Friday, February 14, 2014

February 2014 Newsletter

Decorative molding at Brackenside, a stately home in Hamilton, MA
Essex County Trail Association holiday gala, 12/5/13

Samantha's Recent Happenings

  • In December, my music was featured on the Renaissance Festival Podcast's episode #217 and New World Witchery's episode #58.
  • In January, I was awarded Gigmasters' "Best of 2013" award.  If you are planning a wedding, party, corporate event, or other special occasion, this site is a tremendously helpful resource.  (Honest, they didn't pay me to say this!  There are so many talented performers and vendors using Gigmasters right now.  Check it out.)
  • I'm so excited to be joining New Jersey-based band The Trouvéres for their 2014 festival season!  Keep an eye on my schedule page for upcoming show dates, particularly if you live in the tri-state area (NY, NJ, CT) and Florida.  Or, simply take a look at the Concert Calendar below.

Concert Calendar

& 3/1/14-3/2/14
Deerfield Beach, FL
Florida Renaissance Festival, with the Trouvéres
Quiet Waters Park
401 South Powerline Rd., Deerfield Beach, FL
Performances throughout the day

New York, NY
Middle-eastern music with Carmine & Friends
Jebon Sushi & Noodle
15 St. Mark's Pl., NYC

& 4/12/14-4/13/14
Middle Village, NY
Student production of Guys & Dolls (I'll be in the pit orchestra)
Christ the King High School
6802 Metropolitan Ave., Middle Village, NY
Fri. & Sat. shows begin at 8:00pm; Sun. shows begin at 2:00pm

Tuxedo Park, NY
Tuxedo Ridge Ski Center pub performance, with the Trouvéres
581 Rt. 17A West, Tuxedo Park, NY
8:00-10:00pm; doors open at 7:00pm
$5 cover

5/24/14-5/26/14 *Memorial Day Weekend*
Guilford, CT
Robin Hood Springtime Festival, with the Trouvéres
Guilford Fairgrounds
111 Lovers Lane, Guilford, CT
Performances throughout the day

Photo Travelogue

Performing classical and cinematic favorites as the "Angel of Music" for Halloween
Washington Square Park, NYC - 10/31/13

Kay Chapel ceiling
Wedding in Newport, RI - 11/3/13

In November, composer/pianist Marika Takeuchi and I performed a benefit recital at the First Congregational Church in Rindge, NH to raise donations for the church's food bank in preparation for Thanksgiving
Rindge, NH - 11/10/13
Photo by Andreas Bjørck

Festive greenery bedecks a beautiful old fireplace at Brackenside
ECTA holiday gala - Hamilton, MA 12/5/13

A musical fresco at Brackenside

New Year's Eve at Sahara's Turkish Cuisine in NYC
L to R: Casey Bond, Pete List, Brad MacDonald, Carmine T. Guida, & Me
Photo by Clara Ortiz

Note-worthy Noms

Lately, I have discovered the tastiness of persimmons.  If you are unfamiliar with these little beauties, they are a fruit of Asian origin which come into season in late fall and are available on into winter.  They have a bright orange hue and a sweet, custardy flavor.  There are two main varieties of persimmon you'll find in the grocery store: the Chinese fuyu (shaped like a squat tomato), and the Japanese hachiya (shaped like an acorn).  Persimmon pulp is the key ingredient in the following recipe by user Rhonda O.  It's buttery, cinnamony, and all-around good comfort against the cold grey blahness of winter.
One thing to be mindful of is that persimmons are only really edible once they're practically overripe.  That is, they're safe to eat firm--it's not that they're poisonous--it's just that they're bland and chalky when fresh.  Buy ones that are already soft (but not blemished), or put fresh ones in a bowl and allow them to ripen for several days.


My friend and colleague Rosie Samter and her group, the Videri String Quartet, will be performing this weekend at IndieCade East in New York City.  Below is the quartet's latest project, a music video featuring arrangements of selections from the Banner Saga video game soundtrack, complete with Viking re-enactors.  Take a look!