Hello dear friends of Music! Spring is almost here, and yet we get so many snow storms in the NY area that it is best to look inward to find Warmth and Calm! Fortunately, I have so many creative interests that I am always busy and finding gratification. I have had a string of wonderful concerts both as a Leader and as a side-person and that really keeps me going! Please visit my Photos and Video's page to see updates!
I was just in Paris and got to meet some wonderful young musicians and teach some private lessons there, and to see some old friends as well. I must admit I also got away from the winter cold and had a few sunshine vacations, too. YES!
These past few years, it was a pleasure to sing the amazing old Standards from my INDIGO MOODS CD released last Spring and travelling all around the country, it was great fun to share the love of music with so many folks! ! If you haven't heard this CD, it's a lovely Trio with Voice, Trumpet and Piano of which I'm very proud! What an amazing repertoire we are so fortunate to have! I continue to add new "old" songs and find new inspiration!
Also, I have a new Recording in the works! This time it's a DUO of my Original songs with the great pianist/arranger Michael Abene. It's a joy to work with Michael's amazing imagination and I have been writing new material and also adding new lyrics to some of my older tunes. I am really enjoying shifting gears into my own material once again and playing with a more open concept of improvisation. I hope to have this CD complete by the end of the summer, for release.
Another big project that has occupied much of my time and energy is that I'm studying Painting for the first time in my life. I have been painting and drawing with watercolor and pastels since my childhood, and this is the first time I am actually studying the composition and perspective and color mixing that is so necessary to incorporate into one's skills. I have been blessed to live in a community of many accomplished artists and teachers and have been the recipient of their generosity. I will have my first-ever show of my works during the month of May, at the Wallkill River School of Art, in Montgomery, NY in the scenic Hudson Valley. The show's opening reception is Saturday May 4th, 2013 from 5 -7 pm and you are cordially invited to see not only my works as the "Emerging Artist" for the month, but also the works of 2 extraordinary and fabulous artists, Mary Sealfon and George Hayes. I have posted some of my early paintings on this website, so I hope you will come to the show to see my newer pieces sometime in May! Visit: www.WallkillRiverSchool.com for more information.
I have some gigs coming up with some amazing NY area musicians and some travelling planned to Denmark and Israel, so I hope you will stay in touch.
Love and Music - Judi
by Judi Silvano