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RELEASE: Now Musique presents 5 Concerts

GUITARIST PRESENTS “NIGHT SONGS AND DANCES,”
THE FIRST OF FIVE FAMILY-FRIENDLY CONCERTS IN DORCHESTER

BOSTON (Dorchester), MA―International guitarist and Dorchester resident Aaron Larget-Caplan is presenting the first of five family-friendly concerts in the Dorchester neighborhood of Upham’s Corner on Thursday, August 11th at 5:30 PM. These free musical events are hosted by Now Musique and take place at the Upham’s Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library (500 Columbia Rd in Dorchester), with the exception of the second concert. A free 30 minute preview performance will be on Monday, August 8th at 11:15am as part of the Upham’s Corner Library Storytime. Now Musique is a project curated by Larget-Caplan that shares new and unknown music in settings outside of the traditional concert hall with a multitude of communities. This family-friendly series of concerts is funded by a 2022 grant from the City of Boston’s Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture. Each performance is 50-60 minutes in length and curated so audiences of all ages can enjoy and engage with the performer(s) and a number of  living composers who have written the contemporary pieces on the programs.

Night Songs and Dances” is the first concert of the series and features Spanish dances, six works by Lynn Job, Stanley Hoffman, John McDonald, Frank Warren, Charles Turner―all written for Larget-Caplan’s critically acclaimed New Lullaby Project, and a few pieces written by Larget-Caplan for his latest album honey cadence.

The New Lullaby Project began in 2007 in an effort by Aaron Larget-Caplan to bridge the chasm between audiences and new music, and started with him asking “Who’s afraid of a lullaby?!” These solo guitar works explore the genre of the lullaby. They tell stories of hope, fear, peace, rebirth, and even Adam & Eve’s first lullaby. They are composed using a variety of musical languages including tonal, minimalist, 12-tone, and microtones. Many incorporate a number of extended techniques. As the New Lullaby Project has grown, Larget-Caplan has found that the 65+ participating composers have succeeded in creating intimate miniatures that are not only challenging and beautiful, but fascinate and truly engage audiences by what they hear and experience.

honey cadence is Aaron Larget-Caplan’s most recent recording project with  six new pieces by the guitarist and represents his first true foray into the world of composition beyond his work as a noted arranger. The EP was released by Tiger Turn in April 2022 and has since garnered over 400K streams worldwide over all the major platforms.

Audiences of all ages are encouraged to attend any or all of the five concerts. It should be noted that those who come to the “Night Songs and Dances” performance wearing their pajamas (PG rated) will receive a New Lullaby Project sticker. And yes, teddy bears are welcome.

The second of the Now Musique series is titled “Frets & Plectrums – Music of Bach and Beyond” and takes place on Saturday, August 20th at 7:00 PM. The notable Frederick Jodry will join Aaron Larget-Caplan to perform solos and duos for harpsichord and guitar by J.S. Bach, Luigi Boccherini, Domenico Scarlatti, and Larget-Caplan. It is important to note this concert will be presented at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (14 Cushing Ave) and is the only concert of the series not held at the Upham’s Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library.

Questions on attending the concerts?

Upham’s Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library, Georgia Titonis, Librarian:  (617) 265-0139

More Information on the concert series and Aaron Larget-Caplan can be found at:

Now Musique:                       NowMusique.com
Aaron Larget-Caplan:      ALCGuitar.com
New Lullaby Project:        NewLullabyProject.com

ALL FIVE NOW MUSIQUE CONCERTS:

CONCERT 1: “Night Songs and Dances
Thursday, August 11 • 5:30pm • Concert • Upham’s Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library
Music by Lynn Job, Stanley Hoffman, John McDonald, Frank Warren, Charles Turner, Larget-Caplan and Spanish Composers.

