ARTISTS WITHOUT WALLS’ HOLIDAY SHOWCASE AT THE CELL, DECEMBER 19

Looking forward to Artists Without Walls’ Holiday Showcase this Wednesday, December 19 at The Cell Theatre.  

Performers include:
Clare Maloney
Hyland & Brunnock
All My Friends are Stars
Jack O’Connell
David Goldman
Charles Hale
& a few Surprise Guests!!

Doors at 6:45pm, performances begin at 7:30pm. It’s a free event and we’ll have a few surprise guests popping by!

Montage by: Mitch Traphagen​

CHARLES R. HALE & DAVID S. GOLDMAN: NEW YORK, A MUSICAL MEMOIR

Three years ago David and I met and immediately realized we had a shared interest in New York history, our quite divergent family histories and music. It turns out that our families lived very close to each other in Queens and, unbeknownst to us, we grew up only a few blocks apart. Having put on several smaller versions of “New York: A Musical Memoir,” we recently presented the first full-length version of this musical memoir in progress.  Our stories take us through our early love of music, a family Christmas, our relationships with our fathers, discovery of girls, epiphanies and reflections on the struggles of our ancestors.

A special thanks to Renata Hinrichs for introducing David and me and for her role as narrator and my fourteen-year old dream girl “Denise.”

“I’m in love with you, Denise, scooby-doo
Denise, Denise, oh, with your eyes so blue
Denise, Denise, I’ve got a crush on you.”

 

And thanks to Vera Maura for the photos. 

 

Charles and David performing Jacques Brel’s “Sons Of”

David S. Goldman and Charles R. Hale

Charles R. Hale, David S. Goldman and Renata Hinrichs after the show.

David S. Goldman and Charles R. Hale

CHARLES R. HALE PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS: IMPRESSION at THE CELL

Charles R. Hale Productions Presents: Impression…Ravel and Debussy.
In celebration of the centennial of Debussy’s death, IMPRESSION will explore the erotic languor of French Impressionism by weaving the chamber music of Debussy and Ravel with the poetry of Stéphane Mallarmé. Debussy’s seminal Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, for Boulez the beginning of modern music, will serve as the focal point of the performance, presented here in a new octet arrangement for the first time in New York.
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Mallarmé: The Afternoon of a Faun
Ravel: Introduction and Allegro
Debussy: Première Rhapsodie [octet arrangement by Todd Palmer]
Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun [octet arrangement by Graeme Steele Johnson] — New York Premiere
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Graeme Steele Johnson, Artistic Director and clarinet
Matty Oaks, reader
Ji Weon Ryu, flute
Hannah Lash, harp
Adelya Nartadjieva and Rachel Loseke, violins
Matthew Cohen, viola
Ari Evan, cello
Jordan Calixto, double bass
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Wednesday, December 12, 8pm at The Cell Theatre, 338 West 23rd St, New York, New York.  Doors open at 8:15
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ARTISTS WITHOUT WALLS’ NOVEMBER SHOWCASE AT THE CELL

Join Niamh Hyland and me for Artists Without Walls’ Showcase at The Cell Theatre, tomorrow, Tuesday, November 27. The Cell is located at 33 West 23rd St, in the Chelsea section of Manhattan. The doors and bar open at 6:45 and the presentations begin at 7:30.

Featured performers include Rebekah Madebach and Dan Brown, Eddie Brill, Jim Hawkins, Robert Clohessy, Susan McKeown and Roisin McKeown as part of CualaNYC. 

Niamh and I are hosts and emcees. Hope to see you there!

NICOLE ZURAITIS: “GENERATIONS OF HER: WOMEN SONGWRITERS”

Nicole Zuraitis and her quartet…                                                                                                                                                            . 

Including Ingbar Paz, Hugh Stuckey, Colleen Clark, and Jordan Pettay, with special guest Dan Pugach, during a brilliant presentation of Nicole’s show, “Generations of Her: Women Songwriters and Lyricists of the Past 100 Years.”

Photos by Mitch Traphagen.

Nicole Zuraitis 

Collen Clark

                                                              Inbar Paz

Hugh Stuckey

Jordan Pettay 

Dan Pugach

Nicole Zuraitis Quartet performing live at the cell theatre, New York City, August 14, 2018. A Charles R. Hale Production

Nicole Zuraitis Quartet performing live at the cell theatre, New York City, August 14, 2018. A Charles R. Hale Production

                                                        The Cell Theatre

Hugh Stuckey, Nicole Zuraitis, Jordan Pettay, Charles R. Hale and Ingbar Paz and Colleen Clark. 

ARTISTRY & THE ARTIST: SEUNGHEE “SUNNY” LEE, WEDNESDAY at THE CELL

 

Seunghee Lee, “Sunny”

TICKETS FOR SEUNGHEE LEE ON MAY 16  CLICK HERE.

“Now here is a talent…  who has as warm, silvery, and woody a tone as anyone could imagine with fast and keen finger work to match… amazing expressive capabilities… positively lovely” – Review by Allmusic.com

Seunghee Lee is a multi-faceted musician, international recording artist, and musical entrepreneur, Seunghee (Sunny) brings a vivacious energy, an exquisite elegance and extraordinary precision to all her endeavors. Ms. Lee has been recognized by the Clarinet Magazine as “an uncompromising soloist, destined to be an upcoming contender of top stature”.

