Today on Facebook I called my schedule a "Maelstrom of Music"!  In what I thought would be a slightly slower summer, I have gigs coming up not only with my band Cheap Cigar, but also with Travis Bickle & the Enforcers (sorry - private party!) and with another local band called the Deadbeats, which you may be able to guess plays a lot of music of the Grateful Dead.  But even more exciting, after spending the last two years NOT promoting my music/albums etc. I have a 'mini tour' that has come together through no effort on my part - after trying to do this on my own for a number of years.  I am feeling very thankful for all the people whose efforts are making this possible.

    So if you've been wanting to hear me solo, now's your chance! Next Monday (7/24) I'll be at Hard Rock Cafe in Philly to play on a Musicians On Call Volunteer Spotlight Concert, sponsored by WXPN.  Then on August 5 I'm the opening act for the Burlington County Amphitheater summer concert series, followed by an appearance at the Bitter End in NYC on Aug.  28 with the Indie Collaborative.

     And if you want to check out all the other gigs, including Cheap Cigar 7/21 at Time Out, Barrington and 7/28 at Filomena's Berlin, please go to my website:  www.loreconstantine.com/calendar .

     HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!

Lore Constantine

Just a quick news flash - here are some upcoming dates for my band Cheap Cigar.  For the full calendar please go to my website:  http://loreconstantine.com/calendar/

 

Hope to see you soon!

 

Lore Constantine

 

Upcoming Schedule:

 

Saturday, May 13 - Filomena Cucina Rustica Italiano 

13 Cross Keys Road, West Berlin, NJ  08091

856-753-3540     8:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.

 

Saturday, May 20 - Filomena’s Blackwood

1380 Blackwood - Clementon Road, Blackwood, NJ 08021  856-784-6166       7:30 - 11:30 p.m.

 

Friday, May 26 - House of Brews

3501 Rt. 42, Turnersville, NJ 08012

856-318-1261  9:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.

 

Saturday, May 27 - Auburn Road Vineyard & Winery

117 Sharptown Auburn Rd., Pilesgrove, NJ  08090

856-769-9463     7 - 9 p.m.

 

Saturday, June 17 - The Greenwood Inn

4457 Marlton Pike, Pennsauken, NJ  08109

8 p.m. - 12 Midnight

 

Friday, June 23 - Curran’s Irish Inn Palmyra

 5 W. Broad St., Palmyra, NJ 08065-1640 

856-314-8241 8 P.M. - 12 Midnight 

Hi Everyone,

My band Cheap Cigar is out and about in the next several months, including tonight at Filomena's, West Berlin, NJ  from 8:30 p.m. - 12:30 midnight.  Looking forward to some rockin' times!

 Here are some upcoming gigs:

Cheap Cigar Flyer

Also you can find me most Wed. nights at the Greenwood Inn, Pennsauken, NJ for their blues open mic.  So while I'm at it, here's a photo from last Wed.:

 

Lore at the Greenwood

 

See you soon!

Lore Constantine

Hi Everyone,

 

Hope you've had a great summer!  And to celebrate end of summer (or to wish it was continuing for another month or so), here are a few gigs I have coming up.

 

First, I'm in another band (yes, another one!).  I'm now the keyboard player for the south Jersey band Cheap Cigar.  Our debut together will be this Saturday, at Auburn Road Winery, Pilesgrove, NJ from 7 - 9 p.m.  Reservations are recommended, $5 cover charge.  Check my website for future dates in Oct. & Nov. at Time Out Sports Bar & Grill, Barrington, NJ and Filomeno's, West Berlin, NJ.

 

Up next is Sat. Sept. 10 at Red. Hot and Blue, Cherry Hill with TK & the Howlers.  As you know I've been the backup keyboard player with this band.  I'm really looking forward to this gig, because their regular keyboard player Mike will be there with keyboard & sax, and I'll be there with keyboard & flute, and we're going to get a 2 keyboard thing going with organ & piano, as well as his great sax playing, and my 'fluting'.  So this is going to be an all-out jam session with the 'mega' TK & the Howlers.  And speaking of jam sessions, we'll be at the Greenwood Inn (my favorite Wed. night open mic blues jam!) on Sat., October 15, and are inviting other musicians to come and join in with us for a major jam session later in the evening.

 

So I hope this gives you some 'end of summer' ideas.  See you soon!

 

Lore Constantine

Hi Everybody!

 

Just a quick note.  I'll be at the Burlington Farmer's Market THIS Saturday morning, doing a solo gig!  I'll be playing from 9 a.m. til 1 p.m., and it's a great farmers market too - lots of produce, baked goods, etc.  So I hope to see you there!  (And later that aft. in Cherry Hill will be a Marian Anderson Youth Guild Recital.

 

Additional dates:

(NEW!) June 3 - Summit City Winery, Glassboro with TK and the Howlers.

July 17 - Carolina Blue, Pitman (TK& the H.)

July 31 - Heritage Park, Absecon (TK & the H.)

Sept. 10 - Red, Hot & Blue, Cherry Hill (TK & the H.)

Oct. 15 - Greenwood Inn, Pennsauken (TK & the H.)

 

And I'll continue to post on my website when I'm playing at the Greenwood's Open Blues Mic (I'm there most Weds.) and the Burlington VFW Open Mic (the 1st Fri. of the month).

 

Take care, and have a great summer!

 

Lore Constantine

Hi Everyone!

 

Just a brief newsletter with a few updates!

 

Tonight I'll be at the Burlington, NJ VFW from 8 p.m. - 12 a.m. with my keyboard, jamming with whoever happens to stop by.  This open mic is rock & acoustic, with a touch of country once in awhile.  I'm set up with my keyboard and I usually do a lot of playing, so I hope to see some of you out there.  (It's the 1st Friday of the month, so check my website, send me an e-mail or check in with me on Facebook to see if I'll be there - I make most of them!).