CONCERT 2: “Frets & Plectrums” with Frederick Jodry, harpsichord
Saturday, August 20 • 7:00 PM • Concert • St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (14 Cushing Ave)
Music by Bach, Boccherini, Scarlatti, and Larget-Caplan
Repeated 8/21 in Newport, RI & 8/28 in Provincetown, MA w/slight variation

CONCERT 3: “Lullings
Thursday, September 15 • 5:30 PM • Concert • Upham’s Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library
Music by Ronald Pearl, Tom Nazziola, Curtis Hughes, Brian Schober, Scott Wheeler, Dean Rosenthal, Larget-Caplan, and Bach.

CONCERT 4: “Electric Hush
Thursday, October 13 • 5:30 PM • Concert • Upham’s Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library
Music by Lainie Fefferman, Tom Flaherty, Ian Wiese, Gregory Biss, Stefanie Lubkowski, Dennis Bathory-Kitsz, Larget-Caplan.
* Includes two works for electronics and guitar!

CONCERT 5: “Catching Dreams
Thursday, November 17 • 5:30pm • Upham’s Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library
Music by Laurie Spiegel, Anthony Green, Jim Dalton, Michael Veloso, John Johnstone, Francine Trester, Larget-Caplan.

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Grant Award – Concerts in Dorchester

I’m very excited to announce that I was awarded an Opportunity Fund Grant from the Mayor’s of Office of Arts & Culture to produce a series of 5 concerts in my Dorchester neighborhood of Upham’s Corner through my series Now Musique.

Read about the awards from the City of Boston HERE.

These Now Musique concerts are free to the public, the concerts will take place at the Upham’s Corner Library with one at the St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. I will also introduce contemporary music from the New Lullaby Project in a couple of young person community events at the UC Library.

Each concert will feature lullabies written for the New Lullaby Project, a solo by Larget-Caplan, a couple of standards, and other works. The exact program will be announced prior via this website and on social media.
Composers are encouraged to attend.

These are the first concerts of Now Musique since Covid-19, so we hope you will come and celebrate life through music!

CONCERT SCHEDULE 

CONCERT 1: Nights Songs & Dances
Thursday August 11 • 5:30pm • Concert • Uphams Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library
Music by Lynn Job, Stanley Hoffman, John McDonald, Frank Warren, Charles Turner, Larget-Caplan and Spanish Composers.

CONCERT 2: Frets & Hammers w/ guest harpsichordist Frederick Jodry
Saturday August 20
• 7pm • Concert • St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
Music by Bach, Boccherini and Larget-Caplan
Repeated 8/21 in Newport, RI & 8/28 in Provincetown, MA w/slight variation

CONCERT 3: Lullings
Thursday September 15
• 5:30pm • Concert • Uphams Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library
Music by Ronald Pearl, Tom Nazziola, Curtis Hughes, Brian Schober, Scott Wheeler, Dean Rosenthal, Larget-Caplan.

CONCERT 4: Electric Hush 
Thursday October 13
• 5:30pm • Concert • Uphams Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library
Music by Lainie Fefferman, Tom Flaherty, Ian Wiese, Gregory Biss, Stefanie Lubkowski, Dennis Bathory-Kitsz, and Larget-Caplan. Includes two works for electronics and guitar!

CONCERT 5: Catching Dreams
Thursday November 17
• 5:30pm • Upham’s Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library
Music by Laurie Spiegel, Anthony Green, Jim Dalton, Michael Veloso, John Johnstone, and Francine Trester.

*Please visit Aaron’s Calendar and FB page for program announcements 

Now Musique is a 501c3 under Fractured Atlas. Learn about you can support Now Musique HERE

Music Residency in New York

From May 25-31, I was the first Community Music Artist in Residence at the Kirkland Art Center in Clinton, New York.

Part of my proposal included an early evening family concert featuring solos from the New Lullaby Project, pajamas optional.

It was a blast!

Kids danced, adults relaxed, composers enjoyed themselves, and people listened to the music of now, though a couple pieces dated back to 2008 and 2009. Program below!

I don’t get to these type of performances often, but they are always amazing.

