Announcing the song list for tonight’s show …
On day two in NYC we returned to THE END bright and early. Finally, with the warm and colossally talented presence of Mr. Ralph Carney, the whole John Atwood Black & Whites Band was assembled as we will be tomorrow evening at the 92Y show. Ralph contributed his stellar horns to the songs and the result was nothing short of galvanizing. The final piece of the ever-sweetening puzzle! Now Daniel & John are seeing to particulars regarding the video projections of John’s work at our performance tomorrow night, while the rest of the band has the evening off to enjoy this bizarre and fabulous town. We’re all terribly thrilled to be here to see Daniel and John’s hard work coming to life, the honor is a great and true one.
We have arrived in NYC! It’s been a busy few days, lots of good pictures and wonderful times here, but little free time to sit with updates, so I’m taking a moment to catch up this evening while Daniel and John run tech at 92Y.
After a delightful and blindingly generous brunch at a friend of the Watermill Center’s lovely home, we hopped a train for NYC and successfully lugged all of our equipment in our arms and in one car! Quite a proposal, came off swimmingly. Paul relaxed afterward (Pictured above).
Next day we loaded into 92Y and ran our first rehearsal there. The piano sounds every bit as gorgeous as it looks. We got used to our stage, ran our songs and broke for dinner before reconvening at a tremendous studio in Brooklyn simply called “THE END”. There we met with Keats, Meena and Clarice, our inimitable additional strings. It was truly thrilling to hear them lend their fabulous talents to Daniel’s songs at last. A wonderful evening for sure.
We’re thrilled to be back in New York to premiere John Atwood: Black & Whites, Wednesday, JAN 25, 2012 at the 92YTribeca with this wonderful cast of musicians:
Jim Cooper | Music Director & Double Bass
Ralph Carney | Horns
Keats Dieffenbach | Violin
Chris Hefner | Musical Saw
Meena Bhasin | Viola
Ronnie Kuller | Violin
Paul Parts | Electric Bass
Jason Toth | Drums
John Atwood | Video
Clarice Jensen | Cello
TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE: http://www.92y.org/Tribeca/Event/Daniel-Knox—John-Atwood.aspx
Yesterday we awoke to what, in any other winter, would not have been a surprise: Snow. Heaps of it! And still coming down! As stunningly beautiful as it was, there was a touch of worry as to whether or not the dramatic weather would keep folks from attending our open rehearsal community event. As the day went on, however, the plows roamed the streets, the salt was strewn, and by showtime there was a nice warm group to enjoy the first full run-through of Daniel’s lovely new work. Just before the show, Ronnie and I took a few minutes of downtime to check out the newly snow-dressed grounds. After the show we all got together in the kitchen and had a ball cooking a tremendous dinner for ourselves. A fine night. Off to NYC today! Jitney-ho.
Apologies for being behind, but these are from not yesterday but the day before. We had one last practice in Daniel’s workspace right at sunset (so everyone would look their best), and then moved into the main performance hall after dinner to run the show a few more times in the space in which we would perform it the next day.
Stewart Scott-Curran (Only More Never Less) made three wonderful posters for the 92YTribeca show 1/25. Chris Hefner chose this one to screenprint since “the figure strikes a percussive silhouette.” They will be available at the show.
Here we find our heroes on Day Three of the band’s stay at Watermill. Yesterday’s big news was the arrival of our beloved violin/accordionist, Ronnie Kuller! Daniel’s composition gains complexity, bit by bit and with hard work all of the pieces are magnetizing and coming into focus.