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Online workshop May 13, 2021

Yoga teaching master Nicole Newman and David Leisner will offer a one-time workshop online on Thursday, May 13, 2:00-3:30 pm EDT, called “The Breath and the Eyes: two paths to freedom in practice and performance”. They will be teaching 1) different approaches to breathing that facilitate practice, preparation just before performing, and performing, 2) exercises for the eyes that promote mental relaxation and prevent fatigue, and 3) ways to use…

Bulletproof Musician Podcast

David Leisner recently did an hour-long podcast with Juilliard faculty member, Dr. Noa Kageyama for his Bulletproof Musician website, on overcoming focal dystonia and learning to play with ease.  The lively and informative interview can be found here.

Solo Viola Composition Published by Theodore Presser Co.

David Leisner’s Vapors for solo viola has been released by the Theodore Presser Co.  A 9-minute work in 2 movements, it is inspired by a large painting by Constance DeJong and is in a reductive, atonal language.  The score may be purchased at your favorite retail supplier, or on the Theodore Presser website.  A video of Mark Holloway’s commanding performance may be found on YouTube.

Schubert Die Schöne Müllerin recorded for release next year

Baritone Michael Kelly and David Leisner have just completed a recording of Franz Schubert’s 20-song cycle, Die Schöne Müllerin, in David’s arrangement.  The legendary Judy Sherman was the producer.  The album will be released sometime next year.

Schubert online concert added

The Room to Breathe series has added a bonus presentation of Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin, with baritone Michael Kelly, guitarist David Leisner and visual artist Kevork Mourad, who adds prerecorded animation and live illustration to the proceedings for an exciting concert experience. Oct. 10, 8:00 pm, EDT. Tickets available at: https://www.brightshiny.ninja/cell

Leisner video premiere with BMI’s Jam Sessions 8/14

BMI Jam Sessions series asked David Leisner to make a video for them with two of his compositions, Prelude (4 Pieces) and Shelter (Labyrinths).  It premieres Friday, August 14 at 3:00 pm on the BMI YouTube channel and will remain there afterwards.

Presser Co. goes digital

All compositions and arrangements by David Leisner published by the Theodore Presser Co. will soon be available in digital form. Original compositions for guitar, both solo and chamber works, vocal music with piano and music for other instruments, and orchestral works, as well as arrangements, like the Falla “7 Canciones Populares Españolas” and the Schubert “Die Schöne Müllerin” and “Arpeggione Sonata”, will be available in either digital or print options.  Most…

Aug. 4 online workshop

August 4 workshop just added:  “Engaging the Large Muscles: a guide to injury prevention and cure”, Southern Guitar Festival online workshop series, 2:00-3:00 pm, EDT.  For furtherinfo: https://www.facebook.com/events/292498465161146/?notif_t=plan_user_invited&notif_id=1595952950240727

Online solo concert, NY Guitar Seminar, July 8, 2020

As part of the NY Guitar Seminar at Mannes, David Leisner will play a solo concert on July 8 at 7:00 pm, NY time (EDT).  Program to include Leisner, Bach, Sor, Regondi, Glass, Schulz and Mertz.   Further info: NY Guitar Seminar

Future collaboration with actor Anthony Heald

Actor Anthony Heald, famous for his many roles on stage, in movies and on TV, will collaborate with David Leisner in an exciting program of Shakespeare readings and solo guitar, beginning in the 2021-22 season.