This week I am in New York City having a wild and rockin’ time! It started with a completely slamming evening of music at City Winery! I put together a wonderful string quartet for the evening, who were THE BAND: no drums, no piano, no guitars (for the most part). For the last couple weeks, I had been working on all new arrangements for the special guests of the evening and it was journey to say the least!
We started with a set of my music, with the incomparable David Byrne guesting on our song “Eyes.”
After my set, we did a set of Amanda Palmer’s songs, with the lady herself.
Then, we invited John Cameron Mitchell (HEDWIG!) and Lena Hall up for “Wicked Little Town.”
After that, I brought up the slayer, Anna Calvi… Have you heard her? If not, you need to hear her. She is an absolutely incredible guitar player, singer and songwriter. She blew people’s minds! Anna and David Byrne had previously collaborated on a cover of Keren Ann’s “Strange Weather,” so they graced us with a gorgeous performance.
As if that wasn’t enough music already, we then did all of the songs from our Bowie Strung Out In Heaven EP. Neil Gaiman did the countdown for “Space Oddity” on our cover version, but he wasn’t available to join us. Instead, legendary journalist, John Norris, very courageously joined us and counted us down to liftoff.
Finally, we wrapped with “Midnight Radio” with John Cameron Mitchell and Amanda, and a literal encore of “Heroes,” with everyone joining in onstage. What was to be a 2-hour show ended up a 3-hour marathon! Totally epic! I am still simultaneously exhausted and absolutely buzzed, a pretty lovely feeling!
The whole evening was livestreamed, and thousands of folks tuned in from all over the world. I should have details soon on repeat viewing online.
Huge thanks to Amanda Palmer, Anna Calvi, John Cameron Mitchell, David Byrne, Lena Hall, John Norris, Finnegan Shanahan (Violin 1), Josh Henderson (Violin 2), Nathan Schram (Viola), Andrea Lee (Cello), Kathryn and her team at VirtualArtsTV, and City Winery for hosting us so warmly the entire day.
While I’ve been in NY, I have had some exciting meetings about some absolutely mind blowing projects to take place a little later in the year, so keep a look out for more NY MADNESS!
The week is culminating in a show tonight at Radio City Music Hall for the David Bowie Tribute, where I will be performing my arrangement of “Blackstar” with Amanda Palmer, Anna Calvi and Kronos Quartet! What an honor! Sheesh. I just learned that Radio City’s capacity is a little over 6k and it’s sold out. It is also going to be livestreamed to anyone for a donation of $5 (going to charity), so this show is by far the most gigantic gig I have ever played! I am very excited. I hope that you can tune in! Click the image below for more details.
In the meantime, check out my arrangement of “Blackstar,” as well as the other Bowie string covers from my EP with Amanda Palmer.
All photographs displayed with kind permission of Geraldine Petrovic – Copyright 2016 Geraldine Petrovic/Murget-Royd Photography