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2017...Still Doin' Stuff



Hey, look at me, updating my website!  I'm not sure people still even use these things, but that's ok.  When the aliens come, at least this blog will forever be a record of how Maria Dessena chose to archive her existence.  So much to learn from us humans!

Anyway, lot of exciting things to catch up on from 2016.  I've updated the press page where you can read reviews from Mad Jenny's run at Pangea, and I've also added a new Game Audio page of original compositions I've worked on at High 5 Games for your listening pleasure!

Upcoming Shows


But first, some upcoming shows.  Mad Jenny and the Society Band are getting the New Year started right - come see us Wednesday night at the Slipper Room, where I'll be accompanying Mad Jenny and her crew of Weimar Girls for an old school variety show.  Featuring special guests of the alt-cabaret and burlesque scene, including contortionist and aerialist Miss Ekaterina of Cirque du Soleil fame, Pandora, the sexy, statuesque star of Dances Of Vice and Shanghai Mermaid, Dance Troupe Desert Sin of House of Yes and featuring alt cabaret star and Broadway World Best Alt Cabaret nominated Kim David Smith.

Wednesday, Jan. 4, 8PM @ Slipper Room, NYC.

Friday and Saturday I'll be joining Eric Schmalenberger for some shows - Friday we're doing a kick-ass arrangement of When Doves Fly at 44 Charlton, and Saturday Eric hosts his awesome Blunderland variety show at House of Yes.  Eric curates incredible events with the best circus performers in NYC, so check it out.

Friday, Jan. 6, 7PM, The Green Space, NYC
Saturday, Jan. 7, 8PM, House of Yes, NYC

Composer Quest


Earlier in the year, the sound department at High 5 Games was visited by Charlie McCarron of Composer Quest.  If you've never heard his podcasts, they are insightful explorations of what it's like to be a composer and songwriter these days.  He's interviewed composers all over the world for the past few years, there's quite a collection!  You can find our team interview (in all it's bizarre glory) here. 

Mad Jenny's video for On Suicide


Mad Jenny shot a very cool video for a song off our upcoming release (more on that album in the near future)!  We recorded in June and should have the tracks available soon.  Jenny was very inspired by Weimar artist George Grosz's painting, The Lovesick Man.  The song is On Suicide.



Like Spinning Plates


Lastly, I threw out a new Radiohead cover for accordion (and *gasp* there's some actual production this time!).  If you are wondering where my head was at for a lot of this year, this will probably tell you!








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