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Christopher Brown was a dear friend.
I recently found out I've been nominated!!!
"2014 MAC Award for Outstanding Ensemble Instrumentalist."
So I wanted to take the time to say,
Jimmy Webb’s appearance at the reopened Cutting Room marked the club’s rebirth in its stunning new location, christened by one of its more illustrious performers.
The Songwriter’s Hall of Famer played his own lush piano fills with low-key accompaniment by Peter Calo on guitar and harmony, and delivered as many of his hits as he could fit into 90 minutes, leaving just enough time for the story behind each song.
Leading off with “Galveston,” and his views on our military (grateful) and war (negative), Webb talked about writing for Glenn Campbell, and choked up while recounting Campbell’s grace and courage on the “Farewell” tour Campbell launched after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. On a lighter note, Webb recalled how he came to see the bright side of Simon and Garfunkel’s breakup: Garfunkel would need a songwriter. Enter “(I Love You and That’s) All I Know.”
Gently poking fun at Leonard Cohen and sending kudos to other fellow songwriters, Webb kept the evening sunny between his many famous tunes of heartbreak and longing. The finale, “MacArthur Park,” was preceded by Webb’s story (complete with mock sobbing) of being called “a sad little man” because he once failed to play the massive hit in concert in Australia. No such mistakes at the Cutting Room—in fact, no mistakes at all.
- Suzanne Cadgene
June 21 and 22 "The Undocumented" will be Screened as part of the the Human Rights Watch Film Festival.
I wanted to bring to your attention the screening of "The Undocumented" by acclaimed director Marco Williams with a score by Richard Martinez. This is a film/documentary that I played guitar on. This is a pretty amazing film that Marco made.
This screening is part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in association with Cinema Tropical, El Museo Del Barrio and The New York Immigration Coalition.
Co-presented by Film Society of Lincoln Center and the IFC.
Performances are at the IFC Center this coming Friday the 21st at 7pm and at the Francesca Beale Theater on Saturday the 22nd at 9pm.
For information and tickets go to: http://ff.hrw.org/film/undocumented?city=5
A Special Reading for “The Mask of the Jaguar King”
Monday, May 20, 2013, Harbor Theatre presented an invite-only reading of The Mask of The Jaguar King, a project written by Stuart Warmflash and directed by Bram Lewis, with lighting by Dennis Parichy and original music by Peter Calo. For more details regarding this project please visit www.harbortheatre.org.
Read more about Kathryn Erbe, Ricardo Chavira Lead Harbor Theatre's THE MASK OF THE JAGUAR KING special Reading by offbroadway.broadwayworld.com
Harbor Theatre to present an invite-only reading of The Mask of The Jaguar King, a project written by Stuart Warmflash and directed by Bram Lewis, with lighting by Dennis Parichy and original music by Peter Calo. For more details regarding this project please visit www.harbortheatre.org.
Starring "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" Katherine Erbe and "Desperate Housewives'" Ricardo Chavira, The Mask of The Jaguar King is a religious mystery pitting the politics of imperialism against the desires of the heart. In 1933, a battle of the sexes breaks out when an American archaeologist finds herself stranded at the site of a Mayan Temple with a dangerous Hispanic revolutionary intent on stealing priceless ancient artifacts. As they slowly unmask each other's dark personal secrets it remains unclear, who is the real outlaw? To whom does history belong? And does the value of preserving the past justify the injustices of the present?
Commuters - Original Score by Randy Lee
A short film directed by renown cinematographer Tom Richmond (Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, Killing Zoe, etc.) Original score by composer / singer songwriter Randy Lee. Featuring Peter Calo on guitars, Nick Saya on drums and Rob Moose on violins and viola. A short glimpse in to peoples lives as they deal with the daily commute in LA traffic. This project was commissioned by AMP - the Association of Music Producers as part of their Muse2Music project 2012.
"Commuters" Composer Randy Lee has been chosen as a finalist for "Best Original Composition in Film" at the International Music+Sound Awards in Cannes.
I am honored to be part of this project. I played both Acoustic and electric guitars. Congrats to Randy!!!
CD of the Week
Kati Will be joining us on Mar 4th at the Bean Runner in Peekskil at the Fundraiser for Rob Morsberger.
Sunday, March 4th - 7pm
WSJ Cafe: Carly
Simon Performs 'Let the River Run'.
of Peter Calo on Joe Viglione's "Visual Radio" program
Music Review: Christopher Brown – Characterist
Producers Peter Calo and John Walsh played live onstage with Brown back in July of 2008, a video of “Dominoes” (not on this CD) on the CBOnline.net website, both musicians performing with him on and off in 2011. Calo’s work with April Martin, Pamela Ruby Russell and many others is a guiding hand that brings the best out of the songwriter/singers while making sure to not get in the way. That’s a tall order when the tendency is to sometimes bring in some Phil Spector arrogance of a musical director putting his own stamp on the artist’s work. That two producers can work in harmony to get a strong performance on “Got To Give The Devil His Due” is an indication of how well these pros work together – efficiently with the mission in mind.
“Guinevere of Camelot” has an intentional old-world feel and a telling vocal, neo-Celtic and begging for a duet with Loreena Mckennitt. “Cyrano and Juliet” continues the nod to music from years gone by, and a deep and authoritative voice to punctuate the message. Brown says that he’s not even sure if “Characterist” is a word, that he first used it to describe Albert “Al” Hirschfield which Wikipedia calls a “caricaturist” who “was known for his simple black and white portraits of celebrities.” From the “UFO Song” to “One Ice Cube” Christopher Brown is in control…be it as a musical caricaturist (one who specializes in drawing ) or as his new term, Characterist. Perhaps it’s time for him to write a song about that… a title track from this disc to come to life on his next.
of "Takin’ a Sip" from "Wired To The Moon"
"Here I Am" Cassandra and the Gravel Road Band produced by
John Hegner release date October 2010.
