Pure-Piano: Professional and Talented

Pure-Piano: Professional and Talented

The charm and appeal of live piano makes any party spectacular!

Pure-Piano: Professional and Talented, Josh Isenberg was the perfect pianist selection for our annual holiday party. He brought so much style and lovely piano playing to our event. Josh is relaxed yet so professional. You really don’t find that too much anymore. He was easy to work with and masterfully knew just how to play the mood of the party. His selection of music was widely varied and Perfect. Many guests commented on how much they enjoyed his piano playing. He seemed to have something for everyone. Josh comes with so many extras including festive uplighting lights that looked great and really helped make the party. He obviously has a lot of experience doing this type of thing. Our party this year just wouldn’t have been the same without Josh. And also, his ability to talk with the guests without being overly obtrusive was great, although we certainly would have invited him as a guest to the party, had we known him. He is a genuinely nice guy. We will be hiring him next year for our annual event. Lovely music. And his pricing is reasonable and just right. You will be impressed if you do hire him for your next event.

Kirstine Larsen
CRUISE COOL
Naples FL

Pure-Piano Sounds of the Season: The Perfect Musical Background

Pure-Piano Sounds of the Season: The Perfect Musical Background

Anytime is a good time for a holiday party with Pure-Piano.Com. 239-450-5734

The 24th Annual Christmas Silver Tea at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church of Ft Myers was made even more successful by the newest addition of Pure-Piano Pianist, Josh Isenberg. His soft “Sounds of the Season” were the perfect musical background for the over 135 guests chatting away while enjoying sweets and savories and a proper tea! The Ladies Philoptochos (Friend of the Poor) Society holds this event each year to raise monies for the Galisano Children’s Hospital Oncology Unit. Josh Isenberg was the ideal finishing touch and we hope Josh will return next year for our 25th Annual Tea: The Silver Tea!

Lenore Mattoff
Christmas Silver Tea Chair December 2015

Pure-Piano Holiday Sing-Along Huge Success

Pure-Piano Holiday Sing-Along Huge Success

Dear Josh,

Pure-Piano.Com: Anytime is a good time to plan a holiday party with live piano! Pure-Piano.Com 239-450-5734
Pure-Piano.Com: Anytime is a good time to plan a holiday party with live piano! Pure-Piano.Com 239-450-5734

Thank you for your delightful musical contribution the other night at our neighborhood holiday party! Your ability to quickly bring people together with your warm personality and great musical choices made it a night to remember. With ease you seamlessly transitioned the group from dinner to our holiday singalong while putting everyone at ease and going along with the wishes of the group. Everyone left with a greater sense of belonging and friendship and had a lot of fun because of you! Thank you to Pure-Piano for helping to make our Holiday Sing-Along a huge success. Without hesitation I highly recommend pianist Josh Isenberg of Pure-Piano.

Peg Bisgrove
Neighborhood Holiday Party Music Chair
December 2015

Annual Golden Baby Shoe Awards

Annual Golden Baby Show Awards

September 11, 2015

Re: Letter of Recommendation

To Whom It May Concern:

Annual Golden Baby Shoe Awards

Annual events at Healthy Start are an essential part of being able to continue to serve our community and achieve our goal which is to help give babies the healthy start in life that they deserve.

I have had the pleasure of having Mr. Josh Isenberg of Pure Piano perform for us at our 6th Annual Golden Baby Shoe Awards event in 2015. Our guests, along with our staff, were enthralled by the musical gifts of this artist. Furthermore, the professionalism consistently demonstrated by Mr. Isenberg was matched by his talent, both being extraordinary.

I would, without hesitation, recommend Mr. Josh Isenberg as our experience with him was wonderful. He was easy to contact, a pleasure to deal with, and accommodating. We plan to have him again at future events, and I have no doubt that anyone who has the opportunity to work with him in the future would be very pleased.

Sincerley,

Cathy Timuta
Executive Director
Healthy Start Coalition of Southwest Florida

A Strange Instrument With An Even Stranger History!

A Strange Instrument With An Even Stranger History!

Scroll to view videos of theremin players.

It is a strange instrument with a very strange history and it just might be world’s strangest and spookiest musical instrument. If you have ever finger painted, just imagine finger painting in space and you may begin to picture what it might be like to play this exotic instrument used by a varied cast of musical characters: Jimmy Page, The Beatles, Pamelia Kurstin and Carolina Eyck, to name a few.

“It’s a very hard instrument,” Schwimmer said. “There’s nothing there to help you. You have no reference. And so if you’re standing in front of the Theremin and your body is a little bit this way or a little bit that way, or if you’ve put on an eighth of a pound, your field will be different,” says Rob Schwimmer. “It’s like So waking up every morning if you’re a violinist, and having the neck be that much shorter or that much longer.” Of if you play piano, having more or less keys than the day or week before.

