current fave Baassist is off to New York for a few days to audition for the Juilliard Graduate school in Jazz Bass... I wish him all the best luck... he will be back in time for our next concert on march 28th 08. I am going nuts trying to audition all of the appliants for the gig beginning October 08. There are about 20 concerts per season, I will miss the Garabed, but I know at least his equal will materialise!![see article asking for Contrabassists to apply to SFCJLA.

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on March 06, 2008 report

    Jarrett's concert was literally sold out last night, Wednesday, Feb 5th 08. The audience was abuzz and very excited awaiting the appearance of the Trio, including Contrabassist Gary Peacock, and Jack Dejohnette, Drummer.

    The piano was a superb "D" 8'11"Steinway from Field's Pianos in West LA. I know that piano, number CD 386,having just used it a few days prior in one of my "Suezenne Fordham Chamber Jazz LA" concerts. A glittering fast action beauty, with limitless ability to take the messages from the brain and fingers of the Artist and turn them into High Art.

    Jarrett began the program with a meandering though cohesive solo improvisation before communicating in a quiet Chamber Music manner that Peacock and Dejohnette were invited into the mix. The two are undoubtedly a Dream rhythm section, and obviously read Jarrett like a book. The balance was great, but I would have opted to have a higher Bass volume, as the glorious things Peacock played were somewhat swallowed by the Hall. I was pleased with the volume of the Drummer, as he was very sensitive to Jarrett's playing, not to overpower, but at times when he was soloing he could have powered out a bit more. As I tell my drummer Darren Ross"if you're having trouble hearing the piano, or the Gu Zheng, you're too loud."

    The Steinway was dutifully amped, and I guess someone thought it needed to be really cranked up as the evening progressed, but at least there was no distortion...I would say re: Jarrett's choruses, The score was 10 to 2, ten being Jarrett's solos to his sidemen's one- or two.

    The audience absolutely loved everything they did, there were no sins, as is always the case with cult figures...

    Accuracy was obvious, as was a very Bill Evans harmonic concept, at times a literal harmonic cover, as in "Some Day My Prince Will Come."

    The high point for me was an Avant Garde sortie.. Interesting. But for the most part everything was standards such as "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," and "You Belong To Me," nicely tricked out ss Ballads. In all fairness this Trio was originally conceived 25 years ago to play standards, and show what can be done with them..How to turn a common standard into an uncommon piece of Art... a sort of tribute to the Great American Songbook, shall we say?

    My problem with Jarrett,[ and I know there are masses of fans who adore it, and think of it as being a symbol of high Art] are his contorions, the intermittant moving of his tush up and down from the piano bench,[discovered from a
    lA Times pic in their review that he had individual sheets of music, changes, so he was obviously constantly checking his changes. [I do the same thing in performance, butthe Nanny Goat braying could be dropped as all of the beautiful sounds from "That Steinway "were being obliterated...It is not entertaining and detracts mightily from his Art, and desensatises his his sidemen's impact.

    It appeared at times that Peacock was silently cracking up, as he tucked his head down to hide a chortle. Jarrett played with his back to the audience,a 50's cliche, and from time to time craning his head around to fix the audience with an eerie Cadaver-like stare...

    At the end there were endless encores, and SOs, and the audience was rewarded with a terse, nasty lecture from Jarrett for "trying to take pictures."

    I can't think of players, famous or not, who are so insensitive as to turn off their paying customers. This was offensive, not cute or Artsy or behavior becoming a "genius."

    This after not only "Turning 0ut for the Concert, Negotiating the Horrific Expensive New E Parking Structure at UCLA, Walking half mile and UP 200 Stairs, and Paying $79-$140 for a seat... and the Return Trek then DOWN the stairs to the Parking Structure"... all in all what was supposed to be a terrific evening which wasn't... except for my drummer Darren Ross, who was very much enraptured with Dejohnette, and Dear Noah, my erstwhile genius Contrabassist whom I envisioned at his audition at the Juilliard in Gotham.., and whom I'll mourn deeply when he leaves in June.

    Oh yes, it was fun connecting again with an old EIS Buddy Benny Maupin, and meeting a couple of friends of Noah's... Nate and ???[cute kids from UCLA music department.]

    Suezenne Fordham
    03/06/08

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on March 07, 2008 report

    SEE NEXT TOPIC This is too good to miss!!!

    THANK YOU

    SUEZENNE

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on March 07, 2008 report

    Controversy Over Uncertainty At Beginning Of Royce Hall UCLA Concert 03 05 08.

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on March 09, 2008 report

    To add to the above critique... The LA Times had much the same to say as I did, BUT there is a terrible discrepancy...Jarrett said it was the Piano's fault that the beginning wasn't up to par... he told Don Heckman, LA Times Critic after the concert "that the Piano had some of the stiffest key action he'd ever experienced."

    I know this is a falsehood, as last Thursday, I played a concert with my "Suezenne Fordham Chamber Jazz LA" Trio at Steinway Hall, and I played that piano CD#386 which was left onstage after being used for two days of recording at Steinway Hall by Mr. Jarrett, so Jarrett knew thet Piano very well. Furthermore my contact at Steinway and Sons [Field's Pianos] told me that he had sent #386 AND a second Concert Grand to Royce Hall for Jarrett's concert so he actually had a choice of TWO pianos and Steinway's top tecnician for his edification. Really, now!

    I found #CD 386 to be the best Piano I have ever played, and even called the very helpful David Ida, Steinway Artist's rep to tell him how much I loved the piano, and took special note of the identifying number so I may use it in the future. The response of that instrument was really incredible, and the dynamics that were attainable were thrilling, there was nothing that couldn't be played on that piano,even for a woman.

    I was at Jarretts Thursday concert, and my impression was that he had difficulty getting oriented, there was something really wierd going on, but for honesty's sake, don't blame the piano.

    Steinway has a tradition of treating the Artist on whatever level they are with the greatest respect, and Mr. Jarrett could and did pick out whatever Concert Grand he wished for both the recording and the concert.

    I spoke with Mr. Ida, on the Saturday following my Thursday concert, and he was happy I liked that piano, and told me that Jarrett would be using that piano at his concert at Royce Hall. This pleased me very much, and the main reason I went to Jarrett's concert Wednesday was that I wanted to hear him play the piano that I considered the best piano I have played in all my considerable years of concertising.

    Sometimes strange things happen during performances, and it is really a childish cop out to blame it on the piano... As a pro you know whatever instrument will make you sound great, and he did just that in recording at Steinway Hall, then approving the piano for use at Royce... This gets swarmier and swarmier, Really!
    Suezenne Fordham
    Suezenne Fordham Chamber Jazz

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on March 09, 2008 report

    An Evening with Daniel Pollack?
    From: Fields Pianos (info@fieldspianos.com)
    Sent: Sat 3/08/08 9:21 AM
    To: suezennefg@hotmail.com

    IN HONOR OF THE LEGENDARY PIANOS TOUR,FIELDS PIANOS PRESENTSAn Evening with Steinway ArtistDaniel PollackThursday, March 20 7:30 pm Renowned concert pianist and International Piano Competition Judge, Daniel Pollack has performed solo recitals in the major music centers of the world. Audiences worldwide recognize the pianism of Daniel Pollack for its signature colors in sound, coupled with over-the-edge thrilling virtuosity, giving his performances an electrifying element that catches the imagination of concert goers. A reception with the artist will follow the program. Mr. Pollacks latest CD release Colors will be available for purchase by cash or check. Admission is free. Limited seating. Please R.S.V.P. (310) 207-2400 You can view your invitation by following the link below:http://www.fieldspianos.com/eventimages/dplegend.jpg THE LEGENDARY PIANOS TOURMARCH 19th THROUGH MARCH 30th, 2008.FROM MARCH 19th THROUGH MARCH 30th,YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TOBECOME A PART OF LIVING HISTORY This is your opportunity to play Vladimir Horowitz legendary CD503 Concert Grand piano. This is the same piano he played during his triumphant return to Moscow in 1986. It was also the instrument used to record his final project, Horowitz, The Last Recording. Van Cliburn, who won the first Tchaikovsky Piano competition in 1958 in Moscow, has also donated his famous personal concert grand piano CD443 to be a part of this once in a lifetime tour. Schedule Your Playing Time by Calling (310) 207-2400 We encourage you to experience 15 Minutes of Fame. You may take pictures orrecord this great moment in time.This message was sent by: Fields Pianos, 810 E. Dyer Road, Santa Ana, CA 92705 Manage your subscription: http://app.icontact.com/icp/mmail-mprofile.pl?r=3337444&l=1270&s=SA83&m=76170&c=155928

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  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on March 09, 2008 report

    RE: gigs and more
    From: Suezenne Grants (suezennefg@hotmail.com)
    Sent: Sat 3/08/08 10:13 PM
    To: Noah Garabedian (noahgarabedian@gmail.com)

    DollFace!!!I know how that feels...my heart aches for you...BUT, Dammit, you are awsome... the talent is there, so now work your as- off, nailing all the stuff you think you were not as strong as you like....

    I wanted to work with you on bowing and DYNAMICS but you flew away... f you wish, I would write a note for your Mum about some lessons with David Young,she would see tht there are some finishing touches you need before you soar...David is a great teacher.He teaches at the Colburn, and I think think you could get free lessons if you applied... they have an open entry thing, and if you studied before you leave[sob]some more doors will open... Please, you are so close...and reapply for the juilliard the next available audition. You CAN have it all...

    And Darren was telling you the truth tho he didn't know it, I would have loved tucking in your hip pocket and have gone to NY with you.

    Darren and I went to a concert Wed night,[first time ever] Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, and Jack Dejohnette... Really fun... You would have learned a bunch just watching Peacock...Darren and I didnt sit together, but some dude sat next to me by the name of Nate, a bass player who said he is a friend of yours..we chatted, and I saw your piano player, who also said hello... Benny Maupin was there and we reconnected[chatted.]

    I was asked and wrote a review of the concert for All About Jazz, and have been appointed Editor of the Teddy Charles Page....

    There is an awful dispute about an insult Jarrett threw at the Steinway,[the one I used or our last concert at Steinway Hall] he declared it the Stiffest action he'd ever played to Don Heckman the Jazz critic for the LA Times...He had a tough time at the beginning ... maye 15 minutes of clueless meanderingbefore allowing his sidemen into the fray.will tell you about it sometime...Call if you wish. and when you've healed a bit we'll share a bottle of wine...I miss your face...Suez

    Don't be upset, just get ready for the next audition 'till it just rolls off your back, and it's just like playing any other gig.. Who listened to you?






    http://suezennefordhamchamberjazz.blogspot.com






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    Date: Sat, 8 Mar 2008 16:23:44 -0800
    From: noahgarabedian@gmail.com
    To: suezennefg@hotmail.com
    Subject: gigs and more

    hey Suez,
    hows it goin? well unfortunately i had a pretty bad audition and don't think i will be accepted to Juilliard. I"m pretty upset needless to say. It sucks to because they only accept one bass player, the other guy is pretty good though. i'll tell you more about it later.

    Also, a friend of mine is coming into town in April and wants to try to go camping. However, this would be on the weekend of April 19 and 20, which would mean i couldn't go to our gig on April 20. If this isn't cool with you, that's fine and i'll just let him know that i can't get out of the gig.

    Thanks,
    noah


  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on March 10, 2008 report


    Sent: Mon 3/10/08 2:46 AM
    To: Suezenne Grants (suezennefg@hotmail.com)

    good concert. audience cheered. finished just 2 minutes before overtime. eeeek.
    She played fine,I guess.
    Horn was great though too loud, probably anxiety. Tough solo to sit for an hour and be expected to play flawlessly all of those licks and at 415.
    nite, you're fun too.



