Steve Sandberg and Scot Albertson, in association with Project 142 Concert Series (www.project142.org), will present a two set concert. The concert will open with Steve Sandberg (Emmy-nominated pianist / composer / arranger / musical director - www.stevesandbergmusic.com) and his world music group, Alaya. Steve will perform both solo classical piano repertoire and original compositions with his quartet - Zach Brock (violin), Michael O'Brien (bass) and Mauricio Zottarelli (drums). Scot Albertson (vocalist / performer / producer / artistic director - www.scotalbertson.com) will present the second set at 9:30p.m. celebrating his birthday and marking his return to Symphony Space where Scot publicly released his 6th CD "Urge To Croon" June 2013. This will be Scot's 4th self produced concert in the Thalia Theatre within three years. Scot's quintet this concert: Dan Furman (piano), Ron Jackson (7 string Eastman guitar), Dave Silliman (percussion) and Dave Pietro (tenor sax and flute). November 16th debuts the joining of Steve and Scot's artistic spirits offering a unique, diverse, dynamic and electric evening seldom experienced in a singular event.
Steve Sandberg is an eclectic musician with a lifetime of experience in many worlds of music. He began classical piano studies at age 4 and won a BMI composers award before attending Yale University, where he majored in musical theory and composition. At Yale, his studies with noted African art theorist Robert Farris Thompson inspired him to immerse himself in the world of Afro-Caribbean music. Upon returning to NYC he played with, arranged and composed for some of the great salsa artists of the 1970s and 1980s, including Celia Cruz, Ruben Blades, and Daniel Ponce (featuring Tito Puente). A highlight of this period was an appearance in Rio and São Paolo opening for the legendary João Gilberto in a duo with vocalist Bebel Gilberto. He also toured with David Byrne ("Rei Momo") as keyboardist and vocalist. Steve has conducted and arranged on Broadway (Chronicle of a Death Foretold) and for many regional and Off-Broadway theatres, including the New York Shakespeare Festival. Most recently, he was nominated for three Emmy Awards for his work as Musical Director and Composer for Nickelodeon's "Dora the Explorer" and "Go, Diego, Go!" Steve has performed improvised electronic multimedia concerts at the Knitting Factory, The Guggenheim Museum, Le Petit Versailles, and the Stone, featuring his unique voice on the breath-controlled Yamaha VL70 synthesizer. These concerts were heavily influenced by his studies of North Indian raga singing.
His latest project is the classical and world music quartet, Alaya. Alaya concerts begin with performances from the solo piano repertoire (including original compositions), and continue with the quartet's soaring improvisations on originals that draw from European, African, Latin, Balkan and Indian traditions. One listener described the experience as listening to "music from a country I've never been to but always wanted to visit." The group made its debut in June, 2016, with a soldout show at the DiMenna Center in NYC.
The quartet features:
Zach Brock - Heralded as "the pre-eminent improvising violinist of his generation," Zach is known for his work with Snarky Puppy and Stanley Clark.
Mauricio Zottarelli - Critically acclaimed and award-winning drummer and artist, Mauricio has recorded and shared the stage with: Esperanza Spalding, Hiromi, Eliane Elias, Marc Johnson, Richard Bona and many others.
Michael O'Brien - Michael has performed and composed internationally for over a decade with such notables as Harry Connick Jr., Dave Samuels, Ruben Blades, Gene Pitney and many others.
Scot Albertson debuted into the music community June 17, 2005 at the legendary Danny's Skylight Room on Restaurant Row in New York City. Since then, Scot has become a Tri State area vocalist continually building upon a foundation of an audience / following with every appearance releasing 6 self produced CDs. Scot's venue history: Danny's Skylight Room, Metropolitan Room, Iridium Jazz Club, Triad Theatre, Laurie Beechman Dinner Theatre (3 year residence), Kitano Jazz Club (5 year residence), Baruch Performing Arts Center, Brownstone Jazz (Brooklyn), Parnell's (NYC), Live Green CT Environmental Outdoor Festival (Norwalk CT - 5 year donating residence & promotional marketing assistance for the Festival), La Mediterranee French Bistro, Symphony Space Theatres (NYC - self produced Two Set with 2 Distinct Band Concerts & CD Release), Fuji Of Japan (Darien CT), Scholes Street Studio (Brooklyn), Tomi Jazz Club (NYC - 7 year residency - 2009 thru current), Westport CT Center for Senior Activities January 2016, Blueberry Music and Art Gallery (Greenwich CT) and Café Noctambulo at Pangea in New York City (for December 30, 2016 - where Scot's 12th Annual Pre New Year's Eve Event will take place - www.cafenoctambulo.com). May 29, 2016, Scot was invited to do a LIVE Radio Interview with Host Joel Perry (Guitarist) on WFDU / www.wfdu.fm / "hd2" in New Jersey where Scot and Joel created music together ON AIR LIVE. The last self produced concert at Symphony Space October 2014 included 1st set Band of vibes (Christos Rafalides), electric bass (Mark Egan), Scot and drums (Vince Cherico); the 2nd set included Mark Egan, Vince Cherico (percussion ONLY), Ron Jackson, Mayu Saeki and Daryl Kojak.
PRODUCING - Scot produced and hosted "Carousel" Public Access TV Interview Weekly Cablevision Show in Norwalk CT (2011 thru 2013 - FaceBook Page). Scot created and designed an entire new theme / Show introduction (incorporating a Peter White original composition for the music - www.peterwhite.com) significantly infusing life into a 24 year Show. Scot was hired as Artistic Director by Founder Rev. Dick Leonard of Project 142 Concert Series in Manhattan (fall of 2013). To date, Scot has booked / produced / hosted 84 concerts for Project 142 with a full fall schedule for 2016. Project 142 Concert Series pays for elegant intimate recital halls in Manhattan for artists / musicians to perform their concerts in an artistically free environment. www.project142.org. Scot created and designed the web site and logo for Project 142. Scot booked and hosted Steve Sandberg's June 22, 2016 Project 142 Concert which was a packed house / sold out event. Venues utilized for Project 142 concerts in Manhattan - DiMenna Center, Christ and St. Stephen's Church, Beethoven Pianos Recital Hall and Klavierhaus.
Scot's multi-octave baritenor voice seamlessly weaves many genres (jazz, musical theatre, blues, pop, folk, liturgical, Great American Songbook) in each concert with new selections presented consistently hence no two concerts are the same (Scot's New 7th CD to be released in 2017). The joy of music is always the constant of performing!