Sierra Boggess and More Featured on THE WILD & WHIMSICAL WORLDS OF DAVID MALLAMUD Album, Out Today
Composer David Mallamud's brain is a busy place. With a particular gift for compositions that fuse genres with his own unique perspective, the dynamic young composer's debut CD, "The Wild & Whimsical Worlds of David Mallamud" (today, September 30, is the worldwide release on Broadway Records), brings the listener through a fanciful tour of time and place.
Stops include a visit to Parisian music hall culture, '80s Glam Metal, Victorian parlor songs, salsa-drenched Latin daytime telenovelas, Irish-inspired sea shanties, and just about everything in between.
"I love this recording," said Emmy-winning film, media, and concert composer Jeff Beal (House of Cards, Blackfish) - "a beautiful, eclectic, witty collection of songs by David Mallamud, with a cast of amazing vocal talent!"
Sweetening the musical pot is the addition of some of today's greatest Broadway voices: Sierra Boggess, Amick Byram, Janet Dacal, Morgan James, Constantine Maroulis, Christiane Noll, Brian Charles Rooney, plus Irish singer Cathie Ryan and Dan Webb (Rant & Roar) in collaboration with the Albany Symphony's rock-chamber ensemble, Dogs of Desire conducted by David Alan Miller. Also featured are guests Eric Rigler on uilleann pipes (films Braveheart and Titanic) and guitarist Joel Hoekstra (Rock of Ages, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Whitesnake).
Maury Yeston, multiple Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning composer and lyricist (scores for Broadway musicals Phantom and Titanic), described the recording this way: "This new collection of eclectic songs by the fertile composer-lyricist contains fresh and compelling selections, orchestrated by the composer himself, inspired by diverse musical styles and contexts ranging from the 19th-century American parlor song to French music hall. Among the numerous delights is a pair of especial gems, as sung by two Broadway goddesses - a sultry Christiane Noll (Jeu de Pleurais) and the gloriously-voiced Sierra Boggess (My Only Love), that are hauntingly beautiful."
Mallamud considers this album-produced by the acclaimed Kim Scharnberg, and Grammy winners Joel Moss and David Alan Miller-the best of a decade of work written for Dogs of Desire. "All of these reflect a specific genre of music I've playfully heightened or exaggerated through my own modern and personal perspective," he says. These theatrical song cycles typically at home in the theater, now appear in this completely novel context, telling stories through song.
Accolades continue for Mallamud's music from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts, who wrote: "I love David's music for its rare and brilliant combination of imagination, beauty, humor and true craft."
David Mallamud's creative fluidity spans diverse worlds from Off-Broadway musicals to ballet to concert music performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center.About Flight School The Musical, the New York Times' Laurel Graeber wrote, "Mr. Mallamud has written music worthy of bigger stages, variously embracing classical lyricism, pulsing pop, the poignant ballad and at least one all-out, Alice Cooper-style rock rant."
"I've always had an equal love for many different styles of music," notes Mallamud. "Although I try to reflect that in my writing, my goal is never to simply recreate a style, but to create my own version to capture what that culture and its music mean to me-almost like an exaggerated childhood memory."
Track Listing:PARLOR SONGS
1) Please, Froggy, Be True (Noll)
2) Frump On Your Lapel (Byram)
3) My Only Love (Boggess)
4) Itsy Bitsy Baby (Byram)
5) IMMRAM (Ryan, Webb, Rigler)
6) EL DILEMA DE CHUCHO (Dacal, Rooney)
CHROME-PLATED GUT-WADDIN' MONDORIFICO
7) Cool (James)
8) Hully Gully (James)
9) Tijuana (Dacal)
LAST CALL AT THE FOLIES BERGÈRE
10) Intro (Byram, James, Noll, Rooney)
11) Intro (Playout)
12) Chez Moi I (Byram, Noll)
13) Chez Moi I (Playout)
14) Jeu de Pleurais (Noll)
15) Zoo d'Amour (Rooney)
16) Zoo d'Amour (Playout)/Chez Moi II (Noll)
17) Conga Dies Irae/Banana Dance (James)
18) Conga Dies Irae (Playout)
19) Folies Bergère (Byram, James, Noll, Rooney)
LIZARDMAN (Maroulis, Hoekstra)
21) Fallen Angel (Part I)
22) Fallen Angel (Part II)
David Mallamud's credits include arrangements and additional music for Mike Mills' (from R.E.M.) concerto for rock band and violin for Robert McDuffie and the Toronto Symphony; a stage adaptation of Dr. Seuss' The Sneetches, in collaboration with playwright Philip Dawkins for the Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis (opening February 2017); a ballet, Elegy, premiered by Metropolitan Ballet (Twin Cities) with the Kenwood Symphony; and performances by the Harrisburg Symphony, Albany Symphony, New World Symphony, Westchester Philharmonic, and a variety of other ensembles. Mallamud is currently working on various other projects with Emmy-nominated lyricist Alisa Hauser, playwright/lyricist Joshua H. Cohen, and librettist Len Schiff.
Mallamud has been honored with a Charles Ives Scholarship (The American Academy of Arts and Letters), two Morton Gould Young Composer Awards (ASCAP), and the Leonard Bernstein Fellowship (Tanglewood). He received his B.M. from the Eastman School of Music, his M.M. from Juilliard, and his M.F.A. from NYU/Tisch Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program. He did additional graduate studies at Yale University with Ned Rorem.
Broadway Records (Van Dean, President) is one of the preeminent theatrical record labels to produce original cast albums for major Broadway and Off-Broadway shows including the Grammy nominated Matilda The Musical, Fiddler on the Roof (2015 revival), Tony Award-winning The Color Purple (2015 revival), Allegiance and Disaster! among others. Recent releases include The Visit, Doctor Zhivago, Side Show (2014 revival), Bonnie & Clyde, Big Fish and NBC's television events, The Wiz Live! and Peter Pan Live!. The label's critically-acclaimed "Live at Feinstein's/54 BELOW" series features top Broadway stars including Patti LuPone, Aaron Tveit, Annaleigh Ashford, Norbert Leo Butz, Sierra Boggess, Laura Benanti, Emily Skinner & Alice Ripley, Frank Wildhorn and Friends, Micky Dolenz and many others. Most recently, Broadway Records launched the Broadway for Orlando initiative (in partnership with creators Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley) as a response to the Pulse nightclub mass shooting. The all-star benefit single, "What the World Needs Now is Love" (recorded at NYC's Avatar Studios on Wednesday, June 15, 2016) has been downloaded more than 65k times and raised over $100k to date and counting, with 100% of the proceeds benefitting the GLBT Center of Central Florida. Additionally, the song reached No. 1 on the iTunes song chart in its first week of release and broke into the Billboard Top 100 with no commercial radio play. A special charitable CD/DVD recording, From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert For Orlando, will be released in October. To learn more, visit BroadwayRecords.com.
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