    -----Original Message-----
    From: Suezenne Grants
    Sent: Mar 9, 2008 10:25 PM

    Subject:

    AM 122/PM 89...How did it go tonight? Did the Concertmistress hold herself together? That's great!!! I really enjoyed yesterday, you and Lynn are so much fun!!!Tell the Goezhendoerfoers ARFF!!! from Grandemere.. Nighty night. Love, Me

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on March 12, 2008 report

    UH OH

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on March 12, 2008 report

    No Subject)?
    From: Suezenne Grants (suezennefg@hotmail.com)
    Sent: Tue 3/11/08 10:54 AM
    To: noahgarabedian@gmail.com

    Garabedian-Don't bother, I think Roberto gave me C's cell #..."srry "for the ncnvnence.like not.

    In case you STILL don't get it... I go to a LOT of trouble and expense both emotional and monetary,to play this "Concert" game, knowing when "it's there" musically, I will return to my NY connections. When I don't have my chosen players, there is a hole in the progress of the Trio,Get it? like it obviously doesn't mean anything to you, as you have your own group, but I've put seven years into this thing, three or four into you, to say nothing of the expense of the projects...

    I can never get rehs with you any more, even paid. Do YOU pay your group when they reh?

    At this point I know that you are "treading water" till you leave, and that hurts deeply and translates to the same material being played repeatedly... so nothing can develop. The ideas have just been tossed aside as irrelevant, [as you "have too much on your plate.",] not worth working on, and I am not a person to be taken seriously.

    Can't you see I am a sensitive person who is offended when you show up for a booking always "tired. "Have you EVER heard me say "I'm tired?" Havn't I treated you in a professional way? Mo and Lynn sometimes wait MONTHS before their checks arrive in the mail from a Payroll Service

    At this time, my audiences are small, and in general business is not good in many clubs, or smaller concert venues. I lost a lot of audience when R left and the estrangement happened with Akemi. Part of it was when I insisted that a couple of your cuts go on the Album she is producing, she being besotted with Roberto, and she did not believe in you. I did and have been willing to hang on because I knew things would return to normal.And we would get good bookings...When this eye thing is corrected, I want to tour...

    [Effectively, April 25 is not anything I can use in a Trio related way for promo purposes, as it is Al's show... so that's more lost time, as you are leaving, and I have to fill your space with someone who has a sound]

    No, I won't accep/t your cancelling your camping trip. The fact that you even thought of that is hurtful enough, realising that you still don't understand my angst and my love of my Trio,the fact that they are booked a year in advance, and the positivity that would have come from that concert is forever dissapated, leaving a negative void in my soul, and my heart.

    I had thought of our trio as family, not a casual pick up thing, and it never occurred to me that it wasn't a casual pick up thing for you... but the truth is there.Do you actually feel that "Charlie" can just buzz in off the street and have a clue.? Can't you realise how vital you are to the music?

    Once again, you are telling me through your actions just who and what you really are. And don't tell me you gave me a choice, I KNOW when I am being manipulated, Dude.Actions speak louder than words.. .

    We, unless you go further to Wierdsville, will trudge on toward June, the end for me of everything I have worked for the last seven years,I guess...

    Really bummed out, don't bother thinking of an exchage, That sucks, too,

    Suezenne


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  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on March 15, 2008 report

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  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on March 15, 2008 report

    http://suezennefordhamchamberjazz.blogspot.com


    We look forward to playing stimulating fab music for you , and invite you to our Thursday,March 27th concert....Suezenne,Darren and Noah

    From: suezennefg@hotmail.com
    Subject: RE: Next Chamber Jazz Concert Is Amost Here!
    You are invited!!!... we are in our sixth season of Chamber Concerts and our second series in West LA... See you there... ESS
    From: suezennefg@hotmail.com
    Subject:Suezenne Fordham Chamber Jazz LA February Concerts


    Date:Thursday, March 27th 08
    07:30 - 10PM

    Steinway Hall at Fields Pianos
    12121 Pico Blvd. st (at Bundy)
    West LA, Ca.
    2nd Lower Level Free Parking


    We invite you to enjoy very unique concerts.

    Suezenne Fordham - Piano, Gu Zheng
    Darren Ross - Drums and Percussion
    Noah Garabedian - Contrabass
    Ensemble plays Tibetan Instruments

    We are a fusion of Jazz, Avant Garde, Classical, and Tibetan Sounds. Our muses are Bill Evans, Monk, Davis, Bartok, Messian, Stockhausen, and Bach. Ambience is hip, arty, comfortable, with an emphasis on historic sites and fiery virtuosity - 'The Concert Experience With Jazz Passion.'

    Admission is complimentary, but donations are welcome to help defray the expense of bringing this unique art form to life.

    818 371 7735 Suezenne Fordham Chamber Jazz LA
    All of our concerts are privately funded and are not supported by any other organisation.



    http://suezennefordhamchamberjazz.blogspot.com

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on March 15, 2008 report

    Our concert at the South Psadena Library has been cancelled due to Noah Garabedian, our Bassist having an uncontrolable urge to go camping with some buddies!

    HOWEVER!!!

    We are playing a great concert five days later on April 25th at the same venue with Jazz Poet AL YOUNG, California Poet Laureate... We played with him ar SPPL last year on the event of the publication of his new book of poetry and it was a huge success. The event is free, and is sponsored by SPPL, the SP Chamber of Commerce, and the Friends of the Library.

    I will have a jazz quintet
    Suezenne Fordham, Piano, Gu Zheng
    Noah Garabedian, Contrabass
    Don Littleton, Drums and Percussion
    Rochelle Coatney, Conguera and Latin Percussion
    Bill Roper Jazz Tuba and Avant Gardist or TBA

    See you !!!

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on March 16, 2008 report

    Teo Macero, who was a very unorthodox producer of Jazz Albums in the heyday of the bop era in the 60s and 70s in Riverhead NY,passed on about four blocke away from Teddy Charles, Vibist in Riverhead Long Island....Teddy told me Teo had a bad lung infection, and died in a hospital near him... They were great friends, and did a lot of albums together. They were always chiding each other, as their artistic personalities were very different.

    Teddy, [otherwise known as Ted Cohen] is a very exact person musically, It has to be precisely as he says, and Teo was more laizes faire. Solos are an exact Art with Teddy, and Teo would think nothing of eliminating huge chunks of solos from albums or adding some off the wall stuff, like a bagpipe[!] in one of Charles Tentet recordings, then the two would hassle it out, and finally the offending bagpipe[or whatever] would be cut out. Their last album was recorded about three months ago in Manhatten, and Teddy was upset because Teo had a really wierd Rock ending at the end of one of Charles compositions, with the usual gunching going on between the two men.

    In addition to Charles, Macero worked with Teddy's musical partner, collaborator and Bassist Charles Mingus, a giant among giants... a brilliant Bassist and composer. Their collaberation was the beginning of a totally new sound.. It was Charles and Mingus who were the instigators of the Avant Garde movement in Jazz in NY[and the world] with the New Directions albums.

    Macero was the producer of some of Miles Davis great albums...Davis gave Macero total liberty with his albums, trusting him implicitly. Davis was famous for never listening to his albums or cuts or studio playbacks. He had a strong superstition regarding playbacks, and had he listened, he would realise that some of his greatest work was cut out to make the track shorter, at the loss of great Art.

    Macero also worked with Dave Brubeck, Leonard Bernstein, but of course it was his relationship with Teddy Charles that sticks in my mind.... sort of Yin and Yang.. total opposites, but they were great friends and some great Art came from their eventual meeting of the minds, if you will.

    Suezenne Fordham[Chamber Jazz LA]

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on March 16, 2008 report

    That's a great time!...Love, Suezenne

    http://suezennefordhamchamberjazz.blogspot.com






    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Date: Sun, 16 Mar 2008 20:23:28 -0700
    Subject: Re: When to meet and more!!!
    From: akemiu@earthlink.net
    To: suezennefg@hotmail.com

    On 3/16/08 5:31 PM, "Suezenne Grants" <suezennefg@hotmail.com> wrote:


    Akemi!!!Thank you... The only days that won't work for me is Wednesday. I have a hair dye appt in Pasadena . I go there as I had really messed up my hair with home dye jobs. And Thursday I am invited to a private concert featuring Daniel Pollack, and the viewing of Vladimir Horowitz' Steinway Concert Grand touring piano ,a big deal, now on nationwide exhibitional tour, and stopping for their time at Fields' Pianos.

    About our project,I am so happy I can hardly find the rig ht keys let me know.. T,FR,Sat.Sun whenever and whatever time you wish!!!I have been listening to the proof you made and it sounds great!... The Caravan is perfect... Let me know!... I 'll try and refrain from frivolous writings won't bother you as I know your plate is very full, but I am honored.

    Have you read Dog Man, the story of the man who rescued Akitas in the North part of Japan when there were only six left in the nation. I love it. The sacrifices he and his wife made to do this in such a time of hardship are heartrending... The areahere they lived was near Akita, and Mount Kurakoma in the coldest and northernmost part of Japan...He was born there, an his wife was a society girl from the elite Abazu District. Not st sll s cuntru girl,

    I have been invited to be a part of an experiment at UCLA to help then be more accurate in the Strabismus surgeries. It involves many testa, and two years..Sounds fascinating, and it will help people.

    Enough, we'll catch up when we see each other!!!

    Love, Suezenne


    http://suezennefordhamchamberjazz.blogspot.com <http://suezennefordhamchamberjazz.blogspot.com/>




    Tuesday 11:45 am...at Caravan. If this works for you I will see you then. The only thing I can see changing the time would be an unexpected meeting. But I am sure this will be a good time for me .....akemi

    Want to race through your inbox even

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on March 16, 2008 report

    That's a great time!...Love, Suezenne

    http://suezennefordhamchamberjazz.blogspot.com






    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Date: Sun, 16 Mar 2008 20:23:28 -0700
    Subject: Re: When to meet and more!!!
    From: akemiu@earthlink.net
    To: suezennefg@hotmail.com

    On 3/16/08 5:31 PM, "Suezenne Grants" <suezennefg@hotmail.com> wrote:


    Akemi!!!Thank you... The only days that won't work for me is Wednesday. I have a hair dye appt in Pasadena . I go there as I had really messed up my hair with home dye jobs. And Thursday I am invited to a private concert featuring Daniel Pollack, and the viewing of Vladimir Horowitz' Steinway Concert Grand touring piano ,a big deal, now on nationwide exhibitional tour, and stopping for their time at Fields' Pianos.

    About our project,I am so happy I can hardly find the rig ht keys let me know.. T,FR,Sat.Sun whenever and whatever time you wish!!!I have been listening to the proof you made and it sounds great!... The Caravan is perfect... Let me know!... I 'll try and refrain from frivolous writings won't bother you as I know your plate is very full, but I am honored.

    Have you read Dog Man, the story of the man who rescued Akitas in the North part of Japan when there were only six left in the nation. I love it. The sacrifices he and his wife made to do this in such a time of hardship are heartrending... The areahere they lived was near Akita, and Mount Kurakoma in the coldest and northernmost part of Japan...He was born there, an his wife was a society girl from the elite Abazu District. Not st sll s cuntru girl,

    I have been invited to be a part of an experiment at UCLA to help then be more accurate in the Strabismus surgeries. It involves many testa, and two years..Sounds fascinating, and it will help people.

    Enough, we'll catch up when we see each other!!!

    Love, Suezenne


    http://suezennefordhamchamberjazz.blogspot.com <http://suezennefordhamchamberjazz.blogspot.com/>




    Tuesday 11:45 am...at Caravan. If this works for you I will see you then. The only thing I can see changing the time would be an unexpected meeting. But I am sure this will be a good time for me .....akemi

    Want to race through your inbox even

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on March 19, 2008 report

    It was a very joyous day today... It was the day that Akemi, Conguera and Graphics Designer- Photographer, presented us with the completed CD complete with a georgeously designed album, liner notes, photographs, the name is "Channeling Bill" refering to my friend Bill Evans, and the fact that my Trio has taken many of his ideas and wafted them to the next levels of inspiration. It is a very moving day for me, and I am sure for Darren who is skiing in Colorado, and for Noah[maybe... probably not.] I am totally overwhelmed at her devotion to the project, her professionalism and all of this while attending to her job as a Disney Imagineer in the Graphics Department.

