Memorial Fund

WE ARE SO PLEASED TO HAVE PRESENTED

THREE CONCERTS IN 2015!!!


Ella Ackerman performing to SEEN by Paul J. Gallagher at The Concert Hall at Drew University on September 20, 2015. Backdrop: Heron Textile by Paul J. Gallagher (Photo: Lawrence de Martin)

Ella Ackerman performing to SEEN by Paul J. Gallagher at The Concert Hall at Drew University on September 20, 2015. Backdrop: Heron Textile by Paul J. Gallagher  (Photo: Lawrence de Martin)

Our FIRST PAUL J. GALLAGHER MEMORIAL CONCERT:  Living Forward (at the Concert Hall at Drew University in Madison, NJ) was an artistic and personal success on every level!  We have been hearing words like “magnificent”, “a beautiful celebration of Paul’s work”, “deeply engrossing” … to mention but a few, … and the praises continue!

Triad Vocal Ensemble (conducted by Virginia Johnston) performing Paul J. Gallagher's EAST: fly, eagle fly at the Concert Hall at Drew University on September 20, 2015. Backdrop artwork: THE LORD OF MESCAL by Paul J. Gallagher (Photo: Alanna Maharajh Stone)

Triad Vocal Ensemble (conducted by Virginia Johnston) performing Paul J. Gallagher’s EAST: fly, eagle fly at the Concert Hall at Drew University on September 20, 2015. Backdrop artwork: THE LORD OF MESCAL by Paul J. Gallagher (Photo: Alanna Maharajh Stone)

Here is a link to the feature we were granted in the Madison Eagle! http://www.newjerseyhills.com/madison_eagle/news/concert-sunday-to-revive-music-of-late-madison-composer/article_7232f034-1794-57ba-9f29-0cf6056bef88.html

Our first step toward achieving our concert production goal was a July 26, 2015, performance with special guests Naked Roots Ensemble (Natalia Steinbach and Valerie Kuehne) and Martha Cargo (flutist) at Studio Yoga NJ’s Green Light Performance Series.

Ella Ackerman (foreground - voice/dance), Martha Cargo (flute), Natalia Steinbach (violin) and Valerie Kuehne (cello) performing SOUTH: cradle the sky from Paul J. Gallagher's SONGS TO THE FOUR DIRECTIONS at The Green Light Performance Series at Studio Yoga on July 26, 2015 (photo: Hector Martinez)

Ella Ackerman (foreground – voice/dance), Martha Cargo (flute), Natalia Steinbach (violin) and Valerie Kuehne (cello) performing SOUTH: cradle the sky from Paul J. Gallagher’s SONGS TO THE FOUR DIRECTIONS at The Green Light Performance Series at Studio Yoga on July 26, 2015 (Photo: Hector Martinez)

Next, Feathered Serpent Productions (an entity dedicated to producing, promoting and conserving the music and artwork of Paul J. Gallagher) made its debut on September 9, 2015 at Spectrum NYC (121 Ludlow Street), an international “hub” for new music.

Randy "Chapa" Brathwaite (Youth), Ella Ackerman (Mother of All) and Jennifer Anya Imashave (The Lord of Mescal) performing a dance to Part III of Paul Gallagher's operatic vignette THE KINGDOM OF MESCAL at Spectrum NYC on September 9, 2015

Randy “Chapa” Brathwaite (Youth) performing in Part III of Paul Gallagher’s operatic vignette THE KINGDOM OF MESCAL at Spectrum NYC on September 9, 2015 (Photo:  Damien Olsen)

Randy "Chapa" Brathwaite (Youth), Ella Ackerman (Mother of All) and Jennifer Anya Imashave (The Lord of Mescal) performing a dance to Part III of Paul Gallagher's operatic vignette THE KINGDOM OF MESCAL at Spectrum NYC on September 9, 2015

Ella Ackerman (Mother of All) and Jennifer Anya Imashev (The Lord of Mescal) performing in Part III of Paul Gallagher’s operatic vignette THE KINGDOM OF MESCAL at Spectrum NYC on September 9, 2015 (Photo:  Damien Olsen)

 

 

In both New York and New Jersey, we received favorable press, particularly with respect to our dance to Part III of THE KINGDOM OF MESCAL, an operatic vignette from the opera SIX BLIND MEN AND THE MOON.

 

Here is a link to our feature in the Independent Press! http://www.nj.com/independentpress/index.ssf/2015/08/paul_gallaghers_the_kingdom_of.html

Dan Crisci (piano) and Ella Ackerman (voice) perform music by Paul J. Gallagher at Spectrum NYC, September 9, 2015 (Photo: Damien Olsen)

Dan Crisci (piano) and Ella Ackerman (voice) perform music by Paul J. Gallagher at Spectrum NYC, September 9, 2015 (Photo: Damien Olsen)

Half the proceeds of our recent efforts were contributed to the Give Forward campaign of Paul’s widow Theresa Rowland to assist her with alternative cancer treatments. For decades Theresa’s influence as a yoga teacher and proprietor of Studio Yoga in Madison has had a profound impact on our community, and her work continues to make our world a nicer, more peaceful, healthful place to be. Theresa’s constant support, advice and encouragement throughout our preparations were paramount to our recent concert successes.