Leon Theremin invented the instrument. Not only is the instrument mysterious but so is Theremin too.

“Leon Theremin was a Russian scientist, [and] he was a spy,” said Glinsky. “And inventor of what is probably the most unusual musical instrument ever invented. You’re actually moving your two hands through two electromagnetic fields that are around two antennas.”

In 1919, 23-year-old Leon Theremin invented his namesake by accident.

“He was working in a laboratory in Russia as a young scientist, he was actually working on a gas meter to measure the density of gases,” Glinsky said. “So as he brought his hand closer to the gas meter, he heard kind of a higher squeal. And as he brought his hand back to his body and away from the machine, it was a slower squeal.

“And he started to play melodies on this thing. And lab assistants and his boss in the lab started to gather around and said, ‘Well, this is amazing.'”

Later, Theremin worked on and devised an actual musical instrument based on his discovery. It debuted in the US in 1928 in places like Carnegie Hall and the Metropolitan Opera House to name a couple. It proved to be very difficult to play and remained an odd musical instrument.

Hollywood to the rescue! Turns out the Theremin’s eerie, ethereal sounds were perfect for horror and suspense movies, from the low-budget . . . to the films of Alfred Hitchcock. And later in the 60’s, bands like Captian Beefheart make this odd instrument a cool instrument with newer musicians.

Here is Leon Theremin playing his own creation along with some other samples. What a cool and intriguing instrument. I am truly amazed watching some who have mastered it, play it!

Enjoy!

Talent Consultants vs. Booking Direct in SW, FL.

Talent Consultants vs. Booking Direct in SW, FL.

Talent Consultants vs. Booking Direct in SW, FL.

Talent Consultants vs. Booking Direct in SW, FL. As a professional piano player in Naples, FL for almost 20 years, I am often asked whether I prefer being booked direct or working through talent agencies or consultants. My answer is emphatically…… it depends on the situation. I know, not the answer you were expecting. Although on the surface it may seem simple but as you deep dive into this space, it is not so easy to answer the question.  Let me try and explain.

This article is the first of many designed to offer some basic assistance to anyone interested in hiring a professional pianist or other entertainer. Navigating any local pool of talent without a baseline of knowledge is a gamble. If you decide to proceed down this path, this article / blog is for you and will assist you in stacking the odds in your favor or the favor of any purchaser with the goal of hiring the right entertainer for the right event to insure the right outcome. My name is Josh Isenberg and I have been playing professional piano for almost 20 years in Naples, Florida and the greater SW Florida area as well as a successful businessman and consultant. This article is for the purpose of sharing my thoughts on how best to navigate the agency network space and the risks of booking direct. This article is just a start and will only scratch the surface on this topic. But a journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step, right?

I am often asked often what is the best way to hire a professional entertainer for a special event? If you are looking to hire a professional pianist in the Naples area, for example, there are several to choose from: All of them more than qualified but all bring a different musical experience to an occasion. Like fine restaurants in Naples…many are top drawer but all create a different albeit exquisite experience. It depends on the mood you are in or the mood you are planning or trying to create. However each restaurant would swear they are the best choice for your evening. The same can be said for a pianist or any entertainer you may hire to enhance your event experience. So how does someone adequately vet out those within the local talent pool in order to choose the best and most qualified entertainer for your special event?

My opinion is, you shouldn’t! I am a huge advocate of the agency network here in SW Florida. As a seasoned veteran of the talent and entertainment business here in SW Florida, I often work direct to client, however I am of the opinion that in most cases, it is best to let the variety of honest, high quality and knowledgeable talent consultants do their job so the artist can focus 100% on doing his or her job. The local consultants are very good at what they do and in my experience, do a stellar job at serving their clients. They are business people handling the relationship from a business perspective. The talent / performers handle the performace details and bring life to the event you are planning. And as I mentioned earlier in this article, each artist or pianist in my case, brings a variety of subtle nuances to their art and thus to your event. This should be my / our primary focus in my opinion and not the business details. Talent consultants make it their business to know the local artists and the nuances so they can match the best artist with their clients. There is nothing worse than pairing the wrong artist with your event. Talent consultants work very hard at their craft with the exclusive goal of matching the best talent with your event and protecting all parties involved.

In addition, when you deal directly with an artist, there are so many details and variables. The reality is, it is easy for something to slip through the cracks especially when working with an artist who is popular and very busy. The agency network is there to protect you and is there to help assure the success of your event and most agencies have multiple employees who manage the various aspects and details of the planning process.