37″ Video introducing the space: https://www.facebook.com/747045689/videos/375263664621671/

A series of New Lullaby Project concerts will take place this summer in the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester. Stay tuned!

The residency also include an evening formal concert, which took place after the day concert. The concert featured multiple premieres including two by yours truly.

After the concerts and a a day of rest and walking in the Glenn at Hamilton College, I returned to my work space  to continue my arrangements of John Cage for guitar.

In the span of two days I arranged nine short works and one by Erik Satie. I listened to loads of music and practiced a bit each day.

Huge thank you to my host Nora and Mike Revenaugh who run Garret on the Green. The space I stayed in was lovely and super clean. They also hosted me for two dinners, one of which was homemade pasta and locally made chorizo, so needless to say, I was very happy! (Picture below)

A tour of Garret on the Green: https://www.facebook.com/747045689/videos/1733677133636475/

The Kirkland Art Center created a safe and beautiful space for me to work. This being their first music residency we had lots of discussions and came away with many ideas. I am grateful to director David Fitzgerald and Jessica Locke, the KAC board, Nora and Mike, Scott Wheeler for encouraging me to apply, and the many composers who have written for me or the New Lullaby Project.

This was a fantastic experience and I can’t wait to return!

Audience members during the family program

Day Program of music from the New Lullaby Project

Evening Program

Kirkland Art Center, Clinton, NY

Concert space

Family Program of New Lullabies

Inspiration

Composer Thomas L. Read and violinist Evelyn Read

Formal Concert

Homemade Pasta and locally made Chorizo

KAC director David Fitzgerald

My work space for 1 week

California Tour Pictures

My March 30-April 11 Tour in California came to 25 musical events in 13 days and 1200+ miles traveled!

This included:

  • 9 Lectures & Masterclass at 3 Universities
  • 7 Public Performances in 6 cites
  • 3 In-person private lessons
  • 6 Online lessons

I met amazing musicians, enthusiastic students, kind and curious fans, and ate amazing tacos!

I played and recorded on some beautiful guitars and was able to visit some beautiful parts of the state.

Huge thank you to all of my hosts for either patiently waiting out Covid or bringing me in at the last minute.

To all of the students: your questions inspire me to be better and better!

Thank you,
Aaron

Ps. If you are a FB friend you can see beautiful Encinitas photos by Robert Bender HERE.

San Francisco State University with Larry Ferrara and students

Museum of Northern California Art (MONCA) and Lynn and Warren Haskell

South Bay Guitar Society, Los Altos

South Bay Guitar Society, Los Altos

Center for New Music with Brent Miller

Program – Center For New Music

The train from SF to Bakersfield was particularly awesome and only $50.

Amtrak Train SF->Bakersfield

Mid-day concert of new lullabies & works for electronics at CSU Bakersfield

Coaching Guitar Ensemble CSU Bakersfield

Post-Concert CSU Bakersfield

Jim Scully of CSU Bakersfield

Set up!

Cal Poly Pomona with students of Buzz Gravelle

Bender Family in Encinitas

Karob Studios, Encinitas*

Playing a Pepe Romero Jr. *photo by Robert Bender

In Pepe Romero Jr.’s studio*

Playing for the Encinitas Guitar Orchestra*

With EGO director Peter Pupping*

Warming up in Encinitas!*

Rasgueado Lesson with Kenneth Bender*

Korean Tacos!!

Korean Tacos!!

A mocajete, Bakersfield!

Tacos and tamale

First breakfast in San Francisco

The Route!

*photos by Robert Bender

Anthology Review Soundboard – Nights Transfigured + Hushed

Very excited to see that the New Lullaby Project anthologies ‘Nights Transfigured’ and ‘Hushed’ were reviewed by Peter Yates in the venerable guitar journal Soundboard. I am overjoyed for the attention given to the project, the composers, and the wonderful American Composers Alliance, who I partnered with for the two volumes. More to come!!

