Artist news for Sean Harkness [and some accompanist stuff too!].

Jofukuji, Nakacho, Todashi, Saitama, Japan. Fresh back from Todashi, Saitama and Okinawa City, Okinawa, the bustle of New York City is the perfect balance to the Zen of Japan.  Yin and yang, oh yeah. On top of the list are Artist activities:

DUET-1250x1250px new CD Duet with Ian Herman – concert activity and promotional video coming soon; HomeForTheHolidaysCvr a week of January shows in Toronto with H2 plus agent Steve Butler of Paquin Entertainment is going to bat for us with the festival circuit for 2015, stay tuned…

…and a new solo guitar video for your enjoyment, from right here in the Harkness living room: Silent Night – solo guitar from on Vimeo.

On Thursday, December 11 at 7p There’s a Musical Director/arranger/host event at Urban Stages called Broadway By Guitar with some illustrious friends:BwyXgtr

Late January kicks off a new concert tour of Storm King, the spoken words of Pete Seeger set to music.  PeteSeegerStormKingcvr Percussionist Jeff Haynes produced the project from concept to concert and it’s literally the thrill of a lifetime for all involved. NYT OBERLIN-superJumbo-v3 Karen Oberlin / Sean Harkness Duo shows and CD sales continue to blossom, with new songs added regularly – including a brand new Harkness/Hajdu joint composition!  The brand new Cafe Noctambulo hosted the duo for eight shows in early November to overjoyed audiences.  No two shows are ever alike…

Childhood dream come true: an evening with Leslie Uggams!wLeslie Uggams Another more recent dream come true – to accompany Alex Rybeck as he presented an evening of his music to a full house at 54 Below, performed by a star-studded cast. Later this month I’ll be in the band again at 54 below paying tribute to James Taylor.

Notable accompanist roles this past month were with Part of the Plan, a new musical featuring the music of late songwriter Dan Fogelberg; Dawn Derow and Kathleen France’s Revolution; Sarah Kimball’s Demon Lover; Celia Berk celebrating the release of her new CD You Can’t Rush Spring; Keith Varney’s staged reading of I Got Fired; Lucille Carr-Kaffashan’s Beatles show; Carolyn Montgomery-Forant’s Visible Phoenix; the last shows of the season for Tycoon Dog; Ali Harper came all the way from new Zealand to wow us with her show Down Under Diva; Susan Winter’s Rise Up Singing rode again; and a day in the studio with new friend Kate Schutt.

Things to look forward to:  developing a new show with Abigail Rockwell; Joanne Tatham returns to NYC, this time with the spectacular musicianship of with Tamir Hendelman; Terese Genecco and I have a couple things happening at Midday Jazz and Symphony Space; Elli King of Broadway celebrates Hunnukah; and I get to visit St. Louis with Craig Taubman.

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