GIG! @ Cornelia Street Cafe 23may2016 – Cabaret Classique: That Old Devil Moonglow at the Exquisite Hour
Cabaret Classique: That Old Devil Moonglow at the Exquisite Hour
Performance Monday, May 23rd, 2016; 8:45pm (doors open at 8:30pm)
LOCATION: Cornelia Street Cafe – 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, NYC 10014 – 212-989-9319
The night is young, but the moon is high… high on life and love and with more than a pinch of insanity… how else to explain it’s driving our desires, yanking our yearnings, waxing and waning the sky? Swing on by the Cabaret Classique for an evening of song, poetry, and shenanigans. Wanna cry? feel free. Wanna croon? we’ve got it. Wanna laugh like a loon? Now we’re cooking with gas! Bring your friends… we’ll bring the razzle dazzle.
Flying this magic carpet ride are: classical chanteuse Lisa Daehlin, with Tor Morten Kjøsnes at the keys.
Special guests from NYC and Norway: Anja-Christin Nielsen, trumpet; Hilde Skappel, actress/singer; Christian Stahr, piano; Sven Trygve Haabeth, actor; Lars Espen Rath Vestad, trombone. Classical, pop, cabaret compositions of Coward, de Kenessey, Duparc, Grieg, Hahn, Mandel, Weill.
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Soprano LISA DAEHLIN has performed numerous operatic roles including Amelia (Un Ballo in Maschera), Fiordiligi (Cosi Fan Tutte), Tatiana (Eugene Onegin), Angelica (Suor Angelica), Madame Lidoine (Dialogues of the Carmelites), First Lady (Magic Flute) and the High Priestess (Aida). Maestro Richard Woitach cast her to sing the role of Wellgunde (Das Rhinegold), and as his soprano in the concert Woitach and Friends 3-1/2.
In New York City, Lisa performs frequently at St. Paul’s Chapel, Cornelia Street Café, and The Players Club. European concerts in Italy, Germany, and in Scandinavia as an invited singer for the International Edvard Grieg Society in Bergen, Norway. Recent programs include Raining of the Heart, December Songs, All About Eve, Songs of Renewal and the Spring, Move Into the Light, and Transcending Exotic: Embracing Familiar. Her concert repertoire focuses extensively on Norwegian, French and American Chanson, Cabaret and Art Song.
Though known for her rendition of “I’m a Stranger Here Myself,” Lisa is no stranger to the cabaret stage, having performed incarnations of her show From Classical to Cabaret: The songs of Poulenc, Porter, Satie, and Weill in venues as varied as the underground club to the concert hall. She has sung Dorothy Parker songs in the Algonquin’s Oak Room. She has performed the music of Stefania de Kenessey at City Center and with the Annabella Gonzalez Dance Theater at Lincoln Center. The recording project for that company is now used in the performance repertoire. Lisa produced and directed OperaKnit Cabaret at Performance Space 122 (PS122, NYC), and her one-woman show Twisted Stitch: Songs of Love and Knitting was featured in the Classical to Jazz Festival at Cornelia Street Café (NYC), weaving together songs of Edvard Grieg, Franz Schubert, Maury Yeston and a world premier cycle of songs by Stefania de Kenessey.
Recently awarded a Masters Degree in Music and Music Education from the Teachers College of Columbia University, Lisa operates a private voice studio in New York City. www.lisadaehlin.com
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Norwegian pianist TOR MORTEN KJØSNES is an active contributor to the New York music scene as an accompanist, soloist, and chamber musician. He accompanies up-and-coming as well as established ensembles, singers, and instrumentalists. Recent collaborations include legendary Swedish singer Sven-Bertil Taube, Norwegian violinist Arve Tellefsen, trombonist William Lang, and violinist Christian Svarfvar.
Kjøsnes graduated from Manhattan School of Music in 2010, where he studied with Nina Svetlanova. His studies in the U.S. were generously supported by the American Scandinavian Foundation. Earning his undergraduate degree studying with Tori Stødle at the Tromsø Music Conservatory in Norway, he graduated with honors in 2007, one of only a handful pianists to be awarded the top grade in the national censorship. He also held a full-time position as accompanist at the same institution, 2007–08. Additionally, he studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg, Germany, with Ralf Nattkemper. Kjøsnes has participated in masterclasses with artists such as Hans Leygraf, Martino Tirimo, Sigurd Slåttebrekk, and Volker Banfield.
Passionate about many forms of music, Kjøsnes utilizes his versatility as a composer and arranger with the folk/world music group Ljom, with which he has toured extensively througout Norway, Sweden, and the U.S. The group’s first album was released in June 2014 by the renowned Norwegian label Kirkelig Kulturverksted.
Increasingly active as a guitarist, Kjøsnes works closely with experimental folk rock singer Kjersti Kveli. For such collaborations, Kjøsnes also writes string, chamber, and orchestral arrangements. Currently he is working on Kveli’s next album, to be released later in 2015.
