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ELISA MICONI'S DEBUT STUDIO ALBUM IS OFFICIALLY IN THE WORKS
October 30, 2019
After signing with Plaid Dog Recording, rock guitarist Elisa Miconi launches a crowdfunding campaign in order to raise funds for her debut studio album The Myth of Perception. Donating to the campaign gives backers access to a set of exclusive perks related to the release of the album. Elisa's latest single Sirens and Hope has already been released on Spotify, YouTube and other major platforms, and will serve as a soundtrack to the campaign, which is accessible at this link https://funding.plaiddogrecording.com/elisa-miconis-debut-album. The campaign will run from October 30 to December 9, 2019. Donations can be made on the campaign's website at any time within that time frame and through certified, encrypted and secured payment methods.
In her own words: "I'm very grateful for the encouragement that each and every one of you have provided as I have shared music and updates on the journey recording the first song for this new project. You can listen to the full professionally recorded single on the campaign page now! Let's make some beautiful music together –– please check out the campaign and lend your support! I can’t wait to ship the perks out and share new music with you."
ELISA MICONI SIGNS WITH PLAID DOG RECORDING
September 18, 2019
After having been hired as guitar teacher at Boston School of Music Arts (Dorchester, MA) and Guitar Center Boston (Boston, MA), guitarist Elisa Miconi signs a contract with Plaid Dog Recording, a recording studio based in Allston, MA. She will be working closely with the owner of the studio, producer and engineer Mike Davidson, and the studio manager Nina Pelligra, in order to prepare to launch a crowdfunding campaign to record her first studio album at Plaid Dog with their head producer and engineer Bryan Fennelly.
Once the campaign launches officially in 6 weeks, there will be music to listen to, videos to watch, words to read and loads of shareable content. Elisa will keep everybody up to date on social media, but she will also use this mailing list to share updates related to the recording process, from prep stages to the album's publication date. Signing up is free, and grants access to an early bird download of the album. Unsubscribe available at any time. Exclusive perks are available to everyone who decides to contribute to the campaign.
For inquiries about this project and/or how to contribute, get in touch through social media or use the Contact box at the bottom of the home page of this website. A public link to the campaign will be published on this newsletter the day of its official launch - 6 WEEKS AWAY!
ELISA MICONI PLAYS GUITAR IN BROADWAY MUSICAL "IF/THEN" BY BROKEN LEG PRODUCTIONS
May 24, 2019
Broken Leg Productions, a theatrical company whose members "strive to use theatre and education to make a real difference in people of all ages in the North Shore area" (BLP website), presents broadway musical "If/Then" through special arrangement with MTI, New York. Elisa Miconi has been chosen as Guitar 2 player in the four dates Broken Leg Productions has scheduled for the show. The musical will take place on Friday, May 24, Saturday, May 24, Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1 2019, at 7:30pm at the Melrose Highlands Congregational Church - 355 Franklin St, Melrose, Massachusetts, 02176, United States.
IF/THEN - The Musical
Music by - Tom Kitt
Book & Lyrics by - Brian Yorkey
Direction - Adam Schuler
Music Direction - Gina Naggar
Stage Manager - Becca Flint
ELISA MICONI GRADUATES BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC
May 11, 2019
It's hard to describe the feeling at the end of a day like this. Graduating the school of my dreams and jumping into the music world as a professional musician carrying the name of Berklee College of Music, its values of community and resilience, and an already immeasurable baggage of knowledge that I am looking forward to feeding and expanding for as long as I'm alive, doesn't happen every day. Although I am still trying to make peace with the reality of it, it did happen today.
Being on stage with Missy Elliot, Alexander Lacamoire and Justin Timberlake, listening to their words for us, Berklee grads class of 2019, laughing at their jokes and sharing their tears, has been another great gift from Berklee to its students. We've all had our moments of hate and fight here, but no relationship lacks of those. What matters, in the end, is what two parties give to each other, what they learn from each other, and how they contribute to each other's growth. Berklee gave me all it had, and I gave all I had in return.
