ELEMENTS TWO™, like its sister production, ELEMENTS™, celebrates the elements of the Earth—earth, wind, fire, water and metal—each of which has its own special beauty. These elements, along with the sensually rich expressions of nature, are reflected in the perfectly melded group of songs that comprise an album recording of jazz standards and American Songbook, including Latin favorites and just a dash of musical theater. Elena Greco solos throughout, joined by talented international solo and ensemble performers from multiple genres and styles.
ELEMENTS TWO™ is part of CONCERTS FOR HEALING™, a multimedia performance series that focuses on issues of health and ecology, uplifting and entertaining through beautiful music while educating about important issues.
To help fund this project, we’ve set up a Demo album:
ELENA GRECO – DEMOS
Click above to listen to and buy the demo tracks.
If you buy the demos on “Bandcamp Friday” (the first Friday of each month), Bandcamp gives us 100% of the proceeds! Not to worry, though, if you choose a different day. Any day is a good day to buy the demos! And any day I will be grateful for your purchase!
Please note: Bandcamp gives you the option to pay more for the tracks in order to help fund the next leg of the project. if you could find it in your heart to do so I would be extremely grateful. If you send me a note through Bandcamp’s link (or reply to this Newsletter) to let me know that you’ve bought the tracks, I’ll make a note of it and do something special for you in the future.
Personnel for this project so far (many more to come!) include:
Bruce Barnes, Music Director, Conductor, Arranger, Vocal Coach and Pianist, makes his home in Manhattan, where he made his Broadway debut conducting Peter Pan and regularly served as Associate Conductor of the Broadway production of Cabaret at Studio 54. Off-Broadway, Bruce served as Music Director for the hit tribute to Ethel Merman, Everything the Traffic Will Allow, starring Klea Blackhurst. Other Off-Broadway experience includes the critically acclaimed European production of Peter and the Wolf at the venerable New Victory Theater, Class Mothers of ’68, starring Priscilla Lopez and Nunsense. Bruce also arranged and music directed Hoo Doo Love at The Juilliard School, and Stormy Weather starring Leslie Uggams at the Prince Theater in Philadelphia.
National Tours include Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Happy Days, Kiss Me, Kate, Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar, Cabaret and Camelot. Internationally, he has toured with La Scala’s production of West Side Story and as a Musical Ambassador for Lincoln Center’s Meet the Artist program. He can be seen on television on HBO’s Cathouse, The Musical, as The Vocal Coach, trying to teach prostitutes how to sing. They never did learn.
As an accompanist and vocal coach, Mr. Barnes has collaborated with a range of artists, including Patti LuPone, Penny Fuller, Dee Hoty, Ruthie Henshall, Beverly Sills, Lou Diamond Phillips, Jo Ann Worley, Billy Porter, Eartha Kitt and Jeremy Irons. Bruce’s solo piano work has taken him from as nearby as the Plaza Hotel in New York City, to the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver, to the Royal Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh, Scotland. When ships are sailing, Bruce occasionally serves as a Music Supervisor for Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
Chip Fabrizi is the engineer and owner of PPI Recording, one of the longest running recording studios in New York City. He also holds a degree in percussion and has played drums and percussion on many of the tracks he’s recorded. Some of his recording credits include Trevor, Academy Award; A & E Documentaries, Chuck Jones, Emmy; Larry Flynt: The Right to be Left Alone; The Heiress, Tony Award; Princess Diana, BBC; Disney; Lincoln Center; and numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway shows.
Chip has engineered, mastered, produced and performed on over 200 CDs. He has recorded with Alicia Keyes, Roberta Flack, Phoebe Snow, Mickey Dolenz, Petula Clark, Paul Newman, Kathleen Turner, Marvin Hamlisch, John Kander, Jim Rado, Walter Marks, “I Gotta Be Me,” and The Midtown Men (original Jersey Boys cast), just to mention a few.
Elena Greco is a singer, writer, producer/director and coach. Elena’s current musical focus is on jazz standards, American Songbook, musical theater, and folk and popular music from traditions around the world. An opera singer for decades, her focus was on the full-lyric mezzo French and Verismo repertoire. She formerly specialized in Spanish art song, researching and expanding available repertoire of this beautiful genre. She has always sung a multitude of genres, crossing over very naturally between classical and popular styles, even before “cross-over” became fashionable. She likes to work with people from all cultures and ages.
Recent projects include Something’s Coming: The Songs of Leonard Bernstein, Kaleidoscope™ (songs about the kaleidoscope of human experience), The Flavor of Spain™ Part 1: Influences of Flamenco, Sephardic, Moorish and Italian Cultures, and The Flavor of Spain™ Part 2: The Influences of Catalan and Basque Cultures,
Elena believes that sharing our creative arts is a powerful means of enhancing communication, and that music is the most transformational and uplifting tool on the planet. She is producer/director of ELENA GRECO MULTIMEDIA PRODUCTIONS™ (EGMP), which presents multi-media, multi-genre projects that entertain, educate and enliven.
Matt Scharfglass is a New York City-based bassist (upright and electric) and guitarist. Matt has over 30 years’ experience in the music business, playing with and recording for numerous artists, and performing all types of music from Broadway to regional theater to dingy NYC rock clubs to events at Madison Square Garden. Matt plays frequently at cabaret venues such as Don’t Tell Mama, 54 Below, Metropolitan Room, and The Laurie Beechman Theatre, supporting well-known singers. He was previously the bass player (electric) for the New York Rangers and can sometimes be found in the pit at Broadway and off-Broadway shows. Formerly an editor for Guitar World Magazine, Matt has authored over a dozen bass and guitar instructional books and videos, and is an accomplished arranger with over 1,000 songs appearing in publications worldwide. He’s also a writer, music transcriber, and bass and guitar teacher. He has won the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs’ MAC Award twice, in 2022 and 2019, as Ensemble Instrumentalist.
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