    My players on this album are Darren Ross, Drums; Roberto Miranda, Contrabass, Congas; and for one cut, Noah Garabedian, Contrabass...
    The piano I am playing is a Steinway Concert Grand, and we all play Tibetan Percussion... As soon as we choose a vendor, it will be forsale through my website, so will keep you posted.

    "Oh Happy Day."
    Nameste, Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on March 19, 2008 report

    CMA Members:

    Do you want to generate audience excitement about contemporary music? CMA’s New Music Institutes—two-day seminars designed for performers and presenters—offer innovative approaches to the programming and performance of works by today’s composers.

    On the agenda are performance/demonstrations, discussions, guest speakers, and breakout sessions that will help you deepen audiences’ enjoyment of new music.

    Register now—the next New Music Institute is only four weeks away.

    When
    Friday/Saturday April 11-12, 2008

    Location
    Eastman School of Music
    Howard Hansen Lecture Hall, 4th floor
    26 Gibbs Street
    Rochester, NY

    Cost
    Free of charge to New York State residents and organizations
    All others: $35 per person
    Breakfast and lunch provided on both days



    Registration form is now available at www.chamber-music.org.
    A completed registration form is required for all registrants

    Please contact me if you have questions or need more information by calling (212) 242-2022, ext.17 or by email at niovanna@chamber-music.org .

    Hope to see you at the Institute!

    Nick Iovanna
    Conference & Events Manager
    Chamber Music America

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on March 20, 2008 report

    It is my STRONG recomendation that ALL performers, Composers, and presenters join Chamber Music America ASAP. They are very Conemporary, offering many grants for each discipline, and they are very Jazz Friendly, being the main outlet for the Doris Duke Foundation, and all of the help that that beautiful and kind philanthropist has given the Jazz community over the years.

    She used to come into the Hickory House in Manhatten years ago when I played opposite Joe Castro, her big Love, and companion ffor many years. She had a huge estate on Long Island, and I used to go to Jazz parties with Teddy Charles, Vibes Player. Teddy was also a very close friend of the lovely Miss Duke.

    So take advantage of opportunities, jpin CMA, and apply for those grants!!!

    Suezenne Fordham

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on March 21, 2008 report

    Tonight's event at Fields Pianos, Home of Steinway was a very poignant happenning, one that will linger in my mind and heart for a long time to come.

    Arrived early, as the buzz was that there would be a capacity crowd. Is is amazing! When Fields has a Steinway Event, they clear the main showroom of most of the elegant Grands of various sizes. These treasures are awaiting the arrival of some astute person who will carefully choose, then buy one or two, then Fields will whisk them off to the new owner[s], thus changing their lives forever. This is done with the caring help and advice of one their long term dedicated staff who is thoroughly knowledgable about the treasures in their care. Lucky Piano[s]. Luckier owners.

    Once I chose a seat,I was greeted by Mr David Ida, the perfect Artists rep who carefully fields the choice of pianos played by major Pianists when the play concerts in this town. He handles all realtions pertaining to the Artists, including those less known. It makes no difference if the artist is classical or jazz, he handles all detains regarding the instruments with equal care and consideration.

    It is apparant that he loves his work, and is client oriented. It is because of the Artist's rep that virtually all of the major artists choose Steinway.

    There were many different pianophiles there from the obvious professional concert artist to "pop up prodigies" with the Mick Jagger strut, in hopes of attracting the eye of someone really important who will take notice, or perhaps the eye of a future major teacher- mentor.You never know, maybe one day one of theseyoungsters will grow into a Kapell, Horowitz, Perriah or Argerich.{All Steinway Artists, of course.

    That is why the child wao has a really fine instrument is very fortunate, indeed... The sound gets into their head, heart and soul at an early age, and becomes a part of who they are, unlike the unfortunate child sentenced to endless meanderings on a digital electric piano[I cringe to call that a piano] or synthesizer. Though they do have their place, if the clubdate venue doesn't have a piano, you can just cart in a Korg or one of the Elecs du Jour, and Voila!! you're in business.more later

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on March 21, 2008 report

    Mike Seeger: 2007-08 UCLA Regents' Lecturer, April 8-22, 2008‏
    From: Armstrong, Donna (donnaa@arts.ucla.edu)
    Sent: Fri 3/21/08 1:56 PM
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    The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, Department of Ethnomusicology

    Mike Seeger
    2007-2008 Regents’ Lecturer
    Multi-instrumentalist and Folklorist

    About Mike Seeger:
    Mike Seeger is widely acclaimed for a lifetime of researching and playing the traditional music of the American South. Since his first recordings with the New Lost City Ramblers in the late nineteen fifties, Mike has gone on to record almost forty albums, both solo and with others. He has received many grants, prizes, and awards and has been honored with six Grammy nominations. Seeger has also produced many carefully researched audio and video compilations of American traditional music and dance.

    "Mike was unprecedented. (...) He played on all the various planes, the full index of the old-time styles...being there and seeing him up close, something hit me. It's not as if he just played everything well, he played these songs as good as it was possible to play them. (...) The thought occurred to me that maybe I'd have to write my own folk songs, ones that Mike didn't know."- Bob Dylan, Chronicles Volume 1, pp 70-71.



    Residency Activities
    April 8-22, 2008

    Public Lecture/Demonstration
    “The Guitar in the Rural South: Searching for a History”

    Mike Seeger will describe his experience preparing the brief historical essay for his recent Smithsonian Folkways CD, Early Southern Guitar Sounds (SFW 40157, released in 2007). The process included contacting independent scholars, instrument makers and collectors, and string manufacturers, as well as consulting books on southern history and musical instrument manufacturing. Mr. Seeger will illustrate the talk with recorded and performed examples of Southern guitar playing styles and give suggestions of work yet to be done-the areas that still need exploration.

    Wednesday, April 16, 2008, 1-3pm
    Schoenberg Music Building 1343 (Orchestra Room)



    Lecture for Music Around the World (ETHNOMU 5)
    “The Sounds of Pre-media Southern Rural Music”
    Mike Seeger will perform, talk about, and play recordings that trace the sounds that evolved in the southern US, from the 17th century-unaccompanied voice, fiddle, quills, jew’s harp, and percussion-to the early 20th century and the harmonic sounds of the fretted banjo, guitar, and autoharp.

    Monday, April 14, 2008, 9-11am
    Schoenberg Music Building 1344



    Master Classes

    · Thursday, April 10, 7-9pm: Southern Guitar (bring your own guitar), 1343 SMB (Orchestra Room)
    · Friday, April 11, 7-9pm: 5-String Banjo Picking Styles (bring your own banjo), 1345 SMB (Band Room)
    · Monday, April 21, 7-9pm: Jew’s Harp/Jaw Harp, 1402 SMB



    Ash Grove Festival
    April 18-20, 2008

    Friday, April 18, 8pm: Concert in Royce Hall (Mike Seeger performs)
    Saturday, April 19, 11am-6pm: Workshops (Hillbilly Fever w/Mike Seeger at noon, 1345 SMB)

    Open to the pubic and free of charge
    Parking in Lot 2 - $8 (Hilgard and Westholme Avenue)
    Information: (310) 206-3033
    <http://www.ethnomusic.ucla.edu>




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  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on March 21, 2008 report

    Part Deux
    So sitting there I was transported back to New York in 1949, abandoning the boonies of Wichita, Kansas and hoping for greatness, and accepting the invitation of my friend Willie Kapell, whom I met while he was on tour through Wichita. We were very close, and he eventually persuaded me to come to New York as the Juilliard was waiting, and you had to be in NY or Paris if you were going to do anything anything as a Concert Artist.

    I accepted his invitation[ a no brainer]was promptly disowned and disinhetited by my family, lived at the Studio Club, a girl's residence on the East Side, and attended the Juilliard, at that time at 120 Claremont Ave... across from Riverside Church and three blocks from Harlem...

    When I would go to visit Willie I would walk there from the Studio Club. He lived at 21 E 94th Street in a four story brownstone that was owned by him and his Parents. In his studio, there were two concert grands 8'11" in magnitude, provided by the generosity of the Steinway Company, located across from Carnegie Hall on 57th Street in Manhatten.

    There were two other concert Artists who lived on that block. Vladimir Horowitz lived a couple of houses west of him, and Ania Dorfman lived a couple of brownstones east, on the corner of Madison Avenue and 94th Street.... Sometimes they would ALL be practising at the same time,[they were ALL Steinway Artists] and I would just walk back and forth on the sidewalk listening to these greatest of pianists.

    I eventually was introduced to Mme Dorfman by Willie, and studied with her until she booted me out for accepting a job as pianist at the Embers, saying it was a disgrace, and that she had singled me out as her prodege, and this would be unforgivable.

    Of course she was a succesful concert pianist and rumor had it that she was Toscannini'S mistress, and I was starving as a hatcheck girl at the Embers, and wouldn't accept money from Willie, etc etc, and thus my mind was racing in the Aura of the Horowitz piano, though I am sure that wasn't the one he was playing at that time, though it may have been.

    There was a very nice speech by the General Manager of Field's Pianos. After greeting everyone, he invited any one who was interested to book their "15 minutes of fame" with that piano, and have themselves photographed and recorded, Everyone was delighted with this, and the generosity of Fields Pianos and Steinway. Then he introduced the guest pianist, Daniel Pollack. He was a natural choice as he had played that piano the last time it was on tour fifteen years ago.

    The program he presented was a short but daunting one, including the Sonata in Bb Minor of Chopin, Consolattion, Un Sospiro of Liszt and the Polonaise"the Heroic"by Chopin, with it's hairy section of octaves... Pollack did a commendable job with these pieces, considering the Showroom was stripped clear of most of the pianos, and there was a capacity audience, and he WAS playing Horowitz' piano.

    His performance to me felt as if hs was trying to ride a very spirited steed... in equestrian terms he was "overmounted"...That piano was capable of the most fantastic things, but I felt that Pollack could have spent a bit more time "making friends" with the instrument, and it would have been something to hear what could have happenned if that were so. The power, energy and thunder could have been released to the Gods.

    But being a sentimental person, I naturally fell in love with the piano...more in a minute.

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on March 21, 2008 report

    There were numerous encores, I loved the Bach Organ Prelude in g minor, arr by Alexander Siloti, a contemporary of Ferruccio Busoni, a Chopin Nocturne, and a few pieces from Schumann's Carival from his new album were also offered...

    Then it was over, and the Manager was back with Pollack answering questions. Then the BOMB!!!

    This is the LAST tour for that piano, never to be heard from again.When I asked what was going to happen to that piano, no one knew, maybe it would go to Horowitz' family... Highly improbable, as Steinway always provided pianos for their Artists to live with, and I dont think Wanda and Vladimir had children, so who would the family be?

    I was heartsick, having fallen in love with that sound, that historic instrument! What will happen to that beautiful instrument???I fell in love with???I am Steinway besotted and have TWO, one that was Willies, and one my son bought for me on my 75th birthday...

    I have an idea!!!How about making an arrngment with the Colburn Institute here in Los Angeles. That is the perfect solution, as they bought the whole studio of Jasha Heifetz, and have it on display inside the Colburn... I'll speak with Mr. Ida tomorrow... Any ideas anyone?
    Nameste
    Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on March 22, 2008 report

    Part Trois
    Pollack's comments on the CD[Concert "D-8'11"in length]#305 or 503.He had a lapse of memory on the accurate identifying number of this arguably greatest of all Steinway Concert Grands.


    @Final tour of this Piano, generally considered the greatest in the world.

    @Ny Styling, as opposed to Hamburg styling. The pianos that were manufactured in NY [Astoria] were and are brighter, more sensitive. The Hamburg Steinways were more mellow sounding.