 

Tomorrow afternoon (Sat. Mar.5 at 4 p.m.) is the Marian Anderson Guild's "Splendid Evening" program.  I'll be both accompanist and soloist on this event, which also includes Melissa Perry, Edra Chandler, Ronald Campbell, Christopher Andrew Maier, the Gloucester County Children's Choir and the Camden Creative Arts High School Choir.  It will be held at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Route 70, Cherry Hill (beside Barclay Farms Shopping Plaza).

 

On Saturday, Mar. 19, I will be accompanist for a spirituals workshop by Dr. Lourin Plant, Rowan University, sponsored by the Marian Anderson Guild.  This will be 9 a.m. at Grace Church Recital Hall, Haddonfield, NJ.

 

Then on Sat. Mar. 26, I will be joining TK & the Howlers, a band that plays blues (and more!) at Clancy's Pub, Sewell, NJ.  I have a few dates coming up this summer with them - including Bogey's in May,  an outdoor concert in Absecon on July 31, Red, Hot & Blue, Cherry Hill in September, and the Greenwood Inn in October. 

 

Speaking of the Greenwood, I am there most Wed. nights, with keyboard in tow - laying down some cool blues sounds.  We're talking B3, piano keys, and everything in between.  It's always a pleasure, and we never know who's going to show up.  So come on out, and you'll hear the blues & everything that's related to the blues!  And I have some other possible dates with several other bands - I'll update my website as things get finalized.

 

I am still active with Musicians On Call - I played at Our Lady of Lourdes this past Wed., and next month I'll be at University of Penn Hospital.  Plus I am still teaching piano at St. Cecilia's School, playing the church service for Martin Luther School, and teaching at my private studio - flute, piano and voice (also music theory, ear training, ukulele, beg. banjo.  So if you know of someone in the South Jersey area looking for lessons please give them my name!

 

That's all for now.  (Guess this newsletter wasn't as brief as I thought it would be!)  Hope to see you soon.  And be sure to check in at my website or on Facebook for upcoming events.

 

Take care,

 

Lore Constantine

Hi Everyone!

 

This is short notice (but if you're on Facebook with me you'll know this!)  I've joined a new band called "RESCUE DAWGS jam band" and tonight will be our first gig at Dr. Lou's Place in Roebling, NJ.  So come out & join in - at Dr. Lou's there's always open mic/jamming time for everyone, and it should be a great party!  (See below for further dates coming up in Atlantic City.)

    

I've posted a story about my new red keyboard which I'll have at Dr. Lou's on my blog at my website.  I first put this up on Facebook on Sept. 4, but you might enjoy reading it.  Here's the link:  http://loreconstantine.com/blog/the_red_keyboard_odyssey/  (I would add that RESCUE DAWGS came in to being that first night at the open mic jam at the VFW in Burlington.  (Speaking of which, that open mic runs the first Fri. of the month.  It's cancelled for Oct. but I hope to be back there for Nov.!)

    

Next on the calendar, next Fri. (10/2) I'll be playing solo at our favorite Jamaican restaurant - Little Negril, from 8 - 10 p.m.  The food is authentic, and if you've ever been to the Berlin Farmer's Market they have an outdoor grill & stand there.  But I'll be at there Cherry Hill location (posted on my website).

    

Additional dates to keep in mind - practically every Wed. night I go to the Greenwood Inn, Pennsauken, NJ for an open mic blues jam, and I'll be bringing my keyboard there this coming Wed., so it should be fun.  There's always a great group of musicians joining in and it's near my house, so I rarely miss it these days.  Send me a message or check on Facebook if you want to make sure I'll be there.

    

And now back to RESCUE DAWGS - we have several dates coming up in Atlantic City.  On Oct. 10 we play at a Skateboard Park at Sovereign Ave. & the Bay. (right now scheduled for 3 p.m.), and then Oct. 17 (9:45 p.m.) & Nov. 7 (9:00 p.m.) we'll be at Le Grand Fromage, but double check my website in case the times change.

 

 

And while you're at my website, check out video I've posted from the open mic blues jam at the Greenwood.

    

Take care, & hope to see you somewhere soon!

    

Lore Constantine

Check out my home page for a Youtube clip from Wednesday's jam session at the Greenwood in Pennsauken, NJ!

This Friday (May 1) I'll be helping to host an open mic event at the VFW in Burlington, NJ.  I usually sit and jam with almost everyone, because it's a great bunch of musicians - kind of like my 'dream' event whenever I go.  I play everything from Elvis to Johnny Cash to classic rock and roll - you name it and probably someone is there to play it.  I might have to try to sneak in a Dead tune this time - ha ha!  It starts at 8 p.m. - hope to see you there.

    

 Some of my original music is now on Rumblefish's www.friendlymusic.com  .  I'm not exactly sure how it works, but this is a site that allows you to license songs for use in your music videos, etc.  So if you're interested in that, check it out - and try searching my name to find me.  Right now it's 4 songs, including "Serenity".  When I learn more and find out about the rest of my music that's not on there yet, I'll let you know!