The anthologies are available via American Composers Alliance website or my Bandcamp page.

*click on the images below to enlarge and read. 

California Tour April 2022!

I’m super excited to be getting back on the road for the first 2020.

3/30 – Class & Masterclass, SF State University, San Francisco
4/1 – Concert, Museum of Northern California Art, Chico
4/2 – Concert, South Bay Guitar Society, San Jose
4/3 – Masterclass, South Bay Guitar Society, San Jose
4/3 – Concert, Center for New Music, San Francisco
4/5-7 – Artist Residency with two concerts, CSU Bakersfield
4/8 – Classes, Cal Poly Pomona University, Pomona
4/10 – Video Shoot, Guitar Salon International (GSI)
4/11 – Guest Artist Performance for the Encinitas Guitar Orchestra
* individual information can be found at the links above or on my calendar: alcguitar.com/calendar

Programs*:
A mix of new Bach keyboard arrangements, popular songs by Gershwin and Arlen, solos by John Cage and from the New Lullaby Project by Antonio Celso Ribeiro, Laurie Spiegel, Ian Wiese, Brian Schober, Ken Ueno, Antony R. Green, and Stepan Rak, the Legend of Hagoromo by Keigo Fujii, new works for guitar+electronics by Tom Flaherty, Lainie Fefferman, and Lou Bunk, and my own original compositions from ‘honey cadence’. Lots and lots of music!

Concerts are still being announced so check back in for more!

*Concert programs vary by venue.

REVIEW – Drifting in AMR

A nice way to begin the new year with a write up of ‘Drifting, Volume 3 of the New Lullaby Project’ in the American Record Guide January/February 2022 edition.
What do you think? What New Lullabies stand out to you?

2021 – Year in Review

2021 was many things, boring wasn’t one of them!

I’m not great at reflecting on the year, so I made a little list of some accomplishments as this year felt extra special:

  • 13 premieres
  • 2 albums issued
  • 2 anthologies published
  • 12 radio and podcast appearances
  • 6 concerts
  • 4 festivals
  • 3 awards
  • 1 article
  • 450K+ streams!

Not bad for barely leaving home 🙂

May 2022 be all that you wish for and need. I’m preparing for some recordings, concerts (fingers crossed), and a surprise or two.

Thank you for being safe and sharing in my music.


Aaron Larget-Caplan

Year In Review

Premieres

Lainie Fefferman – Carousel – guitar + electronics
Tom Flaherty – Steps and Leaps – guitar + electronics
Alejandro Rutty – Down with those guitars
David Warrin Solomons – Passacaglia
UNC Greensboro Students: Joshua Weitz, Noah Marney, A.J. Lyon – 3 Pieces

New Lullaby Project Premieres

Curtis Hughes – lullibule
John Johnstone – Blue Lullaby
Tom Nazziola – Lull-a-by-the-sea
Ronald Pearl – Berceuse Inquiète
Štěpán Rak – Lullaby
Brian Schober – A Winter Lullaby


L->R top: Johnston, Pearl, Schober
L->R bottom: Nazziola, Rak, Hughes

RECORDINGS ISSUED

A Guitar Holiday – Tiger Turn Records (450K streams!)
Drifting, Volume 3 of the New Lullaby Project – Stone Records
Passacaglia by David Warin Solomons, digital single
Discography of 6 Albums from 2006-2021 issued online by Stone Records

PUBLICATIONS

Nights Transfigured, Volume 1 of the New Lullaby Project, Pub. American Composers Alliance
Hushed, Volume 2 of the New Lullaby Project, Pub. American Composers Alliance 

RADIO & PODCASTS (click–>Podcast)

All Things Cage with Laura Kuhn (3x!)
Café Classicale with Felice Coral
Conducting Conversations with Mike Maino
Exploring Music with Tigran Arakelyan
Classical Guitar Around the World with Kevin Collins (2x)
Guitaromanie! with Karl Wohlwend
All Things Six Strings with Rick Cox
Is That Really Legal with Eric Ruben
Jay Talking with Bradley Jay

