|Shaina Taub – May 20 at Greenwich House Music School's 2021 Uncharted Streaming Concert Series|
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|Thursday, May 20 at 8PM
Shaina Taub: Songs of the Great Hill
Streaming Free at Greenwich House Music School and
Joe's Pub YouTube Channel
Part of the 2021 Uncharted Streaming Concert Series
In Partnership with Joe's Pub
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On May 20, the fast-rising musical theater creator and performer, singer/songwriter Shaina Taub – most recently of the forthcoming Suffragist at The Public Theater and The Devil Wears Prada with composer Sir Elton John on Broadway – will debut Songs of the Great Hill, a fully-produced, streaming concert premiere of new music created during quarantine by Taub (vocals, piano, accordion) and presented with her friends and bandmates Mike Brun (bass/guitar), Hiroyuki Matsuura (drums), David Farrell Melton (keyboards/organ), and Kuhoo Verma and Sylver Wallace (backing vocals). This free streaming performance is a part of Greenwich House Music School’s Uncharted music series, presented in conjunction with Joe’s Pub. Songs of the Great Hill will air on Joe’s Pub's YouTube channel, then remain available on demand through the following weekend.
“I've been singing and playing since I was a little kid,” says Taub, “and this is absolutely the longest period of time in my life where I haven't done that work in person. It’s a heartbreak I know I share with millions of artists right now. As summer turned to fall in quarantine, I took solace in a daily walk on the Great Hill in Central Park, trying to face the unrelenting surreality of the year, this other great hill we've all been trudging up. The view from that higher ground inspired me to sit down at the piano every day and just see what came out: all the messy grief, uncertainty, hard-won joy, some stories I've been meaning to tell for years, others that appeared completely by surprise.”
“I’ve been in a lengthy creative stretch of making musical theater, which is necessarily focused on character and structure, so these are the first songs I've written in a long time that were sparked from the impulse of music rather than words. I think it was really good for me.”
Taub continues, “as a technologically unsavvy person, I have spent the last year intimidated by the prospect of doing a full-length virtual show. Greenwich House is making it easy by providing incredible technical resources so that I can just focus on the music. Songs of the Great Hill is an offering of hope through the screen, just to say that you're not alone. We will gather again and, until then, I'm singing with you from afar.”
There will be a virtual tip jar to accompany this performance, with all proceeds going to the Alliance for Quality Education. Taub tells us that “AQE is a coalition fighting to end the systemic racism and economic oppression in New York's public schools, keeping the state true to its promise to ensure a high-quality public education to all students regardless of zip code. As a proud public school kid myself, and in the spirit of Greenwich House's dedication to arts education for all, I want to encourage my audience to contribute in support of this vital organization.”
Shaina Taub is an Emmy-nominated songwriter and performer. A winner of the Kleban Prize, the Fred Ebb Award and the Jonathan Larson Grant, Taub is an artist-in-residence at the Public Theater, where she has a regular concert residency at Joe’s Pub. She's currently writing lyrics for the upcoming Broadway musical The Devil Wears Prada, with music by Sir Elton John, as well as Suffragist, a new musical about American women's fight for the vote. She created and starred in critically acclaimed musical adaptations of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and As You Like It that were commissioned and produced by the Public Theater at the Delacorte in Central Park as part of their groundbreaking community-based program, Public Works. Those adaptations have now been produced in London, Seattle, Dallas and beyond. She has released two solo albums and recently signed with Atlantic Records.
Taub starred in the New York re-mounting of the Signature Theatre's hit production of Bill Irwin and David Shiner's Old Hats, featuring her original songs. She appeared in the original Off-Broadway productions of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 and Hadestown, and has performed her music in concert at Lincoln Center's American Songbook series and with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall. Taub writes songs for Sesame Street, is an NYCLU Artist Ambassador and a member of the Resistance Revival Chorus.
Full 2021 Uncharted Streaming Concert Series Schedule
May 13: Migguel Anggelo
May 20: Shaina Taub
May 27: Haig Papazian of Mashrou' Leila
June 3: Zawadi Noël
June 10: Riley Mulherkar of The Westerlies
June 17: Ella Bric aka Linda Briceño
About Greenwich House and Uncharted
Greenwich House Music School is a part of Greenwich House. Founded in 1902, Greenwich House is a nonprofit that enriches the lives of children, families and seniors and individuals working to overcome life’s challenges through arts and education programs, senior services and health services. Greenwich House Music School helps to contribute to this unique, caring community of friends and neighbors in New York. For more information, visit greenwichhousemusicschool.org.
Since 2014, Uncharted has emerged as one of New York's most exciting and unpredictable live concert series, drawing attention from tastemakers and curators from across the city. Every Uncharted performance features New York City-based artists premiering new projects or meeting new collaborators on stage. For more information, please visit greenwichhouse.org/uncharted.
For additional information and up-to-the-minute performance updates, call 212-242-4770 or visit the Greenwich House website at GreenwichHouse.org
Uncharted is made possible by the generous support of the Baisley Powell Elebash Fund.
Uncharted is also supported, in part, by public funds from The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, NYU and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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