    

 I have been very busy lately playing a variety of concerts, including the Woman One Award Ceremony honoring Lynne Korman Honickman (sponsored by the Institue for Women's Health & Leadership, Drexel University's College of Medicine) and for the Eastern Conference of NANM for the Marian Anderson Guild of South Jersey.  In addition to my continued efforts with Musicians On Call, it is now time to prepare for several student recitals, for my own teaching studio (piano, flute & voice) and for St. Cecilia's School, where I teach piano.  In addition, I now play for weekly church services at Martin Luther School in Pennsauken, and am helping them to prepare for their school musical, and will be accompanying the Marian Anderson Guild's youth concert on May 23.  So keep in touch, and I'll try to keep my website calendar updated for any events coming up.  (And send me a note if you want to know when I'm heading up to Dr. Lou's Place in Roebling, NJ, which involves a lot of the fine musicians that will be in Burlington on Friday - it's another of those 'dream' events for me.  Sometimes it's last minute, but I'll try to let you know.)

    

 Oh, and speaking of dream events - I now am the proud owner of a 1920 Steinway - one of those old pianos with a very beautiful, rich sound, perfect for playing Brahms & Garcia/Hunter tunes.  Pictures are posted on FB if you're interested.  Definitely a dream I didn't even let myself have because I thought it was so out of reach, but it has happened anyway.

    

 That's all for now.  Whew!   Hope to see you Friday!

  Sending out a thank you to Chuck Elliott, WXPN for playing my version of "Mountains on the Moon" (4/18) on his Sat. morning show Sleepy Hollow!

My recording of Led Zeppelin's "Thank You" was played on Chuck Elliott's Thanksgiving Day show of Sleepy Hollow on WXPN, Philadelphia.  Thanks, Chuck!

It has been just over a year since I have released my double CD "My Red Car", which includes a number of original songs, as well as my cover of the Garcia/Hunter tune Brokedown Palace, and a special bonus CD of instrumental versions of the vocal songs (with me on flute.)  It is an eclectic collection of music, Americana influenced - a bit of blues, swing, jazz, ballads, featuring some great performances by other musicians who joined me on this project.

To celebrate this, I am offering full-album digital downloads from CD Baby (now through 9/2/14) for a special price of $11.99 (regularly $14.99).  Available now on my Home page!  Thank you in advance for your support!

Just learned that Chuck Elliott played my original song "On Nights Like These" this morning (5/31), for the 2nd time, and I missed it again! (WXPN is my go-to radio station on Sat. mornings!) Thanks, Chuck!!!

Hi Everyone!

 

Yes, it's been quite awhile since I've sent out a newsletter.  (And I have a few gigs coming up this weekend in Medford & Mt. Holly, so be sure & check them out later in this letter!) Anyway, after all of my promo and PR efforts related to my new album and the grammy ballot, I basically took a step back to regroup and refresh, with both my teaching and my playing.  The life of a musician in today's economy involves wearing many hats, and when you also take on the role of record producer, PR firm - both publicity and distribution, as well as all the tasks that fall on a business manager in the business (including copyrights, mechanical licenses, etc.) things can become very daunting.  The immense amount of details when you're doing it all yourself is amazing! 

  

I recently updated the 'News Feed' on my website, because while I was going through everything this past year I was just adding notes to my home page, and clearing things away to put up the most happenings.  I was really surprised when I viewed everything in this timeline going back to the beginning of July - it showed me the big picture again of what I had actually accomplished with this CD, rather than getting caught up in what did or did not take place commercially with it.  After all the work and doubt as an artist when you put something out there that's different, I can say I am very proud of "My Red Car" and what I have done as an independent artist.  I want to thank all of you for the support you have given to me!   

  

I have posted a new video on YouTube of "Blue Bayou", with me on flute, Jack Prucella on guitar, and Michael Ronstadt on cello.  One result of a very great CD Release Party was that there was such a crowd there having such a great time, that my video of the music didn't have the clarity of sound I was hoping for.  In fact, this song was at the end of the night, and there was a pretty good pool game going on in the background - I think I can even see a reflection of a pool stick in the picture on the wall behind us!  But this song was a real pleasure to play with Michael.  I have played this song for many years with Jack in my flute/guitar duo, and the third "solo" verse I had developed thinking of Linda Ronstadt not only singing this song, but also of her Tejano albums, so it was an honor to be able to play it with Michael (and he is just improvising - it's the first time he heard us play it!).  Here's the link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fa_7DAKK1Nk

  

 Now on to current happenings - some of you know that I am playing Saturday nights at Charley's Other Brother in Mt. Holly, NJ from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.  This is an ongoing gig that I love.  The music is piped into the restaurant rooms and I am in sight of the large bar, where a number of people have been coming in to relax and have dinner as I play.  So if you're around, please keep it in mind.  You can always check my website to make sure I'm there, but at this point it's ongoing - it's such a pleasure to have a playing home!

  

Next on the calendar, Sunday June 2 I'll be at Medford, NJ's Music Art & Wine Festival with Jack Prucella, guitar.  I'll have keyboard & flute (and probably ukulele!) on hand.  [And here's a teaching plug if you're in South Jersey - I teach flute, piano, voice, music theory, ear training, beg. ukulele, and now also beg. banjo, in case you're wondering.]  We will be on the porch at 62 S. Main St., Medford (formally Heather Fine Furnishings) for the entire festival - 12 - 4 p.m., give or take 1 or 2 breaks.  So come on out and enjoy - it's a free event, but $10 for a glass for the wine tasting.

  

Upcoming events include traveling to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for Musicians on Call, and then playing locally at the CoffeeWorks Too in Voorhees, NJ on Friday, June 27.  I also will be involved with a recording project by opera singer Bri Cooper, which I am greatly looking forward to.

  

So as I stop worrying about trying to promote myself, I find myself busier than ever.  Is there a lesson in that somewhere?  Did all the ground work of the past couple years actually set the foundation for this, or is it just good not to worry - things will happen as they're meant to?

  

Have a wonderful summer, and I hope to see many of you in the next few months!

