A ‘Virtual Visit’ with Musicians Gil Goldstein and Paolo Bartolani

Composer, arranger and accordionist Gil Goldstein Photo by John Abbott.

The Montauk Library’s “Virtual Visits” series with artists and musicians in their studios continues with “Between The Wind and The Shrubs” (or “Tra il vento e gli arbusti”), a 30-minute video featuring composer, arranger and accordionist Gil Goldstein and pianist Paolo Bartolani, the artistic director of Rites of Spring Music Festival. The video performance premieres Wednesday, November 24, at 7:30 p.m. and will be available for streaming on demand through December 31 via Montauk Library’s videos for general audiences at montauklibrary.org.

Paolo Bartolani performing at Borghese Vineyards at the Rites of Spring Music Festival, 2017. Photo courtesy the artist.

Recorded at the Jamesport Meeting House, Goldstein and Bartolani perform new arrangements of traditional songs such as “Londonderry Air” (Danny Boy), “Amazing Grace” and “Oh, Shenandoah” as well as pieces by Dvorák, Debussy, and Morricone.

Goldstein’s first love is the accordion, but he is well known as a pianist and keyboard artist and arranger. Throughout his extensive career as a musician, composer and arranger, he has performed with numerous jazz luminaries and composed scores for several films. Among his numerous distinctions are five Grammy Awards.

In addition to being a pianist, Bartolani is a musicologist and music manager. He performs as a soloist and as a member of chamber ensembles in Europe and the United States. He is the founder and artistic director of Rites of Spring Music Festival based in Southold. Now in its sixth edition, it is dedicated to presenting  contemporary sounds in an outdoor setting that encourages people to open their ears and body to music and let their imaginations fly freely.

The Montauk Library’s “Virtual Visits” series is made possible with funds provided by the Restart New York Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the office of the governor and the State Legislature, and administered by The Huntington Arts Council.