Over the winter and spring, I worked on a project with artist/healer, Sandra Del Cioppio. Seeing Sound, Hearing Color "celebrates the union of art and music with vibrations, the medicine in all of creation." This multi-dimensional offering consists of a CD of my original compositions, a Digital Download Card to 7 HD audio tracks and seven - 5x7 postcards of original paintings by Sandra Del Cioppio. To purchase and to learn more about this project visit the Store and the the webpage for Seeing Sound Hearing Color! If you are into alternate healing practices, the Chakras, meditation, yoga, reiki, energy therapy; you will love this project! I am very excited about this collaboration and I am very excited about the music I created which was inspired by Sandra, her art and her person. Please check it out!
St Timothy Lutheran Church located at 395 Valley Road in Wayne, NJ , will be presenting a concert on November 24, 2019 featuring The Songbird Trio comprised of Kathy Knittel on lead vocals, Joanie Bujacich on piano, and Joe Bilotti on guitar. They will be performing songs from their CD, A Songbird's Christmas, along with other releases including For Good (from the Broadway show Wicked), You've Got a Friend, and Landslide. Look for more information about this concert coming soon!
In case you missed the news, 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 have been getting airplay on various internet radio stations! You can read all about the project and purchase the CD from the merchandise page. Let me know if you are interested in having us give a concert for a Holiday event near you!
I have a very enthusiastic and talented class of students right now. Last season ended on a high note with seven of my students achieving the highest honor of Outstanding in the MEA Auditions. I also had four students perform at Caldwell University in April for the Original Composition Festival! One recieved Honorable Mention in the Eric Steiner Original Composition Competition, Junior category. Another student made MEA history by performing an original electronic music composition, using two synthesizers and the software program Ableton. I am very blessed to have wonderful students of all ages who share such a love of music and piano!
FREE CONCERT: CCM Music, Performing Arts and Music Technologies and Special Events Presents Songs at Sunset featuring Morris County's own Heart of Gold Band, on Friday, September 20, at 7 p.m. The event will take place at the Music Technology Center, Ampitheatre. Park in lots 5 and 6. Bring your own chair. Band members are local music legends, including Joe Bilotti, Joan Bujacich, Joe Howell, John Hummel and Kathy Knittel. Heart of Gold will be playing popular classic rock, including Steely Dan, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, David Bowie, Peter Frampton, Joan Baez and more. Opening bands include Junkanoo, Friar Fritzls and Funtime Monastery. If it rains the concert will take place at the Dragonetti Auditorium.
We will be back for the 2019 Festival On The Green on September 29. 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!
This will be our second year featuring artist Gary Oleyar. 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. We also may have another special guest, check back soon to see!
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!