Be Lee Festival THIS SUNDAY!

Lee Feldman

WHY BE YOU WHEN YOU CAN BE . . . LEE FELDMAN?

Lee Feldman launches his “Be Lee Franchise” in a special

BE * LEE * FESTIVAL

With Amy Allison, Dan Bryk, Kevin Corrigan, Pete Galub, Greta Gertler, Henry Hample, Carol Lipnik, Chris Moore, Alon Nechushtan and more
SUNDAY, JULY 26th, 2009 at 6:30 p.m.
425 Lafayette Place, NYC
$12.00
Tickets: 212-967-7555 or www.joespub.com
After being Lee Feldman for 50 years, Lee is ready to let others join the “fun.” 
 
This Sunday, 17 artists step into Lee’s shoes for a night to play his songs and pay tribute to his unique brand of American songwriting.
“Lee Feldman uses a Tin Pan Alley bounce to make twisted or troubled situations sound like parlor songs.” – The New York Times
“Reviving a bit of Brill Building artistry, this New York piano man makes you think and swoon and hum all at once.” – Village Voice
 
“Lee Feldman plays the piano in just the dry, subtle, understated manner that his dry, subtle, understatedly hilarious songs call for.”  – Atlantic Monthly
In an identity-obsessed and money-driven world, songwriter Lee Feldman’s “Be Lee Franchise” hits a nerve and runs with it.  Lee invites you to cast off the stress of your own daily concerns and discard your fears of identity theft by becoming Lee Feldman.  
 
How can you do this?  Visit Lee’s website and Watch the Infomercial!  Then make a donation and you can actually become Lee.
 
You’ll get a nice certificate, a copy of Lee’s latest album I’ve Forgotten Everything and you will be encouraged to perform a song of Lee’s and post it online. It’s quick, it’s easy, and most important of all . . . it’s safe.
 
On Sunday July 26th, artists from New York and beyond will celebrate this revolutionary way to take an “identity vacation” by becoming Lee on stage at Joe’s Pub.  Since many of Lee’s songs can be classified as public acts of introspection, they will have plenty of material to work with, including tunes like “Lee Feldman” (which features Lee’s Social Security Number), “If I Were You” and “Mr. Feldman,” a fantasy as told by a nursing home resident.  (See the listing below for a complete roster of guest artists.)
 
For more than 25 years, people have been beguiled, amused, provoked, and moved by Lee Feldman’s songs, which he typically delivers himself from the piano bench.  His sincere and unadorned vocal style has a great foil in his expressive, sometimes-meaty, sometimes-delicate playing.  He rolls songs out, as one friend put it, like a “demented jingle mill,” capturing the details of life and the dilemmas of existence in 3-minute songs that can include stride piano, waltzes, pop, rock, jazz and free improvisation. 
 
With influences including Bartok and the Beatles, Miles, Monk and Morton Feldman (not related), Lee himself has inspired many artists.  The BE * LEE * FESTIVAL presents some of these amazing musicians who love Lee and his work; they are all listed below.  
 
A lifelong New Yorker, Lee has lived in Brooklyn for the past 22 years, and has released three albums:  Living It All Wrong (Pure/Mercury); The Man in a Jupiter Hat (Mercury/Bonafide); and I’ve Forgotten Everything (Urban Myth), as well as a 30-minute animated musical STARBOY.  
 
A short documentary about Lee titled “Lee Feldman, Lee Feldman” can be viewed at Vimeo. Academy Award nominated director Bennett Miller (“Capote”) says, “If you like Lee Feldman, you’ll love ‘Lee Feldman, Lee Feldman’.”
 
Artists performing at the Be Lee Festival: 
 
Jim Allen, Amy Allison, Alice Bierhorst, Dan Bryk, Peter Cherches, Kevin Corrigan, Dennis Cronin, David Feldman, Lee Feldman, Pete Galub, Greta Gertler, Henry Hample, Carol Lipnik, Chris Moore, Alon Nechushtan, Steve Swartz, Bob Windbiel. 
 

Embed of the Day: Lee Feldman’s On The Moon

Just found on YouTube, a chill-inducing video for Lee Feldman’s On The Moon:

 

Video directed by Chris Tokar.

UM’s YouTube roundup: Diner Scene from Starboy | I’m A Mathematician from Starboy | She Doesn’t Mean A Thing To Me Tonight video | I Can Change The World video | Dan Bryk Live at WE Fest XI | Kobe Meetup….kkajapan, Kainsai PJ,and Busan Kevin hangout(!)

Lee on WFMU

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Lee Feldman marks his return to the venerable studio of New Joisey’s mighty freeform station WFMU this coming Monday.

Lee live on WFMU (91.1 FM)
Irene Trudel’s show
Monday, March 19th
3 – 6 pm
Interwebcast live at www.wfmu.org  

WFMU’s website says: Evoking platitudes from reviewers such as, “Harry Nilsson meets Fats Waller,” and “Randy Newman by way of Lou Reed and Paul Simon,” Lee Feldman is a very entertaining singer, pianist, and songwriter. His third album, “I’ve Forgotten Everything” is, according to Stereophile Magazine, “unlike anything else in contemporary pop.” Lee is also the creator of STARBOY, an animated musical about a 2-dimensional superhero who lives with his uncle, a Mathematician. Lee brings his trio to WFMU.

Hell, if we were to write a press release, it would probably go something like that!

(FYI, Dan Bryk’s recent WFMU appearance (on Pseu Braun’s show) has been archived for your listening plaisir here).

Starboy makes Kids’ Top Five

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Warren Truitt, the NY Public Library’s Children’s Librarian (who previously weighed in with a glowing review of Starboy on his Kids Music That Rocks blog) has posted his 2006 Top Twenty Albums for Kids, and…

Lee Feldman’s animated rock music soundtrack STARBOY is #5!

If you love your child, you should buy it!!

More on Starboy at www.starboy.us or become Starboy’s myspace friend. Take that, Cathy and Marcie!!

Starboy at Secret Science Club!

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Now this is intriguing! Lee Feldman’s celebrated music/animation spectacular Starboy will be presented to the Secret Science Club.

The details:

Wednesday March 7, 2007
Astrophysicist and Director of the Hayden Planetarium Neil deGrasse Tyson lectures, followed by a showing of Starboy.

And in case you were wondering,

The Secret Science Club is a series of talks by scientists followed by music.
It is open to the public and meets the first Wednesday of every month in the basement of Union Hall bar in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Union Hall is at 702 Union St. (at 5th Ave.) in Park Slope
Web: unionhallny.com

It doesn’t get much nerdier than that! Mark your PalmPilot.

Summer Feldman Happened So Fast!

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Good grief!! UM geto supastar Lee Feldman recently had to send a proxy to Toronto’s NXNE after busting up his knee so bad it required emergency surgery.

The good news is, Lee and his errant knee are feeling well enough to head out on the road for a few mid-summer dates:

Sat., July 29th 08:00 PM
Ashland Coffee & Tea
100 N. Railroad Avenue, Ashland, VA 23005
Door: $10.00
Opening for Chris Moore

Sunday, July 30th 08:00 PM
The Cave
452 1/2 W. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC
Door: PWYL
with the above-mentioned Chris Moore and Dan Bryk

This show will be Webcast LIVE so even if you’re not in NC, there’s no excuse for missing this great line-up!

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