It's been wonderful to be part of the Berklee student experience, but I'm now looking forward to have an even better experience as Berklee grad.
In this surreal day, infinite thanks go to my family, for making this possible in the first place. More infinite thanks go to my best half, Ted Sullivan, and all of my friends, who have supported me all along. BIG SHUTOUT to the Italian crew: Manuela Pignatelli Francesco Pignatelli Lorenzo ScalziniGiancarlo Giusti Veronica Ratini Federico CecatiClaudia Maiolini. HUGE SHOUTOUT to the friends I've made in Boston and the wonderful players who have shared the stage with me, playing projects and recitals, sharing pizzas and what not. Among them: Marcela Bastida Carla Restivo Gaia LeoneAndrew Paolini Cj Schrieber Kelvin Andreas Ellis Hamilton Xuanyue Liu Alec Graham. Special thanks go to the teachers who have shared so much with me. Above all, the chair of the Guitar Department Kim Perlak and all of the other guitar teachers, with special thanks to my mentor Bruce Bartlett and vice-mentor Scott Tarulli. I wouldn't have become the guitarist and person I am today without you. Thanks also to the Jazz Composition Department and family and all the teachers within, with special thanks to my directed study teacher C Scott Free.
You have been so important during the last four years of my life, and I thank you for everything you've done for and meant to me.
I hope I've made you all proud, and I promise I'll make you prouder and prouder every day. "Life's a journey, not a destination". Might as well give the most and best of me, and get a better me in return.
Perk pic of the day: me saluting wonderful teachers from the stage.
Pearl of wisdom of the day:
"Find someone who's much better than you, and convince them to marry you" (Justin Timberlake)
Teary moment of the day: sharing tears with Missy Elliot receiving the honorary doctorate degree from Berklee. I felt like that about receiving a Bachelor's. If I was ever to receive an honorary doctorate in music, I don't know what would happen.
Bottom line: class of 2019, WE ROCK.
ROCK GUITAR...AND ALL THAT JAZZ
May 9, 2019
Guitarist Elisa Miconi presents originals and covers with a band of great, versatile musicians. Berklee is one of those things that you'd think you are doing a lot, until you realize that it's actually been doing you instead. At the end of the road, everything you get the chance to be close to, listen to, understand and appreciate comes together and catches fire in our senior recitals. This is gonna be just another one of those, so why come out? Well, BECAUSE, I came all the way from Italy to do music, live with music, for music, and I'd love to share where my journey has taken me with you. Furthermore, there's going to be my folks, who don't understand one word in English, so THAT is going to be hilarious. See you then! The concert will take place on Thursday, May 9, 2019, at 1:00pm at The Red Room @ Cafe 939 - 939 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts, 02115, United States.
ELISA MICONI PLAYS GUITAR IN GAIA LEONE'S CONCERT "Make Believe BASSroom"
May 6, 2019
Bassist and producer Gaia Leone presents an afternoon of original music, blending and bending pop, rock, electronic, and punk elements with visual stories. The show, which features Elisa Miconi on guitar and Kelvin Andreas on drums, will take place on Monday, May 6, 2019, at 1:00pm at The Red Room @ Cafe 939 - 939 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts, 02115, United States.
ELISA MICONI PLAYS GUITAR AND MANDOLIN IN THE WORLD PREMIERE OF CHRISTIAN DUHAMEL'S LATEST MUSICAL "WORLDS APART"
April 24, 2019
"Worlds Apart" is a musical full of romance and magic that tells the story of a brokenhearted songwriter whose life is uprooted by two ghosts who have lost their way. It takes place in a small community theater in Spokane, Washington, where the company takes pride in performing the same campy musical year after year. There is mystery, love, lust, and hopelessness intertwined throughout this wonderfully crafted masterpiece written by Christian Duhamel, last year’s Kleban Prize winner. Presented by the Berklee Theater Arts Collaborative and under the direction of Berklee’s faculty/industry professionals, "Worlds Apart" features students enrolled in five of Berklee’s professional theater training courses: performance, orchestra, music direction, stage management, and tech. Elisa Miconi has been selected as guitar and mandolin player for this production and will be in the pit with the Berklee Musical Theater Orchestra. The show will take place on April 25 and 25, 2019, at the Berklee Performance Center - 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts, 02115, United States.
