The Songwriter’s Orchestra The Songwriter’s Orchestra

with Magnus Ferguson, Eisa Davis, Britton Smith, Kathryn Gallagher, Olivia Harris, Jess Best & Solomon Hoffman

Mon December 21st, 2015


Main Space

Minimum Age: 18+

Doors Open: 6:30PM

Show Time: 7:30PM

Event Ticket: $15

Day of Show: $20

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20 songs, 11 musicians, 6 singers, 1 night. The Songwriter’s Orchestra is a new ensemble that pairs talented singer/songwriters with an 11-piece chamber orchestra consisting of strings, winds, brass and percussion. The songs are presented in new arrangements so this unique ensemble serves as the sole accompaniment. Founded by arranger/conductor Solomon Hoffman, the ensemble features musicians that have trained at Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, The New School and Eastman. The group’s producer is Laura Quintela. The concert will feature music by Jess Best, Eisa Davis, Magnus Ferguson, Kathryn Gallagher, Olivia Harris and Britton Smith.
Produced by Laura Quintela
The Songwriter’s Orchestra official site
Table seating for all seated shows is reserved exclusively for ticket holders who purchase “Table Seating” tickets. By purchasing a “Table Seating” ticket you agree to also purchase a minimum of two food and/or beverage items per person. Table seating is first come, first seated. Please arrive early for the best choice of available seats. Seating begins when doors open. Tables are communal so you may be seated with other patrons. We do not take table reservations.
A standing room area is available by the bar for all guests who purchase “Standing Room” tickets. Food and beverage can be purchased at the bar but there is no minimum purchase required in this area.
All tickets sales are final. No refund or credits.

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The Songwriter’s Orchestra

Magnus Ferguson

Magnus Ferguson is the frontman of the neo-folk band, Morningsiders, which tours nationwide and released their debut EP “unfocus” earlier this year. The band’s single, Empress, recently toped Spotify’s “Viral 50” Playlist. Magnus writes on guitar and piano. His music is inspired by the songwriting of Jim Croce, Cat Stevens, and Nick Drake.
He hails from Houston, Texas, and moved to New York City in high school and stayed to attend Columbia University, where he studied religion and graduated in 2014. He currently resides in New York where he plays with Morningsiders and teaches piano and guitar.

Eisa Davis

Eisa Davis is a multi-talented performer and writer recognized for her work in the Broadway musical Passing Strange, her stage memoir Angela’s Mixtape, and screen roles in Free Angela, Welcome To The Rileys (opposite James Gandolfini), The Wire, Smash, Hart of Dixie, and House of Cards. Her original music was featured regularly on the Showtime series Soul Food.She sings at venues including Joe’s Pub, Apollo Music Café, Symphony Space, BAMCafe, and many more. A Pulitzer Prize finalist for her play Bulrusher, an Obie winner for Sustained Excellence in Performance, and a Herb Alpert Award winner for her body of written work in theatre, Eisa continues to experiment at the nexus of drama and popular music in recordings, live performances and full length music-theatre pieces. Something Else and Tinctures are albums of her original music.
Eisa Davis official site

Britton Smith

Britton Smith was most recently seen in Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party at City Center Encores! Composer of The Lost by Keelay Gipson. PaceMT12. He’s currently preparing to return to the stage in George C. Wolfe’s new musical Shuffle Along! He previously appeared in After Midnight on Broadway and the Off-Broadway productions of For The Last Time and The Fortress of Solitude.

Kathryn Gallagher

Kathryn Gallagher is currently playing Voice of Martha/Guitar in the Broadway revival of Spring Awakening. As a singer-songwriter, her music has been featured in the feature film Thanks for Sharing, USA’s “Covert Affairs” and more. Performance highlights include opening for Ray & Robby of The Doors, Little Feat, The Bacon Brothers and Deaf West’s Spring Awakening (Wallis Annenberg). Her debut EP produced by Mikal Blue (Colbie Caillat, OneRepublic) was released in 2014 & an upcoming EP will be released this fall.
Kathryn Gallagher official site
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Olivia Harris

Olivia Harris is a prolific songwriter who uses her Caribbean, funk and R&B roots to create soul fusion, a unique, funky, uplifting sound that will keep your toes tapping. She grew up in Brooklyn singing every Sunday in her church choir, while dancing to Michael Jackson, as well as the reggae and bachata outside her window. She began playing piano at four years old, then moved onto arranging and composing in her high school a cappella group, which influenced her to pursue a degree in music at Columbia University. There, jazz empowered her to use the variety of music she had grown up with to create her own take on R&B. As Olivia K, she has played such venues as The Bitter End and the Highline Ballroom. Most recently, she played Times Square’s EcoFest with her band Olivia K and the Parkers. She has performed with The Songwriter’s Orchestra at 54 Below and The Laurie Beechman Theatre.

Jess Best

Jess Best is a NY native and released her debut album Gone Baby last year, which is a landscape of modern soul, twisting jazz into blues and r&b, creating songs that will stir you up. This collection of songs gives you a taste of her songwriting that is grounded in colorful progressions, deep grooves, rich harmonies and nuanced lyrics combined together to create a raw and intimate conversation. In addition to performing, she runs a music series at 61 Local in Brooklyn called Sunday Sounds.
Jess Best official site

Solomon Hoffman

Solomon Hoffman (arranger/conductor) is a NYC based composer, orchestrator and arranger. His orchestrations have been featured in concerts and productions at 54 Below, Ars Nova, Dixon Place, Don’t Tell Mama, FringeNYC,  Juilliard Drama, (le) poisson rouge, Lincoln Center and SubCulture. He is the founder and conductor of The Songwriter’s Orchestra, an innovative 12-piece chamber orchestra that collaborates with singer/songwriters from a variety of backgrounds to present new arrangements of their music. The ensemble recently presented a concert in support of criminal justice reform that wove together narratives of previously incarcerated people with original songs inspired by their stories. Solomon has also been involved in the creation of works to advance social justice causes through collaborations with the Broadway Advocacy Coalition. Solomon graduated from Columbia University, where he composed the student-written Varsity Show twice and conducted and orchestrated the show for four years. For the past three years he has been an educator and artist-in-residence at the Reconstructionist Synagogue of the North Shore.

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