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Playing Well with Others … Again … in an All-Star Benefit Concert

Doug Standing

By Doug Robinson

“Music was my refuge,” wrote the poet Maya Angelou, expressing the solitary pleasure that music can provide those of us who compose and perform. But there are also times when music is meant to be a big, boisterous, communal act of joy. In early 2015, with that community spirit in mind, I surrounded myself with a stage full of musical collaborators for a concert entitled “Doug Robinson … Plays Well With Others.” The experience was such a gas that I am pleased to report I’m doing it again! And this time I’ll be sharing the stage with no fewer than 18 other performing musicians, singers, and poets.

“Doug Robinson Plays Well With Others 2”
Wed, Nov 9, 7:30pm
Valle Alcocer 32
Valle del Maiz
300 pesos—seating limited to 150 people

The all-star event will take place one night only, at 7:30pm on November 9, at the MuVarte contemporary art gallery, not far from the La Luciérnaga shopping mall (see the map in the full-page ad in this issue). All of the performers have agreed to donate 20 percent of the proceeds to Feed the Hungry. Seating is limited to the first 150 people, and the 300 pesos tickets are on sale now at La Conexión (Aldama 3), Galeria Alquimia in the Fabrica Aurora, or online at


My partners will include jazz singer extraordinaire Iraida Noriega, Australian R&B saxophonist David Scott, local vocal powerhouses Lady Zen and Maria Sanchez, percussionist Victor Monterrubio, bassist Rubén Olvera, and the 11-voice women’s chamber chorus known as Harmonía. What kind of music will you hear? Everything from jazz, blues, boleros, contemporary choral, classical music, a bit of swing, Beatles, progressive rock, vocal harmony, funk, and more.

Collaborating with talented musicians has often brought out my best work, and it’s always my goal with these types of shows to help my cohorts stretch out and display their talents in ways not previously heard. That is certainly the case this time around.

For example, even though we all admire each other’s work, “Plays Well With Others 2” marks my first concert appearance with David Scott, Lady Zen, and Maria Sanchez. In other words, we’re discovering each other as we go—we don’t have a catalogue of familiar tunes to fall back on. And the show’s grand finale features Harmonía. The choir, led by Elizabeth Campbell, will perform the world premiere of my original composition, the Act-As-If Chorale, a four-movement work that incorporates classical choir music, jazz, and Spanish and English rap. I based the work on my personal experiences as a young volunteer at a therapeutic community for recovering addicts, where “acting as if you’re happy” was a guiding principle.

I almost hesitate to call this show a concert because I chose MuVarte for the up close and personal vibe of the room, with the audience practically sitting among the musicians.  So let’s call it what it really is: you’re invited to a big sprawling music party on Wednesday, November 9, at 7:30pm. I hope to see you there!

Doug Robinson is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist and composer. Numerous international music publications have recognized his work over the years.


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