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whats next for uber/lyft drivers? 

riding in a driverless uber, you will still need a human to listen to your tsuris.

uber will provide cars with or without a human listener.

the humans' job will be to mock the robots. robots will never be as good as humans are at mocking themselves.

so don't worry 20% of americans who drive for a living. you just won't need to drive but you'll still have a job. and since uber (or lyft) will own the car, you won't need to cover your own expenses any more! of course you'll be paid less, but you won't have to pay for your car expenses!

oh. and you'll still curate the playlist.

UPDATE!!!!! cancellation!!!  Podcast

Unfortunately, the remainder of this whole concert series, including my solo concerto performance was cancelled!

I shall leave the info originally posted below, but I'm sorry that I shan't be playing Berg tonight. Perhaps, now that I have rehearsed it, another organization might want me to come and perform it with another orchestra! I will post upcoming performances of the concerto as soon as I confirm details.

In my new role as concertmaster and personnel manager of the new festival, Newport Contemporary Music Festival, I had also prepared to perform the Violin Concerto by Alban Berg on July 28th in Newport with Van Anglen and the Festival musicians. During my years at New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, some of my chamber music was coached by a jovial violinist named Louis Krasner, who told us that he had premiered the Berg violin concerto. In fact, he commissioned it and some of his performances are still available online, including an old version with the Stockholm Philharmonic on iTunes. 

Also, on the same program, the musicians were to perform 6 Pieces by Howard Shore, who was one of the founders of Saturday Night Live, and who more recently is known as the composer for the music of the Lord of the Rings series of movies. 
The Festival was also scheduled to perform the Dai Fujikura: Concerto for Tuba. Fujikura has won many composition competitions worldwide. 
Our tuba soloist, Østein Baadsvik was also to perform the Baadsvik, Fnugg which is very popular with tubists.
Our cellists were to be featured on the Boulez: Messaguesquisse, and we were also scheduled to perform Charles Ives' The Unanswered Question

The festival was scheduled to kick off first week of July. 
We were excited that André Previn was going to join us for the season opener.

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Newport Series Cancelled 

Unfortunately, the series of contemporary concerts which I worked so hard to help put together was cancelled after 2 concerts were performed, so I won't be playing the Berg Violin Concerto in Newport, unless another orchestra would like me to come and play it with them!

Christmas Concerto 

Coming soon! Arcangelo Corelli's Christmas Concerto. Releasing first on my website (, then later on CDBaby & ITunes, and all those other favorite places like Spotify. 

I've taken this beautiful chamber orchestra work and added a taste of chorus, a little hint of electric bass and some other tasty holiday feelings for what I feel is a nice warm feeling recording. 

Used to be contemporary to be a 20th Century violinist. But now I'm a 21st Century musician. 

 I sang in choruses and played in bands, orchestras and jazz groups. 

As a pro, I've backed up people that I grew up listening to. My writing is flavored by my Jewish culture and the music of America... funk, rock, pop, rap, blues, bluegrass, country, honky tonk, classical music & jazz & R&B. My lyrics reflect current events both external and internal... my life as a musician and as a husband, a father and a teacher and a concerned citizen of the world & my personal battle between the life of a 'classical' musician in a Rock n Roll World.  

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