The Elephant In The Room: FEES! Agency Fees: Ok, there, I said it! If you have taken the time to read my blog this far, I commend you! I also have a gift for you just for your sticktoitiveness: What follows is the best advice I have ever heard that is guaranteed to serve you well in any endeavor but especially when hiring talent for an event. Do not trip over dollars to save pennies. Do not risk your event by cutting out the agency network. While cutting out the middleman in some instances makes sense, it does not in 99% of cases. If you try to be penny wise, you are sure to end up being pound foolish. Absolutely trust your gut… your instincts. Ask questions. Do the right thing for you. But please, please also consider what I have shared with you in this blog. Should you choose to cut out the agency network, you take a big risk. Should things go horribly wrong, you have no one to blame but yourself. It’s not worth it. Especially since most artists and talent consultants who are worth their salt will work with anyone who truly has a budgetary concern or constraint. No one has ever turned down business over  a few dollars one way or the other. Everyone involved truly wants to serve their clients and do an outstanding job at making each event memorable and special.

Whether you do business with me, pianist Josh Isenberg of Pure-Piano here in Naples, (SW Florida), or not, this article is designed to help folks new to hiring talent for their events. This is just my opinion and does not represent any other opinions other than those endorsed by Josh Isenberg and Pure-Piano.com.

About the Author

Josh Isenberg is a well respected professional pianist / entertainer in Naples, FL. (SW FL.) with a solid reputation for fair dealings. Isenberg is the progenitor, owner, principal pianist, and creative director for Pure-Piano and has always had an abundance of passion for playing the piano and creating music. (www.pure-piano.com) Pure-Piano has its main office on the Gulf of Mexico in the charming and exotic event destination, Naples, Florida. Josh, born and raised in Upstate NY, has lived in Naples for 25 years; playing piano almost his entire life and playing professionally for close to 20 years. As a special events and special occasion destination, Isenberg often consults and works closely with clients, talent agents, wedding planners, caterers, and special events coordinators for the benefit of his and their clients who wish to experience a 5 star event experience. Thank you to all of the visitors to my website and for all your questions, thoughts and input. I am grateful for all your support!

“There is a time for everything…” by Pure-Piano

“There is a time for everything…” by Pure-Piano

“Hi Josh, My Mom passed away on Saturday, just 9 days after you had played for her as she looked out at the view of the bay she had grown to know and love the best. Your music for her was one of the very last enjoyable times she had, and I just wanted you to know that. Thanks for making that time for her, despite the fact that you were scheduled elsewhere that evening and for sharing your wonderful gift of music. We are all forever grateful to you for making Mom’s performance so memorable and joyful!” 

Back story: About a month ago, I received a call from a wonderful lady all the way from MA. She asked me if I would play for her 88 year old Mom behind her condo overlooking the bay on Park Shore Blvd as a Mother’s Day surprise. Although I already had an evening engagement, I was more than delighted to make this happen. And I am so glad I did. You see, Mom had COPD and dementia onset and unless I could arrive to play where she lived, she would never be able to leave her home to come and hear me or any entertainer for that matter due to her failing health.  I will never forget this beautiful woman sitting and smiling and tapping her hands and feet to some of her favourite tunes from years past. Her heart was singing and the gleam in her eyes told the whole story. For that short 2 hours, she forgot about her troubles and soared on top of my musical landscape filled with some of her favourite songs and sounds. It was not long after that memorable musical gift that I received the email that started this post.

Josh Isenberg
Pure-Piano

Pianist For Difficult Occasions: Naples Pianist, Josh Isenberg

Pianist For Difficult Occasions: Naples Pianist, Josh Isenberg

Pure-Piano's Josh Isenberg "Sounds of Healing" for end of life cycle events of all kinds.
Pure-Piano’s Josh Isenberg “Sounds of Healing” for end of life cycle events of all occasions.

Looking to hire a professional pianist for all occasions including difficult ones? Look no further. Those already  familiar with Josh Isenberg’s Pure-Piano already know that live piano adds a touch of class to any occasion. This past season saw a huge increase in the requests to have Pure-Piano present to create the perfect atmosphere during difficult and delicate end of life cycle matters. Josh was called upon on several occasions to create an atmosphere of relief during a difficult time: Funeral, Viewing, Memorial Service, Celebration of Life! He has often been asked to engineer the perfect musical environment to reflect the wishes of the family and to help ease difficult emotions that accompany end-of-life events. Although Josh can adapt his playing genre to any requested setting or create any desired ambiance, Josh uses his unique blend called, “Sounds of Healing” which he has developed over almost 20 years of playing professionally to ease the sense of grief and to uplift distraught and troubled souls during the difficult time as the loss of a loved one.

