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  • January 2021 Review of Live Stream Concert in The New York City Jazz Record Magazine

    The January, 2021 issue of The New York City Jazz Record features a music review written by Jazz author, poet and musician John Pietaro of Andy Wasserman's PoleStar live stream solo piano concert (December 13, 2020), appearing in the NY@Night section alongside other concert reviews of Eddie Palmieri, Christian McBride and Matthew Shipp on page 5. The NYC Jazz Record is the city's only homegrown gazette devoted to the music world of Jazz.

    The PoleStar concert consisted entirely of original compositions, presented with the intention to uplift and inspire the listener in relation to the themes of the light emanating from a guiding star in the sky in conjunction with the internal light deep within the heart. Compositions presented are:
    1) Centrality
    2) Lighthouse
    3) Togetherness
    4) Ataraxia
    5) Progeny
    6) Loose
    7) Effulgence
    8) Abound

    Here's the review as it appears in the magazine, followed by the text-only version:

    NYC Jazz Record Andy Wasserman Review HiRez 300

    During the pandemic, pianist Andy Wasserman has been presenting regular live-stream concerts with one ear toward the therapeutic, healing qualities of music. His latest (Dec. 13th) was dedicated to northern Pole Stars; for astronomy-leaning jazzbos, these are currently Polaris and Polaris Australis. Wasserman produced forays into the bright, the glimmering, the burning, the clouded-over, icy and distant, with use of falling phrases over shifting, widely gripped harmonies as well as blues-drenched, ringing major sevenths, ninths and elevenths. But this was far from what we used to call ‘new age’ music. “Togetherness”, a slow, meandering work, conjured thoughts of Bill Evans and Herbie Hancock. While feelings of unity can be subjective, the rolling complexities in Wasserman’s works are beautifully, almost mystically woven together. More so, much of the pianist’s repertoire is built on his mastery of George Russell’s Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization (indeed, Wasserman was certified by Russell to teach it). “Ataraxia” offered the most profound modal quality, leaving the listener with that odd feeling of hollowness that arises with such tonalities. This piece also carried a motive nothing short of haunting in its reach for simplicity. Other works incorporated lonesome, roving basslines opposite right-hand postmodern jazz, one inspired by Eric Dolphy’s iconic postcard to Russell proclaiming that he’s working on “the new concept, but with an outward-bound feeling.” (written by John Pietaro)


     Here's the album on SPOTIFY:

    Learn more about the music from the POLESTAR live stream concert and hear the tracks on a new 2021 album on major streaming and digital music download platforms at these links:

    SPOTIFY

    APPLE and iTUNES MUSIC

    AMAZON MUSIC

    YOUTUBE MUSIC

    iHEART RADIO

    PANDORA

    ALL ABOUT JAZZ ALBUMS


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  • LIVE STREAM CONCERTS MILESTONE #1: Celebrating 25 Consecutive Solo Piano "Listening Experience" events

    The live stream concert dedicated to "PoleStar" broadcast from my website on Sunday, December 13th, 2020 was the 25th consecutive solo piano concert since the inception on June 28th, 2020. Each and every Sunday I have presented "The Listening Experience" of all original music created to inspire and uplift audiences around the world. They have all been free-of-charge (donations accepted), with no log in or registration needed to view. The majority of concerts are one hour in length, consisting of 8 instrumental songs.

    I've composed, arranged and performed over 150 original compositions in these live streams during this six-month period.  View the database list of these compositions in different blog article AT THIS LINK. These compositions are always complied each week in the song set list for each live stream concert in a gallery of text panels on the bottom of the live stream page. Here's a screen shot.

    previous live perf prog notes screenshot

    Many of these have been edited and mastered into tracks which have been released as albums (see links below).

    My own TransMedia Sound & Music production equipment consists of a multi-camera process with four 1080p HD video cameras (High-quality 150° wide-angle lens of f2.8/15.2 mm) positioned to view the side, back, overhead and keyboard close-up angles of my Steinway grand piano, a X/Y stereo microphone handling sound levels up to 120 dB SPL, and a video mixer switch device that I control live while I am performing.

    The live stream page can be accessed HERE.

    20 of these concerts are currently archived and available to watch 24/7 on the same live stream page, located directly below the live stream window, labeled "Andy's Previous Live Performances" (see screen shot) with a playlist tab, and is also viewable on the home page of my website. That blue PLAYLIST tab drop-down menu in the upper-right corner of the window allows anyone to select and watch a replay of an entire concert anytime they choose.

    previous concerts archive window label


    A Virtual Tip Jar donation system allows viewers the opportunity to help support live music and the costs to provide professional streaming concerts. The secure PayPal and credit card payment method button link is located directly above the live streaming video window. It looks like this:

    Live Stream Virtual Tip Jar screenshot

    Sending much gratitude and sincere appreciation to each and every past, present and future viewer
    who has helped compensate my work with their donations using this Virtual Tip Jar.


    My current and future concerts are updated every week on many popular and established professional concert events websites.

    Click a link below and sign up to track my concerts with get notification updates on every future concert:

    BANDS-IN-TOWN

    SONGKICK

    JAZZ-NEAR-YOU

    GOOGLE EVENTS POST FOR ANDY WASSERMAN

    GIGS GUIDE

    EVENTS at PrivateLessons.com


    You can enjoy the audio music tracks of original compositions and solo piano performances from these first 25 concerts streamed, viewed or purchased as digital downloads by following me at these major online music retail and streaming platforms:

    APPLE MUSIC and iTUNES

    SPOTIFY

    BANDCAMP

    YOUTUBE CHANNEL

    SOUNDCLOUD

    AMAZON


    For those of you that like analytics, here's the rundown of the total number of 25 concerts statistics from the stream hosting service provider from June 28 through December 13, 2020:

    1,093   Views
    233      Viewers
    185      Hours watched
    163      Websites


    It is worth noting that the intention within these concerts has been one of holistic music healing in an effort to give the listeners a chance to relax and simply "be" as an aural and artistic antidote of these very stressful and difficult times. Additionally, the compositions during these live streams have given me a wonderful opportunity to showcase my life's work as the resonance of tonal gravity, as taught to me by my mentor and author of "The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization - the art and science of tonal gravity" George Russellalong with the technical, emotional and rhythmic foundation given me by my musical parents Dwike Mitchell and Papa Ladji Camara.


    Here's a brand-new review in the New York City Jazz Record January 2021 issue. (This is New York City's only homegrown Jazz Gazette!) The review, written by Jazz author, poet and musician John Pietaro details my "PoleStar" live stream concert (December 13, 2020), and appearing on page 5 in the NY@Night section. To view a copy of the live stream concert review: CLICK THIS LINK.

    An earlier positive review was posted after my November 21, 2020 concert; a benefit concert to raise money for the Sussex County Food Coop Natural Foods Store. You can read about it on this earlier blog post HERE.


    Here's a playlist of some of the Live Stream concerts I uploaded to my YouTube Channel:

    To those of you reading this blog article who have not yet checked out one of my live stream concerts, please feel free to join me in the future. And you can now book me to present your very own, private, personalized CUSTOM LIVE STREAM CONCERTS!

    And THANK YOU for joining me for "The Listening Experience" Live Stream Weekly Concert Series.

     Andy Wasserman Livestream Top Image comp



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