“Spaced Out: Klingon music? It’s just one of the many languages mastered by this inventive band”

"Spaced Out" article illustration of il Troubadore by Jon Silpayamanant (2010)

So the interview with me about the il Troubadore Klingon Music Project is out now (see the online version at this link).  We’ve got a pretty busy weekend as we’ll be making an appearance at a local production of The Pirates of Penzance (in Outer Space) given by the New Albany High School choral department (May 15-16) as well as making an appearance at the Louisville Science Center as part of their current exhibit Star Trek: The Exhibition (May 15).  I will also be playing in the pit for the production so will be sweating it out in full Klingon uniform for a couple of hours.

This weekend I’ll also be playing a couple of other shows (as if it wasn’t busy enough for me, eh?).  The Louisville KlezmerFest with my Klezmer band, River City Klezmer.   And il Troubadore will be giving a (non-Klingon) performance at the Batesville Public Library (Saturday, May 14).

Now I need to make some repairs to my Klingon costume from the last convention!

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Performance: IU Southeast Orchestra – Mahler Symphony No. 1 “Titan”

Gustav Mahler (July 1860 – 18 May 1911)

If you’re reading this it’s because I’ve set this to auto-post as I will be performing with the IU Southeast Orchestra.  We’re performing Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 in D Majoras well as the short work known as “Blumine” which for a few years served as the second movement to the Symphony before the composer excised the movement from later editions.  We will be playing it as the second movement for this performance.

Also, members and former members of the Louisville Orchestra will be joining us though officially in the capacity as “members of Keep Louisville Symphonic” since the Louisville Orchestra threatened the Louisville Orchestra Musicians Association with a lawsuit for using the “Louisville Orchestra” name.

Rather than bother you with my bad prose, I’ll post the press release our conductor, Dr. Joanna Goldstein, used for the purposes of promoting this concert.

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Performances: “Hello, Dolly!”

NAHS students in rehearsal for "Hello, Dolly!"

If you’re reading this post that is because it has been pre-posted as I will be in the middle of the NAHS Theatre Department’s production of Jerry Herman’s, “Hello, Dolly!”  As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, this show will run four nights, so I will be out for the next three evenings and Sunday afternoon.  Here’s a blurb about the show:

It’s been over 20 years since Dolly Levi graced the stage at New Albany High School, but now the world’s most loved matchmaker is making her return for a highly limited engagement! Jerry Herman’s popular hit musical HELLO DOLLY will open this week in the NAHS auditorium for a four-night run, beginning with opening night on this Thursday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens.
Other performances are Friday and Saturday, April 8th and 9th at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 10th at 2:00 p.m. Reservations may be made by calling the theatre office at (812) 981-7650.

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Performance: Klingon Music at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum


Incredible Costumes from Film and TV at the Indianapolis Children's Museum

If you are reading this, it’s because it was written earlier today and set to future post as I will be performing at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis in Indianapolis (IN) when this autoposts.  The group I’ll be playing with is one I co-founded with vocalist and mandolinist, Robert Bruce Scott, in May of 2004, il Troubadore and we will be presenting our Klingon Music Project.


Yes, you read right, il Troubadore will be playing three sets of Intergalactic Music (because World Music just wasn’t enough for us), so we’ll be singing in Klingon, and Ewok, and other languages.  Also, we’ll be dressed as Klingons.  So if you’re in the area and need something to bring your kids to, then the Indianapolis Children’s Museum exhibit, “Incredible Costumes from Film and TV” might be you thing today.

There will be a children’s costume contest at 1:30 which we will also be playing background music for, as well as three sets of music starting at 10:30.

If some of you folks have noticed banners and advertisements around Indianapolis that look a bit like the image to the left, that is none other than Indianapolis’ own naHQun, Commander of the IKS lIywI’ and professional Klingon translator.  He is also helping il Troubadore with the Klingon Ballet as well as other projects.

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Performance: il Troubadore @ Cafe D’jango

Cafe D'jango fliers with two of my bands back-to-back on consecutive nights!!

If you are reading this, it’s because it was written earlier today and set to future post as I will be performing at the Cafe D’jango in Bloomington (IN) when this autoposts.  Yeah, I know I was just there last night, but tonight it’s with il Troubadore.  The perks about being in multiple active groups is being able to do things like playing the same club more than one night in a row but never really repeating a piece or even musical style for that matter.

We’ll be performing from 8pm till 11:30pm tonight (18 March 2011).  Cover is $5 and the show is all-ages, as is usually the case with most of my gigs.

116 N Grant St
Bloomington, IN 47408-4026
(812) 335-1297

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