    @# 305 is twenty years old. [ this was contradicted later.]

    @Horowitz preferred the NY Styling
    and this particular Piano.

    @He traveled with a piano tecnician who handled only this piano.

    @On this piano you can do whatever you want.

    @The Bass is extraordinary.

    @Each key has it's own personal vibration

    @You can mold those vibrations, and lines.

    @It is unique it kas a
    keyweight of lighter gramweight of 50 grams as opposed to the normal 55 or 60 grams... The gramweight when Horowatz was using it was 45.

    @Every note speaks.

    @Each note is like an electric shock.

    @Horowitz had an electricity to his playing that was a phenominum.
    @For weeks before one of his concerts the audience' stomachs were in knots of anticipation before, during and after a concert for weeks.His projection was unequalled.

    @He had a steely blue quality.

    @ This Piano was born in 1943.

    @re: actually playing it: "The piano is a Big Black Box, you are the commander of it."

    @This is NOT a Rubenstein Piano,all sweetness and Poetry.

    @It is up to the Artist to humanise the instrument.

    @Horowitz had terrible stagefright. Before he could start playing[at a concert]. he played middle C and slowly counted to five. Obviously one of his fettishes.

    @He chose to have the piano bench in the lowest position, telling all his students that was the path to greatness.

    @There are hundreds of signatures on the bottom of The Instrument from people running along beside it when it was knocked down and being moved.

    More to come... David Ida's [ Steinway Artists Representative]comments

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on March 24, 2008 report

    Our Next concert is this Thursday March 27th 08 at 7 30PM-10PM
    Steinway Hall at Fields Pianos
    12121 West Pico Blvd at Bundy
    West LA Ca.
    818 371 7735
    Complimentary, reservations recomended

    Suezenne Fordham, Steinway "D" Concert Grand, 8'11"
    Darren Ross, Drumset, Percussion
    Noah Garabedian, Contrabass

    Hip, Arty, ultra experimental but not at the expense of the music,Avant Garde,Bopish, Classical influences, and the loving presence of Tibetan Spirit and instruments played by the Ensemble.
    Fiery Virtuosity, and the Concert experience with the Passion of Jazz.
    Nameste
    Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on March 24, 2008 report

    The Suezenne Fordham Chamber Jazz LA group has recieved permission to record their next album at Fields Pianos, home of Steinway Pianos. this coming Thursday at 4PM, just prior to their concert at 7 30 PM ar Steinway Hall.

    Miss Fordham will be playing the Horowitz Steinway Concert Grand which was Horowitz' personal and touring piano since 1946. This is the piano that Horowitz used on his last tour of the Soviet Union.

    Coincidentally, it is the same piano that Miss Fordham heard while going to visit William Kapell when she first moved to NY [at the request of Kapell]. They remained friends til his death in a plane crash [at Half Moon Bay San Fran.]at age 31.

    Horowitz lived two Brownstone houses to the west of Kapell, and could be heard clearly from the street by passersby. Also of interest, Ania Dorfman lived two buildings East of Kapell. Dorfman later became Fordham's teacher and mentor for a period of time. Horowitz, Kapell and Dorfman were all Steinway Artists.

    Our current Album 'Channeling Bill" [Evans]will be released at the Al Young concert April 25th 08.[see schedule]

    Next concert is this Thursday 7 30 PM
    Steinway Hall 12121 West Pico Blvd at Bundy

    Admission Free,
    818 371 7735

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on March 25, 2008 report

    William Kapell: Information and Much More from Answers.com
    Pianists such as Eugene Istomin , Gary Graffman, Leon Fleisher and Van Cliburn ,
    and classical-fusion jazz pianist Suezenne Fordham, among others, ...
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  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on March 28, 2008 report

    Nationally-renowned author Gerald Haslam and Grammy Winner Dave Alvin will appear for a free program on Saturday, April 5th at 7 p.m. in the South Pasadena Library Community Room at 1115 El Centro Street. Gerald Haslam is one of the most acclaimed California authors now working and the Long Beach Press-Telegram called him “the writer’s writer.” His widely-praised books include That Constant Coyote, The Great Central Valley, The Other California, and Coming of Age in California, selected as one of the 20th Century’s Top 100 nonfiction books from the West in a San Francisco Chronicle poll. His presentation will center on his groundbreaking book Workin’ Man Blues: Country Music in California. It won Rolling Stone Magazine’s Ralph J. Gleason Award as best music book of the year and was made into a feature documentary for PBS. Haslam’s publisher, Heyday Books will be selling his books during the event and all profits will be donated to the Friends of the South Pasadena Library.



    Also, appearing will be L.A. singer, songwriter, and musician Dave Alvin who won the Best Traditional Folk Grammy Award for his 2000 album, Public Domain: Songs from the Wild Land. His new album is West of West: Songs from California Songwriters, Vol. 1. The Author Night Event is presented by the South Pasadena Public Library, the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library, and the South Pasadena Chinese American Club. The Bissell House and S& B Sound Engineering are co-sponsors. No tickets or reservations are required.

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on March 28, 2008 report

    Late yeaterday afternoon, at 4PM to be exact, we were at Fields Pianos in West LA to record our next album. It was through the greacious Artist's Rep David Ida that this unheard of opportunity came to be.

    He arranged for me and my Trio [Darren, Noah] to have a full two hours with the Piano that belonged to Vladimir Horowitz from 1949 till he passed on. This was the piano that he had in his Studio on East 94th Street in Manhatten, but this glorious instrument also accompanied him on his tours, along with his faithful tecnician, who saw to it that very special adjustments were made to accomodate Horowitz astonishing tecnic... really unequaled in the world...

    This was both a joyous occasion and a nostalgia filled one for me, as this was the piano that I heard when going to visit concert pianist Willie Kapell. You see, Kapell lived two Brownstone houses away from Horowitz, and two doors awayfrom Mme Ania Dorfman...all Steinway Artists, so the neighborhood was filled with the most glorious sounds.

    After negotiationg the West Side traffic coming from the Valley, I parked my '70 VW Bus loaded with Tibetan instruments, and let Mark know I was there . he was very gracious, and happy to see me, and showed me to THE Artists Room, where special pianos are selected by visiting incredible Concert Artists. In this room were TWO Concert Grands, one being the Horowitz Piano, the other belonged to Van Cliburn. Each had the enormous lid in the uppermost position, and the bodies of the Pianos are a full 8'11" and five feet wide.

    There was an eerieness surrounding the Horowitz Piano...I have always felt there are entities attached to things of importance, sort of a leaving behind of the various energies of the people connected to them.

    The Horowitz Piano felt very sterile and devoid of these energies.. an innocent totally pure, perhaps not ever touched, though this couldn't be true, as I had heard the excellent pianist Daniel Pollack give a concert on that very piano.

    It was almost too much to bear just boing in the room with his Piano.

    Eventually Noah arrived, making a comment that there was a kind of strange feeling in that room around that Piano.

    Then evenyually Darren arrived, lae and breathless from the traffic, and gamely carrying his equipment ... I imagine this is the first time that Horowitz' Piano had ever seen Jazz Drums, and a Contrabass, let alone a few Tibetan instruments including Windgongs.

    Darren said there was a creepiness surrounding that piano, but Van's piano just sat there in a happy mode.

    Horowitz was generally considered in NY and Europe to be a Mephistolean person, really possessed by? Much the same as Liszt and Paganinni were considered possessed by dark forces.

    Well, dark forces or not, this was an incredable instrument, one of a kind, the best ever in the world, carrying his Artist to conquest after conquest of world audiences,playing the most heinous, difficult compositions as well as his creations and arrangements. A Piano capable of almost anticipating my every wish, and every nuance possible. We really tested the instrument, I found it to be the best I had ever touched. There was such warmth and beauty, and the action was incredible. Part of the mystery of the Horowitz Tecnic was listening to 78s plaued at 33 1/3 speed, when much of the time Horowitz is sort of skimming over the keys, but when played at the intended speed, none of this is obvious. It is miraculous that Steinway was and is capable of producing with great care these splendid Pianos.

    It is my understanding that Steinway usually weights their piano keys to 55 grams, and the Horowitz Piano was weighted to 45 grams...and I understand that there was a tilting forward of the inner action which made it even more responsive to H's musical and panistic wishes...Continued

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on March 29, 2008 report

    Thus we were transported to another level of musical creativity. New ideas were flowing through our souls, and there was the omnipresent huge picture of H just to the right of the Keyboard, studiously playing his Steinway, and displaying a most unusual hand position...The austerity surrounding the Piano seemed to melt away, and only the georgeousness of the sound, the experience of playing that Instrument, and not least.... knowing this is the Last Tour[last Hurrah] for that Piano of the Gods.

    Our Horowitz' Steinway time passed very quickly, and as is our bent, we went places heretofore unheard, and as this was happening, my thoughts went to the man Horowitz, and I could envision him hard at practice [many hours a day and into the night] and I wondered how many times His hands and fingers had pressed the same keys, when he practised the Rach 3rd, what part of his fingers touched the keys and where on the keyboard would he have touched?

    I thought of his housekeeper who prepared the same menu year after year, day after day, dinner of sole, sauteed in butter with green beans and a small potato, and of his long-suffering wife Wanda[Toscanini] who took care of him through mental breakdowns and nefarious affairs, and this piano saw it all, even the friendship with Willie, and Mme Dorfman. This piano bore witness to all of these things.

    I shall be eternally grateful to Mr. Ida, and Fields Pianos for the honor of that experience, but most of all Steinway and Sons for love of the Artist, no matter what level, and the creation of these instruments that allow the Artist to soar with the Gods.

    I marvel to have played Classical-Avant Garde- Jazz Fusion, on the Horowitz Piano, and our commitment to the beauty of sound, is freshened.

    And after our Horowitz time we gave an especially inspired performance downstairs at Steinway Hall, incorporating Tibetan Instruments with that beautiful instrument that is used for recitals..Even better for having the Horowitz experience.

    Suezenne Fordham, Founder and Pianist
    Suezenne Fordham Chamber Jazz LA

    Miss Fordham owns two Steinways.a "B"6'11"and a Model "M"

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on March 31, 2008 report

    The Sunday afternoon concert at UCLA's Schoenberg Hall was filled almost to capacity for the final March Concert of the Musica Angelica, considered the primo Baroque Orchestra of Southern California. They present far flung concert programs representing all eras of the Baroque Period, from early Baroque to early Classical times.

    Each player is captivating in their own way. I am particularly taken with the Violone player, Denise Briese, who plays a 1997 copy of Gasparo da Sallo's c.1600 stunning Violone[ a Bass instrument]. and the way she handles her instrument.

    The Concertmistress and driving force Elisabeth Blumenstock [of the wild beautiful hair and manner of dress,] radiating genius, and, of course, her visual and musical impact.A picture of total rapture.

    All the string players hold their bows in the traditional Baroque way, quite far up on the stick, which gives them that unique unique sound, along with carefully controlled vibrato, at times playing without vibrato, and actually tuning below the traditional A=440 or 442 vibrations per minute.

    The Ensemble has been in existance since 1993. and play familiar works, as well as very esoteric and little known masterpieces. They also tour extensivly, presenting these works to audiences the world over, and record for the German label NCA, [New Classical Adventure].

    Sunday's program started with a concise and intelligent reading of the Concerto Grosso in F Major, by Corelli, played in the traditional Baroque tradition, with players standing. The playing was crisp, accurate, joyful and memorable.

    From Italy, Conductor Lorenzo Ghielmi was inspired, and led, as guest conductor, in a clear and beautiful manner.

    The players have tremendous visual appeal, and are interesting to watch, as a group. The principal players [section leaders] are actually mini conductors, each intently nodding and communicating with body language musical intent for their sections. The various energies that are extended into their instruments is obvious, and all players give the impression of total joy when they play. All of their instruments are either actually "born" [to use a Steinway and Sons term to describe the point that one of their fine instruments is finished,] in that period or faithful reproductions of instruments from that era.

