Party with Turner & Grusecki / O.C.R.
Anya Turner and Robert Grusecki are performers and songwriters who live in New York City. They write songs for the musical theatre and cabaret. Their Off-Broadway musical, GREETINGS FROM YORKVILLE (now available on CD) was presented at the SoHo Playhouse, directed by Thommie Walsh and Baayork Lee, and was named finalist for the prestigious Richard Rodgers Award by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The Original Cast Recording was released in July 2011. 'A PARTY with Turner & Grusecki' is a CD recording of the new musical revue about contemporary life and love, written & performed by Off-Broadway's Anya Turner & Robert Grusecki. The album features 15 brand new songs covering topics ranging from how technology is changing our lives ('Cell Phone', 'My Virtual Friend', 'Anywhere But Here') to the effects of the current economic climate ('Nothing To Lose', 'Christmas In A Coffee Shop', 'Good Times Are Just Around The Corner'), all against the backdrop of life in New York City ('Pedicab Guy', 'Ev'ryone's A Star In New York', 'Wednesday Night At Helen's'). TRACKS: A Party - Nothing To Lose - Cell Phone - My Virtual Friend - Pedicab Guy - Wednesday Night At Helen's (to H. Gallagher) - A Golden Age - Christmas In A Coffee Shop - Here's To Us - Anywhere But Here - Ev'ryone's A Star In New York - Time Line - Two Girls (song for Sheila) - The Thing Itself - Good Times Are Just Around The Corner PERSONNEL: Vocals by Anya Turner and Robert Grusecki. Piano by Robert Grusecki. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Steve Vavagiakis at Bang Zoom Productions. Cover art by Robert Risko. Liner notes by Donna McKechnie, Karen Akers and Steve Ross. Jacket design by Alexandra Smith. Copyright 2011 Turner & Grusecki. All rights reserved. All selections are ASCAP. Anya & Robert Recordings No. 5104. Total running time 39:03. Music by Mr. Grusecki, lyrics by Ms. Turner & Mr. Grusecki. For information about sheet music, licensing, performance dates and other news please visit the AnyaRobertMusic website. REVIEWS: 'CELL PHONE brings down the house with it's clever lyrics.' - The Stage (UK); 'Cabaret performers may have an anthem. It's the song CELL PHONE.' - USA Today; 'Great news for Turner & Grusecki fans - in fact, for anyone interested in the best contemporary music! From the wonderful opening song, A PARTY, straight through to the sweet and optimistic GOOD TIMES ARE JUST AROUND THE CORNER, their newest CD is musically and emotionally welcoming, filled with songs that are original, heartfelt, clever, touching, and often very funny! Would that every mobile phone owner could hear CELL PHONE, and every 'sad sack' could hear NOTHING TO LOSE! Would that everyone working in creative arts could hear the joyful appreciation of THE THING ITSELF! Here you'll find more than a dozen new songs that richly deserve to be heard - and taken to heart.' - Karen Akers (Broadway & Cabaret star); 'This is indeed A PARTY! No, it is a feast of melodies and words. The Turner/Grusecki lyrics manage to be gratifyingly respectful of the rules of prosody while being right on the money as far as contemporary comments about life and love.' - Steve Ross (Cabaret star); 'Anya Turner and Robert Grusecki are certainly two of my favorite songwriters as well as musical performers. I am always eager to hear their new work because, besides the beautiful flow of the composition, their lyrics can be at once funny and touching, or deeply reflective and very personal. As a singer it is ideal to be able to lift the poetry in their writing with those lovely melodies and as an actress it is ideal to be able to connect with the audience in such a personal way. Their writing is modern and sophisticated but can touch you in the most fundamental and human way . . . like our favorite popular songs that linger in our lives. I first performed their song CELL PHONE for London audiences and I was thrilled when it garnered the best reviews - but not surprised.' - Donna McKechnie (Broadway & Cabaret star).