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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 PRATFALL – Tell-Tale Shoot Diary #2

  One for the blooper reel, except…   It was one of the least difficult set-ups of the Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre shoot.  Just me coming down the stairs – a flash back to when the murderer, fresh from … Continue reading

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HEAD SHOTS BLOOPER GALLERY

  I needed new head shots.  I also knew I’d be shaving my beard for the Tell-Tale Heart shoot.  So I scheduled a head shot photo shoot right before the Tell-Tale film shoot in order to schedule my shave in … Continue reading

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TELL-TALE PEEK INTO THE ON SET MONITOR – Tell-Tale Shoot Diary #1

  Last week was production week for the short film “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre“.  One day of set-up, 6 days of shooting, 9-10 hour days that by the weekend became 11-15 hour days.  Everyone worked very hard and … Continue reading

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SUN GLARE, 46th Street, Early February

  Specifically February 4, 8am, on 46th street between 7th and 6th avenues.     Do you too see animal faces in the steam?  A boar, a schnauzer, a fox?       … or maybe Fuchur AKA Falkor the … Continue reading

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3rd Grade Choir Presents Love & Life with the Beatles

  A fainting spell nearly derailed the whole concert.  But it was still a rousing success.   When I plan choir concerts for elementary student performers, I hope to choose songs that will appeal to the age group but also … Continue reading

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TELL-TALE CELLO DOUBLES

In “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre” the music is scored for three cellos.  And Friday evening three cello players were sitting in my living room practicing their cello parts for the shoot.  Because for key scenes, you won’t just … Continue reading

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TELL-TALE CAMERA TEST

Yesterday I met my Director of Photography Jason Chua at the film equipment rental place to do some camera tests in preparation for our upcoming “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre” film shoot.   For me that mostly meant standing … Continue reading

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VERSAILLES – A Stroll Through the Gilded Chateau

Take a walk with me inside the opulent grandeur of Luis XIV’s showcase We approach the palace, or chateau, from the municipality of Versailles. An equestrian statue of Louis XIV greets the tourists at the first gate:     This … Continue reading

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OOO! LOOK AT THE LIGHT!

Pics with a Touch of Light plus a complimentary light-hearted music quiz   Light Music Query #1: Which musical features this dance into the light? (as ever, the answers are tucked into the tabs below)   Above, my gym’s basement … Continue reading

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IF ONLY THE POE COTTAGE HAD BEEN OUR TELL-TALE MURDER HOUSE!

That is the Poe Cottage in the Bronx.  The last home Poe resided in before he died.  We had hoped to make it our Tell-Tale musicabre movie murder home. But alas, it is not to be! Most of the short … Continue reading

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A HIGH-FLYING MUSIC QUIZ – while in sunset dappled skies

  It’s time for another Notes from a Composer musical quiz! All musical tracks and/or musical quiz queries will be somehow related to air travel, to tie in to these shots I took out the cabin window of our sunset … Continue reading

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6TH AVENUE, MIDTOWN, DECEMBER

  I think my phone’s camera has astigmatism. The way artificial light gets smeared, blurring the images, especially at night. Reminds me of why I need glasses at the movies and theater under stage lighting.     And last night … Continue reading

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MARK TWAIN NEVER GOT TO THE LOUVRE (but I did)

  A trip to the magnificent Louvre museum with Mark Twain.  Well actually Mark Twain himself never got there, but he wrote about not getting there in “The Innocents Abroad”, and that satirical anecdote about what happens to unwary, blustery … Continue reading

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A Freaky Little Tell-Tale Tidbit

Listen to this.  It’s rather creepy, isn’t it, not just because of the unsettling nature of the text, but because of, well, I’ll explain later, just listen now:     I kept quite still and said nothing. For a whole … Continue reading

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EXITING ETERNITY’S GATE

  Ed and I had just seen Julian Schnabel’s movie about Vincent Van Gogh, “At Eternity’s Gate”, and were exiting one of the more tucked away screening rooms at the Landmark 57 multiplex, which required walking down a long, narrow, … Continue reading

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SENSUAL RODIN

We start with a famous thought.  We end with a famous kiss.   Rodin’s Thinker greats you in the courtyard of the Rodin House in Paris.  And so he will be the introduction to this post of some of Rodin’s … Continue reading

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