The Orfeo Duo Vita notes

What a Neighborhood! celebrates the creative spirit in Morningside Heights, West Harlem,
and Bloomingdale primarily through the music of living local composers.

We would love to get to know you. Please call us at 347-799-2668, or email us at, or better yet, introduce yourself at one of our events. See below for details.

Please bring your friends & family, meet the neighbors, & introduce us to folks we should know, especially composers for our map of neighborhood composers! We are looking to get to know and celebrate composers, improvisers, and songwriters of all ages, colors, and musical stripes!

Love, Vita & Ishmael Wallace
& the Board: Elizabeth Adams, Betsy Blachly Chapin, Janet Dorman, Peter Homans, & Nailah Nombeko
“Imaginative, creative, and sparkling events that create community.”
“Thank you for a lovely, stimulating evening. It was real treat!”
Maps and Journeys
Landscapes of the Heart
Saturday March 19 at 4pm
St Mary’s Episcopal Church
521 West 126th Street
(1/2 block west of Amsterdam Ave.)
Suggested donation: $10 for adults, but all are welcome!
Wheelchair accessible

New songs of love, prayer, & place by neighbors Jane Cross, Peter Homans & Rachel Hadas, Kate Ettinger, Mark Ettinger, Roberto Malpica, Rhonda Mendoza, Nailah Nombeko, & David Shohl featuring The Orfeo Duo (Ishmael Wallace, piano & baritone, Vita Wallace, violin) with Abigail Dyer, dramatic soprano. All of this in a beautiful historic church!

Jane Cross
Jane Cross
Monday April 18 at 7:30
A neighborhood living room; RSVP for the address
The first of three intimate gatherings this spring with music, writing, maps, & conversation.
The question of the day will be “Who is with us on our journey?”
Readings from Journey to the East by Herman Hesse and time to write in response.
Some of your writings may be read this fall in a concert inspired by the book!

Herman Hesse book
Tuesday May 24 at 6:30
Hostelling International New York

891 Amsterdam Avenue (NE corner of 103rd Street and Amsterdam, entrance down the ramp)

Harlem Blues and Jazz Band
Harlem Blues and Jazz Band
Bloomingdale: A Musical History
Co-presented with the Bloomingdale Neighborhood History Group, this concert (in English & Spanish) highlights musical memories and historical moments. Music by Gershwin, Will Marion Cook, Elvin Jones, Celina González & Reutilio Domínguez, Rachelle Garniez, Laurence Goldman, Fernando Otero, and others, with historical pictures to accompany each piece.

Featuring the Harlem Blues and Jazz Band, the NY Mandolin Orchestra, the Orfeo Duo & Laurence Goldman, bass

Bring your friends & family! Meet your neighbors!

The Orfeo Duo
615 West 113 Street #33
New York NY 10025
For details, call 347-799-2668 or email
© The OrfeoDuo 2016