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Moscow 57, the entertainment and hospitality company is presenting Alfonso Vilallonga, the Barcelona-based performer and composer at The Cutting Room in New York City on Friday, July 26 to celebrate the U.S. release of his latest album, "Alphosphore Variations." Alfonso, who has known Moscow 57 owner Ellen Kaye for more than 20 years, is the composer of the film score for the Academy Award-nominated film, "Blancanieves."
New York, NY (PRWEB) June 30, 2014
Moscow 57 has announced the return of Barcelona-based performer and composer Alfonso Vilallonga to New York City for the U.S. release of his latest album, "Alphosphore Variations." Vilallonga will perform at The Cutting Room, 44 East 32nd Street, on Saturday, July 26th at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20 in advance, available through The Cutting Rooms website http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/606857. Moscow 57 is releasing Vilallongas latest album, Alphoshore Variations, in the US, and will host a party in his honor on Friday, July 25th.
Alfonso Vilallonga and Moscow 57 have a long history. M57 owner Ellen Kaye first met Alfonso 20 years ago when he was performing in New York at The Ballroom in Chelsea and instantly fell in love with his music. Ellen sought to reconnect with Alfonso, and found that way through Moscow 57s podcasts, the M57 On Air Urban Salon, which can be heard at http://www.moscow57.com/radio.html. In episode 6 of the podcast, Ellen interviewed Alfonso and played songs from his album Alphosphore Variations. This was the first time the songs were heard in the United States.
Alfonso Vilallonga is an internationally touring singer, songwriter, musician, composer and actor, born in Barcelona, Spain, to a musical family. He sings fluently in Spanish, Catalan, French, English and German. Vilallonga earned his Masters in composition and singing from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. His influences include but are not limited to Jacques Brel, Tom Waits, Nino Rota, Boris Vian, Kurt Weill, Freddie Mercury, Randy Newman, Édith Piaf, and Thelonious Monk. He lived in the US for 10 years, during which time he recorded two albums: At the Edge and The End of an Era. In 1993, he returned to Spain, where he found that the music scene, in his own words, incited suicide. Alfonso instead chose to release his first album in Spanish, Bugui del Conformista, and began performing in Catalonia and Spain. His subsequent albums are "Adultus" (Cantata, L'Auditori 2005), "En vivo y en directo" (G3G Records 2006), "Libérame" (K Industria 2009), and his latest, "Alphosphore Variations" (2013), which is being released in the United States by Moscow 57 to coincide with this concert.
It was thanks to the encouragement of Isabel Coixet that he began scoring films, most notably, "Blancanieves" (2012), which is a silent film, nominated for Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award and "Transsiberian" (2008). Vilallonga composed the music for three films, a documentary and a theatrical work for Coixet. He worked for Fernando Leon de Aranoa and Brad Anderson, among other directors. Vilallonga has written music and lyrics for several musical theater projects, including Dagoll Dagoms "Aloma," and for his own shows, such as "Turning Point," which he describes as the first musical palindrome in history.
Moscow 57, the hospitality and entertainment company, was launched several years ago by partners Ellen Kaye, Seth Goldman and Ethan Fein. For the past two years, the company has been hosting its M57 Urban Salons, evenings of music, food and digital visual art displays, in Harlem; Washington Heights; Chelsea; the Upper East Side; the East Village; Governors Island; New Milford, Connecticut; and New Orleans. Moscow 57 has made New Orleans a home away from home, with regular forays into that city's world-renowned culture of Southern hospitality, regional cuisine, and world-class entertainment. After performing at and co-producing events with New York's Corcho Wine Room, as well as celebrating Latin American culture in New Orleans, this cosmopolitan attitude is being brought to Moscow 57's permanent home on New York City's Lower East Side every night.
Moscow 57 Entertaining, created in partnership with Ethan Fein, is developing projects for film, television and theater. Its music company produces podcasts, live performances, recordings and videos. Moscow 57s first CD releases have already garnered national radio airplay, and the company's videos can be seen on the Moscow57Entertaining YouTube channel. The company's M57 podcast will be streaming live on Sunday nights.
Listen to Alfonso Vilallonga on soundcloud.
For more information contact Ellen Kaye at Moscow 57: 646-584-2387, 212-260-5775 or ellenkaye(at)moscow57(dot)com.
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