An Extraordinary Musical Pilgrimage
By: Edna Landau

House concerts are a wonderful way to discover new talent. My friend Michael Reingold, who is the founder and Artistic Director of New York House Concerts, recently invited me to hear a young American cellist by the name of Dane Johansen in a concert consisting of two Bach solo suites and a solo suite by Gaspar Cassadó. I knew very little about Mr. Johansen upon arriving at the concert but quickly ascertained that Michael Reingold’s advance words of praise were well-deserved. What really captured my attention, apart from the very fine playing, was the following note in the program:

Dane’s Walk to Fisterra: In May 2014, Dane Johansen will travel to Spain and walk close to 600 miles – with his cello – along the Camino de Santiago and record Bach’s Six Suites for Solo Cello in ancient historic sites along the route. To learn more about Dane’s journey to Spain and to help him with a contribution, please visit WalkToFisterra.com.

As someone who rarely walks more than two miles a day (without a cello), you can imagine my fascination with the prospect of Dane’s journey. Was this a stunt designed to attract media attention? I introduced myself to him after the concert and had an opportunity to meet with him over coffee a few weeks later.


I had a great time performing last week at the American Irish Historical Society on 5th Avenue across from the Metropolitan Museum at 80th street.  The wonderful people there were so kind to host a concert and to invite people they thought might be willing to become involved in a supportive way with my efforts in Spain. It was a lovely evening and there were indeed some very interesting individuals in attendance (I wish I could tell you all about them but am sure they prefer to remain anonymous, at least for now)! The American Irish Historical Society has become a home for me as I have now performed there a hand-full of times in recent years. They have a monthly concert series curated by Jim Jacobs, Dr. Kevin Cahill and Chris Cahill of the AIHS and The Juilliard School which often provides the young talent. I am hoping to present a concert there next year with a pianist friend of mine, Victor Stanislavsky, in anticipation of a recital we are performing at the Tel Aviv Art Museum November 24.