Our Fridays@1 series presents conversations with some of the most renowned composers, songwriters, publishers, and industry executives in New York City and beyond. Our distinguished guests discuss their own creative processes, share their accomplishments and experiences, and thoughtfully critique our students’ work.
December 4, 2015
Shelly Peiken is a multi-platinum Grammy nominated songwriter who is best known for her #1 hits "What a Girl Wants" and "Come On Over Baby". She earned a Grammy nomination for the song "Bitch" recorded by Meredith Brooks. She’s had hundreds of songs placed on albums, and in TV and film.
Her Serial Songwriter Facebook page has become a forum for all things songwriting and ideas about navigating a changing music business as a creative person and parent.
In June of 2014 Shelly was invited to blog for The Huffington Post. She is well known in the music industry as mentor, panelist, consultant and guest speaker. Her first book, “Confessions Of A Serial Songwriter,” is due out later this year.
Shelly is a New Yorker at heart who enjoys her life in Los Angeles with her husband, composer Adam Gorgoni and their daughter, Layla.
November 20, 2015
Irwin Fisch is an Emmy-nominated arranger-composer-performer who creates music for television, film, theatre and concerts. His arrangements have been heard by millions on the Kennedy Center Honors, the Tony Awards and the Super Bowl, on stage behind Bette Midler, Beyonce and Barbra Streisand, on Grammy-nominated recordings and in Tony-nominated Broadway musicals. As a composer, Irwin has scored numerous television miniseries and movies, and has created innumerable scores and songs for advertising.
Among the hundreds of artists with whom Irwin has played or recorded are Bette Midler, James Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, Carole King, Celine Dion, Run-DMC, P. Diddy, Harry Belafonte, Peter Allen, Woody Allen, Jimmy Webb, Shawn Colvin, Tom Scott, Chuck Berry, Jackie Gleason, Sarah Silverman, Elmo, Elmer Bernstein, and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. His television performances have included The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Live with Regis and Kelly, The View, Ellen, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Christmas in Washington and two Presidential Inaugurations.
November 6, 2015
Brazilian pianist and composer Marcelo Zarvos has written for virtually every medium, from dance to the concert stage, film, television and theater. With over sixty credits on IMDB, Zarvos is an Emmy-nominated composer and is known for his scores for Brooklyn's Finest, Too Big to Fail, Adult Beginners, American Ultra and TV series The Affair, Ray Donovan and Extant.
Russ is enjoying busy career as a music copyist, and has worked on over 50 Broadway shows, 25 major motion pictures, record dates and for live concerts around the country. Russ has been a partner in Anixter Rice Music Service of New York City since 2004. In 2007, Anixter Rice Music Service supervised the music copying for The Little Mermaid and Young Frankenstein on Broadway and The Radio City Music Hall 75th Anniversary Christmas Spectacular.
Currently touring with Idina Menzel and Ute Lemper, John Benthal has done world and U.S. tours with R&B singer Regina Belle, saxophonist Warren Hill, jazz artists Chico Hamilton, Charles Earland, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and recorded/ worked with many other artists, including: Paul Simon, Peabo Bryson, Harry Connick Jr, Steven Van Zandt, #51 Bernie Williams, Denny Dougherty, Patina Miller, Jane Krakowski, Kelli O’hara, Wayne Newton(!), and others.
September 25, 2015
David Weiss, a New York City based musician, specializes in performing on flutes and woodwinds from many different cultures, including American and Celtic flutes & whistles, panpipes, recorders, Asian and Middle Eastern woodwinds, unusual woodwinds (bass flute; great bass recorder; sopranino ocarina, microtonal woodwinds) as well as western flutes in a variety of styles (rock, jazz, classical).
Currently, Mr. Weiss performs with Disney's The Lion King for which he is a featured orchestral soloist, performing on thirteen different woodwinds. He co-composed much of the flute music for that production, which has received numerous awards, including a 1999 Grammy.
Dave is active in the recording industry, and is frequently requested to perform on television commercials, films, video games, documentaries, and CDs. He also serves as an advisor to composers, orchestrators, and fellow musicians on historical and ethnomusicological issues.
As a conductor Freer has appeared with many of the world’s leading orchestras including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra and Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Upcoming seasons will include his debut with the New York Philharmonic, London Philharmonic and Tokyo Philharmonic and repeat performances with the orchestras of Philadelphia, Chicago, St. Louis and others.
Jin Ye and the China Conservatory of Music | Traditional Chinese Folk Instruments
February 6th, 2015
Jin Ye is one of China's most exciting and versatile young conductors. Principal Conductor of the China Youth Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra and member of the conducting faculty at the China Conservatory of Music, he is equally at home in classical, jazz and popular music.
His recent concert engagements include conducting the folk opera The Wedding of Xiao Er Hei at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in 2010 and again in 2011, and the official recording of the opening ceremony music and national anthem of the People’s Republic of China for the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympic Games. Since 2010 he has been a featured conductor in Peking University Centennial Hall's chamber music series.
Demonstration instruments: Erhu, PiPa and Guzheng
Oz Noy | Electric GuitaristFebruary 27, 2015
Born in Israel, Oz Noy started his professional career at the age of 13 playing jazz, blues, pop and rock music. By age 16, he was playing with top Israeli musicians and artists. By age 24, he was one of the most established studio guitar players in the country. Oz was also a member of the house band on Israel’s top-rated television show for more than two years.
Today, Oz is one of the preeminent soundmeisters among New York guitarists, a veteran of many, many freelance recording sessions in the advertising and popular recording field. He is also a solo artist with a considerable international following. He is equally capable of improvising and performing written material.
Oz will be a featured player on the spring 2015 NYU hybrid recording sessions.