Take care,

Lore Constantine

Sending out another thank you to Chuck Elliott of WXPN, Phila. for playing my version of the Garcia/Hunter song "Brokedown Palace", which is found on the "My Red Car" CD.  Thanks, Chuck!

Sending a thank you out to Chuck Elliott for playing my version of Led Zeppelin's "Thank You" on, of course, Thanksgiving!!!

Sending out a thank you to Chuck Elliott for playing "On Nights Like These" on his WXPN radio show "Sleepy Hollow".  I believe this may be my first radio play of one of my new original songs on my album "My Red Car".  This song is one of the reasons I put out the album, so sending out a special thank you to Chuck!

Check out my blog - "A Thank You to the Academy", which describes some of the work and experiences that went into my album "My Red Car".

On the ballot for best pop vocal album - just saw it on the list when looking up someone else's number for my ballot!!!!!!!!!!  Don't know whether to laugh or cry, it's so late in the process.  AND NOW I SEE "MY RED CAR" under SONG OF THE YEAR!!!

On the Grammy ballot!!!  Didn't even know the list was out because I'm so busy with my CD Release Party, but saw that another FB friend had made it.  My piece Night Stroll is listed under best instrumental composition, and On Nights Like These is under best instrumental arrangement accompanying vocals (for me and Michael Ronstadt, who arranged the string parts for it!)

Radio play on XPN's Sleepy Hollow this morning - my cover of Pink Floyd's "Breathe" from my album "Piano Expressions".  Thanks, Chuck!!!

CD Release Pary Invitation

More radio play - this one a live version of Marion McPartland's Willow Creek (which is also on my Piano Impressions album), on KRWG jazz, Las Cruces, NM.  Thank you!

Another thank you to Chuck Wlliott (WXPN) for playing "Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars" (8/17).  This is just a demo, but check out Tracks 12 - 19 on My Red Car if you want to hear more of my flute playing (and Jack Prucella does the guitar solos in "If Ever Such a Day" and "A Quicksand Conversation")!

New radio play this weekend!  Wow - "Brokedown Palace" closed Chuck Elliott's 'Sleepy Hollow' on WXPN, Phila. on Aug. 10, and then Aug. 11 he played "Dream a Little Dream of Me"!

Sending out a thank you to Chuck Elliott of Sleepy Hollow, WXPN, Philadelphia for playing "Sunrise Over Haleakala" this past Saturday!  This song is a beautiful piece of music by Merl Saunders and appears on my new album "My Red Car" as a piano version with cello added by Michael Ronstadt.  Thanks, Chuck!

 

A new thank you goes out to Peter North, Dead Ends & Detours, CKUA, Edmonton, Alberta for playing my "Brokedown Palace" off the new album!

 

My Red Car is available now on CD Baby.  iTunes pre-sale has been cancelled - technical difficulties - so the album is immediately available at CD Baby (see my home page for direct store link.).  It will soon also be up on Amazon, iTunes and other outlets.  Thanks for your patience!

Sending thanks out to Don Fennell of Lost and Found, KKRN radio, Montgomery Creek, CA for playing my "Brokedown Palace" today (July 16). Opposite ends of the country already - cool!

Sending out a big thank you to Jer Bear, Shakedown Stream, MVY radio, Martha's Vineyard, for playing my version of the Garcia/Hunter tune "Brokedown Palace", from my new album "My Red Car", which will be available SOON for pre-sale on iTunes!

Sending out a thank you to Chuck Elliott of WXPN, Philadelphia for playing my version of the Garcia/Hunter song Mountains of the Moon today!

Hi Everyone,

 Just wanted to update everyone on my album, but before I do that, I wanted to let you know I have a new playing home! I will be at Charley's Other Brother in Eastampton, NJ (just above Mt. Holly) on Saturday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., starting this Saturday night (tonight!). There will be a few Saturdays that I am unable to make (including June 8 when I'm at Collingswood's Second Saturday), so be sure to check my website or send me an e-mail if you want to double check that I'm there.

I'm back in the studio!  This project is mostly original music (some with words!), and includes piano, ukelele, cello (Michael Ronstadt), Upright Bass (Dan Bacon), and percussion (Russell Gellman).  We just completed 3 days in the studio laying down the basic tracks.  Yet to be added are violin, guitar and vocals - so more on that later.

  This is my first album bringing in other musicians, and it's very exciting.  The songs themselves are why I'm doing the album, all originals (with words by Nancy Paolin and myself) having arisen just in this last year.  It's wonderful to be able to develop a musical concept, and have the other musicians join in and really get what I'm trying to accomplish. Stay tuned!

On Tuesday May 1, I am scheduled to play Horowitz's Piano CD314503 for an hour!  This is the piano he took to Moscow for his return.  For more information about this event, please go to my Blog.

Jeffrey Roth has just published an article on examiner.com giving background of my new CD "Peace and Good Will"!  See Press/Reviews for a link to the article, which was first seen in the Dillsburg Banner!

Kathy Parsons of mainlypiano.com has just posted a new review of my CD "Peace and Good Will", calling it "new and exceptional".  Check it out under Press/Reviews!

"Peace and Good Will" is now available on iTunes, after just being sent there late Monday or early Tuesday of this week!  All I can say is wow!  Sending out a big 'thank you' to iTunes for putting my CD up so quickly!

My new holiday CD "Peace and Good Will" has arrived!  It is a compilation of traditional carols and modern favorites, as well as John Lennon's "Imagine".  It is available right now at my gigs, and also on CD Baby!

I have been in the studio putting the finishing touches on a new holiday album, which should be out within the next month.  While primarily solo piano, it will include 3 songs with flute (also by me!).  Stay tuned for updates on this new project!

