Legendary downtown musician, producer and performer David Driver curates and leads our opening night cabaret at the 108. Featuring local artists and special guests inspired by the Eurthymics brilliant soundtrack to the movie 1984 directed by Michael Radford. Come watch the show, grab a drink and toast a great weekend ahead.
David Driver has long been a fixture on the downtown NYC music scene, as both a performer and producer. He’s worked with Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, Elvis Costello, Debbie Harry, Stew and Heidi, Betty, They Might Be Giants, Richard Butler, and Roy Nathanson & The Jazz Passengers, among others. He was in the original Broadway cast of the musical RENT, and originated the role of Xanthus in the Off-Broadway cult rock opera People are Wrong!. Driver starred in the world premiere of Heidi Rodewald’s and Donna DiNovelli’s The Good Swimmer at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s 2018 Next Wave Festival, and was commissioned by Symphony Space NYC to create Songs from the Stonewall Jukebox — a multimedia narrative concert, blending the popular songs that were playing at the time of the historic Stonewall uprising. Along with his colleague Dana Lyn, he’s currently developing a song cycle based on Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel The Unconsoled. An early experimental outtake from these sessions, A Room Without a Floor, recently debuted on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s ‘Live from the Balcony’ online series. A show originally commissioned for the Hurleyville Performing Arts Centre, Imitation of Life: Lost Songs From The Silver Screen, will make its NYC premiere in late spring 2023 under a new name: Cinema Songs: Musical Treasures from the Silver Screen.
Andrea Wittgens began her musical journey at the classical piano while belting out jazz standards after hours, moving on to the clubs of grunge-era Seattle until she finally landed in New York City. She has toured extensively throughout the US and Canada and released five albums of original songs. In addition to her solo work, she s a prolific co-writer, and her songs can be heard in commercial TV and film. As a composer she has just completed her first score for Lena Kaminsky’s award-winning short film, “Little Mouse.”
Lyra Vega is Mark Oleszko, a New York-based music director, pianist, composer, and arranger. He is also a current full-time high school music educator with the New York City Department of Education at Repertory Company High School for Theatre Arts. His performance experiences have spanned various stages, ranging from The Apollo Theatre to the United Nations, Highline Ballroom, Lincoln Center, and upcoming performances at Birdland Jazz Club and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Mark’s original musical #LoveStory played the NYC Fringe Festival in 2015, winning an audience favorite award. He sends much love always to his family, friends, and students!