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Dennis James / Musica Curiosa - Multi-Instrumentalist | Corning, New York

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Country: United States
Based In: Corning, New York
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Come spend an hour enjoying the company of the cruise world’s spunkiest sexagenarian, Dennis James. He plays his unusual music instruments, he plays the piano, he expounds, and he tells tales from 50 years on the road as a musician.
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"Afternoon Music Salons with Dennis" - historical music entertainments, often with tasty treats fitted to each event theme.
MUSIC FOR ICE CREAM Rippling Ragtime and Perky Piano Novelties / Victorian parlour music from the 19th c. featuring Root Beer Floats
MUSIC FOR COFFEE Piano salon music of Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and beyond
MUSIC FOR CIGARS Piano salon music of Cuba
MUSIC FOR COCKTAILS A Gershwin Piano Salon / Space Age favorites: Theremin Music from Out of This World / Retro Salon-Lounge music of the 1950’s
MUSIC FOR WINE featuring convivial 18th c. charm with the Mus ...


Allemande,1663 by anonymous
Minuet from Musick's Hand-Maide 2nd Part, 1689 by Henry Purcell
Irish Music Selection by Turlough O'Carolan
The Beardless Boy
Gracey Nugent
Charles O'Connor
Minuet of the Blessed Spirits from Orfeo by Christoph Willibald Gluck
Musica Varia et Curiosa featuring the spontaneously formed Vitreous Choir (audience participation)
Rondo by Joseph Aloys Schmittbaur
Largo in g minor by Johann Abraham Peter Schulz
Selection of Flutenuhr compositions by Franz Josef Haydn, C.P.E. Bach and others
Melodrama, Es ...


Dennis James plays the piano and organ, he plays unusual historical music instruments, he expounds, and he brings forgotten music back to life. Listening to him relate compelling stories from 50 years of playing music on the road and recording with everybody from Linda Ronstadt & Dolly Parton, the San Francisco Ballet to the Emerson String Quartet between each of his instrumental performances, one can't help but be astonished at the breadth of his experience. Recounting those events while explaining and performing his enormous music repertoire, Dennis speaks and plays from the heart, and he'll ...

Reviews     (3 Reviews)

Dennis James / Musica Curiosa - Multi-Instrumentalist - Corning, New York Event Location: San Diego Symphony - California
"NICKELODEON SERIES A CLASSIC EXPERIENCE What a pleasure to have something as remarkable- as altogether dream fulfilling - as the San Diego Symphony's 'Nickelodeon Series.' Beautiful 35mm prints of classic silent films, projected in their proper aspect ratio, and presented in a magnificent old movie palace with full symphonic accompaniment plus theatre organ. It's every bit as good as it sounds. Judging by the highly enthusiastic response to Saturday night's screening, the symphony may be in the silent movie business for some time. The audience roared with delight at the many moments when the music was perfectly coordinated with the happenings on the screen." - THE SAN DIEGO UNION
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Dennis James / Musica Curiosa - Multi-Instrumentalist - Corning, New York Event Location: Long Island Mozart Festival, New York
"In this concert, Dennis James, who is not only one of the world's foremost glass Armonica virtuosos but also an unusually diverting lecturer, introduces his instrument and plays several masterpieces of its solo repertoire. A not-to-be-missed lecture demonstration" - The New Yorker
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Dennis James / Musica Curiosa - Multi-Instrumentalist - Corning, New York Event Location: Columbus, Ohio
"Benjamin Franklin invented it, Mozart wrote music for it. Years later, Dennis James has brought it back to life in fascinating fashion. Dare I say he played like an angel as his hands drew the delicate music forth from the wetted rims. Like a musical magician, James concluded his amazing concert . . . an entertainer par excellence, made informative and often humorous remarks." Mary Hoffmann, The Columbus Dispatch
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For fifty years I have maintained an international career as a professional touring theatrical and concert musician with a specialty of performing historically-authentic scorings to silent film. I have played nearly every major pipe organ worldwide, and for many years now I have been the world's leading modern day professional touring silent film accompanist. I regularly perform for historical silent film screenings playing piano, organ and together with chamber ensembles for film performances at sites such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, National Gallery of Art in D.C., Mozarteum in ...

Previous Clients

Performing to silent films the core activity of my now 50 year professional international music performance career forms this list of organ-equipped locations worldwide where I have introduced and established consistent audience support for historical revival scorings utilizing period-published materials and performed solo organ and/or organ plus orchestra accompaniment with historical stylistic authenticity:
- Konzerthaus, Vienna, Austria (5/113 Rieger - mid 1980's to 2013 - ongoing organ solo and 'organ plus' ensemble silent film series)
- Grosser Salle, Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria (3/5 ...

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