I have issued a single of Danny Boy that has been posted in record time (1-2 days) at both CD Baby and iTunes!  This is a live improvisatory version recorded during my recital last March for the Steinway Society of South Jersey, and can be found at iTunes http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/danny-boy-single/id423014940 and at CD Baby http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/loreconstantine2 as a download.  Enjoy!

Chuck Elliott played my original 'Serenity' followed by my version of Pink Floyd's 'Breathe' this morning on his Saturday morning show of 'Sleepy Hollow' on XPN, Philadelphia.  Many thanks, Chuck!

Todd Miller played my version of Dylan's 'Lay, Lady, Lay' today on www.rtds.ca . Thanks for your support, Todd!

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, Happy New Year!  For a special Christmas greeting, please go to:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tlla0rpbtI

I've added a date at the Lansdowne Farmers Market, Lansdowne, PA on Saturday, Aug. 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.  Come out an enjoy the music, as well as the great home-grown produce!

Chuck Elliott of XPN, Philadelphia played 2 songs from a demo of my flute/guitar duo on his show 'Sleepy Hollow' last Sat. morning (Aug. 7).  They were Gymnopedie No. 1 by Satie, and also a version of 'Nights in White Satin'.  Many thanks go out to Chuck for his continued support!

Five songs from my recordings have been added to low rotation on radiothatdoesntsuck.com .  They are A Morricone Moment (my original!), Breathe, Going to California, Lay lady Lay, and Stairway to Heaven.  A big thank you goes out to Don River for his ongoing support!

I'll be doing a small 'tour' of Jersey Farmer's Markets, starting this Wednesday (Aug. 4) at the Bordentown Farmers Market.  This will be followed Aug. 20 by the Hammonton Farmers Market, and then on Sept.  11 and Oct. 9 at the Burlington County Farmers Market.  Come join me for good music, and fresh Jersey produce from local farmers! See Calendar for details and links to the markets.

I have a new calendar date - August 27 - at The Coffee Works, Voorhees, NJ.  I am looking forward to playing at this great venue!

My new single of the Garcia/Hunter tune China Doll is listed for the next several weeks under "Recent Releases" on the website deaddisc.com, which is an ever-expanding discography of recordings related to the Grateful Dead and Bay Area music.  They have provided a separate page for my recording and have linked it to CD Baby, where its available for sale.  A big thank you goes out to them for their support, and I'm glad they like the song! 

 

A big thank you goes out to Peter North for playing my version of the Garcia/Hunter tune 'China Doll' on his show 'Dead Ends and Detours', CKUA, Edmonton, Alberta.  Thanks, Peter!!!!

A big thank you to Chuck Elliott, XPN, Philadelphia for playing my new single release of the Grateful Dead's 'China Doll'!  Thanks, Chuck!!!

My single rrelease of the Garcia/Hunter tune China Doll is now available at CD Baby.  I am very happy with this one.  It is a recording by Kevin Walker, M-Sound, Philadelphia of a live performance for the Steinway Society of South Jersey.  Click http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/LoreConstantine to purchase download now.  Enjoy!!

I have new links to YouTube, including musical selections of my guitar/flute duo as well as some classical selections on piano, and a live China Doll.  Hope you enjoy them!

I have had more radio airplay on XPN, Philadelphia by Chuck Elliott.  It was two classical selections from a demo of my guitar/flute duo - Fur Elise and Gymnopedie No. 1.  Thanks, Chuck, for your continued support - it's much appreciated!

I've received more radio play by Chuck Elliott on his Saturday morning show of "Sleepy Hollow" on XPN, Philadelphia.  This time he played "Takes My Breath Away", one of my favorites!

Check out my new blog.  In it, I will discuss various ideas and thoughts I have had during the course of my career as a musician and music teacher.  The first entry is about pianists/piano players that I listen to.

A special thank you goes out to Chuck Elliott, XPN, Philadelphia for playing my version of Bruce Springsteen's "New York City Serenade" on his Saturday morning show of "Sleepy Hollow".  Thanks, Chuck, for including me in your "Valentine" show!

I will be giving a recital for the Steinway Society of South Jersey on Sunday, March 15 at 3:00 p.m.  Stay tuned for more details!

Check out a video of me playing Ripple at Woodstock Trading Company, Cherry Hill, NJ.  Hope you enjoy Mugsy the cat, my biggest fan that day! (For some reason, whenever I play at Woodstock Trading Company I seem to communicate with small creatures.  This past summer it was a bird that sang along with me on several songs!)

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoxVppNz8dU

Mugsy the cat watched and listened for at least an hour.

On December 9, I had the honor of playing on a Holiday concert at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.  In addition to the concert which was broadcast in-house to wounded soldiers, I was also able to play in the lobby both before and after the show.

Please click on the following link to see a clip from the conert - "Stairway to Heaven" (although the sound is a bit soft on the video.)

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ehyLTTppao

I found out the morning of the show that Allison Krauss and Dan Tyminsky had been planning on coming up for the show, but were unable to fly due to bad weather.  While it would have been exciting to be on the same show with them, the real story here is the wounded soldiers and staff at Walter Reed.  Hopefully our music provided a respite and comfort in this Holiday season.  I would urge anyone who is looking for a cause to donate to either Musicians On Call www.musiciansoncall.org or the Combat Veteran Sports Foundation www.combatvetsports.org which sponsored our concert at Walter Reed.

Chuck Elliott of XPN, Philadelphia played my version of "Takes My Breath Away" on his Saturday morning edition of "Sleepy Hollow" yesterday.  A special thank you goes out to Chuck for continuing to support and play my music!

