le projet dansant Musique de la Tour

Hi friends,
You may remember in 2022 I worked with the Vanaver Caravan to bring the Bridge Music Dance Project to life in a live performance and then on the silver screen.

Well now I’m in development with the Vanaver Caravan once again to present the Tower Music Dance Project (or “le projet dansant Musique de la Tour“) in Paris with the Eiffel Tower itself as our backdrop. A target date would be 2025/2026 in a location with a commanding view of the Eiffel Tower. At least two performances are planned, and presentations in other cities are under consideration. We are in conversations with the French Ministry of Culture in producing this.

Led by Livia Vanaver, we convene French and American dance companies & choreographers in Paris to interpret a different movement from my opus with all the companies converging to dance the final movement. Participants from the USA are The Vanaver Caravan with Joel Hanna, and Doug Varone and Dancers; from France, Leela Petronio’s Hip Tap Project, and Swingydibop, and another fabulous company that we’re in talks with.

So anyway this is a way to keep you up to date on what all your positive energy has lent itself to.
More details will come as they happen. Send us positive vibes.

#towermusic, #bridgemusic, #dancelife

Celebrate my 65th birthday on Classical WMHT

Celebrate my 65th birthday on Classical WMHT as they air my “Suite Poughkeepsie” this Sunday Feb 4 at 11:40am ET. Listen at 89.1 FM in New York’s Capital Region and 88.7 FM in Poughkeepsie, NY. It can also be heard live on the internet on https://www.wmht.org/player/

This tribute to my hometown was premiered by the Hudson Valley Philharmonic in 1999 for the bicentennial of the founding of the Village of Poughkeepsie. This recording from 2000 is by Seattle Music Inc. under the direction of the late Joel Eric Suben. It features musical scenes of Poughkeepsie as it would be recognized today:

1) A Night at The Bardavon – the city’s premiere theater
2) The Pioneers vs. The Warriors – the city’s two high schools, pitted against each other as rivals
3) The Soldier’s Memorial Fountain – an elegy to the city’s fallen
4) A Feast at The Italian Center – a tarantella for the city’s Italian community
5) A Wedding from Vassar Chapel – a foray into the Arlington section of the city
6) Between the Bridges at Sunset – An image from Waryas Park of the sun going down between the Mid Hudson Bridge and the old railroad bridge, now the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
Photography by Michael Polito. Album artwork by Todd Poteet


Big weekend coming up!
ON SATURDAY 11/18 at 2pm come to my multimedia presentation on Bridge Music and Tower Music at the Thrall Library11 Depot Street, Middletown, NY 10940. Admission is free. Journey onto the Eiffel Tower and New York’s Mid Hudson Bridge as I explain the process of recording and creating my two Top-Twenty Billboard charting albums from these monuments. Q&A to follow. At the end the audience plays along to the music with cymbals & drumsticks provided.
Joseph Bertolozzi at Vassar Temple Piano 2024
ON SUNDAY 11/19 at 3pm come celebrate the dedication of the newly restored 1923 Mason & Hamlin Grand Piano at Vassar Temple, 140 Hooker Ave, Poughkeepsie NY 12601. Pianists Joseph Bertolozzi, Sylvia Buccelli, James M. Fitzwilliam, and Ruthanne Schempf will play solo works by Copland, Gershwin, Glass, and Bertolozzi. Reception to follow. Donations at the door benefit the Vassar Temple Music Fund. Vassar Temple is celebrating its 175th anniversary this year.