GARAH LANDES,

Pianist

A native of Westchester County in New York, GARAH LANDES made a critically acclaimed New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall as the first-prize winner of the Artists International Competition.   Mr. Landes was re-engaged by the competition committee for a debut at Merkin Concert Hall in New York.

Garah Landes appears frequently in New York.   He has performed at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall, The American Academy of Arts and Letters, Columbia University, The Spanish Institute, and numerous recitals at Carnegie Recital Hall.   Garah has concertized as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States.

Garah Landes was a scholarship student of the eminent pianist, Earl Wild.   He holds a Masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music.

In 1997, Garah and his brother, Gregory Landes formed the Piano and Percussion duo, Synchronicity .   They find, commission, and compose music for piano and percussion, as well as transcribe Classical and Jazz compositions that suit their unique instrumentation. Their debut recording was released in 2001.

Garah Landes has composed both sacred and secular vocal and instrumental music as well as several works for Synchronicity and their guest artists.

Garah Landes has been a guest artist on New York's WNYE TV as well as radio broadcasts on WQXR and WNYC.   National Public Radio featured Garah in recital on the nationally syndicated broadcast, "Performance Today."

Garah Landes' debut recording-music of Lisz, Shostakovich, and Prokofiev-was released on the Stradivari Classics label.   KOCH International Classics released his second disc; a CD devoted to the music of the American composers Charles Griffes and Edward MacDowell, an album that garnered glowing praise in both Gramophone and Fanfare magazines.   Garah has recorded "a peaceful Christmas Eve" with flutist, John Erickson.   The recording, which began as a personal project for Mr. Erickson has turned into a successful Sacred/New Age recording.  Garah has been commissioned to create all the arrangements for the next recording scheduled for release in 2007, which will feature popular sacred songs.

Garah is the Organist and Choirmaster at St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church in Ridgewood, New Jersey.  Recent major works conducted include Vivaldi's "Gloria," Britten's "A Ceremony of Carols'" Saint Saëns' "Christmas Oratorio," and the "Requiem" by Maurice Duruflé.  Recent vocal recital work includes concerts with members of the Atlanta and Los Angeles Opera.  Garah is also an active private piano teacher and educator.  

 

GREGORY LANDES is a multi-percussionist, drummer, educator, clinician and arranger. He has appeared as both a timpanist and percussionist in symphony orchestras, as well as a drummer and percussionist for numerous Broadway and Off Broadway productions. 

Gregory was the principal timpanist with the New Haven Symphony and has also performed as principal timpanist and percussionist with the American Symphony Orchestra, New York Chorale Society, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Albany Symphony, Manhattan Philharmonic, Little Orchestra Society of New York, Westfield, Greenwich, Stamford, and Westchester Symphonies, Masterwork Chorale Orchestra, Opera Northeast, the Goldman Band, Princeton Symphony and Garden State Philharmonic.  Gregory has performed in every major concert hall in New York, including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, BAM and The Allen Room (Lincoln Center Jazz).  He has participated in several prestigious summer music festivals including: The Moab, Bard, Caramoor, Waterloo, Cape May, and the National Repertory Orchestra.  Gregory has performed throughout the world including performances on all four islands of Japan with the opera "Porgy and Bess," a tour of Australia and Germany with the ground-breaking new music group Absolute Ensemble, Kristjan Jarvi director, Mexico City with the extremely unique big band Orchestrotica, toured the US with the Fireworks Ensemble and toured throughout Europe with various orchestras.   Gregory collaborated and performed with many great artists including Paquito D'Rivera, Chuck Mangione, Steve Gadd, Julie Andrews, Steven Sondheim and John Kander. Gregory is also one of the founding members of The Pit Stop Players, a new music chamber group comprised of some of New York City's busiest and most versatile musicians.

Gregory received his B.M. from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and his Masters degree from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Roland Kohloff, principal timpanist of the New York Philharmonic. While attending Juilliard, Gregory performed under the batons of Zubin Mehta, Leonard Slatkin, Gerard Schwartz, Lucas Foss and Otto Werner Mueller. Gregory also recorded two premiers with the Juilliard Orchestra (on New World Records) and traveled to Norway with the Juilliard Brass Ensemble.

Gregory has performed as both drummer and percussionist for numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, including: (2014) John Kander's "The Landing","Newsies,"Anything Goes," "Avenue Q," "Curtains" with David Hyde Pierce, "In the Heights," "The Grinch," "Altar Boyz," "Wicked," "Chitty2Bang2,""42 nd Street," "Play Without Words," "Ragtime," "Les Miserables," "Falsettos," "Putting It Together"(with Julie Andrews), "Gypsy," "Guys and Dolls," "Forum," "Showboat," "Crazy for You," "Batboy," "Big," "Grease," and many others.

Gregory Landes' recording credits include: "The Landing " cast recording on JAY Records, " How The Grinch Stole Christmas" cast recording on Sony Classical, "Curtains" cast recording on Angel Broadway Records, the Summit Brass: American Tribute as well as The Hora Decima Brass Ensemble both on Summit Records, The Juilliard Orchestra on New World Records, the musicals: "Falsettoland" on DRG Records, "Putting It Together" on RCA Victor/BMG Classics and "A, My Name Will Always Be Alice" on Original Cast Records.

Gregory is Director of Percussion Studies at The Calhoun School in New York City where he arranges and creates pieces for his ensemble. Past performances have included arrangements of Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring," Copland's "Rodeo," as well as Dave Brubeck's "Blue Rondo Al a Turk" and EWF's"In The Stone".

In 1997, Gregory and his brother Garah Landes formed the Piano and Percussion duo, Synchronicity.

Gregory is an Innovative Percussion® Artist and uses Innovative® sticks and mallets. Gregory is also a Paiste artist and uses Paiste cymbals.

GREGORY LANDES,

Percussionist

 

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