A Very French Connection: When NY & Parisian musicians make music.
New York, NY…. Sunday, March 18, 2012...In August of 2011 New York singer/songwriter Marci Geller was flown to Switzerland as a “gift to the bride”
to perform at a wedding outside of Geneva. The guests included the Mayor of the small village of Grens as well as world renowned Parisian cellist Jean-Philippe Martignoni. Geller invited Martignoni to sit in for a song or two and the chemistry was immediate and magical. So much so, the Mayor commanded an encore performance which was fulfilled and the two continued performing until the next morning. As the French say, “Details” were exchanged before Geller departed for the US and the two musicians forged a friendship and musical working relationship that resulted in Martignoni being a guest performer on Geller’s soon to be released CD.
A few weeks later, word was received that Martingoni would be performing with his quartet QUATUOR PARISII,
at Lincoln Center
as part of their Sunday Morning Coffee Concerts
at 11am on March 18th
and the two decided it was time to recapture their musical chemistry by performing their first US concert in New York City later that afternoon. Percussionist Marshal Rosenberg (Buskin and Batteau, Tom Rush, Aztec Two Step) who currently tours with Geller suggested the quintessential Metropolitan Room. An offer was extended and the now trio waits in anticipation of this debut concert.
Geller’s performances on "Live with Regis
", "Good Day NY
" and Fox Morning Show
have gained her a reputation as one of the areas “finest singer/songwriters
”-David Buskin. The critically acclaimed singer/songwriter has toured the world and her music can be heard in soundtracks on MTV, VH-1, PBS, ABC Family, A&E, Discovery Channel, USA Network and others. She toured for two years as the support act and back-up vocalist for Ritchie Blackmore’s
band Blackmore's Night. In 2010 she was chosen by the Independent Songwriters Magazine (ISWM) as the "Editor's Choice
" as one of their favorite songwriters of the last decade and continues to receive praise and accolades from some of music’s greatest artists and has been called a “Millennium Carole King
” by Ear Candy Magazine.
Martignoni is best known for his travels with his quartet that has played to sold out crowds worldwide. His uniqueness lies in his ability to easily glide between the discipline of classical music and his ability to finesse contemporary music.
The Metropolitan Room, which boasts a roster that is literally a “Who’s Who” of contemporary, jazz and pop music, is the perfect place for the pairing. The audience can expect other surprise guests to make an appearance for this Sunday afternoon of music.
Marci Geller’s name may sound familiar. With performances on "Live with Regis
", "Good Day NY
" and Fox Morning Show
, as well as being a founding member of the now defunct trio Lucky 13
, she’s certainly had her moments of grandeur. The critically acclaimed singer/songwriter has toured the world, performed in front of audiences of 10,000+ and will still extol the virtues of an intimate show in front of 30 people. “I am very thankful for all of the great places music has taken me, but at the end of the day, it’s the person who comes up after a show to says a song hit them in the heart that really makes me feel like I’ve fulfilled my purpose,” says Geller. She appreciates most what she refers to as “small moments,” but a career speckled with big accomplishments hard to ignore.
Her music can be heard in soundtracks on MTV, VH-1, PBS, ABC Family, A&E, Discovery Channel, USA Network and others. She toured for two years as the support act and back-up vocalist for Ritchie Blackmore’s band Blackmore's Night
. In 2010 she was chosen by the Independent Songwriters Magazine (ISWM) as the "Editor's Choice
" as one of their favorite songwriters of the last decade and continues to receive praise and accolades from some of music’s greatest artists.
“One of the finest singer/songwriters we’ve come across.” -
“Perfect Voice, Perfect Songwriting.”
- Nenad Bach
“A Female John Prine"
- Gail Larkin, UUBR
"East Coast Joni Mitchell"-
Judy Antoon, Harid Conservatory
With music ranging from sublime to bittersweet, weaving beautiful, intimate verses with infectious choruses the singer opens up her emotional diary inviting listeners to find their own voice in her songs. Bassist Richard Lindsay recently said; “What I love about your songs is that there is something instantly familiar that sets the listener at ease and then you throw in an unexpected twist that makes it all the more exciting.”
She currently tours with percussionist Marshal Rosenberg and her next CD will feature Jean-Philippe Martignoni, Oli Rockberger, Jonathan Preddice, James Maddock, Vance Gilbert and David Glaser and is due for release in 2012.
After a few years in formation with the National Academy of Music in Rouen, Jean-Philippe Martignoni enters to the National Superior Conservatory of Music in Paris in 1977. He receives in 1981 a first price of chamber music in the class of Maurice Crut, second violin of the Pascal string quartet, then in 1982, a first price of violoncello in the class of famous french soloist Maurice Gendron. From 1981 to 1987, he is member of the French National Orchestra with which he undertakes great world trips, with the greatest conductors and interpreters such as Lorin Maazel, Ricardo Mutti, Seiji Osawa, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Itzhak Perlman
In 1982, he takes part in the creation of the Parisii String Quartet. Consequently, the career of Jean-Philippe Martignoni merges with that group.
In 1987, the quartet, whose members devote themselves full-time to this formation, gains successively the international contests of string quartet in Evian and Munich. More than twenty recordings, devoted to the French music and composers of the XX° and XXI° century attest quality and musical respect of these four travelling musicians, over 80 countries visited.
Jean-Philippe Martignoni also plays as a soloist, the “tour de force” Triple Concerto by Beethoven was highly acclaimed in Great Britain’s tour in 2005, and has recorded in 2006 for Universal Record Company 2 elegies for violoncello and orchestra composed by William Sheller. He plays a cello made by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume, copy of Stradivarius, built in Paris in 1867.
Percussionist Marshal Rosenberg has performed and/or recorded with Peter Allen, Barry Manilow, Karen Ackers, Christine Lavin, Tom Rush, Aztec 2 Step, Buskin & Batteau, Judy Collins, Joan Baez, Bonnie Raitt, David Bromberg, Peter Yarrow, Peter Paul & Mary, Jonathan Edwards, The Bacon Brothers, Bo Diddley, Judy Barnett and many other in the worlds of Pop, Rock, Folk, Cabaret & Jazz. He is known for his flare and dramatic interpretation using his instruments to add nuances and dynamic dimension all with sensitivity and precision.