I went to Berlin to attend Ableton's LOOP summit this weekend and learned a whole bunch from a tribe of rad folks.
Choreographer Peter Kyle and I started making tiny dance films in 2006: very short (less than 4 minutes) and very small (320x240 pixels) bites of dance meant to be screened for one audience member at a time inside of a wooden, red velvet-clad view box. Peter is in Kiev now, on a Fullbright scholarship. He shot a tiny dance film there last Sunday. I scored it last week. You can listen to the soundtrack here, but you can only see this film (and its 11 kin) inside of a viewing box. Next screening is at the Dance on Camera Festival at Lincoln Center, February 3-7.
Tom Stoppard's latest play, The Hard Problem opened at Studio Theatre today. I made the sound design, working with my old friend Matt Torney. I transcribed one of Bach's suites for cello (the first and most recognizable, BWV 1007) for the production. Listen to it here. And go see the show!
Word Dance Theater presented their evening-length performance installation Chambers of the Heart at the Josephine Butler House in Washington, DC this past weekend. I contributed two pieces of music. Here's one of them. Fairouz Foty sings with my re-working of Carl Orff's "In Trutina from his "Carmina Burana" opera.
Brighton Beach Memoirs opens tonight at Theater J in Washington, DC. I made the sound design for this production. It's very fun! One of Neil Simon's finest.
Tickets and more info here.
Taylor Mac's impeccable play HIR received its regional theatre premiere on Friday at Woolly Mammoth Theater Comapny. I was part of the design team which included Woolly company members Misha Kachman, Ivania Stack, and Colin K. Bills. (The same group I'll be designing with next fall). Shana Cooper directed. The play is deeply weird and Shana's direction is so so good. The play is very very sad and - after watching it about 10 times in a row - there were still lines at which I laughed out loud.
Plays thru June 18 in DC. Tickets and Info.
A piece of my music is featured:
I just wrapped up a long process working on KING LEAR with my old friend and collaborator Chris Petit. Our production incorporated someone on stage manipulating sound and projections, lithe script (under 2 hours!), and non-trad casting. Public performances were given at Whitman College. Chris and I worked with a crack team: lights by Mike Inwood, sets by Akiko Nishijima, and costumes by Genevieve Beller. Have a listen to part of my design here:
Guillermo Calderón's astonishing play KISS received its U.S. premiere a few days ago at Woolly Mammoth Theater Company in Washington, DC. Yury Urnov's visionalry direction was aided and abetted by myself and an exciting creative team which included Misha Kachman, Kelly Colburn, Max Doolittle, Tim Getman, Gabriella Fernandez Coffeey, Joe Mallon, and Shannon Dorsey. It is a very powerful show. More than one critic has called it a slap in the face. Only 99 people get to see it each night through Nov. 6. Tickets.
It's official! Chad Clark - he of Beauty Pill fame - and I are working together to create music and a sound design for Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company's next production: The Arsonists. I'm all aflutter with anticipation and glee! First rehearsal is Tuesday. Working with Chad is kind of a dream come true. The show opens Sept. 5. More about it is here.
Yesterday, the Brayver Concern had its first showing of a new sound art installation called FRAMING DEVICE. It was a huge success. Hundreds of people took the Framing Device Journey and experienced Linn Meyers's wraparound drawings on the walls of the Hirshhorn with a brand new point of view. The piece was part of the annual Sound Scene exhibition of sound art. WAMU's Ally Schweitzer interviewed us in advance of the festival and there was a nice preview in DCist. Have a listen to a selection from the piece below.
THE MYSTERY OF LOVE AND SEX by Bathsheba Duran, directed by Stella Powell-Jones opened yesterday at Signature Theatre in Washington, DC. I made the sound designed and composed some music, really I re-interpreted and remixed some of Maurice Ravel's "Sonatine" songs. Have a listen below. Buy tickets here, through May 8.
DISTRICT MERCHANTS opens tomorrow at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre here in Washington, DC. The play is very very strong - everyone created some beautiful, complex stuff. It was a thrill to work with director Michael John Garces again. He really inspires and allows for exciting theater to happen. My contribution included sound design, recording, and mixing of the music. Don't miss this one! Tickets. More Info.