Thursday, April 26

Poetry Singing Off the Page!

The Browne Center — Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MI

Laz joins poet Jennifer Burd in a program of poetry set to music. Come hear classic lyrics from treasured poets of the English language — William Shakespeare, William Blake, Christina Rossetti, Robert Louis Stevenson, Emily Dickinson, and Robert Frost and others. Also featured will be works by contemporary poets Dan Gerber, Naomi Shihab Nye, Linda Nemec Foster — and even a sprinkling of haiku! Jennifer will recite the poems to Laz’s multi-instrumental accompaniment, (guitar, fiddle, and a variety of folk flutes) and then Laz will sing the poems to his original musical settings. On many of the poems, Jennifer will accompany Laz on a 22 stringed harp-like instrument called a “Bowed Psaltery” which dates back to medieval times. It has a haunting sound and adds a wonderful flavor to the poems.


Saturday, May 12

6th Annual Benefit Concert in Honor of Helen’s Memory

Cafe 704, Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd., Ann Arbor MI

Laz played a number of concerts at Cafe 704 over the years, always with his wife Helen, until she passed away in 2012. To honor her memory, and to celebrate her life, Laz is dedicating this yearly concert to her. Proceeds from the evening will be donated to two organizations: one that supports nature preservation, and the other, an emergency shelter for homeless children and their families. Both of these causes were very close to Helen’s heart.

Laz will be joined by a band of special guests, all of whom recorded or performed with Helen: his bother, San on vocals and guitar, his niece Emily on vocals and violin, Jeanne Mackey on vocals and guitar, Laurel Federbush on harp, Ken Ishii on cello, Alaura Massaro on piano, Lori Fithian and Jean Chorazyczewski on vocals and percussion, and Eric Fithian on bass. Laz and his guests will sing some of Helen’s songs, as well as original and traditional music in both folk and classical styles.