COLUMN 105, MAY 1, 2004
(Copyright © 2004 The Blacklisted Journalist)
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MAY 27 MULTICULTURAL MUSIC JAM SESSION AND BOOKSIGNING PARTY
Kevin Twigg (born Jan 24,
1956, Port Jefferson, NY. ): got hooked on music after his first paying gig,
which was an all girl slumber party while in the fifth grade. Early on, friends
Chip Watterson, Winston Clark, and guitar master Warren Haskell encouraged him
to listen to all styles of music, and he took their advice. In his teens, he
continued gaining experience playing rock, theater, and symphony concerts around
the Long Island, New York area, and as well in a jazz band with Jim Filiano and
his brother, bassist Ken Filiano. it was Jim that introduced the 15-year-old
Twigg to David Amram, who would turn out to be a major influence. In 1973, while
still in high school, Twigg performed with the New York All-State Orchestra. He
graduated high school early, to study percussion with James Preiss.
At the Manhattan School of
Music, He continued studies with James Preiss, and also took conducting classes
with George Manahan, and composition with Giampalo Bracali. he had several
original compositions performed there, including several percussion ensemble
works conducted by the late, great Paul Price.
He gained further experience by accepting any offer to play, whether it
be 12-tone chamber music, pop, jazz, or symphonic. While living in Morningside
Heights, his roommates at various times included trumpeter/calligraphist Joe
Muccioli, Broadway musician Dave Grego, Cambodian percussionist Seng Ne Ung,
Latin music giant Angel Fernandez, and now gone jazz great Kenny Kirkland.
The place to eat and hear
jazz was the West End Bar, where they were still talking about the beat
generation gang that often met there.
Freelancing around New
York, he performed with Columbia University Orchestra and Chamber groups
(Victoria Bond conducting), Hunter College, Sarah Lawrence College (Chester
Biscardi conducting), Dance Theater of Harlem (Tanya Leone conducting), Korean
Orchestra of New York, Cosmopolitan Symphony (Gerard Swartz conducting debut at
Avery Fischer Hall), American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Manhattan Contemporary
Ensemble (Claire Heldrich, Harvey Sollberger conductors). He did several
rehearsals with the Steve Reich group for a work in progress, at the
recommendation of Jim Preiss, a regular member of that group.
He continued playing pop music, and along with Marty Henne and
After college, he moved
back to Long Island, married and took a job as a Catholic School music teacher.
When his first of two children arrived, he left that job to seek a better paying
job, as a firehouse custodian. he continued to teach privately, which he had
been doing since the age of 16. As well, he coached several marching band drum
lines, played in R & B and wedding bands, and performed in many Long Island
theater productions. One highlight was the world premiere of The Case of the
Dead Flamingo Dancer by Dan Oliver and Dan Butler (WKRP in Cincinnati),
featuring Broadway/TV/Movie stars Harry Groener and Kelly Bishop. Also performed
in the premiere of The Jabberwocky, by Peter Winkler.
The nineties, with the
development of home computers featuring midi sequencing, made it easy to
collaborate long distance with his old college friend Joe Aebig, and together
they wrote a wide variety of music, some of which was broadcast on TV.
As a hobby, he dabbled in computer programming in Turbo Pascal. He did
some cabaret and many clubdates around New York with Phyllis Grande and Joe
Dumas, who was the bassist with the Ed Sullivan Orchestra at the time the
Beatles were appearing on the show. He also began his association with a blues
group called the Mojos, based in Eastport, NY, and The Blue Mesa Band.
In the late nineties, a
long overdue phone call to David Amram put the two back together again in a
multitude of musical adventures. Beach concerts, city concerts, mountain
concerts, birthday concerts, youth concerts, symphony concerts, book signings,
theater, tributes, benefits, jazz and spoken word events alike;
Once again, it would be
Amram that would give Twigg the honor of performing with some of the finest of
their field. Poets such as Ray McNeice (Cleveland), Casey Cyr (Conn), Frank
Messina (NJ), Xu Xi (China), Ralph Alonzo (Vancouver,CAN), Steve Dalachinsky (NY)George
Wallace (Northport,NY), Larry Carradini, Meg Smith (Lowell,Ma.), Ron Whitehead
(Kentucky), Paul McDonald (KY), Michael McClure (California), Bob Holman (NY);
Readers tipping their hats at events such as "Northport Celebrates
Kerouac" or "Big Sur 4 City Marathon Reading" such as
author/artist Caroline Cassady (England), her son John Cassady (California),
Jason Eisenberg (Lord Buckley-MA), Dennis O'Doherty (Bradstock), Zoe Artemis,
actors George Dickerson, Keir Dullea, Peter Garrity, Michelle Esrick, Adira
Amram, Tony Torn, John Ventimeglia; Rock legend
Lee Rinaldo; Jazz drummer Rashid Ali, trumpeter Roy Campbell (Tribute to
Ted Joans), guitarist Vic Juris, violist Midhat Serbagi, bassist John DeWitt,
Mark McCarron & Suzanne Mueller(Litkicks/bongobeat), bassist Norman
Guilbealt (Montreal), singers Morley (at Carnegie Hall), and Marie-Claude
Lamouroux (at Lowell Celebrates Kerouac) and many others.
Currently, Twigg is
enjoying his association with Paul Serrato and Co., which has a CD on the jazz
radio play charts, called Origami, on Graffiti Productions. Also on the
recording are Paul Serrato-composer/pianist, Bryce Sebastion-bass, Reggie
Pittman-trumpet, Henry Morales-congas, and LD Frazier-vocal.
Bassist John DeWitt has
studied at the Mannes College of Music, the Aaron
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