Roger soaking up inspiration at ancient Knidos in Turkey, once home of Aphrodite of Knidos, a most famous sculpture in antiquity.  Aphrodite and another statue, The Lion of Knidos, make their way into Roger’s original music in Reflections In The Wine Dark Sea.”  2012 photo courtesy of Roger Latzgo.

Roger onstage with bouzouki, guitars, saz and piano at Blue Mountain High School, Schuylkill Haven PA in May 2011.  His program, From Ethnofunkology to Ecofunkology highlighted both ethnic and eco-aware music.  The student audience comprised the Green Club, the International Club, the Foreign Language Club and many honors students.  A splendid time was had by all!

The Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal Mixer, a fundraiser for Wheels Across America Museum

The Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal Mixer, a fundraiser for Wheels Across America Museum.

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Roger (left) and Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes after a recent musical sparring session. Larry still has that big right! The judges rendered a split decision: win/win.

Roxan stomps the grapes in this 2012 harvest scene.

Piano Men

with the Old Masters

 

Roger's Solo Perfomances:

Blueberry Festival, Bethelehem, PA July 19th and 20th
For tickets:  Burnside Plantation 610-691-6055 www.historicbethlehem.org
See complete press release below.

Roger Plays Well With Others:
With Lynnie Godfrey:
June 4, ArtsQuest (Bethlehem)
Blast Furnace Room, 7 PM

June 27, Act II Playhouse, Ambler PA, 7 PM

September 12, ArtsQuest Musikfest Café, 7 PM

December 19, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown PA, 6PM.

For info on these events see: 
www.lynniegodfrey.com/events/

With Marcia Boyesen:
SCANFEST, August 31, NJ Vasa Park, Budd Lake NJ.
For info on Scanfest see:
www.scanfest.org

Latzgo on Stage, and at Large,
at Blueberry Fest

Roger Latzgo (vocals and guitar) brings Immigrant Songs-A Pennsylvania Tapestry to Burnside Plantation, Bethlehem PA, for Blueberry Festival 2014.  His stage performance is on Saturday, July 19, at 4:15 PM.  Earlier in the day he will serenade as he strolls the festival grounds.  And on Sunday, July 20, Latzgo will offer musical selections in the Tasting Tent from 10:30 AM till Noon.

Roger’s Immigrant Songs is a musical sketch of the labors, hopes and joys of Pennsylvanians, many of them immigrants, as they pursued the American Dream in the 19th and 20st Centuries.  Latzgo's singing will take you to the mines, mills and church picnics of the Keystone State and give you the rich musical flavor of an era defined by hard work and new possibilities.
           
Some of the songs on the program are Latzgo's original compositions.  “River Of Steel” recollects messages by significant women regarding life in an industrial town.  In “Beth Steel Blues” you'll hear the simple eloquence of blue-collar dignity.  “Tame The Fire” deals with images and metaphors of steel making and its psychic place in our community.  Latzgo's song about Joe Magarac, the Paul Bunyan of Pennsylvania's steel mills, appears on his CD, Wild Nights.

The performance will include Latzgo's unique handling of traditional Slovak folk music, still a strong presence in Pennsylvania and intimately tied to the steel industry.  His music, described playfully by American composer David Amram as ethnofunkology, is a blend of the folk traditions of Central Europe with Latzgo's home-grown American influences.              

In the Tasting Tent, Roger will accompany beer and wine sampling with a repertoire ranging from early American ballads and drinking songs to more contemporary fare.  Among them you’ll hear Anachreon’s Song, whose melody later would serve as the U.S. national anthem.  This playlist includes songs of sailors, soldiers, farmers and polite parlors that may have been heard around the Burnside Plantation in its working years.

Roger’s strolling repertoire? Give him a try and see if you can stump him!

Dr. Latzgo has been performing since 1968 on stages
throughout the US and Europe.  Singing tenor in the Rutgers Glee Club initiated him to international touring and historic American repertoire. “International audiences are thirsty to hear these gems of American music, and the songs are really at home at a festival at Burnside. They sound as fresh today as they did two centuries ago” says the Rutgers Alumnus. 

"In my original compositions, I use metaphors such as wine, dance, nature and heroism that appear in the folk music of my ancestors who arrived in the Lehigh Valley about 100 years ago" says the Germansville resident.  Staying focused on these traditions is the unifying thread of Latzgo's music.  "With it, I'm reaching out to audiences of today.  By honoring the 'musical gems' of my grandparents, I bring them to people of my generation and their kids who might have missed them."