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Trumpeter and Educator ANJA-CHRISTIN NIELSEN grew up in Son, Norway. She studied music and education at Volda College in Norway before she went on to study Classical Performance at the Royal Academy of Music in Denmark. Anja-Christin then moved to the US in 2005 to study trumpet with the legendary William “Prof” Fielder at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts.
Anja-Christin is an accomplished musician known for creating a smooth tone, crafting lyrical melodies and artful articulation across musical genres. She currently lives in the New York Metropolitan area working as a trumpet player and educator. She has performed at notable venues in New York, including The Blue Note, Smoke, The Sugar Bar and Café Wha and frequently gets called to perform in Norway, most recently with Maria Mena at the Norwegian Opera House in Oslo. She has played on several albums, including “What We Play is Life”, where she contributed on trumpet, flugel horn, vocals, percussion and co-produced. The album reached number #1 in iTunes Japan. In 2015 she was part of the album “Tears of the World” with Knut Reiersrud and Mighty Sam Maclain. The album received the prestigious “Spellemannspris”, equivalent of “The Grammy” for Norwegians.
She has studied with such greats as Clark Terry, Wiliam Fielder, Ole Edvard Antonsen and Vincent Penzarella. Ms. Nielsen is currently a regular member of the band Pursuance and is an integral part of the Scandinavian music community in the States. Anja-Christin has performed at a variety of functions for the Norwegian Seaman’s Churches in the U.S and has been chosen to represent Norwegian Artists in NYC by performing for the Norwegian Royal Family multiple times.
As a premiere educator, Ms. Nielsen teaches numerous local private students. She is also the President of Pascal Norway-USA, an organisation whose mission is to reach underprivileged people through the arts and music. The organization aims to provide musical training for all people with special needs so that cultural activities can be accessable for everyone; especially children with disablilities, and adults suffering from substance abuse and mental illness. This organization is dear to Anja-Christin’s heart, having developed a passion for helping others through music while working for Dissimilis in Norway, a Performing Arts Center which provides arts training for children and adults with special needs.
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HILDE SKAPPEL is a New York-based Norwegian actress, singer, translator and writer. In 2013, she received the American Scandinavian Society’s Grant Award for outstanding achievements in her field and for her dedication to Scandinavian Culture. She earned her Musical Theatre Certificate from The Baardar Academy in Oslo, and her Acting Certificate from The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York, where she currently works as an actress in Film, Theatre and Musical Theatre. In Norway, her performances in musicals includes: Jesus Christ Superstar, When Midnight Strikes and A Chorus Line/Into The Woods. She has translated many Musical Theatre Productions for Norwegian theatre companies, such as Legally Blonde, Spelling Bee, Hairspray, Parade and Grand Hotel. Hilde is currently working to write and produce Musical Theatre pieces in collaboration with the Norwegian New York-based composer Christian Stahr, as well as writing her own solo projects. http://hildeskappel.com/
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CHRISTIAN L. STAHR is a composer, pianist, orchestrator and music director from Sarpsborg, Norway. He holds a MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. Recent works include composer for several web series and short films, as well as music director for Burning Coal Theatre’s production of Sunday in the Park with Georgein Raleigh, NC and currently work as assistant to composer, Ron Passaro, for the reading of the musical, Queen of Meanwhich will be presented at The Actor’s Temple in NYC in April 2016. He also is the pianist for the Dramatists Guild Fund and composer and music director for the annual production of the family show “St. Olaf the Fortunate” in Sarpsborg, Norway. For more information, see www.stahrmusic.com and www.stahrmusicproductions.com
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SVEN TRYGVE HAABETH is a Norwegian singer/songwriter and actor. With a versatile voice, he’s done everything from punk to folk music. This summer finds him in New York, having crossed the pond, for a second season of Shakespeare in Riverside park!
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LARS ESPEN RATH VESTAD – Mr. Vestad received his degree in Music from Barratt Due Music Conservatory in Oslo, Norway. He is an active freelancer as a soloist, studio musician, music educator and conductor, based in Norway but travelling all over the world. He has received many honorary awards for his work, including his educational work for people with special needs. He is also the President of Pascal Norway, an organization whose mission is to reach underprivileged people through the arts and music. Lars Espen worked at the College of the Arts in Namibia in 2010. Now he is based in Oslo, where he conducts several bands and works as a freelance trombone player. Mr. Vestad is an accomplished musician known for his powerful but smooth tone across musical genres.
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Some previous reviews of Lisa Daehlin’s performances ….
“Dæhlin can interpret the human passions with great sensitivity and is also quite effective at delivering the sound of the hooves of goats clopping over stones and the wind filling the sails of a ship. She is a showman who uses expressive gestures of eye and hand. Impish, at times even goofy, but always unpretentious, she sings with an ecstatic sense of joy. To her credit, the sense of ease with herself and with audience is always evident.” – Norwegian American Weekly
“Singing through the seasons, Dæhlin sang well-loved pieces drawn from three centuries. She is an intelligent singer and is clearly comfortable putting across music in just about any style, classical or pop.” – Norwegian American Weekly