Cumberland Advisors Market Commentary – Trio to Trio with Laura Wazen

Author: David R. Kotok, Post Date: October 4, 2020
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We have a medley of remarkable performances for you this Sunday – a little diversion from the daily political and pandemic fare.

Let’s kick things off with a rousing flash-mob rendition of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Ode to Joy, performed years before COVID-19 entered our lives. It lifts us now out of this moment and transports us into music and community: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbJcQYVtZMo.

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Ode to Joy

Next we have something quieter but no less spectacular, in the person of Miyoko Shida Rigolo, who does before our eyes apparently impossible things: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSDGaQO4ssk.

Miyoko Shida Rigolo

Finally, let me extend an invitation to experience a live Zoom performance with Laura Wazen.

When our gathering at Leen’s Lodge saw Laura Wazen stand and walk to the microphone, we had no idea what would follow. The Randy Spencer Trio had started a soft melody from Porgy and Bess. Then Laura’s voice rose, energized the trio, and riveted the room. For a few long, splendid minutes, Laura transformed the Tannery Room into a mystical operatic setting.

Now we can hear Laura Wazen and another trio in a live jazz concert and virtual nightclub experience under the auspices of the Metropolitan Room, a popular cabaret and jazz club in NYC. Zoom will let the audience participate from around the world… including Sarasota – I’ve already bought my ticket. The details are below. Hope to run into you there!

Trio to Trio with Laura Wazen

Here is the link to buy tickets: https://metropolitanzoom.ticketleap.com/laura-wazen/dates/Oct-18-2020_at_0730PM.

Laura had this to say about the experience in an email to me:


The concert is on Sunday October 18 at 7:30 pm, and the virtual doors to the nightclub open 30 minutes before the show for check-in. It is a LIVE performance! This exciting and unique performance will allow you, the audience, to participate by affecting the performance with your appearance and reactions. The virtual nightclub experience will be as powerful in your mind as an action-packed movie or well-written novel with the entertainment value you’ve been craving. I will have monitors in front of the stage which will allow us to see each other! I hope you can dress up and make a special evening of the event! I suggest you enjoy the fun of dressing up, as you would for a night out, to position the camera correctly, and to take advantage of either headphones or home sound system to enhance the experience. Please feel free to prepare your favorite refreshing beverage or snacks to enjoy during the performance.

I will be singing with a jazz trio (piano, bass and drums), and my husband, Jack, has agreed to be the drummer! Thank you for all of your support over the years. I hope that this concert brings love and happiness back into our lives with the beauty that only live music can bring. I hope you will be able to make it! If you have friends who love LIVE music, please share this invitation with them so that they can join in the fun!

Hope to see you then, Laura


David R. Kotok
Chairman of the Board & Chief Investment Officer
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