Fred rehearsing on the piano he will playing on at the Premiere in a week. Beautiful pianos, great sound and terrible light. Can we all agree that it's time to get rid of fluorescent lights.
With the help of Jill and Ryan at Montclair, we are nailing down camera positions for the Premiere of MY COMA DREAMS on May 7th. Get your tickets now - it's selling out fast!
"It's a meaningful exploration of what it is to go to this line of demarcation between life and death", says director and librettist Herschel Garfein. "It would be an interesting story even if it wasn't Fred Hersch, but it's like having Orpheus after he gets back from hell tell his story and make a piece …
Speaker/singer Michael Winther talks about his role as the narrator of My Coma Dream, "I am called now the speaker-singer. I am sort of the voice for Fred."
Great fun filming Herschel Garfein and Michael Winther rehearsing this week. The Canon 5D is awesome!
Director and librettist Herschel Garfein at Fred's for a rehearsal. Almost every meeting with Fred starts with an espresso and pastries from Balthazar. What a treat!
Fred's partner Scott shared his side of the story with such grace and kindness, amid interruptions due to barking sounds. Production note: next interview, double check whether or not there is a dog park in the vicinity.
Last night, we filmed Fred and critic Gary Giddins at the Jazz Legends series held at CUNY Graduate Center. Fred shared some fun memories of playing in the 70's in NY, interrupted by thunder and a hailstorm hitting the skylights. It will make for an interesting soundtrack!