Last week was Holy Week. Because of that, I had the opportunity to make great music with very talented people. I just want to share one of the songs that we performed. Hope you enjoy: https://youtu.be/fA4fFSzTa3U
Yes, friends! Let’s talk a little bit about politics. I have tried my best to keep my opinions to myself. My opinions are only relevant to me, and I do not engage with “political art” when it comes to writing my songs and choral pieces. However, recently I have decided to express my opinions on my Facebook page, and this was the result (link below). I am not pretending to be better than anyone, and I did not go out of my way to troll/bully specific people. I did not tag anyone and I wrote my thoughts on my own feed exactly the way they came to my mind. I was exercising my right to Free Speech. To my surprise, instead of just ignoring me and unfollow me, some people chose to personally attack me because they did not like my opinions. Also, some of them are totally “ok” to “cancel” me. I am glad that some people were able to keep a civil dialogue. But make no mistake, I chose to fight back and be snarky and condescending towards people that attacked me first. I believe that the justified censorship of people that may think differently from us is very dangerous. I will use my social media platforms to advocate for Free Speech for everyone regardless of their political opinions. If you are interested in more details about the whole thing, feel free to download the pdf showing all my interactions with other Facebook users.
“When You Wish Upon a Star” isn’t a holiday song per se. However, it invokes a feeling that is currently so relevant based on recent events that we are all experiencing. Enjoy an excerpt of my arrangement performed virtually by some singers from The New York Holiday Choristers.
And once again this pandemic forced us to be creative! Hope you enjoy this beautiful homage to our essential workers made by The National Chorale. I am honored to be part of that! Link: https://youtu.be/zf6QISvUxhM
I just love this song! This was recorded live at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in NYC. John Cantrell is the pianist and I had a great time making music with him. Hope you enjoy it as well!
Link for the YouTube video: https://youtu.be/R0uNjL1UfrE
COVID-19 is still here haunting us. However, lucky me this pandemic was not enough to keep my school from teaching scholars! It is different now. Everything is online. But the joy of teaching and learning Music is still there. Strange times we are living in!
Quick story: someone called Tim posted a nice comment on one of my YouTube videos. Right after that he sent me an email inviting me for auditioning for this live streaming platform for musicians called Sessions Live. At first I thought it was a “scheme” and I totally dismissed it. One week after that, Tim posted another nice comment in a different video. Also, he sent me another email. At this point, I decided to give it a try since Tim worked so hard to convince me. I did the audition and I was invited to be part of the platform! I will be streaming live 20 minutes shows once in a while!! I am excited to try something new, and for artists like me, COVID-19 is making us learn to adapt to a “new normal”. I still do not know how to properly promote my first show, but I can say that I will sing some Jazz, Love Songs and Bossa Nova. Stay tuned!!!
“The passing of Marie Fredriksson, Roxette’s vocalist, was something that I was not expecting to happen so soon. She passed last year after a 17-year battle with cancer. When I was a teenager, I was introduced to this pop duo, and I became obsessed with them. An outstanding vocalist, Marie gave life to so many great songs that were part of many happy moments of my past!!! The duo is mostly known by a single called “It Must Have Been Love” featured in the soundtrack of the 1990 romantic comedy “Pretty Woman”. Recently, I wrote a vocal arrangement of this single as a tribute to Roxette’s legacy. Hope you enjoy it! #thingswillneverbethesame”
Grad School, here I come!!!! – “The Admission Committee is pleased to offer you a place in the Arts Management and Entrepreneurship program at The New School’s College of Performing Arts for Fall 2020 as a candidate for the Master of Arts degree. We look forward to welcoming you to our innovative community!”