Peter Eldridge Group / Foolish Hearts Duo / Foolish Hearts Trio
Peter performs and records in a variety of settings, either with a quartet under his name (featuring guitar, bass, drums and Peter on piano and vocals) or with a relatively new band called Foolish Hearts, which can perform in either a duo or trio setting. Foolish Hearts features Peter alongside two of his favorite musicians – Matt Aronoff on bass and Ben Wittman on half percussion/half drum-set combination. Matt and Peter are the duo, Ben joins in for trio settings. The group features a lot of Peter’s evocative original music, as well as inspired arrangements of well-known and not-so-well-known pop and jazz repertoire by composers ranging from Rogers & Hart and Luciana Souza to Paul McCartney and the Magnetic Fields. The Jazz Advocate said of the band, “They were absolutely amazing — a master class in musicianship at the highest level, paired with an incredibly emotional connection with the crowd.” Peter is currently recording a new studio project with this band, with some very special guests, in hopes of an early 2015 release.
New York Voices
With over twenty-five years of recording and traveling internationally now under its belt, the internationally acclaimed New York Voices continues it’s goal of bridging vocal jazz with elements of pop, brazilian, classical and r&b. The group placed first in the Jazz TImes Critic’s Poll this past year for best vocal group, with the help of their last two albums released last year – their ‘live’ album with the WDR Big Band (Palmetto), as well as their first Christmas album ‘Let It Snow’ (Five Cent Records). The group performs regularly with their trio, but is also indemand with big bands and orchestras all over the world. The group has toured and/or recorded with Paquito D’Rivera, Ivan Lins, and the Count Basie Orchestra, among many others. New York Voices is Kim Nazarian, Lauren Kinhan, Darmon Meader and Peter Eldridge.
Moss is a vocal group which defies categorization, grown from friends wanting to investigate various forms of music with a modern sensibility, stepping outside of comfort zones and taking chances in arranging and composition. Their debut album on Sunnyside was considered one of the best albums of the last decade by Downbeat who called it ‘a hushed masterpiece’. The diverse collection of souls in Moss consists of Luciana Souza, Theo Bleckmann, Kate McGarry, Lauren Kinhan and Peter Eldridge. Moss has performed in New York CIty as well as Europe. Though its members are now spread out all over the country, talk of another project and live performances is looming large, the wheels are turning again.
After twenty years on the jazz voice faculty (many of as head of jazz voice department) of the Manhattan School of Music, Peter was asked to join the faculty at the Berklee College of Music in Boston this past Fall. At Berklee Peter teaches songwriting classes, arranging and a performance class in repertoire of the Great American Songbook, besides ongoing private lessons. Last year Peter was also asked to be ‘artist in residence’ at Western Michigan University, working with the vocal students there on composition, performance, musicianship and interpretation. Peter is also regularly asked to give masterclasses and concerts at various schools around the world, and has conducted a number of All State Vocal Jazz groups.
MAPLE GROVE MUSIC – FILM SCORING COMPANY
Founded by composers Peter Eldridge and Adam Waite, Maple Grove Music is a film scoring collaborative, specializing in documentary and independent motion pictures.Maple Grove Music’s aesthetic is organic, bringing a genuine depth to their sound. Their focus is one of artistic cooperation, always understanding the importance of realizing the director and producer’s vision for the film.
THE KISS – SCORE BY PETER ELDRIDGE/BOOK & LYRICS BY CHERYL COONS
Synopsis of this new musical: 1943, Nazi-occupied Vienna. Summoned by a Nazi museum director, retired couture designer Emilie Flöge comes to the Exhibition Hall to authenticate a sketch by her brother-in-law Gustav Klimt. As she waits in the gallery, Emilie sees dozens of stolen portraits of Jewish women by Klimt, many of them her friends and former clients. One painting in particular disturbs her… the golden portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer, a woman with a deformed hand who was Emilie’s greatest rival for Klimt’s affection. As she stares at Adele, Emilie transforms to her younger self and relives the drama of the love triangle, finally learning the secret of Klimt’s sensual masterpiece, The Kiss.
Some information on Cheri – she has been a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists since 2008, and serves as the company’s Director of New Musical Theatre Development. She has co-written more than a dozen musicals which have received professional productions, including River’s End (ASCAP Foundation Harold Arlen Musical Theatre Award, Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards for Original Script and Score, Theatre for the American Musical Award, NAMT and NYMF), At Wit’s End (Carbonell Award for Best New Work), Sylvia’s Read Good Advice (Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Work), Female Problems (After Dark Award for Best Music) and Phantom of the Country Opera, published by Music Theatre International. She contributed lyrics to Chicago Shakespeare Theatre’s award-winning productions of Merry Wives of Windsor and Measure for Measure. Her musicals have been developed and showcased at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center’s National Music Theatre Conference, and the National Alliance of Musical Theater’s Festival of New Works, and the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF). Projects she’s written have twice been selected for the ASCAP/Disney Workshop in Los Angeles and Chicago, and for further development by ASCAP at the Perry Mansfield New Noises Festival in Steamboat Springs, CO. Cheryl has appeared at Carnegie Hall, performing her original material in an evening sponsored by ASCAP and hosted by Michael Feinstein. She serves on the board of Porchlight Music Theatre in Chicago. A proud member of The Dramatists Guild, she became the DG’s Chicago and Midwest Rep in August, 2014.