I'm looking forward to a different Holiday experience this year.  I will be playing in a Holiday Concert at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 9.  This will be a private concert hosted by the Combat Veteran Sports Foundation Musicians.  They contacted Musicians On Call (in which I participate) for volunteers.  I am proud to be on this program, and hope that my music will bring some support and comfort to those who may not be able to be home for the Holidays.

Chuck Elliott of XPN, Philadelphia played my version of Bruce Springsteen's "New York City Serenade" today on his Saturday morning program of "Sleepy Hollow".  Thanks, Chuck, for your continued support of my music!

Sandy Snyder of "The Eclectic Woman" played my version of "Stairway to Heaven" on Saturday, June 11 on WTJU, Charlottesville, VA.  Many thanks, Sandy!

Both of my CD's have been accepted by the company Muzak to add to their music library.  They are the leading provider of Business and Workplace music, offering actual artist titles.  Contracts are just now being finalized.

Chuck Elliott, of XPN, Philadelphia has played my version of "Lay, Lady, Lay on Sleepy Hollow", Sunday, May 24.  Chuck usually does Sleepy Hollow on Saturdays but was filling in on Sunday.  Thanks, Chuck!

Sandy Snyder of WTJU, Charlottesville, Virginia has played my version of "Norwegian Wood" on the show "The Eclectic Woman".  Thanks, Sandy!

Jeffrey Roth of the Philadelphia Examiner, has published an article about me and my CD's!  Go to 'Press/Reviews' and click on the link to see the article!

