Hello 2019! Let's hope the New Year brings in some super gigs! I can look back on 2018 with a smile knowing I played some very memorable concerts. The Memorial Day party with Joe Bilotti and friends was especially fun since we were amongst lots of local friends and fans! . We were back at Ginty Field in Morristown for their summer music series with The Heart Of Gold Band on August 21, a gig we have been asked to do year after year! I did an intimate concert with Joe in Danbury Connecticut on September 9th at The Richter House which was super special! . Then we played the Festival On The Green with The Heart Of Gold Band on September 30, always a highlight of the year for us! I hope 2019 presents even more great concert opportunities to us. As you can see we are available for summer festivals, private parties, clubs and more! Please keep us in mind.
I have a very enthusiastic and talented class of students right now. Last season ended on a high note with all of my younger students achieving highest honors in the MEA Auditions and with one of my students placing 2nd in The Eric Steiner Original Composition Competition, Junior Level, and two receiving Honorable Mentions in the same category. Those 3 students along with several others then performed at Caldwell University in April for the Original Composition Festival! Right now the students are preparing to perform in a "Salon" at my home in February which should be a lot of fun! Very blessed to have wonderful students of all ages, with such a love of music and piano!
A SONGBIRD'S CHRISTMAS
In 2017, I collaborated with Kathy Knittel on her CD, A Songbird's Christmas . I produced and did all the arrangements. Joe Bilotti also plays on many of the tracks. We did get some airplay on various internet radio stations this past holiday season! You can read all about the project and purchase the CD from the merchandise page. Kathy, Joe and myself are booking gigs now to perform this music for the 2019 Holiday Season. Let me know if you are interested in having us play in your Church or for a local Holiday event!
We are happy to announce that we will be performing for the Morristown Summer Concert series on the evening of Tuesday, August 21. This is a free outdoor concert. Bring the whole family, chairs, blankets, food and have some fun with us. Ginty Field is located at: 50 Woodland Ave. We will be featuring artist Gary Oleyar for this show. Joe Bilotti has been playing a fair number of gigs with Gary Oleyar in Dr. Brian Voynick’s Band. Gary plays violin, guitar, mandolin, dobro and banjo. He has played violin with Jim Messina of Loggins and Messina since 1995 and is featured on some of his records. He has also been playing with Kenny Loggins. This is always a fun night. Hope to see you there.
7:00 - 8:30.
Ginty Field # 2
50 Woodland Ave., Morristown
September 9: Joan Bujacich will be giving a concert in Danbury, Connecticut at the Richter House located at 100 Aunt Hack Rd. It is an outdoor concert and it begins at 3:00 P.M. Joan will be accompanied by guitarist/vocalist Joe Bilotti. The duo version of their “The Heart Of Gold Band” brings fresh arrangements to familiar classic rock songs. Admission is free.
We will be back for the 2018 Festival On The Green on September 30. We perform on the main stage which is located on the corner of Dehart and South Streets from 1-5. Bring the whole family! This is a free event with a lot of activities for the entire family!
Last year's concert: The Heart Of Gold Band was back for its 8th year of rockin' the Festival On The Green in Morristown, NJ. It was an unusually hot day on September 24, 2018, climbing into the high 90's, but the audience stood strong in spite of the heat and inspired the band with their enthusiasm and great vibe. The Heart Of Gold Band has become a favorite feature for the festival which attracts thousands of people from around North Jersey. Even the Morris County premier newspaper, The Record agrees!
Some of the new songs added to the repertoire for this year are Life on Mars by David Bowie, Tiny Dancer by Elton John, and refreshing arrangements of Eleanor Rigby and Help by The Beatles. Do You Feel Like I Do, Long Distance Run Around, Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys and Kashmir continue to be crowd favorites.
Asking the band back year after year for this prestigious festival is a testament to the band's ability of pleasing a large, broad base audience. They are a great choice for a Summer Music Concert series and Festivals of all kinds. They also play private and corporate parties and everything in between.
Check out the Band's Webpage and EPK (Electronic Press Kit). The Press Package includes short bios on all the talented members, a song list, press, links to videos and other information that you might find interesting!
Visit the Store to purchase the Heart Of Gold CD, $10.00 includes shipping!
The sheet music for Rhapsody in Eb minor, my latest solo piano composition, is now available to purchase from my Store!
George Rothman, conductor of Riverside Symphony, NYC, writes: "Beautiful job, great harmonies, and love the combination of euro-russo and jazz elements that you’ve melded together. Bravo for this and your terrific performance."
You can listen to the music set to fantastical images here or just listen to the audio from Soundcloud.!
Be sure to check out the VIDEO page where you will find all sorts of interesting material posted.
Joan helped organize the judges for the Lifetime TV series Pitch Slapped, a reality show that featured NJ High School a cappella groups. One of the coaches for the show was Deke Sharon, music director for the Pitch Perfect films! Joan is pictured here judging with Joe Bilotti and Diane Hessinger. She ended up judging on three episodes and actually got to present the trophy's and speak on camera as well! What fun!