Author Archives: dannyashkenasi

About dannyashkenasi

I'm a composer with over 30 years experience creating music theater. I'm also an actor, writer, director, producer, teacher and general enthusiast for the arts.

TELL-TALE COMMENTS

  May 25th, in happy, coincidental conjunction with my birthday, the Switzerland International Film Festival made my first short film “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre” available to stream for one day only. By midnight Swiss time “The Tell-Tale Heart … Continue reading

Posted in Musicabilia, Notes in the News, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

TELL-TALE BIRTHDAY SCREENING MAY 25

  May 25 is my birthday. And my party favor to you is: you can see “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre” for free! And your birthday present to me could be leaving a positive comment/rating. 🙂 UPDATE: The Festival … Continue reading

Posted in Cinema Scope, Musicabilia, Notes in the News | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

4 NOMS from the HOLLYWOOD NORTH FILM AWARDS

  “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre” has been nominated for 4 Hollywood North Film Awards for International Short Films:   Best Production Design – Nicholas Callais Best Original Score – Danny Ashkenasi Best Sound Design – Todd Maki Best … Continue reading

Posted in Cinema Scope, Musicabilia, Notes in the News | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

WALNUT CANYON – Journey Through a 900 Year Old Native American Settlement

  The Hopi name is Wupatupqa. Also known as Walnut Canyon National Monument, it is the place, about 10 miles southwest of Flagstaff, Arizona, where 900 years ago the Sinagua people lived in at least 25 dwelling rooms along the … Continue reading

Posted in Two-fisted Touristing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

40 Days of Outdoor Memories

Thanks A Lot, COVID 19!   Back in early April, when it became clear we would be hunkering indoors for at least the next month, barely getting out, and certainly not doing any traveling, I started posting on my social … Continue reading

Posted in Arts-a-Poppin', Two-fisted Touristing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

TELL-TALE Now Playing in the LIFT OFF ONLINE FESTIVAL

  WATCH & VOTE FOR TELL-TALE!   I’m pleased to announce that “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre” has been selected to play on-line in the LIFT-OFF GENRE CONTENT EXTRAVAGANZA, running through May 13.   CLICK HERE TO BE TAKEN … Continue reading

Posted in Cinema Scope, Musicabilia, Notes in the News | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Tell-Tale Award That Got Away

  I was doing some maintenance work on the Tell-Tale Homepage, when I saw I had noted an award won from Flicks Film Festival, but had not posted a laurel or certificate or even logged what the award was for. … Continue reading

Posted in Cinema Scope, Musicabilia, Notes in the News | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

What we are doing with our Coronavirus Relief Money

  Ed and I will be donating our Coronavirus relief money to “Church and State”.   Ed to “Church”, meaning his Quaker Meeting.   Me to “State”, meaning the baker’s dozen of senate races where Democrats have a good to … Continue reading

Posted in Notes in the News | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

CLASS 1-3’s FIRST GRADE OPERA – involving a magic carpet and a family transformed into chameleons

    NYC’s schools closed due to the COVID 19 pandemic the week the three first grade classes at the Brooklyn Children’s School were scheduled to perform their operas, which the children had written and composed themselves.  I still held … Continue reading

Posted in Notes in the News, The Teaching Artist | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

CLASS 1-2’s FIRST GRADE OPERA – of the moon and the earth and a celestial smash up

  NYC’s schools closed due to the COVID 19 pandemic the week the three first grade classes at the Brooklyn Children’s School were scheduled to perform their operas, which the children had written and composed themselves.  I still held out … Continue reading

Posted in Notes in the News, The Teaching Artist | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

CLASS 1-1’s FIRST GRADE OPERA – in which a dragon and a tiger meet in a dungeon

  NYC’s schools closed due to the COVID 19 pandemic the week the three first grade classes at the Brooklyn Children’s School were scheduled to perform their operas, which the children had written and composed themselves.  I still held out … Continue reading

Posted in Notes in the News, The Teaching Artist | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

4/25/20

  Today is Ed and my anniversary. 27 years together.  22 years married. And it’s a Saturday.  Last time our anniversary fell on a Saturday was five years ago.  It won’t happen again for another six years. So of course … Continue reading

Posted in Beginnings, LGBTQ Alphabet Soup, Notes in the News | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

GRAND CANYON – BRIGHT ANGEL TRAIL

  Taking a Morning Hike Down into the Grand Canyon   The morning of our final day at the Grand Canyon, we took the Bright Angel Trail down to the first rest house and back up again. These first pictures … Continue reading

Posted in Arts-a-Poppin', Two-fisted Touristing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

DROPPING NAMES

  A Collection of Mini Memoir Memories You may have seen this going around on Facebook or Twitter:  People listing names of celebrities they have met in their life times, but including one name that is a lie.  Then people … Continue reading

Posted in Beginnings, Cinema Scope, Musicabilia, Notes in the News, The Teaching Artist | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

CORONAVIRUS DANCERCISING

  Boogieing Away the COVID 19 Blues New York City’s gyms were shut down four days after Broadway and one day after the schools.  Six days later the whole state would be ordered to shelter at home.  There was to … Continue reading

Posted in LGBTQ Alphabet Soup, Melodies Linger On, Notes in the News | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

DREAMS and MEMORIES

  A Dream Memory for the Grand-Niece   Our niece Linden is homeschooling her children since the shelter-at-home order took hold in her state, just as it has done for millions of families all over the planet. She sent an … Continue reading

Posted in Beginnings, Literary Lyricism, The Teaching Artist | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment