Fundraiser Mini Toast Preview!

Posted in Uncategorized by SYZYGYNEWMUSIC on March 31, 2010

So the Syzygy fundraiser is less than 24 hours away and Sarah, Frank and I have been slaving away in the kitchen making all sorts of delicious and spectacularly beautiful food for all of you.  So delicious and so spectacularly beautiful in fact, that I decided it was worth taking pictures and writing a blog post about. I figure that if I were on the fence about whether or not to go to a fundraiser concert/party, lots of photographs of tasty looking food might just be the deciding factor.  Hopefully some of you will think along the same lines…

So far on the menu we have three different types of miniature toast crostini:

Pecorino romano with parsley, garlic and scallions…

…cream cheese and smoked salmon with dill and scallions…

…egg salad with paprika and a parsley garnish.

We also have dozens of pretty little miniature cupcakes in assorted colours…

…and depending on whether or not we have time, we might have some other nibbly things involving vegetables.

So…if you come to our fundraiser tomorrow, not only will you be able to enjoy cheap drinks aplenty, support Syzygy and listen to live music by Natti Vogel, The Isaac Jaffe Quintet and the howl (theory), you’ll get to eat well too!  All great reasons to head over to Brown Paper Tickets now to make your advance reservation.

And just in case you’re missing the details, the event will take place tomorrow (Thursday April 1st) from 7:00-10:00 PM at SOLAS (232 E9th St. between 2nd and 3rd Ave).  Admission is $10 in advance and $15 at the door, and all proceeds will go towards funding our future concerts.  Stop by at any time and stay for as long as you’d like!

Hope to see all of you tomorrow!



Fundraiser Preview!!

Posted in Uncategorized by SYZYGYNEWMUSIC on March 22, 2010

So plans for our upcoming fundraiser concert are well underway and we thought it was about time we gave you a preview! In addition to the free food and cheap drinks specials (more on that later), there will be a full concert program featuring eclectic performances by Natti Vogel, The Isaac Jaffe Quintet and the howl (theory). Regardless of whether you’re a rock fan, a classical aficionado or a jazz lover, there’s sure to be something that you’ll enjoy.  The fundraiser will take place on April 1st from 7:00-10:00 at Solas (232 E 9th St, between 2nd & 3rd Ave.).  Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 on the door and are on sale here.  Latecomers will be permitted although they may have to wait until an appropriate moment in the performance to enter.

First up will be “indie rock fusion virtuoso” (New York Press), Natti Vogel. Described as “an artist who can transform you” (Diane Taha, Associated Content), Natti will be performing alongside cellist, Valerie Kuehne, guitarist, Owen Wang, and drummer, Ace Salisbury. As a musician Natti defies categorization, intelligently incorporating elements of indie rock, classical music and jazz into his own semi-theatrical compositions and performances. To get a feel for what he does you should head over to His shows are always full of energy and he’s a wonderfully soulful live performer (photo by Lucia Rollow).

Following Natti will be percussion trio, the howl (theory), who, along with guest percussionist, Matt Donello, will be performing works by Steve Reich, Angélica Negrón, Julia Wolfe, David Lang and John Cage. In addition to the usual percussion battery of drums, wood blocks, gongs etc. they’ll be incorporating all sorts of unconventional instruments into their performance, including toy pianos, bubble wrap, harmonicas, hand fans, chairs and electronics. As a group they’re also very dedicated to new music, and are actively involved in commissioning and performing works by young, emerging composers. They’re excited to present the second performance of Angélica Negrón’s brand new piece, Count To Five, which was premiered this past weekend by the Iktus Percussion Quartet.

Finishing up the program will be the Isaac Jaffe Quintet, featuring Ben Syverson (trumpet), Frank Cogliano (guitar), Kirk Schoenherr (guitar), Sam Levin (drums) and Isaac Jaffe (upright bass). Described by All About Jazz as a bassist with “all the groovy elasticity necessary to encompass the melodic complexity of compositions,” Isaac is both a dynamic instrumentalist and a fantastic composer.  His quintet is well worth coming to see! For more information check out his website at

Just in case seeing all of those artists isn’t enough of a reason for you to fork out a measly $10 and come to the fundraiser (or $15 if you’re not the type to book ahead), we’ll also have very cheap drinks specials, including Mojitos, Margaritas and all domestic beers ($4 before 8, $5 afterwards). The private room at Solas is reserved exclusively for our use, and it’s going to be a great evening!

On top of this, you’ll also have the satisfaction of knowing that the money you spend on your ticket will go towards funding the Syzygy New Music Collective’s upcoming projects. When else will a Friday morning hangover have such dignified justification? You’ll be able to call yourself a patron of the arts and support contemporary music just by having a fun night out and watching some great performances.

So now that we’ve (hopefully) convinced you to stop by the fundraiser, you can head over to Brown Paper Tickets to make your reservation.

That’s it from us for now. We’re looking forward to seeing you all soon!

Take care,

Danielle, Sarah and Frank

Fundraiser Announcement!

Posted in Uncategorized by SYZYGYNEWMUSIC on March 14, 2010

We’re happy to announce the first ever Syzygy New Music Collective Fundraiser Concert!

The event will be taking place on April 1st 2010 from 7 – 10pm at Solas (232 E 9th St between 2nd and 3rd Ave). For the very low price of $10 (or $15 at the door) you’ll get free food, very cheap drinks and live music by our brilliantly talented friends The Isaac Jaffe Quintet, Natti Vogel and the howl (theory)! Come and support the arts by having a fun, affordable night out and spending some time with all of us. All proceeds will go directly towards funding the organization. It looks set to be a great evening with an exciting, eclectic bill and we hope you can all join us!

To purchase tickets please visit:

We’ll be posting more updates on the fundraiser soon but save the date now! Keep checking the blog, our website, twitter etc. for information on new developments.

See you all there!

Danielle, Sarah and Frank

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