Alina Gutiérrez and Ashley Mas are pleased to announce Composers Sing Composers featuring Gaby Alter, Joey Contreras, Drew Gasparini, Jonathan Reid Gealt, Adam Gwon, Brian Lowdermilk, Ryan Scott Oliver and Zoe Sarnak, a one-night-only concert event taking place Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at 7pm.
Many of today's up-and-coming composers/lyricists began their lives in the theater as performers but have since left the stage to focus on creating the music that is shaping the future of musical theater. At Composers Sing Composers, your favorite new musical theater writers will get back into the spotlight to perform their own songs! On April 6th, these eight composers will take the stage together for a night that will make musical theater history. Come out to support your favorite composers for this exciting event that will break all kinds of boundaries between writer, performer, and audience. The evening will also feature Sharon Kenny on piano and Emily Brausa on cello, and will be directed by Samantha Saltzman.
Le Poisson Rouge is located at 158 Bleecker Street. Tickets are on sale now and are $15 in advance, and $18 at the door. Tickets can be purchased by calling (212) 505-FISH (3474), visiting www.lepoissonrouge.com or in person at the Le Poisson Rouge box office. Table seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and there is a two-item food/drink minimum at tables.
Gaby Alter is a New York-based songwriter and composer. His music has been featured on MTV, PBS, National Public Radio, and the G4 Network and at the South by Southwest Film Festival. He is a Jonathan Larson grant recipient, and has won awards from the San Francisco Theater Critics' Circle and the New York Fringe Festival.
Gaby wrote music and lyrics for BAND GEEKS! (with Tommy Newman, Mark Allen and Gordon Greenberg), which was produced at Goodspeed Musicals in 2010. Other projects include NOBODY LOVES YOU with Itamar Moses; 29, a pop-rock song cycle with Tommy Newman; the cabaret NOT THAT WE'RE BITTER with Sophie Jaff; and YOUNG ZOMBIES IN LOVE with Damian Hess, aka MC Frontalot. His music has been featured at the National Alliance of Musical Theatre's Festival of New Works, Goodspeed's Festival of New Artists, The Summer Play Festival at The Public Theater, Barrington Stage Company, Joe's Pub, the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), Lincoln Center Library, Merkin Hall and on Sirius Radio.
Gaby has written songs for PBS TV (Music Time With Mr. Steve), and the theme for the NPR show Backstory. He helped score (and starred in) the documentary Nerdcore Rising, which premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival and is now on Netflix Instant Watch and Hulu.com. As Gminor7, he is rapper MC Frontalot's keyboardist and co-writer, with songs in video games and on cable television. He is an ASCAP member and alum of Tisch's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.
Joey Contreras is a new musical theatre songwriter in the New York scene. He wrote the music and lyrics for the song cycle, This Thing Called Love, which was workshopped in Philadelphia and is currently in development, along with his other project, Wallflower. In addition to two concerts at The Duplex in New York City, Joey's music and arrangements have been featured at Joe's Pub, Le Poisson Rouge, the Laurie Beechman Theater and the 2010 Broadway in South Africa Gala.
His first album, Love Me, Love Me Not: The Music of Joey Contreras, features exciting guest performances by some of Broadway's newest talent and is available on iTunes and in physical format at CDbaby.com. For more information on Joey Contreras, visit www.joeycontreras.com