FESTIVALS

New Music Gathering, Portland, Oregon
21st Century Guitar Festival – Portugal
Guitar Foundation of America – Denver, Colorado
‘Institute for Effective Training International Conference’ – Russia

AWARDS

Three Revere Awards from the Music Publishers Associations – Nights Transfigured
Grant Southbridge Cultural Council
Small Business Association Grants

CONCERTS

Tew Recital Hall, UNC Greensboro, North Carolina
First Congregation Church Camden, Maine
Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Zalon, Philadelphia, PA
Jacob Edwards Library, Southbridge, MA
Windhover, Rockport, MA w/ amazing Dancers: Michael Trusnovec, Xin Ying, Annmaria Mazzini,, Thryn Saxon

ARTICLES (click–>articles)

Dorchester Reporter – Larget-Caplan’s new album explores Christmas classics

 

 

REVIEW: Drifting in Fanfare Magazine

REVIEW: New Lullaby – Music Web International

New Lullaby: Fourteen enchanting ways to fall asleep
Aaron Larget-Caplan (guitar)
rec. Futura Productions, October 2009, Roslindale, Massachusetts, USA
Six String Sound 2009 & Stone Records 2021 [52:46]

This CD, the first of three that form the “New Lullaby Project”, presents lullabies for adults. As Larget-Caplan states in his liner notes “I don’t have kids”.

In 2006 he started requesting compositions for this project before he suffered two major traumas. Firstly, he lost his house in a fire. Secondly, only two months later, his wife sustained major injuries in an accident. He refers to the irony that he himself needed so much sleep after twelve house-moves in over two and a half years. The fourteen lullabies were performed at three locations in 2009, shortly before this recording. He states that they “Calm the mind, take us to a new place and leave our ears with the gift of sound as we travel through the realm of our realities. Let us be enveloped by the living music of our world and take comfort that we live amongst it.”

I listened to the disc and treated it as a whole concept. The various compositions work fluently and the sequence has been well thought out. There are notes on each piece by the composers; in a live setting I presume that Larget-Caplan would explain the pieces. I was particularly taken with “Berceuse” by David Vayo where Aaron (I presume) whistles and hums. It would certainly be appropriate for young children. Not all the lullabies are “night music”. Carson Cooman contributes “unfolding the gates of dawn”: a morning lullaby. My son, listening to the CD with me, pointed out the hint of the Beatles’ “In no time” by Jonathan Feist. The “Fab Four” clearly influence some of the other compositions as does “Cavatina”. That said, the composers are to be congratulated for composing music of intrinsically high quality.

This album certainly engenders feeling of peace which, given the personal circumstances of the performer when he was planning the project, is apt. There are times when this disc will be appropriate and I found it achieved its aim of producing a state of peacefulness. I look forward to hearing the next two CDs in this project. David R Dunsmore, October
Contents
1. The Sixth Night – Lynn JOB [3:39]
2. Leaky Roof – Jonathan FEIST [1:27]
3. No Time – Jonathan FEIST [2:22]
4. My Darling’s Slumber – Francine TRESTER [3:07]
5. Nachtlied – Scott WHEELER [4:19]
6. Cradle Song – Kevin SIEGFRIED [3:19]
7. Descent to a Dream – Mark SMALL [4:32]
8. Lulla – for Sam – Nolan STOLZ [3:20]
9. Unfolding the Gates of Dawn – Carson COOMAN [3:53]
10. You are Alone to Sleep, Op.430 – John McDONALD [2:46]
11. Berceuse – David VAYO [7:01]
12. Disturbed, a Lullaby – David LEISNER [4:32]
13. Song Softly Sung, in Trying Times – Eric SCHWARTZ [3:50]
14. Shhh – Ryan VIGIL [5:22]

Link: http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2021/Oct/New-lullaby-88801.htm