    The Organ Concerto in G Major, Opus 9,No.3 by Sammartini, was a delight. Ghielmi was both conductor and soloist. He played a Baroque organ with one manual. He played standing up,back to the audience, conducting, and was soloist. His ideas were right on target, his execution was flawless, perfectly ornamented, animaed, very interesting, impeccably phrased, and enormously musical. It was very intersting that the harmonic suspensions were akin to Jazz, with many 2-5-1-progressions.

    In a sense, this was the Jazz of that era, fraught with improvising, and radical changes. Music written during that era forever changed the face of classical music, and made the revolution of Beethoven's music possible.

    The Concerto Grosso in e minor op.3 No.3 by Geminiani was very finely chisled, crisp, emotionally satisfying, and along with the other pieces in the first half left this reviewer wishing for a future recording.

    The last composition on the program was the Sabat Mater by Pergolesi. The Sabat began with a very familiar sounding group of suspensions. Later determined to have been used by various composers, including Bach. Interesting to note that this composition was the biggest selling composition of the entire 18th century.This is a georgeous composition, full of descriptive episodes of the sorrow of Virgene Mary on the death of her beloved son Christ.

    The interpretation as presented by Ghielmi was correct.The soprano soloist Ann Monoyios had an obviously beautiful voice, but the contrast with the German Countertenor Kai Wessel was rather unsettling... Miss Monoyios' vibrato was natural and flowing, and harkened to the Radimisto production [MA] last month, but Mr Wessels' voice sounded rather thin, the vibrato very fast and juvenile, his projection was not strong, and at times he was overcome by Miss Monoyios. It is fair to say that may be due to his extensive studies in Germany, perhaps a different outlook on the Art of Baroque vocal interpretations for that particular period, or the way they interpret Baroque music among his friends and former teachers. It seems that the two very expensive imported soloists could put egos aside, and get it together musically.

    Suezenne Fordham
    Critic

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on April 02, 2008 report

    - THE ONLY OFFICIAL LOCAL 47 NEWSLETTER -


    Enough is Enough: It’s Time for the Nonsense to Stop!

    A Response to the "Committee for a Responsible Local 47"



    By now, many of you have received the latest e-mail blast from the so-called “Committee for a Responsible Local 47,” and although we firmly believe and uphold our members’ right to freedom of speech under the Landrum-Griffin Act, defamatory statements to not qualify for such protections.

    In their latest message, the Committee uses the caption “President Espinosa In Depositions” as a lead-in to Part II of their blast. Part II then goes on to state that the Committee has “confirmed” that Local 47 is involved in a “legal fracas” which has resulted in President Espinosa “recently” spending “...two days in depositions..” This portion of the Committees’ recent message then goes on to state that the alleged “depositions” resulted from a supposed “...lawsuit against the Local concerning actions that run afoul of Federal Labor Law and the outing and harassment of fi-core musicians.”

    To be blunt, the Committee has fabricated all of the purported “facts” that form the basis for their entire discussion of this supposed lawsuit against Local 47 and any alleged depositions of President Espinosa. We wish to be as clear as possible about this: no such lawsuit exists, nor have I as President testified at any deposition, as claimed by the Committee. They simply made this up.

    In fact, there is only one outstanding lawsuit against both Local 47 and the AFM, but (1) it has nothing to do with “fi-core members” and (2) no depositions have even been taken in that case. There are also 4 NLRB Charges against the Local: one has been dismissed by the NLRB, no action has yet been taken on the other three and no “depositions” ever took place in any if the NLRB cases either.

    But it doesn’t stop there as the Committee also fabricated parts of the passage entitled “Settling Lawsuits.” In that section of its e-mail blast, the Committee states the Local “...paid out thousands to Barbara Markay...” and “...paid thousands to Errol Henry...” Well, the Committee has again completely falsified these facts as the Local was covered by an insurance policy in both lawsuits.

    What’s really troubling is that the lawsuits with Markay and Henry were resolved under a confidentiality clause which forbade discussion of any of the particulars of that lawsuit and resolution, etc. So, all the Committee has accomplished is getting Markay and Henry into hot water with our insurance carrier. We’ve handed this part of the matter over to the counsel for our insurance carrier and we will let them work this out with Ms. Markay, Mr. Henry, their attorneys and the Committee.

    I am appalled and disgusted that the Committee has apparently just made up stories to suit their assault on the Local and its members. The publication of falsehoods about the Local does damage to all of our members because the Committees’ blasts are sent to every other AFM Local and to the leadership of the AFM. One can just imagine what they think about us when they read these fabrications.

    So, we are left with this: intentionally publishing false information about another is what is known as defamation. Therefore, the Local is demanding that the Committee completely and fully retract and apologize to Local 47 and its entire membership for the Committee’s false statements about the non-existent lawsuit, the non-existent depositions and the non-existent payments from the Local to Markay and/or Henry. We will give the Committee 7 days in which to issue this retraction and apology. It’s really a sad day when the Local has to demand such a retraction and apology for something as patently false and defamatory as the Committees’ most recent statements.


    Sincerely,

    Hal Espinosa
    President

    Professional Musicians, Local 47
    817 Vine Street
    Hollywood, CA 90038

    323.462

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on April 02, 2008 report

    We're behind you, Hal!!!
    Suezenne
    Darren
    and Noah!!!

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on April 02, 2008 report

    - THE ONLY OFFICIAL LOCAL 47 NEWSLETTER -


    Enough is Enough: It’s Time for the Nonsense to Stop!

    A Response to the "Committee for a Responsible Local 47"



    By now, many of you have received the latest e-mail blast from the so-called “Committee for a Responsible Local 47,” and although we firmly believe and uphold our members’ right to freedom of speech under the Landrum-Griffin Act, defamatory statements to not qualify for such protections.

    In their latest message, the Committee uses the caption “President Espinosa In Depositions” as a lead-in to Part II of their blast. Part II then goes on to state that the Committee has “confirmed” that Local 47 is involved in a “legal fracas” which has resulted in President Espinosa “recently” spending “...two days in depositions..” This portion of the Committees’ recent message then goes on to state that the alleged “depositions” resulted from a supposed “...lawsuit against the Local concerning actions that run afoul of Federal Labor Law and the outing and harassment of fi-core musicians.”

    To be blunt, the Committee has fabricated all of the purported “facts” that form the basis for their entire discussion of this supposed lawsuit against Local 47 and any alleged depositions of President Espinosa. We wish to be as clear as possible about this: no such lawsuit exists, nor have I as President testified at any deposition, as claimed by the Committee. They simply made this up.

    In fact, there is only one outstanding lawsuit against both Local 47 and the AFM, but (1) it has nothing to do with “fi-core members” and (2) no depositions have even been taken in that case. There are also 4 NLRB Charges against the Local: one has been dismissed by the NLRB, no action has yet been taken on the other three and no “depositions” ever took place in any if the NLRB cases either.

    But it doesn’t stop there as the Committee also fabricated parts of the passage entitled “Settling Lawsuits.” In that section of its e-mail blast, the Committee states the Local “...paid out thousands to Barbara Markay...” and “...paid thousands to Errol Henry...” Well, the Committee has again completely falsified these facts as the Local was covered by an insurance policy in both lawsuits.

    What’s really troubling is that the lawsuits with Markay and Henry were resolved under a confidentiality clause which forbade discussion of any of the particulars of that lawsuit and resolution, etc. So, all the Committee has accomplished is getting Markay and Henry into hot water with our insurance carrier. We’ve handed this part of the matter over to the counsel for our insurance carrier and we will let them work this out with Ms. Markay, Mr. Henry, their attorneys and the Committee.

    I am appalled and disgusted that the Committee has apparently just made up stories to suit their assault on the Local and its members. The publication of falsehoods about the Local does damage to all of our members because the Committees’ blasts are sent to every other AFM Local and to the leadership of the AFM. One can just imagine what they think about us when they read these fabrications.

    So, we are left with this: intentionally publishing false information about another is what is known as defamation. Therefore, the Local is demanding that the Committee completely and fully retract and apologize to Local 47 and its entire membership for the Committee’s false statements about the non-existent lawsuit, the non-existent depositions and the non-existent payments from the Local to Markay and/or Henry. We will give the Committee 7 days in which to issue this retraction and apology. It’s really a sad day when the Local has to demand such a retraction and apology for something as patently false and defamatory as the Committees’ most recent statements.


    Sincerely,

    Hal Espinosa
    President

    Professional Musicians, Local 47
    817 Vine Street
    Hollywood, CA 90038

    323.462

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on April 02, 2008 report

    seegerlecture.pdf>>

    The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, Department of Ethnomusicology

    Mike Seeger
    2007-2008 Regents’ Lecturer
    Multi-instrumentalist and Folklorist

    About Mike Seeger:
    Mike Seeger is widely acclaimed for a lifetime of researching and playing the traditional music of the American South. Since his first recordings with the New Lost City Ramblers in the late nineteen fifties, Mike has gone on to record almost forty albums, both solo and with others. He has received many grants, prizes, and awards and has been honored with six Grammy nominations. Seeger has also produced many carefully researched audio and video compilations of American traditional music and dance.

    "Mike was unprecedented. (...) He played on all the various planes, the full index of the old-time styles...being there and seeing him up close, something hit me. It's not as if he just played everything well, he played these songs as good as it was possible to play them. (...) The thought occurred to me that maybe I'd have to write my own folk songs, ones that Mike didn't know."- Bob Dylan, Chronicles Volume 1, pp 70-71.



    Residency Activities
    April 8-22, 2008

    Public Lecture/Demonstration
    “The Guitar in the Rural South: Searching for a History”

    Mike Seeger will describe his experience preparing the brief historical essay for his recent Smithsonian Folkways CD, Early Southern Guitar Sounds (SFW 40157, released in 2007). The process included contacting independent scholars, instrument makers and collectors, and string manufacturers, as well as consulting books on southern history and musical instrument manufacturing. Mr. Seeger will illustrate the talk with recorded and performed examples of Southern guitar playing styles and give suggestions of work yet to be done-the areas that still need exploration.

    Wednesday, April 16, 2008, 1-3pm
    Schoenberg Music Building 1343 (Orchestra Room)



    Lecture for Music Around the World (ETHNOMU 5)
    “The Sounds of Pre-media Southern Rural Music”
    Mike Seeger will perform, talk about, and play recordings that trace the sounds that evolved in the southern US, from the 17th century-unaccompanied voice, fiddle, quills, jew’s harp, and percussion-to the early 20th century and the harmonic sounds of the fretted banjo, guitar, and autoharp.

    Monday, April 14, 2008, 9-11am
    Schoenberg Music Building 1325



    Master Classes

    · Thursday, April 10, 7-9pm: Southern Guitar (bring your own guitar), 1343 SMB (Orchestra Room)
    · Friday, April 11, 7-9pm: 5-String Banjo Picking Styles (bring your own banjo), 1345 SMB (Band Room)
    · Monday, April 21, 7-9pm: Jew’s Harp/Jaw Harp, 1402 SMB



    Ash Grove Festival
    April 18-20, 2008

    Friday, April 18, 8pm: Concert in Royce Hall (Mike Seeger performs)
    Saturday, April 19, 11am-6pm: Workshops (Hillbilly Fever w/Mike Seeger at noon, 1345 SMB)

    Open to the pubic and free of charge
    Parking in Lot 2 - $8 (Hilgard and Westholme Avenue)
    Information: (310) 206-3033
    <http://www.ethnomusic.ucla.edu>


    RUSH TO ATTEND This major learning experience, not just for Folksters, or Bluesman, all Jazz players can really benefit from Mike's knowledge.

    Suezenne Fordham

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on April 03, 2008 report

    NEW MUSIC INSTITUTE

    April 11-12
    Eastman School of Music
    Rochester, NY




    Register now for CMA's New Music Institute, the first to be held outside of New York City.

