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Mucca Pazza on WNYC Soundcheck


Mucca Pazza played live at the WNYC studios, and Gary Kalar and I had to answer some tough questions with the benefit of a) very little sleep and b) 25 of our dear friends semi-silently watching us. Thanks John Schaefer for having us on and for being so fun to talk to!

new compositions

I’ve been working on a couple of composition projects that are very exciting to me.

I just wrapped up writing a piece for the incredible dancers of the Nexus Project. You can support their Indie Go Go campaign here (for another few hours) and buy tickets for their show here!

Also currently working on writing a piece for the Actors Gym – tickets for their winter show, Circuscope, available here:



show at the High Hat with Bobby and Julie

I’m singing some songs at the High Hat on December 20 with a super great mini orchestra backing me up. Super excited! The High Hat is at 1920 W Irving Park, show at 10pm.

The Tom Musick show has moved to Weegee’s Lounge!

The Tom Musick show returns. Our first performance at Weegee’s Lounge will be on Thursday, September 18 at 9:30 in the evening.

Tom Musick WEEGEES

Mucca Pazza vs. The Chicago Sinfonietta!

sinfonietta poster hefner

Time to start getting excited: on September 20th and 22nd, 2014, Mucca Pazza is collaborating with a full symphony orchestra, the Chicago Sinfonietta!!! Together, we will perform music by David E Smith, Mark Messing, and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, in brand-new arrangements by Joe Clark, under the baton of Maestro Mei-Ann Chen! AT SYMPHONY CENTER!!! – and also in Naperville. Wheeeeeee!!!!

Tickets available here!!!

almost summer

Looking forward to playing some accordion in Humboldt Park again on July 6 and 7 at 7pm for Theater Oobleck & El Circo Nacional de Puerto Rico’s production of SOS:  A Summer Clown Cruise! Completely free, should be a super fun time, lots of fantastic performers involved.

summer clown cruise


I’ve started working on recording some of the solo material that I developed for the Hideout residency last October! The wonderful and patient Nick Broste has been bringing lots of fancy recording equipment to the recital hall at Sherwood Community Music School where there is a gorgeous 9-foot Kawai grand piano that I get to play. And I have been lucky enough to get to take voice lessons with lovely Emmy Bean trying to get my voice to do what I want it to do.

Other than that… every first and third Thursday, Tom and I will continue to destroy the California Clipper starting around 9:30pm.

spring news!

Lots to be excited about this spring!

I’m thrilled to be helping opera-matic out with the Lights and Lullabies event that’s happening May 9th and 10th in Humboldt Park! Currently researching lullabies, planning some workshops, and generally plotting and scheming with other opera-matic folks to make this event magical.

I’ve been having lots of fun playing music with Julie Pomerleau throughout her Hideout residency month, and this coming Tuesday will be a culminating experience to remember! I think there’s a 12-piece orchestra? Everyone should come.

Looking forward to singing some of my songs at the HOMEROOM songwriter showcase April 5th.

Playing some music on April 12th at Cafe Mustache with a new project: Kvell! More details soon…

And of course continuing the Clipper residency with Tom Musick on the first and third Thursday of every month in perpetuity, steadfastly interfering with the never-ending birthday celebrations of drunken strangers.

poppy orange flowers yellow ranunculus

LOVE IS LOVE – The Hideout at MCA Chicago on February 7th, 2014

Ronnie Kuller’s Piano Bar! I’ll be in a freight elevator parked on the fourth floor at this First Friday event at the MCA on February 7th, 2014. 2 sets, 7pm and 8pm, mostly solo on singing and piano, and a couple of tunes with the lovely Janet Bean! Many other very exciting performances are happening all over the museum as part of the same event. Tickets are available here.

.Hideout at MCA

Screening of “The Poisoner” tonight at Lincoln Hall

I played violin on the score of this movie, the second feature by local filmmaker Chris Hefner, and am very excited to see it this evening!

Two showings, 7pm and 9pm. More information and limited tickets are available here. The Chicago Reader write-up is here. And you can find out more about Chris’s other wonderful work here.


Paper Mice – last show with Adam

I’m super honored to be opening for Paper Mice‘s last show with their bass player Adam tomorrow night at the Burlington.

with Mines