What is sillybird?

sillybird is a new summer music festival! Its primary members are: Myself, Simon Linn-Gerstein, cello Lily Press, harp (Click here for Lily’s site) Robin Rhodes, bass Hamed Shadad, clarinet in addition to guests with instruments of all shapes and sizes. Our primary musical focus is performing contemporary chamber music in a fun and relaxed environment. … Continue reading

Masters Recital on Saturday May 4!

8:00 pm at Longy School of Music of Bard College, Wolfinsohn Recital Room photo credit: Kelly Davidson

New Video!

You may have noticed that there is a new video at the top of my home page – it’s from my most recent recital in December. Stay tuned for more videos from this concert. The piece is Mendelssohn’s Cello Sonata No. 2 in D major, and I’m playing with pianist Patrick Yacono. Here’s the video … Continue reading

Video: Simon plays “Eva and Emmy”

Here’s a promo video from “Eva and Emmy”, a piece for string quartet written by Kaley Lane Eaton and choreographed by Gabrielle Orcha.  The beginning of the video features Simon’s recording of the Introduction, for solo cello.  For more about Kaley and her compositions, please visit her website. “Eva and Emmy” was premiered in June … Continue reading

Simon & Mark Morris Honored by Creativity Foundation

I recently was awarded the Creativity Foundation Legacy Award for my work combining performance, musicology, anthropology, and performance studies.  The award was presented to me by renowned choreographer and Creativity Foundation Laureate Mark Morris.  Here we are, pictured at the conference and award ceremony held at the Cosmos Club in Washington DC.

Simon with composer Charles Strouse

I recently performed in a concert of Charles Strouse’s early classical compositions.  Strouse is best known for his Broadway work, including Bye Bye Birdie and Annie.  Strouse also performed some of his songs, such as “Put on a Happy Face” and “Tomorrow”. The Boston Musical Intelligencer wrote a review of the event, referring to the performers as “Longy’s best … Continue reading

Seeing and Hearing Music

I thought it might be appropriate to include my Haverford thesis, Seeing and Hearing Music, on a post.  I continue to find videos that are relevant to this topic, so perhaps this can become a regular blog feature moving forward.  For those readers with plenty of time and interest, I’ll post the entire paper in … Continue reading