M is for May & Melly & Mafoo

Melly & Mafoo Variety Hour
Saturday May 1st
The Gershwin Hotel
7 E 27th St (Manhattan)
8:00 pm, $10

Please join me and my whacky partner in crime, Matt Marks at the Gershwin Hotel on Saturday evening for a wild and zany set of low tech and emotionally warped pop covers. The Melly & Mafoo Variety Hour is a self indulgent creative project we had always kicked around, but came into light about a year ago, and our minds have been brewing ever since. Featuring the music of Aaron Neville, Linda Rhonstadt, The Magnetic Fields, Beyonce Knowles, Faith Hill, Danny Elfman, and Corey Dargel!

Melly & Mafoo Variety Hour is:
Mellissa Hughes: voice, drum pad, keys
Matt Marks, voice, ukelele, keys, various awesomeness

And here is a link to our newest cover “Straight Up” by Paula Abdul.

Sunday May 2nd
Music with A View
The Flea Theater
3pm FREE

On Sunday I will perform in Neil Rolnick‘s new multi-media chamber piece for soprano, string trio, electronics, video and dancers. Also on the program is music of Paula Matthusen, Ken Ueno and others.

Monday, May 10 at 6pm
Zankel Hall
John Adams, conductor
Son of Chamber Symphony, John Adams
Concerto for Piano and Winds, Stravinsky
De Staat, Louis Andriessen

I am honored to perform again with ACJW in the monstrous undertaking that is Andriessen’s De Staat. For those of you in the Philadelphia area, there will be a 3pm performance of this exact program Sunday May 9th.

Finally: The Little Death Vol. One:  After our performance at Galapagos in March, there has been a lot of hype surrounding our show! If you haven’t checked out Matt Marks’ post-Christian nihilist pop opera, you’re in luck because the album is officially available for pre-order on Amazon! and will officially drop on May 25th, but if you can’t wait that long, feel free to visit the New Amsterdam Record site to download two FREE tracks. And stay tuned for our video release in June, it is sure not to disappoint!

My Ears are Open Podcast

In January I had the pleasure of sitting with James Holt who runs a lovely podcast series called My Ears Are Open. The month of March he dedicated to singers, and I was quite honored to be the first singer he has ever interviewed!

Now, you might think that being able to talk about yourself and your accomplishments for an hour or so would be fun, but I personally found it to be quite terrifying. However, I think the interview comes off very well, and I don’t sound too much like an idiot. I talk about my work with young composers, and my obsessive compulsive tendencies when it comes to score formatting! Composers take note!!