Pas de deux has just been released online!
Director Christopher Sutherland and I collaborated on a film about...artistic collaboration. This short follows Lizzy—a modern dancer (played by Mary Carter) and Ben—a classical composer (played by Morton Hallberg) as they struggle to find artistic success in New York City. It was an honor to work with such gifted artists.
The Emerging Artists Theatre will be presenting Once 'Round the Circle as part of their New Work Series on Sunday, March 13 at 7:00 pm. The cast will include Brigid Harrington, Shannon Harrington and Cheryl Ann McCullagh. This evening event will also have a performance of Last Exit in New York by Luis Reyes Cardenas.
15 West 28th St, 2nd floor
Between Broadway and 5th Avenue
All tickets are $10
To purchase tickets visit: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2503424
I had the great pleasure of recording Once 'Round the Circle with singers/actresses Brigid Harrington, Shannon Harrington, and Cheryl Ann McCullagh. We tracked the vocals at Avatar Studios, and recorded string trio and piano at The Gallery Recording Studio with producer Brian Forbes.
Here's the synopsis:
The three Mackenzie sisters are stuck in their house waiting for a winter storm to pass. After losing their mother years earlier, bossy eldest sister Emily tries to mind the home while keeping the peace. Twelve-year-old Charlotte insists on being the center of attention and drives her sisters to distraction. When the sun comes out, she convinces Emily and dour younger sister Dolly to go skating on the pond just behind their house. The freedom of playing on the ice brings about a change that will forever transform their relationship.
The Chamber Orchestra of New York wrapped up our season this week with concerts at Carnegie Hall and Adelphi University's Performing Arts Center. We spent today tracking three Vaughan Williams compositions for a CD on the Naxos label. I was honored to work with internationally acclaimed violinist Jennifer Pike, Sina Kloke (our 2014 Respighi Prize recipient), Evan Wilson (LA Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Juilliard), Salvatore Di Vittorio, and Bill Siegmund (Digital Island Studios).
I'm SO HAPPY to have completed the score for my one-act musical Once 'Round the Circle.
One year ago, director Christopher Sutherland and I decided to create a short film together. After many cups of coffee and tea we settled on a story about a dancer and composer struggling to find artistic success in New York City. We were privileged to work with Mary Carter and Morton Hallberg who brought these characters to life. We're finishing up the editing and music and hope to begin submitting to film festivals soon.
I’ve just release my new song called "The Hero". I was inspired to write this song after watching a 60 Minutes episode on United States Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer.
Recorded at The Gallery Recording Studio - Brooklyn, NY
Producer/Engineer: Brian Forbes
Vocals/Keyboard: Shanan Estreicher
Guitar/Bass: Brian Forbes
Drum Set: Brian Fishler
I was honored to receive a commission from classical guitarist Sean Satin, to compose a piece for his recital at The Turtle Bay Music School in NYC. I wrote "The Nightingale" for Sean and mezzo soprano Julie Rulyak Steinberg. After a beautiful performance we recorded the song at The Gallery Recording Studio.
Rise Up and Sing—The Movie was released online this past February. Since then we have received over 2,000 views and many glowing reviews. Our premier screening will take place at our school this May.
The title comes from the last written words of Richard Wagner on the day he died. On February 13, 1883 Wagner wrote, “The process of emancipation of the female only takes place amid ecstatic convulsions. Love-Tragedy.” This was from an essay called On the Feminine within the Human. I instantly fell in love with the last two words of this quote and was moved to write a duet about the tragedy of romantic love.
I’m also so excited to have re-mastered four tracks from the last Brown Trousers album Fairly Well which was released nearly 10 years ago. Richard Morris did an amazing job breathing new life into these songs.
I’ve just started rehearsing Rise Up and Sing with the P.S. 127 Chorus. I wrote this inspirational song for my students as a gift. We’re in the process of raising money to pay for this project. I’ll be taking the kids to record the song at a major New York City recording studio while video director Annie Quick makes a short documentary of the process—from rehearsal to recording.
There’s a couple other exciting projects in the works as well. I’m finishing up a string orchestra piece called Fantasia on the Long Pilgrim. This work is based on the American hymn found in the The Southern Harmony Hymnal.
on 2012-10-22 21:34 by Shanan
In just two months my chorus students and I raised $4,087 with kickstarter to fund our Rise Up and Sing project. This week the chorus is going to record the vocal tracks at Avatar Recording Studios in NYC. The entire process, from rehearsal to recording is being filmed by director Annie Quick. She’s going to create a short documentary and music video. The singers are SO excited to sing at Avatar--especially since so many famous artists have recorded there. http://www.avatarstudios.net/aboutus/index.html
on 2012-10-22 21:42 by Shanan
We finally finished mixing Rise Up and Sing. With the help of Matt Hankle on drums and Brian Forbes on guitar and bass we have a beautiful song which really showcases the P.S. 127 Chorus. Brian is also the mastermind behind the mix. It was no easy task to mix a student chorus with a rock track.