Tuesday, December 6, 2011

december music fun & new recording:-)

Hi all,
Here is the latest music news!

-I had a super fun night last night sitting in with composer/poet/musician David Amram at Cornelia street cafe here in Greenwich Village.
-Tonight playing my regular Tuesday session at Swift with Danny Noveck and Eamon O'Leary.

-The big news is that my NEW Seasonal CD: "A Long Winter's Nap" will be arriving at my door this week. If you would like to order a copy or copies send a check for $15 per copy, plus $3 shipping to: Chris Layer, 719 Greenwich Street 4N, NYC, NY, 10014

-As some of you know, I have been working very hard on creating/founding an acoustic music festival and 5-day summer music school in my home state of Indiana: The New Harmony Music Festival & School will officially "launch" with the opening of the website next week. The dates for the festival will take place from July 8th-14th of 2012. Registration for the school will open January 1st, so stay tuned for details!!!

-Remember that Bob Currie's annual Scottish "fiesta" of pipes, pipe organ, fiddles, harps, poets and music will take place in two weeks time, December 17 & 18. Here is the web site for tix! http://www.pipesofchristmas.com
That's it for now my dears...Go out and hear some music before it's next year!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

BLT Pasta!

Here is a yummy one I made up for Summer.

BLT Pasta from CL
So the idea here is all the stuff in a BLT sans mayo...which is almost there, but no egg-y things, sorry. You can change the proportions of ingreeds to suit. I tried to come close to my original formula, but it changes every time.

-loaf of 2 day-old bread or plain store-bought croutons
-1 clove garlic chopped
-good olive oil
-1-3 tablespoons of cane sugar
-10-12 strips fave bacon, fried crispy and drained and chopped into 1/2 pieces
-4-5 cups cheery tomats, sliced, or quartered if large, in a bowl...
-baby arugula, spinach, or Maché lettuce, washed and spun (bout enough leaves to fill a medium sized bowl...)
-half a big sweet onion, fine chopped
-4 tblspns fresh thyme
-4 tblspns fresh basil chopped or torn-up
-bout 12-16 oz. of good pesto sauce
-salt and pep
-four good sized lemons, juiced, and the zest of at least one of them.
-1 box dry pasta(organelli, radiatore, farfalle, all are good)
-grana padano, or fresh reggiano parm for grating
-some flat leaf parsley chopped if you wish.
-big platter

(I ALWAYS take bread that is more than a day old and cut it into cubes for croutons ahead of time, but you can start with plain prepared ones from the store or start using day-old bread, cubed up.)
-The croutons may be prepared ahead of time and will keep in the freezer for up to a month in a zip-lock baggie. Make sure they are properly cooled before packing them in the bag, though or they will turn soft.
-Preheat oven to 300º F.
-Combine lemon juice, thyme, salt & pepper, one clove crushed garlic, tblspn of pesto, tblspn of bacon fat, and toss well with 4-6 cups of bread cubes. Cubes should be slightly moist to the touch after tossing.
-Once all the cubes are coated add one half cup grated parm or padano cheese and toss again.
-Spread mixture in a 9 X 12 baking pan so it is easy to toss during baking and put in oven, turning every 10-12 minutes until croutons are dry and crunchy, but not burned!
-Should take about 40 minutes. (If you are starting with day-old bread it will of course take longer.)

Tomato dressing:
Combine 6 tblspns lemon juice, sugar, salt and pep, garlic, 2 tablespoons of fresh thyme, 2 tblspns fresh basil, 2 tblspns olive oil, and 1 tablespoon of melted bacon drippings in a jar and shake well. Dress the tomatoes, toss, and set aside. (Balance the sweet/sour as you like, but don't be afraid to add more sugar or lemon juice as you balance the flavor.) Set aside about 2 tblspns for finishing the dish at the end if you like.

-Simmer the diced onion over low heat until soft in remaining olive oil and 1 tblsp bacon fat in a high-sided sauté pan,set aside. (Pasta will get tossed with the onions and pesto sauce in here before the dish comes together.)
-Cook pasta to "Al Dente", drain, and put in sauté pan to toss with pesto sauce and simmered onion.

Assemble the dish:
-On the large platter, or in a nice yellow bowl, arrange the elements in layers descending in size so you can see each layer. Place the pesto pasta first, then the washed and dried lettuce, the the dressed tomatoes, then the bacon and croutons. Finish with the reserved dressing plus the juice half a lemon just before serving. I usually DON'T do the grated parm shower thing with this dish, but you can put out cheese for your guests.

-Serve with a nice sancerre, pinot grigio, or pouilly fuisse white wine...something a bit tart to complement the bacon etc...
-Can be served warm as a main dish, or at room temp as an antipasto salad....

Monday, July 11, 2011

Swell-egant Caramoor, a swingin estate!

Yes it was just too swell to play music up at the old Caramoor Estate this last July 1st. We did a splendid program of music from the library of Thomas Jefferson: some classical, some trad folk...My favotire combination!

But the real treat was posing in our bedroom dressing rooms in "the big house" with these two beauties! (Mazz Swift on the left and Kerry O'Malley on the right) Each is a talented singer and Mazz also plays the violin like a little birdie as well! Anyway, there will be a few more updates this week covering my last month of travels.

Much love,
Christopher Layer

Monday, June 6, 2011

Rolling the Woodpile Down

After a weekend of fun and frolic, I am finally headed off to Indiana for work and play both. Those that requested lessons in Indy would be obliged to email me and set up an appointment if you would be so kind!
Much love,

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Fun and Frolic

Here are a few snaps from the Spring...
-Tony DeMarco, Anna Collins and I played the JetBlue Terminal at JFK for Paddy's Day.
-Tony D. Jerry O'Sullivan and I playing a Colin Meaghre's party In Ocean Grove.
-My solo performance with The Baltimore Symphony in Maryland.

I'll be heading out and about for June, but look for me back in NYC for July and then Montana and Utah in August.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Hoosier Junta!

So here we are in spring preparing for a trip to Indiana. I'll be working with my old groups: Tippecanoe Ancient Fife And Drum Corps and The 42nd RHR of Lafayette, as well as giving a concert in their honor. In addition, I'll appear with my Pop on Saturday the 16th of April at Duncan Hall in Lafayette to pay tribute to the founder of this lovely hall of music!
Hope to see you There!

Happy Birthday Gammy!

Gammy Miller, my upstairs neighb and wonder-friend celebrated her birthday in style at the Jazz Gallery here in the Village this last Sunday night. Her husband Kenny gathered friends, food and musicians for a swell time and some fun music. Singers Brendan O'Shea and Jenna Nichols joined me onstage for some tunes and songs and the wonderful John Ellis brought his jazz band and really gave the night a sweet sound on his sax! Here is a funny clip of John's group and I doing a bit of "Blue Monk" with sax and bagpipe "chanter". Enjoy,