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

 

Upcoming Perfomances:

Support this Benefit Event!  September 15, 2013

On Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 4PM, singer-songwriter Roland Kushner and composer-performer Roger Latzgo will play for the benefit of Trinity Episcopal of Bethlehem Soup Kitchen.  For details see www.trinitybeth.org or call 610-867-4741. And check out Roland Kushner at www.rolandkushnermusic.com

Tickets: $20.00 (available at the door)

A generous donor will match all ticket sales.
Reception Follows!

Roger will be featuring selections from his new program, Reflections In The Wine Dark Sea, his celebration of myths and legends of the Mediterranean.  If you missed Roger’s Musikfest performance of this program, here is another chance to catch this exotic experience!

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.

Trinity Episcopal Church is located at 44 East Market Street Bethlehem, PA 18018.  Join us in support of this worthy cause.

Exciting New Collaboration
 

An exciting development over the summer is Roger’s collaboration with cabaret diva Lynnie Godfrey in performance and on her upcoming CD. 

Watch for Lynnie with Roger:

Bright and early on 14 October…with Lynnie on Channel 69

http://www.wfmz.com/musicmonday

And on the Jazz Cabaret Series @ Miller Symphony Hall
October 18, 2013 @ 7:30 pm        

Find out more about Lynnie at http://www.lynniegodfrey.com/

The Bountiful Bowl Signature Fundraiser
November 1, 2013

This lovely evening out with great food and drinks, a silent auction and musical entertainment will start at 7 pm at the Brookside Country Club in Macungie.  It is one of Roger’s favorite fall celebrations.

Please consider sponsoring this event or donating an item for our silent auction.  Please call Michele Grasso at 610-841-7023 or click here for sponsorship or raffle item forms.

Concert Features Music from Roger's Garden
Sunday, April 21, 2013

Composer/performer Roger Latzgo will bring Music from Roger's Garden, his celebration of gardening and ecology, to the Palmerton Library, 402 Delaware Avenue, Palmerton Pa.  The performance will take place at 2:00 PM on Sunday, April 21, and is free and open to the public.  The Library will accept donations at the door.

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.

Latzgo has been performing world music since 1968 on stages throughout the US and Europe.  "In my original compositions, I try to use metaphors such as wine, dance, nature and even heroism that appear in the folk music of my ancestors who arrived in Pennsylvania about 100 years ago" says the Rutgers alumnus.  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 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 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: Reflections in the Wine Dark Sea.

Music of the Mediterranean at Musikfest
Wednesday, August 7, 2013  
 

Composer/performer Roger Latzgo will bring Reflections In The Wine Dark Sea, his celebration of myths and legends of the Mediterranean, to Musikfest 2013 in Bethlehem Pennsylvania.  His August 7 performance at the Volksplatz Stage begins at 3:30 PM.

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.

For more information about the performance, see info@artsquest.org
or call 610-332-1300

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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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