Annie and Rex’s Garbage Percussion Workshop will visit music classes at New York City’s High School for Environmental Studies in the Fall of 2012. Target Corporation has awarded a grant to Friends of the High School for Environmental Studies to make this possible. CLICK HERE TO READ OUR PRESS RELEASE.
Do you know a New York City student or teacher who'd enjoy our workshop on music and the environment? Please visit Annie's Contact page and let us know how to reach them. Thanks!
2012 Target Grant! - August 15, 2012
Target Corporation has awarded a $2,000 Arts + Culture Grant to Friends of HSES, a volunteer organization that raises funds to bring enrichment programs to New York's High School for Environmental Studies. The grant was awarded to bring Annie and Rex's Garbage Percussion Workshop to HSES music classes this Fall.
We'll post a press release with more information very soon.
Grant Application! Wish Us Luck! - April 30, 2012
The folks at the High School for Environmental Studies have applied for a Target grant to bring Annie and Rex's Garbage Percussion Workshop to their music classes. The grant winners will be announced in late August.
High School for Environmental Studies is a public high school, in midtown Manhattan on the west side. The college prep curriculum is infused with environmental education, in an effort to make caring for our planet part of each student's values. We toured the school, and especially enjoyed seeing the beehives and greenhouse on the rooftop, as well as the auditorium (the former 20th Century Fox screening room).
NEW! Video of Dartmouth Workshop - November 29, 2011
Here's the new video from this summer's fun workshop on music and our environment, which I presented at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire with percussionist Rex Benincasa. Rex taught students to play real percussion parts on items from the recycle bin. We discussed recycling and repurposing. Later, they joined us in a concert on campus.
THANKS to everyone who made this workshop and video possible: Gabrielle Lucke of Dartmouth College; Chris Diego and the Media Production Group at Dartmouth; and The Public Domain Foundation: Liz Sunde and Noel Stookey, and Program Coordinator Chris Kelly.
More Airplay in The Netherlands - October 10, 2011
Thursday, October 20th, Gerrit Caspers will again play Annie's music on his Good Noise radio programme, broadcasting from Hoofddorp, Netherlands. This time, he's featuring "Magdalena, No," from the "1,001 American Nights" EP.
The show streams live on Ethernet at 105.5 or 106.6, on Thursday nights from 9pm to 10pm (six hours later than New York time). Gerrit favors artists like Leonard Cohen and Diana Jones. CLICK HERE to read about the programme. THANKS, GERRIT!
Song Of The Year Semi-Finalist - August 22, 2011
"No Time Like The Present," a Christmas duet with music and words by Annie Dinerman and Adam Levy, was selected as a Semi-Finalist in the 2011 Song Of The Year Contest. CLICK HERE to see the official contest page.
CLICK HERE to listen to the Nashville demo, produced by Steve Cooper. On this page, you can also read the lyrics and find out about how the song was written. Enjoy!!!
07-16-11 Annie and Rex at Dartmouth College - July 20, 2011
Photo Credit: Sally Farr
On July 16, 2011, Annie Dinerman and percussionist Rex Benincasa led a workshop on music and the environment at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Using items from the recycle bin, students and townspeople learned how to play real percussion parts to Annie's song about our environment, "One Planet At A Time". Recycling was discussed, along with some fun suggestions for repurposing. Did you know that the average American creates 4.5 pounds of garbage every day?
Annie and Rex played an outdoor concert of Annie's songs on the Dartmouth Green, including four environmental songs, two of which were written especially for this event. If you'd like Annie and Rex to bring this workshop and concert to your school or organization, please ask someone in charge to contact us at mail [at] anniedinerman.com and invite us.
Many thanks to Gabrielle Lucke of Dartmouth College and her staff, and to Lis Sunde of The Public Domain Foundation for support in planning and for Sally Farr's services as photographer.
Plans Are Moving Ahead for Dartmouth Eco Concert on July 16, 2011 - July 2, 2011
Plans are really coming together for my concert at Dartmouth College on July 16th. I just now signed the contract and got my travel and hotel information! It's really happening!
Joining me will be percussionist Rex Benincasa, who played the "garbage" percussion in the studio when we recorded my song, "One Planet At A Time."
If you'd like to join us at the Dartmouth Organic Farm, please check my Shows page for more info. We'd love to see you there.
HEAR ANNIE'S ECO SONGS NOW! Just click Listen at the right side of your screen. I've written some new songs especially for the Dartmouth concert. I promise, I'll upload them for you to hear as soon as they're recorded. Thanks for listening!
06-24-11 Ali Hoffman Record Launch at Rockwood, NYC - June 25, 2011
Annie Dinerman and Arlon Bennett heard Ali Hoffman sing their song, "My Goodness!," live for the first time--with a 7 piece soul band. Great horn charts, you guys! (L-R) Annie Dinerman, Ali Hoffman, Arlon Bennett outside Rockwood Music Hall on New York City's Lower East Side
Ali Hoffman's CD - Available Now with song by Dinerman and Bennett - June 21, 2011
Ali Hoffman's new recording, "Not Gonna Beg," is available now! Featuring a new song, "My Goodness!", written by Annie Dinerman and Arlon Bennett especially for Ali. You can hear/order right now at the links below:
Brian McCloskey took this photo of me on Sunday when I opened a house concert for David Mallet at Folk on Foul Rift in Belvidere, NJ, in the beautiful Delaware Water Gap area. What a nice bunch of people--great audience and a lovely afternoon. Thanks, Brian.