This is a great CD. Dave is a excellent songwriter with interesting lyrics coming from a personal place. Song is his deep baritone range. I loved working on this project. We recorded the basics at Cedarhouse Sound in North Sutton, NH with a very cool rhythm section consisiting of Paul Ossola/bass and Chris Marshakdrums with Dave playing the acoustic piano. Then Jeff Pevar, Randy Roos and Jerry Leake added their magic.
Vanities, a new Musical, spans the turbulent ’60s through the early '90s and explores how important friends are as one faces life’s defining moments: growing up, getting older and getting over it. Vanities is a funny and poignant look at three women who discover that, even in 30 years of rapidly changing times, the one thing they can rely on is each other.
Peter will be in the pit for a 5-6 week run of Vanities
at the 2nd Stage Theatre.
Peter recorded at Looking Glass Studio for the Stuttering Foundation.
Carly Simon and Peter recorded a song
Peter has also been co producing another CD release with Carly Simon, a reworking of her old and famous songs, together with Ben and David Saw.This largely acoustic album will hopefully be available in early summer on Iris records.
Peter continues to keep busy in this winter of both a tough economy and relentless snow. He has been working closely with an old friend, who happens to be an amazing singer and song writer. Peter as been recording, arranging, producing, and mixing the entire Johny Ray album, in his home studio here in New York. Johnny has been coming down from Boston to do long involved night and day sessions, and then disappearing back up North while Peter turns the tracks into a first class album for Johnny Ray. Due out next month. Johnny Ray has been offered a room in Las Vegas, where he is developing his own show with both original and covers of songs. One of the cover songs that Johnny Ray does so well, is "whitchita Linesman" by Jimmy Webb. Which is a full circle for Peter Calo as he wrote two songs with Jimmy and Carly Simon for Carly's 'This Kind of Love Album". As well as performing this song and others with Jimmy Webb at his regular monthly gig at the Cutting Room in NYC.
I'm so proud to be part of such a great project. I was the Musical director on the CD and co wrote 4 songs with Carly and Jimmy Webb including the first single "Hold out your Heart".
Blowin' in the wind
"Hairspray: The Movie"
In Theaters December 21, 2007
Peter is currently up in Toronto, recording tracks for the up coming Film version of "Hairspray." The rhythmn section is smoking, with David Spinozza and Peter Calo on guitar, Clint De Ganon on drums, Frankie Centento on bass, Keith Cotton on piano. Lon Hoyt and Keith Cotton are on hand running things with composer Marc Shaiman.
Adam Shankman, (Bringing Down the House, The Pacifier), will direct the film, which will star John Travolta as Edna Turnblad, Queen Latifah as Motormouth Maybelle, Christopher Walken as Wilbur Turnblad, Michelle Pfeiffer as Velma von Tussel, Amanda Bynes as Penny Pingleton, Zac Efron as Link Larkin, Brittany Snow as Amber von Tussel, Elijah Kelly as Seaweed and newcomer Nicole Blonsky, a seventeen year old New York native, chosen to play the lead role of Tracy Turnblad.
"Hairspray" was originally a 1988 John Waters comedy movie about star-struck teenagers on a local Baltimore dance show, starring the drag queen icon Divine, who gained her fame in the 1971 John Waters smut film "Pink Flamingos." The new version of the film "Hairspray" will be based on the hit Broadway adaptation of the film which debuted in 2002, and went on to win eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book and Best Director.
Marc Shaiman (Sleepless in Seattle) and Scott Wittman will contribute new songs to their existing Tony Award winning score. Shaiman will also serve as the film’s music supervisor and will compose the music score for the film as well as produce its songs. Wittman and Shaiman will also serve as executive producers on the film. The new screenplay for "Hairspray" is written by Leslie Dixon (Freaky Friday, Outrageous Fortune).
Peter has been recording an upcoming CD with Carly
Simon at Parr Studio's on Martha's Vineyard.
Carly Simon will release "Into White,"
a collection of pop standards and traditional lullabies, Oct.
24 via Columbia.
Taking its name from a Cat Stevens song, "Into White" features Simon covering classic tunes such as Judy Garland's "Over the Rainbow," the Everly Brothers' "All I Have To Do Is Dream," the Beatles' "Blackbird" and traditional Gaelic lullabies "Hush Little Baby" and "My Bonnie."
"Into White" also includes two new songs penned by Simon, "Love of My Life" and "Quiet Evening." Simon is joined by children Sally and Ben Taylor for a familial rendition of ex-husband James Taylor's "You Can Close Your Eyes," from 1971's "Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon."
"Into White" is the follow up to Simon's previous collection of standards, 2005's "Moonlight Serenade," which peaked at No. 7 on The Billboard 200.
Jill Menze, N.Y, , billboard.com
"THE CONCIENTIOUS OBJECTOR"
“The Conscientious Objector”, played to a packed audience at The Cinequest Film Festival, in San Jose , CA. Peter Calo has been on board throughout the labor of love, that it has taken to see this project through to completion and the recognition that this film deserves. His music casts a haunting and panoramic picture as the powerful story unfolds about Desmond T. Ross, a man who desperately wanted to serve his county in WW11, even though his strong religious and moral beliefs would not allow him to kill another human being. The film went on to win Best Feature DXD , and Audience Choice Award Documentary.“
view a trailer of "THE CONCIENTIOUS OBJECTOR"