Another thank you goes out to Chuck Elliott, XPN, Philadelphia for play my version of Dylan's 'Lay, Lady, Lay' on his Saturday morning show of 'Sleepy Hollow'. As an independent artist, this radio airplay is greatly appreciated!!!
I will be having a CD Signing/Concert at Woodstock Trading Company, Cherry Hill, NJ on Saturday, April 18 from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. I will be doing music from my albums, as well as some other gems thrown in. Also, look for a bit of Merl Saunder's music, as Woodstock will also be re-dedicating their dogwood tree, planted by Merle Saunders in 1992. For the full story about the tree, go to http://www.woodstocktradeco.com/heynow/2008-thanksgiving.html .
Chuck Elliott played my version of 'New York City Serenade' on his Saturday morning show of 'Sleepy Hollow' on XPN, Philadelphia this morning!!! Many, many thanks, Chuck for understanding and appreciating my music!
Peter North, CKUA, Edmonton, Alberta played my version of "Black Peter" today on his show 'Dead Ends and Detours.' Many thanks to Peter for his continued support of my music!!!
"Downtown Deb" Trist, host of "Dead Air", KLCC, Eugene, Oregon played my version of "Ripple" this past Saturday. Deb was given the name of the show "Dead Air" by Dan Healy, Grateful Dead soundman, in 1986. Thanks, Deb, for adding my music to your broadcast!!!
On Saturday, Chuck Elliott , XPN, Philadelphia played both my original "Serenity" and my version of Pink Floyd's "Breathe". For anyone who's counting, that makes five different songs off my new album "Piano Expressions" that he has put on the air!! Many thanks, Chuck.
My version of Led Zeppelin's 'Thank You' has now been played on the radio, thanks to Chuck Elliott, XPN, Philadelphia on his Saturday morning show of 'Sleepy Hollow'! It's great to have so many different songs being played from my new album 'Piano Expressions'! Thank you, Chuck.
I have a new playing date at the Kaisersaal, Vienna, Austriaon Thursday, June 25. For details, please click on "Calendar Dates". I am really looking forward to playing in this beautiful city!
My latest album "Piano Expressions" is now available at iTunes. I will have a direct link to it from my website shortly.
Peter North has played another song from my latest album "Piano Expressions" this past Saturday - my version of the Grateful Dead's song "Ripple". I want to wish Peter a big thank you (again!) for his constant support and encouragement, and a special hello to anyone from Alberta reading my news and visiting my website! Cheers!
Chuck Elliott has played another song from my new album "Piano Expressions" this past Saturday - this time my version of Bob Dylan's song 'Lay, Lady, Lay'. Thanks so much, Chuck, for playing and sharing my music!
I will be playing New Year's Eve at the William Douglas Steakhouse, Cherry Hill, NJ from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. This is a last minute, but very welcome addition to my schedule. See my calendar for details and links to the Steakhouse.
Chuck Elliott of XPN Philadelphia has played my version of the Strength in Numbers song 'One Winter's Night' on Sleepy Hollow last week. This can be heard on my album 'Piano Impressions'. A big thank you to Chuck!
Kathy Parsons of www.mainlypiano.com has reviewed my new CD, which she says "will bring some real piano pizzazz to many parties!". For full review, please click on 'Press/Reviews'.
A big thank you to Peter North, CKUA, Edmonton, Alberta for playing 'Black Peter' today on his show 'Dead Ends and Detours'! You can check out his show at www.CKUA.com, which airs Saturday mornings 11:00 a.m. Eastern standard time.
Peter North of CKUA, Edmonton, Alberta is planning on playing 'Black Peter' on his show 'Dead Ends and Detours' this Saturday (Dec. 20). Listen live at CKUA.com, 11:00 a.m. Eastern Standard time!
Chuck Elliot, XPN, Philadelphia has played the track 'Ripple' from my new album 'Piano Expressions' this past Saturday! This was especially gratifying since I had only just sent out the CD on Monday. A special word of thanks goes out to Chuck, and check out his Saturday morning edition of the XPN show 'Sleepy Hollow'.
My new album "Piano Expressions" has arrived! It is available now at DigStation for listening and downloading. Just click 'Buy' for the link. The album will be on CD Baby and iTunes in the very near future!
Sorry for the short notice, but the William Douglas Steakhouse is cancelling all music starting tonight. I apologize to anyone showing up tonight to see me, but this was out of my control, a decision by the parent company out of Seattle, not the local management. I'll let you know if there is any change.
Following is a list of the tracks on my forthcoming CD: 1. She's No Lady (L. Lovett) 2. Gonzo's Blue Dream (J. Booker) 3. Willie Fugal's Blues (H.R. Byrd - Professor Longhair) 4. Black Peter (J. Garcia & R. Hunter) 5. Serenity (L. Constantine) 6. Breathe (R. Waters, D. Gilmour & R. Wright) 7. Norwegian Wood J. Lennon & P. McCartney 8. New York Serenade (B. Springsteen) 9. Thank You (J. Page & R. Plant) 10. Going to California (J. Page & R. Plant) 11. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight (B. Dylan) 12. Lay, Lady, Lay (B. Dylan) 13. Hop Skip Blues (L. Constantine) 14. Ripple (J. Garcia & R. Hunter
I have just reviewed the final proofs for my new album, called 'Piano Expressions'. This album is continuing a musical journey that began with my album 'Piano Impressions', and includes blues music of New Orleans and classic rock standards, as well as a few other musical diversions and original compositions mixed in. As always, the music interpretation is foremost, both in the arrangements and improvised solos - an "eclectic contemporary styling with a classical ethos". I expect to be picking up the album directly from the manufacture (estimated date is Dec. 4), and within a few days from that time the music should be available for download at Dig Station, through DiscMakers. It will be a few more weeks for CD Baby to offer the CD on-line, and they will be sending it to iTunes and other internet sites. I'm very excited about my new album, and I hope you enjoy it!
Peter North is planning on playing a selection from my album 'Piano Impressions' on his radio show "Dead Ends and Detours", CKUA, Edmonton, Alberta this Saturday (Sept. 20). Check it out at www.ckua.com - it's a great show!!! (It's 9:00 a.m. in Edmonton, 11:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.)
Plans to be back in the studio this summer didn't quite come together. However, I have two recording sessions scheduled for Sept. 11 and 12, in preparation of my new album. This album will include more songs by the Grateful Dead and Led Zeppelin, as well as some Bob Dylan, Lyle Lovett and Pink Floyd (and several more originals!), if all goes well. Please send good thoughts my way as I prepare this undertaking!
A Benefit Concert for the Gloucester County Children's Choir will be held on October 4 at 7:00 p.m. at the Pitman United Methodist Church in Pitman, NJ. This is to help fund the choir's trip to the Haydn International Youth Choral Festival, Vienna, Austria in 2009, as representatives of New Jersey, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the passing of Franz Joseph Haydn. I will be accompanying sopranot Robin Wilson performing John Carter's Cantata for Voice and Piano. Also on the program will be Shane Gosdis, Tenor, Brian Hatcher, Pianist, and David Anderson, Pianist. We hope for a very large turnout!!!
I have received a review of a recital I gave at Muhlenberg College, Allentown, by Dr. Douglas Ovens, Professor and Chair of Music Department (see Press/Reviews). This was a formal recital that included a Scarlatti Sonata, a Chopin Ballade, and music from my album, as well as music of New Orleans piano players James Booker and Professor Longhair. It was truly a program of piano across the centuries, and very exciting to perform!
Several of you have asked, and to give a heads up, I will be going back into the studio this summer to do another album. Of course it will have some more Grateful Dead, but also some James Booker and Professor Longhair, possibly another Led Zeppelin song and a few other surprises! I'll keep you posted as things develop this summer!
Please check out a new review of my album 'Piano Impressions' by Michael Tearson, Sirius radio host!!! Just go to my home page and click on 'Press/reviews'.
