Woodstock Fringe welcomes Gus Mancini tonight, August 12 at 7pm at the Byrdcliffe Theatre, Upper Byrdcliffe Road, Woodstock, NY. For tickets: www.woodstockfringe.org or call 845-810-0123.
Sunday's performance by Gus is a very special one that celebrates his new CD, IN THE HEART OF THE SAXOPHONE. In Gus' words, "This is a Live performance from my new cd. It took me 55 years to do a CD of standards. But, who's counting? These are some of my favorite standards I've shared over WDST radio on air Live and played in a thousand varied venues, from the Copa Lounge to the River Boat in the Empire state Building, and others I can't mention. The performance is a mutual sharing of these great songs and my love of them and what they have meant to all of us, from time to time, as we reflect on the emotions they bring up, where we were and who we were with and all the dynamics of our lives and humanity, the ups and downs we all know so well."
Gus is a musician's musician who plays from his heart. He is a rare blend of classically trained musician, composing scores and classical works, and a master of improvisational jazz. A graduate of New York University, with a B.S. in Music Education, he has studied and performed with many of the principle soloists for the New York Philharmonic and Jazz elite as well.
He has produced and performed on many albums including Samadhi and Sunrise with didgeridoo master Phil Jones on Intuitive Sound productions with both c.d.'s reaching the top 10 on the Indie charts. He has also produced a Parents' Gold choice award children's album, The Shooting Star Express. He has produced the eclectic group of jazz and poetry Odd City, and co-produced and performs with The Hawk Project, one of the leading contemporary Native American Jazz ensembles in the country.
He established the Brooklyn Conservatory Jazz Program and has lectured on the directions of world music at Oxford University and the Royal Conservatory in England. He is currently co-producing the Woodstock Roundtable radio show broadcast live on WDST radio in Woodstock, NY, and webcast over WDST.com and AOL. He performs with some of the top poets, writers and musicians in the nation such as poet laureate Robert Bly and author Robert Thurman.