    In performance/demonstrations, case studies, and small working-group sessions, institute faculty members offer innovative strategies for deepening audiences' understanding and enjoyment of contemporary music.




    Faculty


    Vijay Iyer, pianist
    Richard Kessler, executive director of the Center for Arts Education in New York City, moderator

    The Ying Quartet, the Eastman School's string quartet-in-residence

    Pianist Vijay Iyer and the Vijay Iyer Trio

    Also joining the faculty are topic specialists Joseph Dalton, arts journalist, and Kevin Stalheim, artistic director of Present Music, a Milwaukee-based ensemble that commissions, performs, and records contemporary music.

    The event is free to New York State residents and organizations; there is a $35 fee for all others. Each institute is designed for the ensemble music professional, but is open to anyone interested in advancing appreciation for modern music and living composers. Registration is required for all who wish to attend.

    For more information, and to register, visit the CMA website.

    Institute sessions will run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 11, and from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 12.

    Chamber Music America's New Music Institutes are made possible by the New York State Music Fund established by the New York State Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.




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  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on April 03, 2008 report

    An excellent opportunity provided by Chamber Music America on all aspects concerning New Music from developing a paying audience to choosing material for concerts, and getting managership.

    Suezenne Fordham

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on April 04, 2008 report

    UCLA Hammer Museum, Spring Festival of World Music 2008‏
    From: Armstrong, Donna (donnaa@arts.ucla.edu)
    Sent: Fri 4/04/08 9:32 AM
    To:

    UCLA Hammer Museum
    Spring Festival of World Music 2008
    Free admission

    Co-presented by The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, Department of Ethnomusicology and the Hammer Museum. A lively series of international rhythms, sound, and dance, featuring performances by UCLA students and faculty.

    Saturday, April 12, 2:00 pm
    Hammer Courtyard

    Music of Brazil Ensemble, Kirk Brundage, director

    The Music of Brazil Ensemble features Afro-Brazilian percussion commonly found throughout Brazil’s major cities. The ensemble’s repertoire incorporates the various styles including samba batucada in the tradition of Rio de Janeiro’s samba schools, samba reggae and samba afro of the blocos-afros of Salvador da Bahia, and the maracatu of Recife, Pernambuco among others.



    Saturday, May 3
    Gallery 6

    2:00pm
    Music of India Ensemble, Shujaat Khan & Abhiman Kaushal, co-directors

    The Music of India Ensemble performs short compositions of North Indian classical and semi-classical ragas (harmonic modes) and talas (rhythmic patterns on tabla). The ensemble is comprised of the students of Shujaat Khan on vocals and sitar (a long-necked lute with seven principal strings, plus 12-20 sympathetic strings) and the students of Abhiman Kaushal on tabla (drums).

    3:30pm
    UCLA Near East Ensemble, Romeo Guzman, assistant director

    Members of the UCLA Near East Ensemble present music from the Arab world, particularly from East Mediterranean cities such as Cairo, Damascus, and Beirut. Selections include court music from the Ottoman era, Sufi-related works, modal improvisations, as well as nightclub pieces and folk songs.



    Saturday, May 10
    Hammer Courtyard

    2:00pm
    Music of the Balkans Ensemble, Tzvetanka Varimezova & Ivan Varimezov, co-directors

    The Balkan Music Ensemble focuses on Bulgarian traditional songs and music. The ensemble also includes The Balkan Band and a women's choir that performs a capella arrangements of folk songs in two- and three-part harmony. Aside from classroom instruction at UCLA, the ensemble toured Bulgaria in 2005 and 2007 in order to perform and to learn about the music in its original setting.

    3:30pm
    Music of Korea Ensemble, DongSuk Kim, director

    The Music of Korea Ensemble presents a variety of styles of court and folk music and dance.



    Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center
    1089 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles (corner of Wilshire and Westwood Blvds)
    Parking is available under the Museum.
    Information: 310-443-7000
    www.hammer.ucla.edu/programs/20 <http://www.hammer.ucla.edu/programs/20/> www.ethnomusic.ucla.edu <http://www.ethnomusic.ucla.edu/>


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  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on April 07, 2008 report

    MR RIZZI, I DO NOT like the new format for my Blog. I am posting very interesting material which will bring more attention to your website, and please change it back to the other format.
    Suezenne Fordham
    i love your website, and as one of your most watched blogs, don't want to change to another site.

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on April 09, 2008 report

    Right ON, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!
    Suezenne Fordham

    Enough is Enough, Final Chapter!
    A Response to the "Committee for a More Responsible Local 47"


    In the latest e-mail (April 5th) from the so-called Committee for a More Responsible Local 47, the Local and its members have yet to receive a clear retraction of and apology for the false and defamatory statements the Local referred to in its April 2nd e-mail blast.

    To be clear, lets review what a retraction and apology mean: (1) a retraction means a recognition that something is false and needs to be corrected for the record, and; (2) an apology means that you regret saying or publishing something that is false and the harm that false statement may have caused.

    Once again, the Local calls on the Committee to recognize that its statements about non-existent lawsuits, non-existent depositions and non-existent payments were false, defamatory and harmed the Local, not only in the eyes of the Locals membership, but the countless other AFM officers and members across the United States and Canada who also received the Committees defamatory March 31st e-mail.

    In the absence of a full and complete retraction, the Local will reserve its legal options.

    Also, we cant help but comment on the fact that the only reference pointed to in the Committees April 5th e-mail which was lamely offered as evidence of the non-existent lawsuit and non-existent depositions was an October 2007 press release from the National Right to Work Committee. For those of you who dont know or dont remember, the National Right to Work Committee is the most anti-union organization in the United States (just follow the link in the Committees April 5th e-mail, then go to the Right to Work Committees home page and read its mission statement!). We can only speculate as to whether the Committees allegiances are with good unionism and union musicians or with a union busting organization.

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on April 20, 2008 report

    WATCH FOR MY REVIEW TOMORROW OF THE MOVIE NOTE BY NOTE< THE MAKING OF THE STEINWAY L10 37!!!

    Plot summary for
    Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037 (2007)
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    WATCH FOR MY REVIEW OF THE MOVIE TOMORROW!!!

    Note By Note is a feature-length independent documentary that follows the creation of a Steinway concert grand, #L1037. It explores the relationship between musician and instrument, chronicles the manufacturing process, and investigates what makes each Steinway unique. _Watch the evolution L1037?from forest floor to concert hall _Meet the craftsmen and women who shape L1037?s personality _Discover the depths of artists? relationships with their instruments From the factory floor in Queens to Steinway Hall in Manhattan, each piano?s journey is complex?spanning 12 months, 12,000 parts, 450 craftsmen, and countless hours of fine-tuned labor. Filmed in key Steinway locations?the factory, Steinway?s reserved ?Bank,? and private auditions?Note By Note is the first documentary to portray the patience, craft, and personality built into each Steinway.
    Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on April 20, 2008 report

    Re: To my Band for the gig on the 25th?
    From: Noah Garabedian (noahgarabedian@gmail.com)
    Sent: Sat 4/19/08 4:20 PM
    To: Suezenne Grants (suezennefg@hotmail.com)

    hey suez
    that would be cool to do two basses. charlie is a great player and we would do well together
    see you soon


    On Sat, Apr 19, 2008 at 12:06 AM, Suezenne Grants <suezennefg@hotmail.com> wrote:

    Personnel;

    @Don Littleton, Drums and Exotic Percussion
    @Rochelle Coatney, Conguera and Timbalista
    @Noah Garabedian; Contrabass
    @Suezenne Fordham; Steinway, Gu Zheng
    ENSEMBLE PLAYS TIBETAN INSTRUMENTS

    @Bob Carr; Bassoon, and Bass Clarinet and ? He's great!!! Special Guest Artist

    Hi, a note to remind you that we have Jazz Poet Al Young 's Concert next Friday eve at
    7 PM be early...South Pasadena Library Concert Hall 1115 El Centro, South Pas.818 371 7735
    Artists unloading at side of building

    Al's new book of Jazz Poetry is being celebrated.'There's Something About the Blues.'So at least some
    of the music will be Blues. Think Monk, Miles, Bill. He will undoubtedly be singing some things, bring your
    FAKE BOOKS.
    @Rhythm Section: remember if you can't hear the piano or the Bassoon, or the Gu Zheng, you're
    playing too loud.

    @Garabedian, what do you think of adding a second Contrabass for the next Steinway Hall Concert?
    Ornette is using two Basses and a Drummer in NY. And you know I've wanted to do that for a
    couple of years.

    Bob Carr is our very special guest, he will be playing Bassoon, and Bass Clarinet. When he is
    playing... Play Under Him.

    @Bob, one of the things we will do is Five of Bill Evans.. The middle section is actually 'Oleo.'
    Let me know if we can meet so I can give you some of the special things we do.It is too late to send
    it through the mail.
    Bring your fake book in case Al wants to do something wierd like Corcovado, etc.
    Mo said that Bassoon is a like the 'cello [with the lowest note being a Bb?]
    a'c' insrument[which I knew] and that if I give you some stuff in c clef, you can transpose it. like on the
    Bass Cl..Let me know.Love Bass Cl, do you know Bennie Maupin?

    See you if anyone has questions email or call me.

    Garabedian! I need to know ASAP your thoughts on two basses. i might consider Charlie.

    Suezenne




    http://suezennefordhamchamberjazz.blogspot.com

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on April 28, 2008 report

    RE: Gigs for the rest of the 07-08 season /June 28th‏
    From: Suezenne Grants (suezennefg@hotmail.com)
    Sent: Sun 4/27/08 5:25 PM
    To: Suezenne Grants (suezennefg@hotmail.com); rochellec_2000@yahoo.com


    Subject: Gigs for the rest of the 07-08 season /June 28th
    Date: Sun, 27 Apr 2008 16:55:39 -0700

    I NEED TO HEAR FROM ALL OF YOU ASAP, AS I MAKE VITAL DECISIONS RE:SFCJLA WHICH AFFECTS EVERYTHING... EVEN if you aren't into the group, LET ME KNOW ASAP

    Hey:@ Chasman..o roon-i-o;
    @ Noah groov-i-o!
    @ Drossie Mc Voutie
    @ Bob Carr WOW Love Bassoon!
    @ Rochelle Coatney my fave Conguera ever![except Cal Tj.]
    Sched thru June 26th.08

    @Thursday, May 29th 7:30 PM
    Steinway Hall 12121 West Pico at Bundy
    Fields Pianos.

    @Sunday June 15th, 7:30 PM
    SouthPasadena Library Concert Hall
    1115 El Centro
    {same as the Al Young Gig]

    @Thursday June 26th 7:30 PM
    Steinway Hall 12121 West Pico Blvd at Bundy
    West LA
    2 flights down at bottom of parking structure

    @ONE MORE Concert TBA...before the season ends with Noah's departure.

    @Dudes,I will ask Tom Peters, Contrabassist to play with Darren [ Drums]Charlie, and hopefully Bob, and me over the summer... He is an Avant Garde Bassist, a phenom Classical Bassist, but no jazz chops that I know of, but a genius with Bow... He is well connected, maybe do you some good.

    @Also will include Bassoonist Bob Carr as much as possible, he plays other reed instruments, can you dig it?

    @Noah, Darren and I will miss you with all our hearts, it's been a trip watching your development for the past three or four years... from the kid with the bleeding fingers to where you are now, We will be sending you our positive energy, though you know how weird I can be, Noah. You have deeply touched me... going back to Bill's loss of Scotty [Scott]... I've been dreading this coming moment for a long time..

    @Bob, please let me know if you can make any of these dates, I am still developing the Westside audience, so the concerts are more like dress rehs... Do you think it would be a travesty to slightly amp the Bassoon? You'll like Darren, great drummie, and person. And you know Noah and Charlie from Al's concert....

    @Rochelle! Let me know your sched, as I want you
    as much as I can.[budget] I love your playing and personality.

