EGMP NEWS – 2015 No. 1
ELENA GRECO MULTIMEDIA PRODUCTIONS™
EGMP is cooking again! After a brief hiatus due to an injury, I’m back in action, and so is EGMP. I’m excited to announce the projects for ELENA GRECO MULTIMEDIA PRODUCTIONS™ for the remainder of this year.
The intention of EGMP is always (1) to present projects that entertain, educate and enliven through music, visual art, taste, technology and other creative expressions that expand the senses, and (2) to offer creative artists an opportunity to grow creatively and personally.
In support of the second intention, several workshops which will be of value to the creative process for all performers will be offered in the coming year.
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New Time! THE MUSIC SALON™ (www.elenagreco.com/salon.htm) now meets on a new day and time. I changed the meeting time to accommodate the schedule of those who live outside of Manhattan or work a schedule that makes weekends difficult. We now meet on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm. We’re still on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. THE MUSIC SALON continues to offer an opportunity for musicians of all genres and instruments to perform for each other in a supportive, nonjudgmental atmosphere that fosters creativity.
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And here are the projects for the second half of 2015, all offered at a “Suggested Donation” price so that everyone can attend:
The SPANISH ART SONG WORKSHOP, a joint offering of THE MUSIC SALON™ and THE FLAVOR OF SPAIN™ concert series, is a performer’s workshop for singers, pianists and guitarists. The workshop is appropriate for those who are accomplished at this genre as well as those who are new to it. We begin with a presentation about the history of Spanish art song and the cultural elements which merged to create the unique sound of Spanish music, followed by a discussion/demonstration of performance practice and style. Finally, everyone gets to perform their Spanish art songs with a Spanishspeaking accompanist who is not only superb at supporting singers but knowledgeable about the performance of Spanish art song. You will have the opportunity to share your favorite Spanish art songs with us, and also to receive coaching if you desire – or not, if you don’t! We’re privileged to have Richard Gordon as our coach/accompanist at this workshop; read more about him here: www.elenagreco.com/egmppersonnel.htm#richard. You will be able to utilize his extensive and unique blend of coaching skills and deep feeling for Spanish music. The coaching cost is included in the $20 workshop fee; this is an opportunity you will not find anywhere else. We’ll have a wonderful time singing these beautiful Spanish songs for each other and learning more about this genre and the composers who have contributed to it.
MEDITATION FOR CREATIVES™, a new offering under the EGMP umbrella, is a workshop exploring the Art of Meditation geared specifically for Creative Artists. You will come away from the workshop with the tools and knowledge to create a unique, practical, enjoyable, individualized meditation practice that works for you as a creative artist, one that you can stick to for the long haul. Make meditation your own by learning what meditation truly is and how to customize it to your individual needs while honoring the timetested traditions and techniques that work. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced meditator, this workshop can ignite your meditation practice. Meditation can make a profound difference in your life and your creative work in ways you might not suspect. Also, if there is an interest, there is the possibility of a regular meditation group for those who enjoy meditating in the heightened energy of a group setting. This workshop would be a prerequisite for that group. For more about my teaching credentials click here: Counseling/Teaching Bio.
THE FLAVOR OF SPAIN™ PART 3: Unsung Songs of Spain (FOS3). This next concert in the FOS series showcases some Spanish composers who are mostly unknown in this country, as well as littleheard songs of betterknown composers, such as Amadeu Vives, Eduard Toldrà and Fernando Obradors. You will be amazed at the beauty and sensuality of this music. A presentation of images, music and historical points of interest introduce the live music, guiding you deeper into the “flavor” of Spanish music. In addition to learning about these exquisite composers, you will leave with an understanding of how the unique sound of Spanish music came into being, as well as a deep appreciation for this amazing genre and the beauty of the Spanish language in song.
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The Company. The EGMP repertory company is slowly but surely coming into being. As I stated in the last EGMP Newsletter: “What I am looking for are performers and technicians with somewhat of a renegade spirit who would really love to work together to create something different, beautiful, musical, artistic and awesomely inspiring. What I would prefer not to have are performers and technicians who simply want the paycheck, the web publicity and the resume credit. While I absolutely want everyone to have those things and offer them freely, I am looking for people (1) who truly want our show (and our company) to be great, (2) who will have respect for everyone else in the company, (3) who want to be part of a community which supports creative growth, and (4) who want to explore what we can do together to inspire ourselves and the audience.”
Also, it is my intention always to “foster transformation and the expansion of creative energy in both performers and audience.” That means that I want each concert to be a transformational or productive experience in some way for each performer. Coaching, support of various kinds, and opportunities to utilize each person’s creative skills, whatever they might be, are always offered in the creation of our concerts.
If you are a singer, instrumentalist or stage technician or manager and you’re interested in this kind of experience, there is likely a place for you at EGMP. Please do get in touch with me and let me know what your instrument and/or skills are, and what your aspirations are creatively.
A good way to get acquainted, musically and personally, is to attend THE MUSIC SALON™. Alternatively, you can email me at egreco[at]elenagreco.com and send me your materials if you would like to be considered for future positions, and we’ll set a time for you to sing or play for us and get acquainted.
Jobs. Here are a few general needs for upcoming projects in the near future. I would like to add more than one person in each area to the roster. And if your instrument or skill is not listed here, it is still fine to get in touch with me about future concerts.
- Lighting: Someone with lighting expertise who can can advise about lighting and how to use it to create flattering lighting for the performers and video for a concert in an intimate venue
- Percussionist/drummer: Jazz standards, Latin jazz and folk (any or all)
- Guitarist: Spanish art song, Sephardic, Latin jazz and folk (any or all)
I will be posting specific jobs individually on Facebook as they come up. If you haven’t liked the ELENA GRECO MULTIMEDIA PRODUCTIONS™ Facebook page yet, I recommend you do so if you would like to keep up with the jobs as they become available: https://www.facebook.com/ElenaGrecoMultimedia.
I hope to hear from you!