Merkin Hall features Feinsmith NY Premieres

On January 19, 2008 at 8pm, the Francisco based Feinsmith Quartet
(, founded by New Yorker Daniel David Feinsmith makes it
New York Debut at the Kaufman Center’s Merkin Concert Hall (129 West 67th Street).
Known for its powerful new sound with an ecstatic spiritual bent, the Feinsmith
Quartet will appear in this one-night-only concert with special guest Scott
. A super-group in the most complete sense of the term, the Feinsmith
Quartet features Jennifer Culp on cello, Michael Manring on bass, Gyan Riley on
guitar, and Christopher Taylor on piano. The group will perform original
compositions by founder and artistic director Feinsmith, guitarist Riley and bassist
Manring. Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door. Student and senior advance
tickets are $10 in advance; $15 at the door. Ticket may be obtained by calling the
Merkin Center Box Office at (212) 501-3330 or online at

The January 19 concert program presents Feinsmith Quartet performing Elokim (2006)
and the East Coast premiere of Feinsmith’s Havaya (2007). Both Elokim and Havaya,
composed for the Feinsmith Quartet, are spiritual works, their titles reflecting
names of God in Hebrew in the Jewish tradition. Elokim is a work that exalts in the
creative power of the Divine, and Havaya is a work of longing for a closeness to
God. Joined by special guest, drummer Amendola, the Quartet performs the East Coast
premieres of new arrangements for Melismantra (2006) and The Changes Stay The Same
(2006) by guitarist Riley, both improvisatory works with links to Hindustani Raga
music. Rounding out the program is Greetings, Earthlings! by Manring