    @To All, I will include Rochelle when at all possible... I LOVE this mix!

    AND THANK ALL OF YOU [Except Darren} for playing a fun concert Friday... there were som really great moments...

    Suezenne
    818 371 7735



    http://suezennefordhamchamberjazz.blogspot.com

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on April 28, 2008 report

    RE: Gigs for the rest of the 07-08 season /June 28th?
    From: Suezenne Grants (suezennefg@hotmail.com)
    Sent: Sun 4/27/08 5:25 PM
    To: Suezenne Grants (suezennefg@hotmail.com); rochellec_2000@yahoo.com


    Subject: Gigs for the rest of the 07-08 season /June 28th
    Date: Sun, 27 Apr 2008 16:55:39 -0700

    I NEED TO HEAR FROM ALL OF YOU ASAP, AS I MAKE VITAL DECISIONS RE:SFCJLA WHICH AFFECTS EVERYTHING... EVEN if you aren't into the group, LET ME KNOW ASAP

    Hey:@ Chasman..o roon-i-o;
    @ Noah groov-i-o!
    @ Drossie Mc Voutie
    @ Bob Carr WOW Love Bassoon!
    @ Rochelle Coatney my fave Conguera ever![except Cal Tj.]
    Sched thru June 26th.08

    @Thursday, May 29th 7:30 PM
    Steinway Hall 12121 West Pico at Bundy
    Fields Pianos.

    @Sunday June 15th, 7:30 PM
    SouthPasadena Library Concert Hall
    1115 El Centro
    {same as the Al Young Gig]

    @Thursday June 26th 7:30 PM
    Steinway Hall 12121 West Pico Blvd at Bundy
    West LA
    2 flights down at bottom of parking structure

    @ONE MORE Concert TBA...before the season ends with Noah's departure.

    @Dudes,I will ask Tom Peters, Contrabassist to play with Darren [ Drums]Charlie, and hopefully Bob, and me over the summer... He is an Avant Garde Bassist, a phenom Classical Bassist, but no jazz chops that I know of, but a genius with Bow... He is well connected, maybe do you some good.

    @Also will include Bassoonist Bob Carr as much as possible, he plays other reed instruments, can you dig it?

    @Noah, Darren and I will miss you with all our hearts, it's been a trip watching your development for the past three or four years... from the kid with the bleeding fingers to where you are now, We will be sending you our positive energy, though you know how weird I can be, Noah. You have deeply touched me... going back to Bill's loss of Scotty [Scott]... I've been dreading this coming moment for a long time..

    @Bob, please let me know if you can make any of these dates, I am still developing the Westside audience, so the concerts are more like dress rehs... Do you think it would be a travesty to slightly amp the Bassoon? You'll like Darren, great drummie, and person. And you know Noah and Charlie from Al's concert....

    @Rochelle! Let me know your sched, as I want you
    as much as I can.[budget] I love your playing and personality.

    @To All, I will include Rochelle when at all possible... I LOVE this mix!

    AND THANK ALL OF YOU [Except Darren} for playing a fun concert Friday... there were som really great moments...

    Suezenne
    818 371 7735



    http://suezennefordhamchamberjazz.blogspot.com

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on April 28, 2008 report

    FW: RMALA - Composer Peter Schickele joins the Armadillo String Quartet‏
    From: Suezenne Grants (suezennefg@hotmail.com)
    Sent: Sun 4/27/08 11:12 PM
    To: suezennefg@hotmail.com




    http://suezennefordhamchamberjazz.blogspot.com






    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    From: events@rmala.org
    To: suezennefg@hotmail.com
    Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2008 01:02:03 -0400
    Subject: RMALA - Composer Peter Schickele joins the Armadillo String Quartet


    Composer Peter Schickele joins the Armadillo String Quartet
    Barry Socher
    &
    Steve Scharf, violins
    Raymond Tischer, viola
    Armen Ksajikian, cello
    Presenting the 18th Annual Music by Peter Schickele

    Joined by guests violist Roland Kato, cellist Larry Corbett and
    pianist Joanne Pearce Martin, the program will include:
    Blue Set No. 1 for for jazz string quartet, Sextet for 2 violins, 2 violas & 2 cellos
    and the SOUTHWEST PREMIERE of Music for Orcas Island for piano quartet
    Monday, May 5, 2008, 7:30 p.m.
    Neighborhood Church
    301 N. Orange Grove Blvd., N of 134 Frwy., Pasadena
    Admission $20, Seniors [60+] and Students $10
    For ticket reservations call (310) 446-6358
    or e-mail: armadillo4@aol.com
    www.armadillostringquartet.com

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  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on April 28, 2008 report

    SUEZENNE FORDHAM CHAMBER JAZZ LA announces appointment of replacement for the Contrabass vacancy when Noah Garabedian leaves for New York after June 26th concert.

    Beginning immediately Charlie Domingo, Jazz Contrabassist will join SFCJLA, eventually replacing Noah Garabedian who is leaving for the Big Apple to pursue jazz with his brother, who plays saxophone.

    Suezenne Fordham, founder, pianist and and driving force of SFCJLA has chosen to take New Directions and have TWO contrabassists each concert playing contrapuntally, as well as superb Bob Carr, Bassoonist, and Conguera Rochelle Coatney for summer concerts, and the 08- 09 season beginning in October.Darren Ross will continue as Drummer, and Don Littleton, Drummer will be with us at times.

    This is truly Chamber Jazz at its best. Thank you for being WITH us, and your support in making this most unique artistic endeavour possible.

    Right On!!!
    Suezenne

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on May 02, 2008 report

    IS THIS ART? [Find out this reviewer's opine tomorrow evening... Suezenne]

    NEW WORK FEATURING JOHN MALKOVITCH...OPERA AND THEATER interspersed with Optical Illusions a "New Art Form?"

    Robert Gauthier, Los Angeles Times
    'SEDUCTION AND DESPAIR': John Malkovich (with Robin Johannsen) not only stars as serial killer Jack Unterweger, he directs as well.John Malkovich's 'Seduction and Despair' project
    The actor plays real-life Austrian serial killer and bestselling author Jack Unterweger.
    By David Ng, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
    May 2, 2008
    John Malkovich has a killer's look in his eyes. As he methodically paces the room, the actor fixes his unblinking stare on his latest victim -- a young soprano with luminous skin and an innocent face.

    Savoring the moment, Malkovich approaches the singer from behind and caresses her body. He removes a clip from her hair and inhales her scent as she nervously performs an aria from Antonio Vivaldi's opera "Ottone in Villa."

    Malkovich wraps a reptilian arm around her neck and squeezes until she starts choking. Their bodies lock together in an almost lustful embrace. The singer, Robin Johannsen, cries for help, jolting the killer out of his reverie. He releases his grip and slumps to the floor, physically exhausted and emotionally spent.

    Related
    'Seduction and Despair' with John Malkovich
    The choreography of murder is a messy business. For Malkovich, it's an artistically challenging one as well. The actor is playing real-life Austrian serial killer and bestselling author Jack Unterweger in a world premiere production, "Seduction and Despair," scheduled to run this weekend at Barnum Hall Theatre in Santa Monica.

    Malkovich is no one's idea of a conventional movie star, so it should come as little surprise that when working on stage he gravitates toward projects that are eccentric and potentially disturbing. "Seduction and Despair" is an unabashedly experimental work that combines elements of theater, opera and digital video art into what its creators hope will be a new artistic form.

    In the play, Malkovich delivers a monologue as the killer, who is speaking from somewhere in the afterlife. (Unterweger hanged himself in his prison cell shortly after the conviction.) Two sopranos (Johannsen and Céline Ricci) portray his victims, who take turns interrupting him with arias by Vivaldi, Haydn, Mozart and others. The orchestral accompaniment is by the Baroque music ensemble Musica Angelica, conducted by Martin Haselböck.

    For Los Angeles audiences, the story has special significance.

    In 1994, Unterweger was convicted of murdering nine prostitutes, including three in the L.A. area. The bodies of Shannon Exley and Irene Rodriguez were found in Boyle Heights, and the body of Peggi Jean Booth, who also used the name Sherri Ann Long, was discovered in the Malibu hills. Police determined that Unterweger had strangled his victims using their brassieres.

    Malkovich, who also directs "Seduction and Despair," describes Unterweger's story variously as "sick," "gruesomely funny" and "a Grimm's fairy tale sort of saga." In one of the production's creepiest scenes, he will place brightly colored bras on the bodies of his victims. Later, he will enact a strangulation by tying a bra around a woman's neck.

    "His mind was an open sewer," says Malkovich during a break in rehearsals. The actor is sitting at a wooden table that serves as the production's only scenery. He speaks in a baritone drone that's punctuated with long, reflective pauses.

    "It's very hard to know what goes wrong with the Unterwegers of the world," he continues. "Obviously he was crazy, but that doesn't necessarily excuse his actions. A dog that has rabies probably will do things it wouldn't do if it didn't have rabies. But that doesn't change the fact that it has rabies."

    The idea for "Seduction and Despair" originated nearly two years ago when Malkovich first met Haselböck at a dinner at the Austrian Consulate in L.A. The two fell into a heated debate about European politics but later agreed to work together on a project that would somehow bridge Austrian culture and Southern California.

    They initially came up with a "Weimar on the Pacific" theme, which they envisioned as telling the story of German-speaking artists who immigrated to the West Coast. Later, Haselböck and Malkovich narrowed the idea to the lives of Thomas and Heinrich Mann, focusing on the years that the writers spent in L.A.

    A script was written in 2007, but it was set aside when Malkovich came across John Leake's "Entering Hades," a nonfiction book about Unterweger's life that was published last year. Malkovich had followed the Unterweger case in the '90s, and the book reignited his interest in the notorious killer. The actor saw it as an opportunity to wed a contemporary and lurid subject to the Baroque style.

    "I wanted a cultural trash factor in the production," Malkovich recalls. He intended only to direct the play, but time constraints necessitated that he act in it as well. "It's the first time I've directed myself, and it will be the last," he says. "I like to remove myself from the process and see the whole picture. I can't do that if I'm in it."

    The libretto of "Seduction and Despair" was written by the Austrian writer-director Michael Sturminger. "I was really writing the role with Malkovich in mind," Sturminger explains in a phone interview. "I was trying to use everything I knew about John as a moviegoer -- his sense of humor and his capability of changing tone just with a glance of an eye. I don't think the real Unterweger was half as fascinating as John is."

    Haselböck adds: "The incredible thing about John is that he can create atmosphere by just being there. When he is there, it's a different room."

    Actors who play villains often say that they find ways to empathize with their characters in order to create a balanced performance, but Malkovich takes a different approach.

    "I don't think you have to empathize," he says. "Their existence must be so tortured and fractured. . . . It's not that I find violence super-removed from myself. I do understand it. We're all animals."

    Malkovich has played refined psychopaths in such films as "In the Line of Fire" (for which he received an Oscar nomination), "Mary Reilly" and "Ripley's Game." But he objects to any attempt at finding a pattern in his career.

    "I've acted in 60 or 70 films, and you've named three," he says. "No offense, but I'm asked that question a lot. It makes me wonder who's doing the repeating, me or the press."

    Malkovich says the stage has been a constant source of creative fulfillment throughout his career, dating from his beginnings at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Earlier this week, he won a Molière, France's top theater honor, for staging Zach Helm's "Good Canary."

    The actor says he views "Seduction and Despair" as a work in progress. "I'll need a fresh copy of the script, a pair of scissors and some glue," he tells an assistant.

    During the four-day rehearsal period, Malkovich shifts frequently between his role of actor and that of director, conferring with costume designer Birgit Hutter, with whom he worked on the 2006 film "Klimt." For this performance, the actor will wear a stylish white suit and dark sunglasses, which was Unterweger's playboy uniform of choiceduring the '90s.

