Archive for November, 2022

Now Musique 5 Concerts – A Reflection

In August of this year, I kicked off a series of five concert for Now Musique: two concerts in August followed by one each month through November. Begun in 2019, Now Musique focuses on programming new and neglected music in settings in and out of the concert hall.

Thanks to a grant from the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture in June 2022, I was able to program these five concerts and multiple children’s events in the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester.

Four of the five programs showcased new music from the New Lullaby Project, works for electronics and guitar, solos from Spain, my Bach arrangements, and solos from honey cadence. One concert featured chamber music for harpsichord and guitar with the wonderful Frederick Jodry.

The “formal” concerts were held at 5:30pm on Thursdays at the Upham’s Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library, were free for the public to attend, and included a Milk & Cookie reception.

I will be posting video and audio in the near future.

Let me know your thoughts and leave a comment below.

Aaron

PHOTO GALLERY:

Composers:
Lynn Job, Stanley Hoffman, John McDonald, Frank Warren, Charles Turner,, Ronald Pearl, Tom Nazziola, John Johnstone, Brian Schober, Scott Wheeler, Dean Rosenthal, Lainie Fefferman, Tom Flaherty, Ian Wiese, Gregory Biss, Stefanie Lubkowski, Dennis Bathory-Kitsz, Laurie Spiegel, Anthony R. Green, Jim Dalton, Michael Veloso, Curtis Hughes, Francine Trester, Vineet Shende, Larget-Caplan, J.S. Bach, Luigi Boccherini, Domenico Scarlatti, Esteban Sanlucar, and Pascual Marquina

Positives:

  • Neighborhood Cultural Events – Rare to have classical music events in the neighborhood.
  • 25 living composers featured with many in attendance!
  • Families in attendance – the earlier time and relaxed vibe invited families to attend.
  • Milk & Cookies – quite the success!
  • Press – Feature in the Dorchester Reporter

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Responses From Attendees:

What a pleasure it was to attend the “Now Musique” concerts at the Upham’s Corner BPL! Aaron’s varied selection of contemporary guitar pieces is an inspired concept for a library, introducing music that entrances and intrigues, while also respecting the equilibrium of the space. – Doria Hughes

This year, I had enormous pleasure attending 3 sequels of Aaron Larget-Caplan’s “Now Musique” concert series presented in the Upham’s Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library. I found these short concerts entertaining, full of musical energy, perfectly covering large spectrum of guitar music. Aaron’s introduction to presented pieces included well balanced description of music as well as snippets of music creation stories coming directly from contemporary and frequently local composers.  It was a treasure chest of fun and social interaction.
– Marek Kloczewiak

It was wonderful to have live music in the branch every month from August through November. Aaron was lovely and easy to work with. The music was fresh and interesting and the composer component was something completely unexpected, a real draw for the audience. – Georgia Titonis, Branch Librarian, Uphams Corner Branch library

Going to a concert is a “luxury” that a new (single) mom can hardly afford. And I don’t just mean in the financial sense. It’s a time commitment and it involves lots of planning, including figuring out if your kid is ready to seat through a concert without disturbing the others. Mine still can’t seat still for more than 15 minutes. But… I keep trying to get him acquainted with arts and, in small doses at the time, it’s starting to work.
Thanks to Aaron Larget-Caplan, Dacian and I were able to enjoy a beautiful evening of music, right up the street from home. I lured my little one with the promise to stop at the playground on our way back, if he behaves during the concert. Fortunately, the short program was in a cozy space, with limited audience and Aaron was great at keeping us (even my short attention span 5 year old) entertained alternating sleepy lullabies with lively Spanish flamenco. I loved the innovative concept of actually inviting some of the composers to be in the room and introduce their pieces.
Always going above and beyond, Aaron! Even when offering your talent in a free to the public, library serenade. I’m truly impressed and grateful you choose to remain so involved in our community. – Denisa Dobrin

I had the privilege of attending Aaron’s recent concert at the Uphams Corner Library during which he performed my “Winter Lullaby”. It was a wonderful experience to hear Aaron’s exceptional and sensitive performance of this piece as well as the others on the program, speak with audience members and meet the other composers. The ambiance and reception of those in attendance were memorable.  – Brian Schober, composer

Another wonderful concert by Aaron Larget-Caplan. Uphams Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library. He enchanted us with lullabies written by local composers and Bach, including in an Indian version (quite an interesting take on “Ave Maria”). – Denisa Dobrin

Negatives:

  • Traffic – Though aimed for people in the neighborhood, those coming into Boston during rush hour were presented quite the challenge. Greatly appreciated!
  • Public Transportation – close to a commuter rail and ample bus lines, but Boston is not consistent so people were hesitant to depend on it.
  • Publicity – How to reach potential audiences when attention is spread over multiple digital platforms, major newspaper are cutting back, and postering has a limited scope?
  • Concert reviews – none 😢

For Next Time:

  • Spread out the concerts over 8-10 months
  • Include more performers
  • Invite local schools to be involved
  • Bring in local businesses
  • Add venues in various parts of Boston and beyond

Concert Posters:

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Now Musique Composers TL: John McDonald, Stanley Hoffman, Charles Turner, Aaron Larget-Caplan TR: Larget-Caplan, Ronald Pearl, Brian Schober, Scott Wheeler BL: Tom Flaherty, Larget-Caplan, Stefanie Lubkowski, Ian Wiese, Dennis Bathory-Kitsz BR: Anthony Green, Francine Trester, Jim Dalton, Michael Veloso, Larget-Caplan, Curtis Hughes

 

Music I Am #1 – Ruth Hertz Weber

1.    The moment when you knew you wanted to be a musician:

From the time I was 4 my mom would sit me on the piano bench with her and we would play and sing songs together. It made me so happy and I knew that I wanted to do that for the rest of my life.

2.     An important skill for a career in music that does not have anything to do with an instrument or making music:

I think the most important skill you can cultivate is maintaining positivity! People you meet, collaborate with, and perform for are going to feel this from you and it is contagious! Once you get in the habit of maintaining a positive attitude it starts becoming automatic.

3.     Two ways you stay motivated:

I like listening to all types of music, and many times I listen to a genre that I am not familiar with so I can get new ideas and try and use those musical ideas in my own style of music. Hearing all these new types of music gets me interested in creating!

4.     Latest album or recording project:

My daughter and I released a new single a few months ago called The Music to My Life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4a.     What inspired it?

I was inspired to write a song with a new collaborator, Mike Greenly, when he mentioned to me how devastated he was at the passing of his husband, a very famous D.J during the disco era. He called him, “The Music to his words.” I suggested we write a song about that and dedicate it to his memory. We ended up writing, “The Music to My Life,” and dedicating it to anyone who has lost a soulmate or someone they loved very deeply.

4b.     Who’s on it?

I did the arranging on this single and my daughter, Emilia Lopez-Yañez was the featured vocalist on the song.

5.     How do you discover new music?

I discover new music in many different ways. I find classical music that I enjoy by attending concerts and listening to recommendations of musician friends, and I find other types of music I like by searching streaming sites like Spotify or youtube.

6.     One living and one dead musician that deserves more attention:

I am very inspired by the singer/songwriter Jeff Blumenkrantz. He is an actor and singer/songwriter. His songs have such insight and depth in their lyrics and have amazing harmonies underneath them that illustrate the text really well. As far as a dead musician that I think deserves more attention I would have to say my late songwriting teacher Jack Segal. Jack wrote many songs which became hits back in the day, and also that appeared in movies like Star Trek, but they have kind of disappeared now. He had a group of young songwriters that he taught and mentored, and that I was fortunate to be a part of. Many of those writers are very successful now and carry on his legacy. His songs are still very relevant today and are very worth checking out!

 

7.     Where can we find you online?

Website

Kids music website

Spotify

Ruth Hertz Weber

 

Thank you California!

A wonder of gratitude to the people who helped make my 2-weeks in Southern California a great adventure!

There is not enough room for all the pictures and pages could be written about each of the Artists and amazing people I was able to meet and collaborate with. Please see below for links to many of them.

Until the next concert,
Aaron

Here are some worth checking out in the photos:

Robert and Katherine Bender – Karob Studios

Buzz Gravelle – Cal Poly Pomona faculty and Fretless guitars

Peter Yates – Multi-media Artist, Guitarist, UCLA faculty

Adrienne Albert – Composer

Cellista – Musician & Performance Artist

Tom Flaherty – Composer, Pomona Faculty

Gisel Vincent – Artist

 

Some picture locations:

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla

Schulman Auditorium, Carlsbad

Tacos on the side of the road, Santa Monica

Lofty Coffee, Encinitas

 

Strings Galore – Convergence Ensemble

Sunday Nov. 20 • The Convergence Ensemble presents ‘Strings Galore’ a chamber music concert.

Program
Prelude 1, BWV 846 – J.S. Bach
sweet nuance
– Aaron Larget-Caplan
from Six Melodies – John Cage, Arr. Larget-Caplan
Trio – Beethoven
Three Vintage Portraits of Exquisite Ladies Expressing Their Frame of Mind –
Antonio Celso Ribeiro
Concert Champêtre – Thomas L. Read,
Cajun Set
– Libby Larsen  – Gringalet • French Blues • Joe Ferail (Whoop and Stomp)
Tango en Skaï – Roland Dyens, trio arr. Dyens

Musicians: guitarist Aaron Larget-Caplan, violist Michelle LaCourse,
violinist Heidi Braun-Hill and cellist Hyun-Ji Kwon.

Time: 4pm
Location: 
St. Mary’s Church, at 14 Cushing Ave. Boston, MA, 02125
Admission: $15 suggested donation, Students Free
Information
https://www.convergenceensemble.org/