2012-2013 Season

Luna Stage Production History. Celebrating 26 Seasons!

July 28 - July 29, 2012


The festival kicked off Saturday, July 28th at 3 PM with SHORT FUSE - a free children's workshop with internationally acclaimed percussionist and educator Gregg Bendian (Cecil Taylor, Pat Metheny, Ornette Coleman, William Paterson, Yale) designed to educate, entertain, and inspire.

The Mahavishnu Project (Jesse Gress, Gregg Bendian, Neil Alexander, and Doug Lunn)

At 8 PM, THE MAHAVISHNU PROJECT electrified the night as Gregg Bendian was joined by guitarist Jesse Gress, keyboardist Neil Alexander, and bassist Doug Lunn. The Mahavishnu Project reinterprets classic compositions from Jeff Beck, Billy Cobham, John McLaughlin, and Jan Hammer, while seamlessly meshing the beauty of their intricate charts with their own imaginative proficiency.

Patrons enjoying the ‘Sounds Like Fun’ seminar. Photo Credit: Raymond Helfrich.

On Sunday, July 29th at 3 PM, The Luna Fusion Fest resumed with SOUNDS LIKE FUN - a free recording and production seminar hosted by freelance audio engineer and sound designer Steve Brown (National Public Radio, WBGO-FM, Institute of Audio Research), who sampled, chopped, and remixed classic fusion records utilizing the award-winning Pro Tools audio production software.

'Eddy's Chemistry Set' performing. Photo Credit: Christopher Drukker.

At 7 PM, acclaimed alto saxophonist and bandleader Ed Palermo (Tony Bennett, James Brown, Lena Horne, The Tonight Show) explored the timeless wisdom of Frank Zappa during the debut of his latest ensemble entitled EDDY'S CHEMISTRY SET. Luna patrons were captivated by the aural immediacy provided by electric violinist Katie Jacoby, guitarist Bruce McDaniel, saxophonist Cliff Lyons, saxophonist Barbara Cifelli, drummer Ray Marchica, bassist Paul Adamy, keyboardist Paul Kooshian, and pianist Bob Quaranta.