I opened for David Mallett ("The Garden Song") who's a fine songwriter with a warm voice and a performing style that just draws you in. The audience was really appreciative, and I had a wonderful time. I've already been asked to return in 2012 and I hope I will!
Brian McCloskey took this photo of me on Sunday when I opened for David Mallet at Folk on Foul Rift in Belvidere, NJ. What a nice bunch of people--great audience and a lovely afternoon. Thanks, Brian.
May 8th - Hear Annie's songs on KZUM - May 6, 2011
This Sunday, May 8th at 11am, Annie's music will be featured on The Wimmin’s Show on KZUM 89.3FM Radio out of Lincoln, Nebraska. Host Deb Andersen will start off the program with two tracks from Annie's "Broken Cookies" CD, "Talking With Absent Friends" and "If It Ain't True." The show will end with Carole King's "You've Got A Friend". (Sounds like some pretty high-concept planning.) Deb feels that Annie's voice and writing remind her of Carole King. (We've heard it before and it's always a great compliment.)
The Wimmin's Show airs from 11am-1pm every Sunday on KZUM 89.3FM. CLICK HERE to listen to a streaming live broadcast. You'll find the broadcast player on the right side of your screen.
THANKS, DEB! And thanks to you, too--we adore you for listening!
Special Guest: Cordelia Stephens at Banjo Jim's - April 27, 2011
British songwriter Cordelia Stephens has just confirmed that she will be Annie's Special Guest at two upcoming shows: June 9th and June 23rd, both at 7PM, at Banjo Jim's. Cordelia Stephens' folk-rock style is influenced by the work of Bonnie Raitt, Gillian Welch and Aimee Mann. Her voice is strong and open-hearted, and her inventive lyrics explore the contradictions of modern life and love.
Drinks are very affordable, and there's a great selection of beers. NO COVER (Yes Tips). Please join us at New York's classiest folk dive. Catching dinner on the run? There's great cheap Chinese and terrific pizza right next door to the bar. 700 East 9th Street, corner of Ave. C (easy to get there: take M14D bus from Union Square and get off at 13th Street and Ave C)
Hear "My Goodness!" from Ali Hoffman's "Not Gonna Beg" EP - April 20, 2011
"My Goodness!", a new song by Annie Dinerman and Arlon Bennett, has been recorded by Ali Hoffman for her forthcoming EP, "Not Gonna Beg," soon to be released on Wing Court Records.CLICK HERE to hear "My Goodness!" and get a peek at the gorgeous cover art.
We're proud to share more news about Annie's collaborator: Arlon Bennett has just been selected as a New Folk finalist for this year's Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas. Well done, Arlon!
Special Guests: Wool & Grant, May 20th at Banjo Jim's - April 2, 2011
Annie's next show at Banjo Jim's is on Friday, May 20th at 7PM. Wool&Granthave just confirmed that they will appear as Annie's Special Guests at this show. Wool&Grant are two veteran singer/songwriters with a mutual passion for songs, stories, harmonies and guitars. (CLICK HERE for more information.)
Bev Grant and Ina May Wool create a musical alchemy of fire and feistiness, wisdom and wit, rocking clear- eyed political songs along with a window on to their travels -- on the road and around the heart. If you're planning on being in New York on May 20th, won't you join us? No cover (yes tips).
Finalist - Great American Song Contest - March 30, 2011
The CD mastering (technical adjustments to maximize the recorded sounds) was completed today. The producer tells us that the recording sessions went very well! A release is planned for late March 2011. Annie and Arlon are excited and can't wait to hear how the recording turns out.
New Christmas Song - February 20, 2011
Many people know that writing Christmas (and Chanukah and New Year's) songs is an annual project of mine. I've just completed a new Christmas song with Adam Levy. We've just sent it to Nashville for a demo and I'm really excited. Can't wait to hear the finished demo.
In July, I met Adam, a wonderful guitarist and singer-songwriter, at a festival in Huntington, Long Island, and we agreed we'd like to collaborate. Adam tours a lot, so I have to catch him when he's in New York since he prefers to sit down and write in the same room. In January, we met and I gave him a great Christmas song title. What is it?!! CLICK HERE to find out and hear the new song. I've been hanging onto that title for about three years, just looking for the right collaborator. We wrote the lyrics then, and they went through some minor rewrites via email. In early February, we wrote the music. At last, we've sent a rough MP3, sheet music and a lyric sheet to the demo studio!
Adam Levy was in Norah Jones's Handsome Band when she recorded his song, "In The Morning." She also covered "Love Me Tender" on Adam's CD; that recording can be heard on the movie soundtrack of "The Princess Diaries II". If you don't already know his music, you can discover Adam Levy by clicking here.
The songwriters stopped off on their way home from a concert at Dartmouth College to sing in the studio, and to talk about music for social change. Pictured from L-R are Erik Balkey, Eugene Ruffolo, Arlon Bennett and Annie Dinerman. All four are past finalists of the Music2Life Songwriting Competition sponsored by Noel Paul Stookey (Peter, Paul and Mary).
Annie's just been booked to sing on February 21, 2011 at Feinstein's, the elegant, intimate nightclub that celebrates the work of American popular songwriters. CLICK HERE for more information. Monday nights are casual at Feinstein's and the menu is lighter.
"Earth And Sky" Fan Video by Estelle - December 30, 2010
A Pennsylvania student named Estelle liked Annie's environmental Christmas song, "Earth And Sky", so she learned it (and the chord progression in the bridge isn't so easy to follow), arranged it for ukelele and flute, and made a video of herself performing the song -- in a duet with herself! Estelle and Annie hope you enjoy it. Here it is:
"Earth And Sky" on Satellite Radio - December 16, 2010