The other half of our concert proceeds defrayed significant production costs such as rental fees, insurance, transportation, lighting, costume and administrative expenses. Won’t you please join us in our efforts to continue our PAUL J. GALLAGHER CONCERT SERIES and make a donation via http://www.gofundme.com/gallagherliving to keep this luminous work before an audience?

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT OUR NEXT EVENT!!

Very truly yours,

Ella Ackerman
Executive Director
Feathered Serpent Productions

Memorial Fund
Paul Joseph Gallagher
Beloved Husband of Theresa Rowland

part art workPaul Gallagher Memorial Fund
To preserve, share and expand Paul’s legacy of music, art, and story.

http://www.gofundme.com/gallagherliving

If you would like to donate by credit card please call the Studio Yoga office at 973-966-5311 Donations by check are also appreciated.



Checks should be written out to “Theresa Rowland” and sent to Studio Yoga, PO Box 99, Chatham NJ 07928

About the Gallagher Fund

The fund will enable us to disseminate his work. We have immediate and long term goals which require money for administrative and production costs.

Our long term goal is to produce his symphonic, small ensemble, quartet, choral, and solo works in just intonation.

Intermediate Projects:

– The publication of his lyrics as poetry.

– The publication of his meditation stories.

– Teaching groups the songs from “Round the Great Circle.”

– Gallery showings of his painting and collages.

– Printing fabric with the set designs for “Saltwater.”

– Production of his cabaret “Sitting Like a Cat.”

As we go through his archives more projects will emerge. We welcome your ideas and talent. We are counting on our colleagues, friends, and his former students and their parents to help us in continuing his legacy.

For information on the works of Paul Gallagher contact: Theresa Rowland, 2 Green Village Road, Suite 216, Madison, NJ  07940, Cell: 973-722-5748, Office: 973-966-5311, Theresa@studioyoganj.com.

March 2015 Update

Dear Friends, Students, and Family of Paul Gallagher,

It is hard to believe that the exhibit at the Watchung Arts Center was already one year ago. As I’ve been dealing with health challenges the work of the legacy fund has been nudged along by Ella Ackerman and Paul’s siblings.

Where we are now…

Ella Ackerman has been networking with performers and promoters to stage Paul’s music. She has her fingers in numerous pies – new music and cabaret and opera. Ella performed Paul’s works on May 3 and 4, 2014 for Dance Phillipsburg and the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship Earth Day celebrations.

For 2015 she has gotten Paul’s music in the line-up for Microfest NYC 2015. Thank you Ella! The performance will be at Spectrum on March 29th starting at 7 pm. The concert features works by Gallagher, Partch, Nuorvala, Dinescu, and Slonimsky. Spectrum is at 121 Ludlow Street on the 2nd floor. For more information call 347-321-0591 afmmjr@aol.com.

Where we have been….

With your help we had a successful opening at the Watchung Arts Center on Feb 2, 2014. It was an amazing day with friends, family, students and art lovers coming from near and far. It is the first time that Paul’s paintings and collages were on display all together. The effect was striking and quite beautiful. Photos of the event will be posted soon.

Many of the pieces were familiar to the voice students as a couple of the pieces were always displayed on the fireplace mantel in the teaching room. I discovered that the yoga students have an affinity for the artwork as well. The designs for the stained glass windows in the upstairs studio were taken from two of the pieces in the exhibit.

The highlight of the afternoon was a performance by Ella Ackerman accompanied by John Conte on piano and Kathleen Johnson on flute. In less than 2 weeks time Ella put together what amounts to a new art form. She sang 2 of the rounds and 2 of the art songs while dancing in costume with props. Much of the movement was belly dance based complete with undulations. I’m looking forward to seeing how she continues to develop this combination of dance and song.

Where do we go from here?

At this point the coffers of the Legacy Fund are dry.

Ideas for Raising Funds:

Sell prints of Paul’s artwork.

This requires funds for scanning which I understand is $75 per scan. Then there is the cost of the prints (unknown at this point) and framing ($55 per print). One of the best ways to sell prints is to show the artwork at galleries. Mounting an exhibit can run up to $1000 depending on the venue and the opening.

In addition to offering prints for sale the reproductions of the collages and paintings can be sued for gallery showings and also set design.

Sell silk scarves with Paul’s designs. If you have expertise in this area we welcome your help.

Publication of Paul’s poetry and lyrics. Cost figures are forthcoming.

Thank you for sharing Paul’s legacy.

Have a wonderful 2015!

Theresa

2 Green Village Rd., Suite 216

Madison NJ 07940

studioyoga@gmail.com

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