"Hey. It's me." Nothing says relaxing like an old friends voice. We share. We gloat. Heck, we even lie a little. So c’mon tell me something I don’t already know. Because hey, its only Paul…how dangerous could this get? -Kyle Prater, Poet
LIVINGSTON TAYLOR is a performer, singer-songwriter, guitarist and pianist...but, the label he thinks is the most true of himself is that of "teacher."
He performs in concert across the country and has recorded several studio albums as well as a live album. Livingston Taylor is also a faculty member at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. In addition to his own recordings, his songs have been recorded by other recording artists. His songs "I Can Dream of You" and "Boatman" were both recorded by his brother James Taylor.
In this in-depth interview, Taylor covers a number of topics with his characteristic energy and interest. Thought-provoking? Certainly. We think you'll enjoy this one... it has been one of the best.
BAAYORK LEE has lived a life in the performing arts that many could only dream of. Born in New York City's Chinatown, Baayork has performed as a singer, dancer and actress. Behind the scenes she has worn the hats of choreographer and theatre director.
Baayork Lee made her debut as a dancer on Broadway at the age of five in the 1951 production of The King and I. She met the legendary dancer Michael Bennett at the High School for Performing Arts. Her creative relationship with Michael Bennett endured throughout his life.
In 1975, Baayork Lee was invited by Michael Bennett to participate in the workshops which resulted in the famed musical A Chorus Line, with music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward
Kleban and Book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante. The original Broadway production ran for 6,137 performances. The role of "Connie Wong" was based on Baayork Lee.
Baayork Lee has been one of the loudest voices in the enduring legacy of Michael Bennett's work. With encouragement from Michael Bennett, Baayork Lee turned to choreography. She has directed many national and international theatrical companies. Ever active, Baayork Lee serves on the Board of Directors of the National Asian Arts Project (NAAP). Most recently, Baayork Lee is choreographing a performance of OLIVER! at the Pershing Square Signature Center June 5-7.
In celebration of the performances, Baayork Lee had a very spirited conversation with us and we hope you can find her enthusiasm as inspiring as we do.
Coming Very Soon...
Singer-Songwriter Stephen Bishop to talk about his latest album Be Here Then and his many successful songs which have been recorded by a verifiable Who's Who in recorded music. His songs have been performed by artists such as: Phil Collins, Eric Clapton, Barbra Streisand, Art Garfunkel, Steve Perry, Stephanie Mills, Kenny Loggins, Johnny Mathis, Phoebe Snow, David Crosby, The Four Tops, Aswad and Pavarotti and featured in countless motion pictures. Stephen Bishop is also an actor and has appeared in films like Animal House, Henry Jaglom's "Someone to Love" and "The Blues Brothers."
As some of you know, my interest is primarily in interviewing lyricists and composers—the great songwriters. I am umbillically connected to Simon & Garfunkel, perhaps thee great duo in American music. My mom, who tends to have the best taste in music, loved them, and saw them when she was in college. The year was 1962 and the place was Buffalo, New York. Those were years with war and strife, but she loved the songs and the harmonizing. “’Bridge Over Troubled Water’ was a song of hope,” she said. Click here for more...