In absentia

And so here we are, in a brave new world….

I am in exile, in self isolation, wishing the world, and all those I love, good health and safety ahead…

KAMIKAZE GROUND CREW winter reunion Feb. 28th

The annual winter reunion at Westbeth, this year on Friday Feb.28th at 7.30pm. Who knew the Community Room had such good acoustics, and was such a fun hang? Some old music, some new music, some deep listening…

GL, alto & bari sax, bass cl., accordion, piano and vocals; Doug Wieselman, clarinets, saxes, guitar; Peter Apfelbaum, tenor sax; Steven Bernstein, trumpet, slide trumpet; Art Baron, trombone; Marcus Rojas, tuba; Kenny Wollesen, drums, percussion & Wollesonics.

Westbeth Community Room, 55 Bethune Street, in the far West Village of Manhattan.

Lethe Lounge, Monday Nov.11th @ 8pm

11/11, full moon… a quartet concert in an intimate setting. Two sets, come early, come late, food and drink in between…

Gina Leishman, vocals, bari uke, mandola, piano
Charlie Burnham, violin
Matt Munisteri, guitar
Brad Jones, bass
Monday November 11th,  8pm
The Lethe Lounge
618 W 113th Street
Reservations recommended


I am finally going to take my third and final month at Montalvo’s Lucas Artists Residency Program, having had to postpone it twice, first on account of my mother’s illness, and secondly on account of mine.  Third time’s a charm, I hope.  I am deeply grateful for their long memory… It’s perfect timing, as I will go directly from there up to Blue Lake for first rehearsals with singers on Bird Of The Inner Eye.


I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve been awarded a Discovery Grant from Opera America to support my collaboration with Joan Schirle, Founding Artistic Director of Dell’Arte International, on “Bird of the Inner Eye,” a chamber opera based on the life and letters of Pacific Northwest painter Morris Graves.
“OPERA America, the national service organization for opera and the nation’s leading champion for American opera, is pleased to announce the 2019 recipients of Discovery Grants from the Opera Grants for Female Composers program, which is made possible through the generosity oftheVirginia B. Toulmin Foundation.” Full press release at:…/20…/Discovery%20Grants%202019.pdf