    He also consults with video artist Andreas Hutter, whose digital projections provide a backdrop of the subconscious. In one scene, the video follows the stretch of Sunset Boulevard from Hollywood toward Malibu that Unterweger drove on the night of one of his murders.

    "I still love directing plays," Malkovich reflects. "I love to watch good actors who surprise and amuse me. In theater, there's unbelievable tedium followed by seconds of beauty and joy. Those moments are why you direct. Theater is so ephemeral, and I love that. You had to be there."

    david.ng@latimes.com


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  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on May 09, 2008 report

    VIP!!!RMALA'S amd LOCAL 47 ANSWERS LA TIMES MISTATEMENTS RE: MEDIA RECORDINGS IN LA

    The following is a response to the LA Times sent by John Acosta, the EMD Administrator at Local 47.
    If you haven't checked it out, the Electronic Media Department at Local 47 now has its own blog, at http://www.promusic47.org/emd47/emd47.html
    Dear Editor:
    I was unimpressed and disappointed by the article which ran in the May 6, 2008 LA TIMES, titled “Hot spot for U.S. Movie Scores.”
    There seemed to be a distinct failure to portray the facts about music scoring in Los Angeles, and a failure to tell it like it is "LA is still the place to be" when it comes to recording quality scores for Motion Pictures, Television & Videogames.
    In 2006 & 2007 the volume of titles scored in Los Angeles increased significantly over 2004 & 2005. The US Musicians union in 2005 made it even easier and less costly to score low budget films, loosening restrictions, and offering lower rates on projects with budgets of 12 Million Dollars or less. In fact, since 2005 US companies have released more Motion Picture soundtrack scores than in any other period. While globalization has indeed made it easier for companies to score their films in other countries, it has also had an effect on the entertainment industry worldwide.
    Animators may now be in New Delhi, India as they toil away in realtime on hollywood blockbusters, cyber-conferencing with their taskmasters in Hollywood. In the face of continued competition, we in Los Angeles continue to hold our ground and expand our influence not only on projects initiated in the US, but we find that composers from all around the world come to Los Angeles to record their scores, using the finest musicians. Due to the weakening US dollar we now find Canadian productions beginning to flock to Los Angeles to record their music, with rates that are affordable and musicians who are world class.
    I strongly suggest you research your topics more thoroughly, talk to the people who know the business and avoid publishing what is patently false. The article lacked credible sources and was terribly misleading to your readers.
    Sincerely,
    John Acosta
    Electronic Media Administrator
    Professional Musicians-Local 47
    AFM AFL-CIO

    AMEN BROTHER
    Suezenne Fordham Chamber Jazz LA

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on May 09, 2008 report

    NEWS FROM NASHVILLE RMA MEETINGS

    Report from Nashville meetings, Pete Anthony letter
    Report from RMA International Meetings held in Nashville May 3-4
    Pete Anthony responds to LA Times article
    RMA International meeting in Nashville
    by Sarah Thornblade
    I attended my first RMA International Board meeting in Nashville this past week-end. This was not just a meeting of the International Board, but also of representatives from the four currently active RMA chapters from Los Angeles, New York City, Nashville and Miami. It was great to see the representatives from the New York chapter which was very recently reactivated. They all seem very energized and represent many faces of the New York scene, TV/video tape work, theater work, studio work, and live music. I had no idea what to expect, but I came away from the week-end with a real sense that we are involved in a community which is far larger than Los Angeles. I also came away with the knowledge that all four chapters are struggling with very similar problems, complaints and fears. The universal concern is our lack of representation both in the administration of and in the negotiation process of our contracts. We have all had the experience of being shut out of the conversation regarding our very own workplace, not to mention the rapidly changing environment we work in, in regard to technology, which has a very deep impact on the discussion of protecting our intellectual property in the future.
    In this environment, there are serious issues that are difficult to address in a meaningful way. The Miami chapter raised the specter of an increasing struggle to keep the union and its sound recording contracts relevant in their musical community, due to changes in technology and a corporate environment of disregard for the "inconvenience" of archaic union contracts. Their issues of relevance also bleed into some of the issues we, in Los Angeles, face in regard to Video games in the face of multi media entertainment conglomerates who are being encouraged by the AFM in their policy of demanding contracts which not only underpay, but leave the musicians unprotected, as their work can be converted from video game, to movie score, to digitally available sound recording and finally, purchasable library.
    Topics of extensive conversation included how the new jingle agreement was negotiated behind the backs of the very people who work under the contract, and the history of the videogame contracts and how cities have been pitted against each other, resulting in weak and poorly written contracts for musicians throughout the country. We also discussed concerns about the upcoming motion picture negotiations and whether our AFM leadership will uphold the contract standards set by the other guilds within our industry.
    It was not all doom and gloom. We, as a community, are still trying to keep the relationship open with the AFM. We all agreed that we have to continue an environment of open discussion and information dissemination in regard to our membership and of course in regard to our AFM leadership. Breaking down the walls of miscommunication and sometimes straight-out misinformation is the only positive course of action we can see our way to at this point. We all left with the challenge of really defining what it is we specifically want from change. This is a question each chapter/community needs to take very seriously and soon.
    I feel heartened that the RMA international is a valuable resource for the AFM, filled with bright, savvy and dynamic minds. We share so much in common in terms of our needs and frustrations despite the seemingly different ways we all use these contracts. Presenting a strong unified front as a player conference is our strength.
    Pete Anthony responds to LA Times article
    Dear Editor:
    I am writing in response to “Hot spot for U.S. Movie Scores,” a marketing puff piece unsupported by facts or research. The identical story ran in the San Francisco Chronicle on March 31 and became a retread in the Times on May 6. The quoted American composer (working as a music editor) never worked in Sophia, and the quoted Italian composer, Andrea Guerra, followed his Bulgarian experience by scoring his next project in Los Angeles.

    Los Angeles is the worldwide capital for recording film scores. Whether the film project is foreign or domestic, big-budget or low-budget, produced by a large studio or an independent company, the creation and recording of soundtracks happens here more often than anywhere else. Hollywood musicians recorded scores for more movies in 2006 than ever before in history, and the record was broken again in 2007. The proof is in the pudding – LA is the real Hot Spot.
    -Pete Anthony
    Composer, Conductor, Orchestrator
    President, Recording Musicians Association Los Angeles

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION
    Suezenne Fordham
    Suezenne Fordham Chamber Jazz LA

  • Suezenne Fordham wrote on May 13, 2008 report

    LATEST NEWS from Steinway and Sons Pianos new documentary "NOTE BY NOTE," THE MAKING OF STEINWAY L1037
    A stunning documentary following the creation of this Concert Grand 8'11" work of art by th American Company in Astoria, Queens, New York. Suezenne Fordham, Suezenne Fordham Chamber Jazz


    Note By Note News‏
    From: Benjamin Niles (Ben@plowproductions.com)
    You may not know this sender.Mark as safe|Mark as unsafe
    Sent: Tue 5/13/08 8:18 AM
    To: Ben Niles (Ben@plowproductions.com)

    Dear Friends and Supporters of Note By Note,


    I wanted to alert you to several new screening dates (please see below) that we've added and hope you'll share them with your friends and family so they can see the film on the big screen. We are especially excited about our San Francisco premiere later this month where I'll be in attendance with the piano, L1037. Steinway artists Richard Glazier will also perform live on L1037. It promises to be a very special weekend!


    May 30-June 5th, 2008
    Sundance Kabuki Theatre--San Francisco, CA
    http://www.sundancecinemas.com/kabuki.html
    Director Ben Niles in person May 30


    May 30-June 5th, 2008
    Rafael Film Center-- San Rafael, CA
    http://cafilm.org/nav0_2.html
    Director Ben Niles in person June 1st.


    We are grateful to everyone for the success we've enjoyed. That said, we continue to market the film independently without a advertising budget so word of mouth is critical. Please consider sharing this email with your friends.


    Thank you for the support!


    Ben Niles
    Director, Producer
    Note By Note


    ps
    Send us your piano story at notebynotethemovie.com


    NOTE BY NOTE TO AIR ON PBS IN 2009!!!
    Yes, PBS has accepted NBN for its PrimeTime slot in '09. This means the film will air on nearly every PBS affiliate in the country on one night. Stay tuned for air dates—most likely, late winter/spring '09! Underwriting possibilities are available. Please contact me directly if you're interested in securing a slot. It's a wonderful opportunity and will provide massive exposure to your business or organization.


    MORE NEWS!!! EDUCATIONAL FUNDRAISING POSSIBILITIES WITH NOTE BY NOTE!!!
    We are now working with schools and institutions to help them put on fundraising events using NBN. If you, or perhaps someone you know, would like to use the film in this capacity, please contact me directly. We have had several successful screenings of this nature and would be happy to work with your school or organization. A sample event might go like this (but you're free to plan it as you like)...


    Director Ben Niles introduces the film
    Screen the film, 80 min.
    Short performance by local pianist (L1037, the actual piano! is available for fundraisers but demand is high so call early for scheduling. Shipping costs are not covered.)
    Q&A with Ben Niles and pianist
    Reception


    Screening Note By Note for your patrons is like "transporting them to the Steinway factory in Queens."


    "a fascinating documentary that more than just piano lovers can enjoy."
    HOLLYWOOD REPORTER


    "A heartwarming story about the universality of music"
    HOUSTON CHRONICLE


    EDUCATIONAL DVD "END OF THE YEAR" SALE!!!
    I am pleased to announce our "end of the year" sale of the educational DVD copy of the film. Add it to your school’s collection today!

    Use discount code: MTNA081 (case sensitive) to receive 25% off!

    DVDs available at
    www.notebynotethemovie.com


    A trailer and clips of the film are also available here.


    "remarkably absorbing."
    -NEW YORK MAGAZINE


    "gorgeously composed and photographed...capable of inducing spiritual/physical rapture"
    LOS ANGELES TIMES


    UPCOMING SCREENINGS
    May 8-11, 2008
    Retro Cinema & Books- Washington, GA.
    http://www.retrocinema.net/


    May 9-15, 2008
    Cedar Lee Theater - Solon, OH
    http://www.clevelandcinemas.com


    May 11, 16, 18, 23, 25
    Mountain Cinema- Hunter, NY.
    http://www.catskillmtn.org/
    Director Ben Niles in person May 25th


    May 16-22, 2008
    Tropic Cinema- Key West, FL.
    http://keywestfilm.org/Films2006/ballet_russes.html


    May 18, 2008
    Nevada Museum of Art - Reno, NV
    http://www.nevadaart.org/


    May 30-June 5th, 2008
    Sundance Kabuki Theatre--San Francisco, CA
    http://www.sundancecinemas.com/kabuki.html
    Director Ben Niles in person May 30


    May 30-June 5th, 2008
    Rafael Film Center-- San Rafael, CA
    http://cafilm.org/nav0_2.html
    Director Ben Niles in person June 1st.


    June 6-12, 2008
    Tivoli Manor Square Theater - Kansas City, MO
    http://www.tivolikc.com/


    June 8, 2008
    State Theatre--State College, PA
    http://www.thestatetheatre.org/
    DIRECTOR BEN NILES IN ATTENDANCE


    June 20-26, 2008
    Broadway Centre Cinemas - Salt Lake City, UT
    http://www.saltlakefilmsociety.org/


    July 17-24, 2008
    Denver Film Society - Denver, CO
    http://www.denverfilm.org/
    DIRECTOR BEN NILES IN ATTENDANCE JULY 17TH


    June 22 & 23, 2008
    Nickelodeon Theatre - Columbia, SC
    http://www.nickelodeon.org/
    DIRECTOR BEN NILES IN ATTENDANCE


    July 19
    Desert Film Society - Palm Springs, CA
    http://desertfilmsociety.com/


    July 24, 2008
    Lake Placid Center for the Arts - Lake Placid, NY
    http://www.lakeplacidarts.org/


    August 28, 2008
    Wood Theater - Glen Falls, NY
    http://www.woodtheater.org



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