Brian P. Glover will direct
"Songs for the Stage," a cabaret of theatrical songs by award-winning
composer/songwriters Deirdre Broderick and Jesse Gelber. Gelber's work is jazzy;
Broderick's is primarily melodious ballads. The evening will be played and
performed by the composers, together with vocalists Aisha Hosley and Eben Gordon,
percussionist Kevin Dorn ands bassist Chris Pisstarino.
Deirdre Broderick began
her career in music at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with
the production of her first musical, "George III Sings!" A string of films
and theatrical scores followed, including "Twelfth Night" and "The
Bacchae" by The Lantern Theater Company of Philadelphia and "Flaherty's
Window" by Irish novelist Colum McCann in NYC. Her Elvis- inspired musical
spoof, "Viva Los Alamos in 3-D," was produced by Sensurround Productions
in Atlanta in '99 and remounted at the NYC Fringe Festival 2000. She has collaborated
with Paula Josa-Jones Performance Works Dance Company since 1995 on a number
of productions including "Wonderland," which premiered at Jacob's
Pillow Dance Festival and toured venues such as The Majestic in Boston and the
Joyce in NYC. She composes in styles ranging from dark, atmospheric soundscapes
to play tunes to the twisted cartoon circus-scapes. She fused eastern and western
influences and instruments in her feature-film debut, Krutin Patel's "ABCD."
Jesse Gelber received the
1997 ASCAP Young Composers Award. He placed first in the 1992 Marvin Wolfe
Jazz Piano Competition. Gelber was the Musical Director of The 50th Anniversary
of Israel concert at Symphony Hall in Boston in '98. He is an expert in the
piano styles of the '30s, '40s and '50s and has been performing with Vince
Giordano and the Nighthawks at NYC's Swing 46, The Supper Club and The Cajun.
He also appears in Manhattan clubs with his own band, The Swing Doctors.
"Broad Stripes and Bright Stars," won a 1997 ASCAP Foundation Morton
Gould Young Composer Award. He assisted Hankus Netsky on arrangements for PBS'
"A Taste of Passover" and "A Taste of Hannukah." He was
recently musical director of "Deli Mix," a production mixing Indian
and Jazz Dance, at the Kaye Plauyhouse. He has also arranged for the Springfield
(MA) Symphony. This evening has songs from his jazz opera "Broad Stripes
and Bright Stars."
Brian P. Glover was composer,
playwright and director of "The Fester and Rot Raw-View," a musical,
in The Club at La MaMa in 1989. He directed "Ersatz Life" for the
Cab Theater Company in Noho. In the '80s, he founded the Harbor Group, a company
specializing in environmental theater installations, in Boston and then re-founded
the troupe in the Bay Area; in between he was an actor in L.A. He also has a
long and varied acting career and a parallel career as a stage technician. He
will narrate the part of the evening devoted to "Broad Stripes and Bright