Sunny’s 2017-2018 season included a tour of northern Italy performing the Mozart Clarinet Concerto, visiting professorship at Yale School of Music, and a Sold-Out debut recital at Carnegie Hall. An advocate for exploring new ideas, embracing all musical genres, one of the greatest highlights was her collaboration with DEEPAK CHOPRA on his new album & book: HOME: Where Everyone is Welcome, a collection of thirty-four original poems and twelve songs inspired by a diverse group of immigrants.

Click here to listen to Sunny performing “Gabriel’s Oboe” with composer Andrea Morricone, who is also the composer of the “Love Theme” from Cinema Paradiso, which you can hear Sunny perform here.

Join us for, “Artistry & the Artist, a great night of music and storytelling.  TICKETS FOR SEUNGHEE LEE ON MAY 16  CLICK HERE.

LUBA MASON: TRIANGLE–MAGICAL PERFORMANCE at THE CELL

“What a fantastic evening. Many thanks to Charles for wrapping up the season with this performance. Luba was terrific as was her accompaniment by both on the bass Luques Curtis/and vibraphone Felipe Fournier. Luba has a range in both her voice and music that made this an incredible evening.” Vince Nauheimer

“I had the incredible good fortune of seeing Luba Mason and her remarkable band perform twice on Thursday — once at Lehman College, thanks to Professor Joseph McElligott  and then later at the cell theatre in Manhattan thanks to Charles R. Hale and Charles R. Hale Productions. I can honestly still hear her voice. Stunning is too small of a word.” Mitch Traphagen

“Spectacular show this evening. Thank you Charles R. Hale Productions for bringing Luba Mason to the stage and to the attention of those who have not heard her live or in such an intimate setting with her trio. She is a true talent, with a singularly unique style of singing – heartclutching nuance and an extraordinary vocal range. Looking forward to hearing more from Luba and her wonderful trio!” Vera Hoar

“The “Luba Mason: Triangle,” including Luba, Felipe Fournier/vibes and Luques Curtis/bass proved to be a tightly knit trio whose fabulous music was enhanced by Luba’s witty, tender storytelling, perfectly reflecting the title of the series, “New Yorkers: Together in Story and Song.'” Charles R. Hale

Photos by Mitch Traphagen

Luba Mason, Luques Curtis /bass, Felipe Fournier/vibes

Luba Mason

Luba Mason and Luques Curtis

Luba Mason and Felipe Fournier

Luba Mason

Luques Curtis

Felipe Fournier 

Charles R. Hale, Luba Mason, Luques Curtis and Felipe Fournier.

 

CHARLES R. HALE PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS “LUBA MASON: TRIANGLE”

On December 7th, 7:30pm, Charles R. Hale Productions will present its final show in the series, “New Yorkers: Together in Story and Song.” The featured artist will be the enormously talented singer and actor Luba Mason. Luba, a native New Yorker born in Astoria, Queens and first generation American of Slovak descent, is a classically trained singer, pianist, dancer and actor who was nominated for the prestigious 2015 Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel theater awards as “Best Featured Actress in a Musical.” Luba also has an impressive Broadway pedigree, in no small part due to her stunning vocal range and extraordinary versatility as a performer.

Luba has headlined at Vibrato and the Cinegrill in L.A., Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Feinstein’s, Birdland, B.B. Kings, Iridium and the Metropolitan Room in NYC. In 2015 Luba and her husband, Ruben Blades, performed together on stage at Radio City Music Hall in Paul Simon’s sold out benefit for the Children’s Health Fund’s 25th Anniversary alongside Mr. Simon, Edie Brickell, Sting, James Taylor, Stevie Wonder and numerous other luminaries. Last November, Luba joined her husband at Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis and his band in one of the highlights of the evening, Otis Blackwell’s “Fever”.

The show will be performed at The Cell Theatre, 338 West 23rd Street. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by clicking here .

Luba will be performing with Felipe Fournier/vibes and Luques Curtis/bass.

“A voice as big and rich as a star-filled sky.” – Jazz Times
“A Broadway veteran and omnivorous singer.” Billboard
“A force of nature. She goes deep and we want to dive with her.” Huffington Post

 

 

MIHO HAZAMA and M_UNIT: PHOTOS by MITCH TRAPHAGEN

Comments after Miho Hazama and M_Unit’s performance at The Cell, Thursday, November 9. All photos by Mitch Traphagen:

“A performance worthy of Carnegie Hall (and almost as full a house). A wonderful musical evening…jazz meets chamber music” Jo Migdal

“Great music! Glad that I witnessed the night!” Shu Nakamura

“A truly great show! Fresh, vibrant, sweet, shadowy. Good work, Charlie…thanks for producing another home run.” Gary Ryan

“What a fine, memorable evening of new music at The Cell tonight. Thank you, Miho and the m_unit, for your awe-inspiring artistry and vitality and for championing creativity and musical possibility. Also, special thanks and gratitude to Charles R. Hale for his curatorial brilliance!” Vera Hoar

“Nothing like having a front row seat for a fabulous live performance. Congratulations to Miho Hazama and the M_ Unit. I had the feeling that the audience were all guests at Charles’s personal concert.” Tom Myles

“Great job of creating and implementing this project, Charles! Each performance was fantastic and added to the musical knowledge of every member of each audience. Thank you.” Vinnie Nauheimer

 

Miho Hazama

Andy Gravish

Miho Hazama

Tomo Akaboshi

“Blue Forest”

John Lowery

Meaghan Burke

Charles R. Hale and “M_Unit”

Andrew Gutauskas

Dave Pietro

Brilliant Performance!