“… often been asked to engineer the perfect musical environment to reflect the wishes of the family”

Josh has played in Churches of all denominations, Synagogues, and has done secular services. In addition, he has also played in funeral homes, social halls, public and private venues for open or closed viewings, outdoor settings as well as graveside setting the right environment wherever he is asked to play:
* Graveside
* Public and Private Memorial Services
* Religious and Secular Services
* Social Settings
* Beach Services
* Yacht and Cruise Ship Services
* Anywhere that is meaningful for those suffering the loss.

“It is an honor for me and Pure-Piano to be asked and to have the opportunity to bring comfort through the music of Pure-Piano to families and friends as they gather to honor their beloved. I am devoted to creating the perfect musical landscape that reflects and honors the wishes of the family and their dearly departed.”
For more information and for a free, no obligation consultation, contact Josh Isenberg or Paige Waverly of Pure-Piano here in SW Florida at 239-450-5734 or email us at info@Pure-Piano.com.

Naples Pianist Isenberg is, “Wonderful… Stellar… Memorable!”

As seen on Gigsalad.com: Gigsalad Testimonial

“I cannot stress how wonderful it was to hire Josh Isenberg for my parents 50th wedding anniversary. As a surprise we had Josh come into our home and perform while we had a casual home cooked dinner.

Naples Pianist Isenberg is, “Wonderful… Stellar… Memorable!”

Wonderful... Stellar...  Memorable...
Wonderful… Stellar…
Memorable…

With my parents living in a gated community I was concerned about not ruining the surprise and timing had to be perfect. Josh was beyond flexible and helped me plan the perfect anniversary surprise for a month in advance. Not only did he learn all of the special songs that we requested but his performance was on a grand scale that literally brought tears to the room. With myself being a musician, I was prepared to tolerate a hired gun to “phone it in”, but Josh did an
immaculate job with my personal highlight being his rendition of “Take Five”…Not an easy piece and definitely not dial toned. In addition to his fantastic playing, his easy going persona melded right with my family and their friends, making him seem like “one of us”. Josh’s prompt arrival, pleasant manner and stellar performance will go down in mine and my parents lives as one of the most memorable nights ever.”

Reviewer:Brian K.
Event Date: January 17th, 2015
Event Type: Suprise 50th. Anniversary Party
Event City: Naples, FL

Expertise: 5 Stars
Communication: 5 Stars
Professionalism: 5 Stars
Value: 5 Stars

Isenberg’s Pure-Piano Provides Perfect Anniversary Surprise

Isenberg’s Pure-Piano Provides Perfect Anniversary Surprise

Pure-Piano Pianist Josh Isenberg Provides Perfect Anniversary Surprise!
Pure-Piano Pianist Josh Isenberg Provides Perfect Anniversary Surprise!

Backstory:  “Brian was searching for a pianist in Naples, FL and immediately called me from his home in NY, NY. He shared a logistically challenging albeit touching plan to surprise his mom and dad for the occasion of their 50th anniversary in their condo here in Naples. While he and his wife prepare the meal for Mom and Dad,  at some predetermined time, I would ring the doorbell and in I come to set up my piano and all accoutrements in the living room for an intimate celebration with Pure-Piano providing 2 to 3 hours of live piano entertainment for the evening just 10 feet from the dinner table.  Having done many of these through the years, I jumped at the chance to be involved in this memorable event. What follows is the “thank you” I received from Brian and his family.”

Surprise 50th Anniversary Dinner
January 17th 2015

As seen on Gigsalad.com: Gigsalad.com

“Josh’s prompt arrival, pleasant manner and stellar performance will go down in mine and my parents lives as one of the most memorable nights ever.”

“I cannot stress how wonderful it was to hire Josh Isenberg for my parents 50th wedding anniversary. As a surprise we had Josh come into our home and perform while we had a casual home cooked dinner.
With my parents living in a gated community I was concerned about not ruining the surprise and timing had to be perfect. Josh was beyond flexible and helped me plan the perfect anniversary surprise for a month in advance. Not only did he learn all of the special songs that we requested but his performance was on a grand scale that literally brought tears to the room.  With myself being a musician, I was prepared to tolerate a hired gun to “phone it in”, but Josh did an immaculate job with my personal highlight being his rendition of “Take Five”…Not an easy piece and definitely not dial toned.

In addition to his fantastic playing, Josh’s easygoing persona melded right with my family and their friends, making him seem like “one of us”. Josh’s prompt arrival, pleasant manner and stellar performance will go down in mine and my parents lives as one of the most memorable nights ever.”

Sincerely,
Brian K.

Reviewer:Brian K.
Event Date: January 17th, 2015
Event Type: Suprise 50th. Anniversary Party
Event City: Naples, FL

Expertise: 5 Stars
Communication: 5 Stars
Professionalism: 5 Stars
Value: 5 Stars