Saturday, February 18, 2012

Suzi Stern's Music update

Hosting The Eddie Gomez Trio here at Casa Karen in Feb. was fantastic! They played to a sold out house and we're still smiling from the effects of their music!
Our next Casa Show is not to be missed! Casa presents: the remarkable David Amram Quartet. Don't miss the opportunity to catch this tour de force of the arts scene in the intimate setting of Casa Karen...Call (512) 459-9900 for details, directions and reservations. Tickets can be purchased over the phone with credit card!
In April: The amazing Jazz Pianist Peggy Stern will be featured at Casa Karen. Joining her are: G.Pat Harris bass, Steve Schwelling drums, Dr. John Mills Sax and I am very much looking forward to sitting in on a few tunes with the group!
Sunday April 15th. doors open at 7:00 show at 7:30 tickets: call (512) 459-9900 for reservations, directions and more details!
On Tuesday April 17th I will be singing and narrating a Dylan Thomas Classic at the Perry Castenada Library (21st and Speedway in Austin Texas) with Rich Harney on keyboards and Alex Coke in from Amsterdam on sax and flutes, and Buddy Mohmad on Bass. This performance is FREE and starts at 7:00...sponsored by the University of Texas at Austin. How fun will this be...Christmas prose in April! Musical improvisations from the guys and several of my original compositions strung throughout the performance. Hope to see you there!
Yours truly, Suzi Stern will be the featured vocalist with the high energy latin jazz ensemble GATO 6 at Sunset Valley on Sunday April 22nd. Call (512) 459-9900 for time, directions and more details. GATO 6 with John Mills, Dennis Dotson, George Oldziey, Kris Afflerbaugh, Wayne Salzman, Luis Coutinhu, and special guests!
On Sat. May 19th Casa Karen will celebrate one year at our new location with an exciting concert by my own ensemble...The Suzi Stern Quintet...I am thrilled to be performing with the incredible Stefan Karlsson (From the Eddie Gomez Trio) on piano, John Fremgen bass, Wayne Salzman Drums (from Eric Johnson group) and John Mills sax.
Call (512) 459-9900 for reservations over the phone with C.C. or check in advance!
JUNE 2nd at Casa Karen: we will host the wonderful jazz pianist and composer Rich Harney and his group! Call (512) 459-9900 for reservations!!
Sat. June 16th IN HOUSTON: The Suzi Stern Quartet at: Cezannes on Montrose Blvd.
I love playing this club and hope you can make it out!
And behind the scene: The GATO 6 c.d. is in the final stages of mixing and sounds amazing. I'll let you know when it's out on the market!
And I'm currently deep into production of my all original music C.D. called "Sleep Walking Girl" with Paul Unger bass, George Oldziey piano & Accordion, Steve Schwelling drums and percussion, James Anderson violin, John Mills sax, and Gabriel Santiago & Mitch Watkins guitar.

Thanks for checking out this blog! Wishing you all the best and see you soon!


feel free to scroll down and view past blogs to see what musical adventures we've taken in the past several months! You can sample some of my sounds at:

Thursday, February 16, 2012

David Amram at Casa Karen!

Suzi Stern, George Oldziey and Casa Karen Proudly Presents

David Amram in Concert

Sunday March 25th

doors open at 7:30 show 8:00...

this is truly a very rare opportunity to hear this tour de force of the arts world (see below) in the intimate setting of Casa Karen!

Tickets are $35

Refreshments are FREE

Reservations (512) 459-9900

7402 Greenhaven Drive

Austin, Texas 78757

George and I are absolutely thrilled to be hosting his quartet. It will be a once in a life time event. Hope to see you all there!

David Amram has composed more than 100 orchestral and chamber music works, written many scores for Broadway theater and film, including the classic scores for the films "Splendor in The Grass" and "The Manchurian Candidate;" two operas, including the groundbreaking Holocaust opera "The Final Ingredient;" and the score for the landmark 1959 documentary "Pull My Daisy," narrated by novelist Jack Kerouac. He is also the author of three books, "Vibrations," an autobiography, "Offbeat: Collaborating With Kerouac," a memoir, and "Upbeat: Nine Lives of a Musical Cat" published in the fall of 2007 by Paradigm Publishers.

A pioneer player of jazz French horn, he is also a virtuoso on piano, numerous flutes and whistles, percussion, and dozens of folkloric instruments. He has collaborated with Leonard Bernstein, who chose him as The New York Philharmonic's first composer-in-residence in 1966, Langston Hughes, Dizzy Gillespie, Dustin Hoffman, Willie Nelson, Thelonious Monk, Odetta, Elia Kazan, Arthur Miller, Charles Mingus, Lionel Hampton, E. G. Marshall, and Tito Puente.

Today, as he has for over fifty years, Amram continues to compose music while traveling the world as a conductor, soloist, bandleader, visiting scholar, and narrator in five different languages.

David will be in Austin for the showing of a new documentary film : David Amram: The First 80 Years

From the reviews:--

"David Amram is one of the most versatile and skilled musicians America has ever produced ..."-- Washington Post

"Amram was multicultural before multiculturalism existed."-- New York Times,

"...Orchestra audience; On feet for Amram. The audience repeated this tribute twice for Amram and the Philadelphia Orchestra."-- Philadelphia Inquirer

"If you have not yet encountered this extraordinary man of music, you will probably be as fascinated as the children ... and will marvel at his multiple gifts as a Composer conductor and solo instrumentalist."-- New York Times

"Amram dazzled with his versatility ... one could be but awed by his range. .. Amram was constantly enlightening."- The London Times

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Valentines Day at Chez Z!

This Valentines Day it would be lovely to have you join George Oldziey and myself Suzi Stern at Chez Z for romantic music, dinner, and the best desert in town!

Tuesday Feb. 14th
music from 6:30 to 9:30

Chez Z Bistro is on Balcones just south of 2222

It would be great to see you there...have a sweet holiday!


Monday, February 6, 2012

Eddy Gomez Etc. at Casa Karen...

George and I are thrilled to be hosting Eddy Gomez, with Stefan Karlsson and Ed Soph at our performance space Casa Karen on February 29th.

The Show is SOLD OUT! But watch my blog for exciting performances coming up over the next few months!

The brilliant David Amram and ensemble is next up on March 25th! This show will most likely sell out quickly as well so call for reservations and more details at (512) 459-9900!

Thank you all for making the dream of a quiet, intimate concert space in our home possible! It's always an adventure and a joy!!

Musically Yours,

Scroll down on this blog for more upcoming show details...valentines day etc!!