Naomi Bindman Carries On Her Daughter’s Musical Legacy @ Caffe Lena on Sunday

September 16th, 2015, 3:00 pm by Greg
Naomi Bindman

Naomi Bindman

Story by Wanda Callagy

Naomi Bindman takes the stage of the legendary Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs on Sunday afternoon (September 20) with a very special mission. Yes, the concert will celebrate the release of her debut CD, but more importantly, she’ll be celebrating the music of her daughter Ellen Bindman-Hicks, who died in a car accident in 2009 at the tender age of 17.

Six years later, Naomi Bindman is realizing her dream of keeping her daughter’s music alive.

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“Ellen set the bar musically for me,” said Naomi of her daughter. “All this time I have been performing her songs because it feels necessary for me and has become my life’s focus. Learning and sharing it brings me joy.”

The album features nine previously unreleased songs written by Bindham-Hicks – who left behind a legacy of four dozen original songs – performed by Bindman (vocals and guitar) and the multi-talented Emmy Award-winning guitarist-songwriter Freddy Shehadi, who played all of the other instruments and served as the album’s producer.

At the Caffe, Bindman and Shehadi will be joined by bassist James Gascoyne and drummer Sam Zucchini.

The late Bindman-Hicks had graduated from high school at Longtrail School in Dorset, Vermont, just days before her untimely death. During her high school years, she excelled in theater, as well as a singer-songwriter, recording her debut CD, Write Me a Future, full of music music that was wise well beyond her years.

“She sang before she talked,” Naomi Bindman says about her daughter. “She never had stage fright. Her father was a musician, and I loved to watch her play using her dad’s guitar in the living room.”

Naomi herself came from a musical family, and after her daughter’s death, she made the decision to share the music that Ellen had written. She began by attending open mics, and it was at an open mic night at Caffe Lena, where she first met up with Shehadi. He was intrigued with Naomi’s efforts, as well as her daughter’s songwriting talents.

“Freddy has made these tunes come alive,” says Bindman. “He’s fully realized the potential of her music. He never met Ellen, but he relates to her music as if she were present.

“This experience has taken on a life of its own.”

Shehadi recalls, “We met and she told me she was going to be cutting a CD. She shared a compelling story and through her hard work has risen to the challenge with her voice and fingerpicking. Her daughter’s material shows just a small section of her many talents.”

“This is more than remembering my daughter,” Bindman declares. “We are honoring her talents, her love of music and of people. She accomplished so much in her short life.”

WHO: Naomi Bindman
ACCOMPANIED BY: Freddy Shehadi, James Gascoyne, Sam Zucchini
WHERE: Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
WHEN: 2pm Sunday (September 20)
HOW MUCH: $12 in advance; $14 at the door, including a copy of the new CD