Joanne Rile Artists Management Mourns the Passing of Mattiwilda Dobbs.

Mattiwilda Dobbs in Milan 1953

Mattiwilda Dobbs, a coloratura soprano who was the third African-American to appear as a principal singer with the Metropolitan Opera, died on Tuesday at her home in Atlanta. She was 90.

We were privileged to know Mattiwilda as a warm and gracious human being. She was an artist of remarkable vocal intelligence and beauty. The heavenly choir of angels will welcome her with joy as she joins them in singing some of her favorite Bach and her incomparable version of the Negro Spiritual, Let Us Break Bread Together On Our Knees.

Rest in Peace, Mattiwilda.

This photo of Ms. Dobbs was taken outside La Scala in Milan in 1953, where she sang the role of Elvina in the Rossini opera L’italiana in Algeri ”making her, at 25, the first African-American singer to appear at the famed opera house. Her full New York Times obituary can be found here

 

PRISM in Running for Three Grammy Nominations

PRISM

The PRISM Quartet’s recording, “Heritage/Evolutions, Volume 1” (innova), is under consideration for 2016 Grammy Award nominations in three categories.
Field 10: Jazz
Category 33, Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Entry #249: Heritage/Evolution, Volume 1 (innova)
PRISM Quartet

Field 21: Composing/Arranging
Category 61, Best Instrumental Composition
Entry #164: I Will Not Apologize For My Tone Tonight by Rudresh Mahanthappa
(PRISM Quartet: Heritage/Evolution, Volume 1 – innova)

Field 27: Production, Classical
Category 72, Best Engineered Album, Classical
Entry #134: Aaron Nevezie, Karl Petersen, Matthew Levy, Katsuhiko Naito, Engineers
(PRISM Quartet: Heritage/Evolution, Volume 1 – innova)

The album features new pieces and guest appearances by today’s most inventive jazz saxophonists: Steve Lehman, Dave Liebman, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Greg Osby, Tim Ries, and Miguel Zenón. “Heritage/Evolution, Volume 1” charts fresh musical territory, drawing on the saxophone’s cross-cultural heritage to blend jazz with everything from Western and South Indian classical music to Romani and Latin American folkloric music.

NARAS friends, we respectfully invite you to check out “Heritage/Evolution, Vol. 1” as you consider the Grammy nomination entry list.

Hear the full recording here.

Acknowledgement: Major support for “Heritage/Evolution, Volume 1” has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Additional support came from The National Endowment for the Arts, The Presser Foundation, and The Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia.

LIGHTS AHN!

Ahn+Trio

A new collaboration project Ahn Trio created combines Ahn Trio’s newest program, “Ahn-core Ahn Trio” recital program with a dramatic, beautiful, visually breath-taking lighting created by a lighting designer, Carrie Wood based in NYC.

The idea is to turn each instrumentalist & instrument into a character in a play or a film. Imagine if a concert was a play and with the help of lights, each member of Ahn Trio becomes an actor telling a greater story with their instruments. Every time Ahn Trio saw an opera or a Broadway show or a play, Ahns has always wanted to take that just the nice moody stage lighting to another level for their own concert stages. Drama of the lights add so much to the dramatic aria you’re hearing at the opera, can you imagine hearing it without the perfect light that is capturing the exact mood of the tenor’s character? You can, but, the visual and the aural together enhance each other to create a much more complete, satisfying way of listening to music.

The main works chosen for this collaboration are:
A 6 movement piece describing NYC between dusk & dawn, “Swing Shift” by Kenji Bunch, written for Ahn Trio. This work is brought back on Ahn’s “Ahn-core” program by popular demand. It was recorded on their EMI album, “Grooveboxes”.

And, Rock Suite, consisting of four songs of rock covers transcribed for Piano Trio; Riders on the Storm (Doors), Space Oddity (Bowie), Purple Rain (Prince), & Ziggy Stardust (Bowie) is a truly rock’n collection of Ahn’s favorite rock songs that showcase Piano Trio’s ability as a very complete live band even without vocals nor drums.

Ms. Wood has also worked on a number of Broadway shows including West Side Story, The Three Penny Opera, Cry Baby, and Wicked and Merce Cunningham as well as many artists such as Karen Sherman, Melanie Maar, Luciana Achugar, Reggie Wilson, Walter Dundervill, Sarah Michelson, Daria Fain, Michael Lluberes.

**Book LIGHTS AHN! Available enroute for the 2014/2015 Season.

Visit the Ahn Trio Website.

Spotlight Music!

artist stackSpotlight Music!
A new showcase featuring music from world to classical,
Latin, jazz and hip-hop.

Come for a fun, relaxing, New York Sunday Breakfast: bagels, lox, fruit, coffee!

Hear:
Sweet Plantain
Lark Quartet
Intersection
Baltimore Consort
Sybarite5*
Leon Bates
Real Vocal String Quartet
Ethos, and
HipGnosis**

Plus, learn the best marketing ideas from successful presenters.

Join Us For The Showcase!
Sunday, January 12th
From 9:30 AM to 1 PM
Be Sure to Stay for the Grand Finale!!!

Norman S. Benzaquen Hall located at the DiMenna Center in the Baryshnikov Arts Center.

Round trip Van Shuttle will be available from the NY Hilton.
Call or email for reservations!
artists@rilearts.com
(215) 885-6400

Or visit us at Booth 419 Hall I

Joanne Rile
joanner@rilearts.com

Tom Gallant
tgallant@mcmarts.com

 

 

*Concert Artists Guild
**Cadenza Artists