ELISA MICONI IN ITALY: MUSICAL DIRECTOR OF "ANCORA UNA MUSICA PER L'AQUILA"
January 4, 2019
Elisa Miconi presents and conducts a set list of famous Italian popular songs arranged by her for an instrumental quartet in a jazz fashion. The quartet features Marta Vitaliani on flute, Diana Pettinelli on piano, Giovanni D'Eramo on double bass and Davide Di Giuseppe on drums. The concert is taking place on Friday, January 4th, 2018 at Auditorium del Parco - Viale delle Medaglie d'Oro, 67100 L'Aquila, AQ, Italy.
ELISA MICONI'S ARRANGEMENT OF "ON GREEN DOLPHIN STREET" FEATURED IN UPCOMING CONCERT
December 10, 2018
A version of Miles Davis' tune "On Green Dolphin Street" arranged for large ensemble by Elisa Miconi has been included in the set list of a concert at Berklee College of Music. A big band of Berklee students, lead and conducted by both students and faculty of the Jazz Composition department at Berklee, will perform the piece on Monday, December 10th, 2018 at The Red Room @ Cafe 939 - 939 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts, 02115, United States.
STREAMING AVAILABLE: ELISA MICONI JAZZ BAND LIVE AT BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC
December 3, 2018
A huge THANK YOU to everyone who contributed in some way to making today's senior recital possible. The biggest thanks goes to the players, because, without them, it would have never happened, and it wouldn't have sounded so good. Thank you from the bottom of my heart Xuanyue Liu Carla Restivo Aaron Hayashi Dean Scarlett Claudia Medina Quispe Marcela Bastida Jared Davis Alec Graham Andrew Paolini. A very big thank you goes to C Scott Free and Bob Pilkington for having taught me so much during our time together. There is always much more to learn, too much maybe, but thank you for setting me off to a great start. Special thanks go to Mr. Ted Sullivan for being the best companion I could have ever hoped for, and for supporting me in all the crazy things I do. Thanks go to George W Russell Jr and everyone else in the Berklee Jazz Composition department for being a great community of teachers, knowledgeable, crazy, funny, supportive and honest. Lastly, thanks to everyone who stopped by and listened to my music! And to everyone who watched the live streaming (which, by the way, is still available at the link below)! It was an honor to play for you, and great to see you there! Ellis Hamilton Precious Noemi Perez Robin Gabrielle Cecilia Scimia Scott Tarulli Claudia Maiolini Tancredi Lo Cigno Oveante Magsby and everyone else. THANK YOU 💙
ELISA MICONI JAZZ BAND LIVE AT BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC
December 3, 2018
After spending the past two years drawing a kaleidoscopic series of notes and marks on virtual staff paper for this thing called “a major in jazz composition,” guitarist and composer Elisa Miconi presents a set of original compositions and arrangements for a 5 horn band of Berklee students. Special thanks go to the wonderful and amazing musicians participating in this performance. Come listen to their magic! The concert will take place on Monday, December 3rd, 2018, at 1:00pm at The Red Room @ Cafe 939 - 939 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts, 02115, United States.
ON AIR - PODCAST WITH BRYAN PARYS AT BIRN
November 20, 2018
Bryan Parys, Senior Communications Manager in Berklee College of Music's External Affairs Department, interviews Elisa in a podcast centered around the ideas that students bring on stage when putting together their senior recitals. While sharing her recital perspective, Elisa answers questions about what went into planning her recital and how she ultimately chose the songs and styles she'd feature. The episode will come out on Tuesday, November 20th, 2018, on BIRN (Berklee Internet Radio Network).