Bar LunÀtico is thrilled to host Deidre Rodman and Roy Nathanson - The May Seventeenth Duo!
Roy Nathanson met pianist Deidre Rodman through their excellent friend, trombonist Curtis Fowlkes, as all three musicians shared the circus as a seminal point of reference. Subsequently, Roy asked Deidre to be the pianist for the European tour of his recording project, “ the Fire at Keaton’s bar and Grille” and a 2 decade-long musical relationship began. Recently, they have been coming together for weekly rehearsals to parse the center of their musical relationship through the lens of their common birthday May 17. They are seeking to find out if they are in fact, one person.
An Idaho native, pianist/composer Deidre Rodman Struck moved to New York in 1997 after receiving a Master's Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas. She found work playing for the Big Apple Circus, and spent her free time going out to hear all the music she could. She immediately found musical synchronicity with a number of players from the downtown scene, including Roy Nathanson of the Jazz Passengers.Nathanson and Struck co-hosted a weekly band night at the Knitting Factory for close to a year. She then played on the album and touring production of his critically-acclaimed Fire at Keaton's Bar and Grill, which featured vocalists Elvis Costello, Debbie Harry, and Darius de Haas. The show was revived in 2005 for a benefit at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn and featured Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Antony, and Dan Zanes, among others. She and Nathanson continued to collaborate on projects such as the 10-piece Alphabet Lounge Big Band. They also co-wrote and produced a song for the movie Nowhere to Go but Up/Happy End, featuring Audrey Tatou and Jennifer Tilly. Their most recent collaboration took place in 2017 at barbes in Brooklyn, where they got their Monk on.
Roy Nathanson has had a varied career as a saxophonist, composer, bandleader, poet, actor and teacher. During the thirty years Nathanson has led the Jazz Passengers, the band has recorded 10 CDs and toured extensively. As primary composer for the band, Nathanson has written songs for a variety of singers including Elvis Costello, Deborah Harry, Jeff Buckley, Jimmy Scott and Mavis Staples. Nathanson also leads Sotto Voce, a band that investigates various relationships between text and music in performances and recordings. His radio play, You’re The Fool, was performed and commissioned on NPR and his meditation on time, The Rock Concert, was commissioned by the Science Museum of the University of Wisconsin. His first book of poetry Subway Moon is on Buddy’s Knife Editions and his poems have appeared in Natural Bridge, 5AM, the Brooklyn Rail and other publications. His non-profit organization, Subway Moon, connects teenage songwriter/musicians around the world with his Sotto Voce band in professional performances. He has also collaborated in theatre and film with David Cale, Chantal Akerman, Peter Sollett and Ray Dobbins through composition, co-writing and acting. Nathanson has received two New York Foundation for the Arts composing awards, a Chamber Music America Award in composition and grants from the Rockefeller Foundation and NPR. He was a recipient of a Bessie Award and a Joseph Jefferson Award in Chicago. He has been featured in the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, The Brooklyn Rail, The Guardian, The London Independent and various other international publications