When not performing at festivals, Dr. Latzgo is an avid cyclist and occasional open-water swimmer.  In 2010 he swam the Hellespont, the legendary strait separating Europe from Asia.  To accompany his musical interests, he is also an amateur vintner and beer-maker.  He grows his vines and resides in Heidelberg Township with his spouse Rachel Roland and their daughter Roxan.  Dr. Latzgo designed and built their residence from recycled vintage materials.  Currently he is at work on a project based on his travels in Turkey and Greece entitled Reflections In the Wine Dark Sea.

Blueberry time is more fun than ever at Burnside!
Celebrate the season and Pennsylvania heritage. 
Join us at
The Burnside Plantation,
1461 Schoenersville Road,
Bethlehem, PA  18018.
For festival info and tickets:
www.historicbethlehem.org 
or call 610-691-6055 

Music from Roger's Garden

Music from Roger's Garden builds on generations of celebrating nature with song. Roger will accompany his vocals on guitar and piano as well as some exotic instruments brought back from his travels. His festive world music has playfully been called "ethnofunkology," a jazz-influenced sound based on folk traditions. The program focuses on songs of nature's bounty, the conquering sun and our connections to them. "I come from a family of farmers and winemakers so that's how I relate to life -- through the seasons of the garden," said Latzgo. "What better way to share it than through song?" Featured on the program will be his compositions "A Tomato Called Paulina", a song about an heirloom plant, and "Hot Pepper Jelly", a humorous look at a spicy condiment. Much of this music can be found on his CDs Swing Bohemienne, New Wine In Old Bottles and Wild Nights. Book This Event Now 

Music of the Mediterranean

Reflections In The Wine Dark Sea is inspired by Roger's lifetime of study and extensive travel throughout the Mediterranean. He will accompany his vocals on guitar and piano as well as the accordion, the Greek bouzouki and the Turkish baglama saz. The program focuses on songs inspired by places and legends from around the Mediterranean, ranging from Spain to Turkey. The title itself comes from a phrase frequently used by Homer in describing the maritime backdrop to his epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey. "Myths are magical--we can see ourselves in them, even though we are separated from them by millennia" said Latzgo. "They continue to inspire the arts and fascinate us all."

Featured on the program will be his compositions "A Rose From Homer's Grave", where Latzgo joins H.C. Andersen in honoring Homer, and "Swim The Hellespont", where the composer sings of his 2010 encounter with Poseidon while swimming from Europe to Asia. His festive world music has playfully been called ethnofunkology, a jazz-influenced sound based on folk traditions.

Latzgo has been performing world music since 1968 on stages throughout the US and Europe. "In my original compositions, I try to connect with metaphors such as wine, dance, nature and heroism found in epic poetry", says the Rutgers alumnus. Staying focused on these traditions is a unifying thread of Latzgo's work. "The experience of real places helps us understand things not written. And musically, we can cross boundaries, revisit those places and recognize our universal humanity." Roger brings schools and arts organizations a much-needed dose of timeless myth with this unique program.

When not in his studio, Dr. Latzgo is an avid cyclist and an occasional open-water swimmer. In 2010 he swam the Hellespont, the legendary strait separating Europe from Asia. To accompany his musical interests, he is also an amateur vintner and beer-maker. He grows his vines and resides in Heidelberg Township, Pennsylvania, with his spouse Rachel Roland and their daughter Roxan. Dr. Latzgo designed and built their residence from recycled vintage materials. We know you will enjoy his Reflections In The Wine Dark Sea. Book This Event Now 

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In the News

Dr. Latzgo's Bohemian Style Beer Recipe(tm)
Was featured a while ago in The Morning Call. We have posted a printable copy of the recipe here as a pdf file, so you can sample Roger's time tested brew for yourself.

BIOGRAPHY OF A BREWER

I began my career as a home brewer in college--with equipment inherited from my prohibition-busting grandfather. It was 1969, New Brunswick, New Jersey. As I reread my brewing log, I note that,...the attention given to aging, temperature, yeast strain and sterile procedure is not always the most conscientious due to the transient quality of [student] existence... the main concern is quantity and alcohol content (usually 8 to 9%).

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