I have been placed on Standby for the South X Southwest Music Festival, to be held this March in Austin, Texas. They had over 10,000 applications from artists wishing to perform at this festival, and I am on what they call a "very small list of acts to continue to consider." I feel honored to be included as a solo artist!
I have joined the XPN Musicians On Call program. My first engagement will be at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden on January 9. I am very glad to be a part of this great program!
Check out the new in-depth review of my CD by Kathy Parsons, of Solo Piano Publications, under Press/Reviews!
I am departing from my regular 'news' format to send a word of sympathy to the residents of California, in the midst of a tragic situation. I wanted to relate a personal story about my CD. I sent an advance copy of my CD to a cousin of my father who lives in Point Loma, and had been giving supportive 'start up' advice. She decided to listen to it at an overlook of the beach, and rolled down her windows, and opened her sun roof, and basically 'cranked it up'. To her surprise and amazement, joggers stopped, surfers coming back from the beach stopped, and she had a group that hung around her car, and continued to listen to the rest of the CD, and at the end, they applauded. This was the first time that I realized that what I hoped to accomplish in putting together a cohesive album was actually getting across to people. So at any rate, my thoughts and prayers are with the people of San Diego, as I continue hearing stories my second cousin relates to me in her volunteer efforts at the stadium, etc.
Thanks to Chuck Elliot for playing another song from my album on Sleepy Hollow, "Takes My Breath Away." Due to recital preparations, I'm a bit behind in saying thanks, but it is very gratifying that he is playing such a variety of songs from my album. Thank you, Chuck!
Thank you to everyone who came to my recital in Allentown! The music was a success - from Scarlatti and Chopin to New Orleans piano to the Grateful Dead! This was a fun challenge for me, and I'm glad everyone appreciated the variety in a formal program. Thanks again!
I will be giving a recital at Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 4:00 p.m. at the Recital Hall, Baker Center for the Arts. This program will feature a broad base of piano music, including Sonata VII (K96) in D major by Scarlatti, Ballade in G minor, Op. 23 by Chopin, music of New Orleans piano players James Booker and Professor Longhair, as well as music from my album. It should be an exciting program!! For directions, go to www.muhlenberg.edu Hope to see you there!
Chuck Elliot of WXPN, Philadelphia played 'A Morricone Moment' and a portion of 'Stairway to Heaven' on the show Sleepy Hollow this past Saturday. I was introduced as a 'Philly Local Artist'. He also mentioned that he had played my 'Mountains of the Moon' several weeks ago!!
I have been invited by Peter North of CKUA to play on a Grateful Dead Tribute Concert this coming March. I will post more information as it becomes available.
I will be playing at the Haddonfield Art Festival at MarsRed Music, on the weekend of July 14. I'll post exact date and time in the near future!
My CD, Piano Impressions, is now at Barnes & Noble, Moorestown, NJ. Check it out!
Peter North has again featured my album 'Piano Impressions' on his CKUA radio show, 'Dead Ends and Detours' by playing my version of Terrapin Station on Saturday, May 19. CKUA is heard across western Canada and on the internet.
I will be giving a formal piano recital at my alma mater, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA on Saturday, September 29, at 4:00 p.m. I will post more information about this closer to the date, but I can guarantee it will be a varied program, from Scarlatti to Chopin to music of the Grateful Dead!
Fans from more than 40 countries have visited my website in April. This is very exciting for me. The music on my album is a very personal project, and it is wonderful to know that it is reaching so many people! Here's the list of countries that I know of: Brazil, Russian Federation, Japan, Germany, France, Argentina, Latvia, Cote D'Ivoire, Seychelles, Dominican Republic, Poland, United Kingdom, India, Italy, Singapore, Canada, Romania, Thailand, Turkey, Taiwan, Belgium, Estonia, Spain, Hong Kong, Hungary, Mexico, Venezuela, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Austria, Aruba, Azerbaijan, China, Greece, Guatemala, Malta, Nicaragua, Sweden and South Africa.
I have been notified that I am on standby for the Toronto music festival NXNE 2007. Over 2500 acts from all over the world applied to showcase at this event, and I am pleased to have made it to the final round!
Check out CKUA on Saturday March 31, as Peter North may play another song from my album on his show 'Dead Ends and Detours". This show airs at 9:00 a.m. Mountain Time, 11:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. To log on and listen, go to www.ckua.com and click on the button at the top of the page that says 'Live On Air'. It is also rebroadcast the following Friday - check their program schedule. It's a great show!!
The original song 'A Morricone Moment', while not making the final cut for the new Robert Angelo Masciantonio film 'All Along', was strongly considered, and they sent their compliments on the "good song".
The original song "A Morricone Moment" is under consideration for the new film 'All Along', by Robert Angelo Masciantonio. A final decision can come any day.
Peter North, music director of CKUA, Edmonton, Alberta is planning to play the Grateful Dead tracks on the disc "Piano Impressions" on his radio show "Dead Ends and Detours". It is broadcast on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. (their time zone!), and he plans to begin airing the album the week of Feb. 17. Check it out at CKUA.com!!
Lore Constantine's solo piano CD "Piano Impressions' is now available on Apple iTunes for digital download. It has been sent out at latest count to 24 digital download companies, so it should be showing up in some of the other sites soon!
"Piano Impressions" is now available at Abbie Road CD's, Collingswood, NJ. Please support local stores who support local musicians!
Preliminary work has been completed to offer 'Piano Impressions' to on-line digital download services. This is currently being prepared by CD Baby and may take 2-5 weeks - I'll keep you updated!!!!
The CD 'Piano Impressions' is now available at Earth Tones, 19 N. Centre St., Merchantville NJ.
'Piano Impressions' is now available at Woodstock Trading Co., 1800 State Hwy 70, Cherry Hill, NJ.
The CD 'Piano Impressions' is now also available at Spinsters Records, New Hope, PA!
Lore Constantine's CD 'Piano Impressions' is now available at several local stores. In addition to Wild Birds, Unlimited of Cherry Hill, it can now be found at Arts Plus Gallery, Collingswood; marsRed, Haddonfield, and Raks Thrift Avenue, Haddonfield. Please support these businesses that support local musicians!!!
Mountains of the Moon was played by David Gans on his radio show "Dead to the World" on Wednesday, Nov. 1 in California and on the web. David Gans is also the host of the "Grateful Dead Hour" which airs on WXPN, Philadelphia.
The CD Release Party was held at the High Street Grill on Saturday, Nov. 4. Close to 70 people attended this event, in addition to other unknowing customers who happened to be dining there that night. I'd like to give a big 'thank you' to everyone who came and made the night a major happening!!
My solo piano CD "Piano Impressions" is now available at CDBaby, with music clips of all the songs. It will be linked shortly to this website, but in the meantime, you can check it out at cdbaby.com. Just type in "Lore Constantine" under artist search. Congrats to CDBaby for getting things up and running so soon!!
The new CD 'Piano Impressions' has arrived from the manufacturer, and should be available at CDBaby.com 11/7/06 at the latest! There will be a link from this website, and also samples of the music. Preparations are being finalized for the CD Release Party on Saturday, Nov. 4. CD's will be available there for signing!
The High Street Grill is hosting a CD release party for "Piano Impressions" on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006 from 7-11 p.m. Come join the fun and hear the new CD!
Lore Constantine's new solo piano album will be available late October. It features Terrapin Station, Stairway to Heaven, and Joni Mitchell's Blue. Stay tuned for info about CD release party at the High Street Grill, Mt. Holly, NJ.

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