Posted on December 28, 2010 at 10:04 pm
The end of 2010 is upon us, friends, and so I take this opportunity to reflect on the past year and to spread good news for the future!
The past twelve months have seen the usual berserk whirlwind of activity in JRB-land: I produced and played on tracks for Stuart Matthew Price, Kevin Odekirk, and Natalie Weiss; I directed a play by one of my writing heroes; played a concert version of The Last Five Years at East-West Players in L.A.; taught two semesters at USC; had a fantastic week of concerts at Birdland with Anika Noni Rose; and did classes and concerts in San Diego, CA; Kitchener, ON; Albany, NY; Schenectady, NY; Long Island, NY; Phoenix, AZ; South Bend, IN; Birmingham, AL; Lake Forest, IL (with Shoshana Bean); Santa Rosa, CA (with Amy Ryder); Pasadena, CA (with Georgia Stitt); Portland, OR; Missoula, MT; Laguna Beach, CA; Burlingame, CA; Fargo, ND; San Juan Island, WA (with Shoshana Bean); Los Angeles, CA (with Nita Whitaker, Adam Pascal, Lara Pulver and Graham Phillips); NYC; Hamburg, Germany; and two sold-out shows with Anika Noni Rose in London’s West End!
Oh, and I turned 40.
Meanwhile, I was laying the groundwork for 2011! In the next three months, I’ve got concerts coming up in Santa Fe, NM; Huntsville, AL; and a concert tour of Australia and New Zealand; plus my first time conducting the National Symphony Orchestra, in a return engagement of The Trumpet of the Swan!
I’m also going to be coming back to NYC with Anika Noni Rose for three nights in April! Details coming soon, I promise – meanwhile, hold April 28-30 on your calendars!
Lots of new work is bubbling up around the Secret Headquarters, including several new shows, a new solo album, and some very exciting film and theatre projects – you can read a little about that in my latest blog (see the second question), and while you’re there, check out some of my earlier blogs for a terrifying rendition of “King of the World” and a great big tribute to Stephen Sondheim.
I hope to see you all at the shows and concerts this year, but even more importantly, I hope you all have a fantastic and creative 2011.
If you can’t kick it in a thicket, then dig it in a frigate! Happy New Year!
Jason Robert Brown