Thank You ACF, ODC and Hewlett Foundation
Hooray (and whew) for arts money. The American Composers Forum helped twice this year – through their Subito grant they supported my travel to new york for the AOP workshops. And their Northern California Commissioning Project provided support for the Paul Dresher commission. Thanks ACF, you people are visionary (i think)! I was also fortunate enough to receive support for the composition and performance of my second book of concert arias, from the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, through the ODC Director’s Fund. We’re planning a concert of the Jack Perla song book at Theater Artaud, stayed tuned for details.
2007, and Q1 & 2, 2008 were banner years for Music Without Walls, both artistically and commercially. On the commercial side, revenues increased about 60% over the previous year. We completed a wide array of children’s interactive, adult educational and broadcast projects for clients including Crayola, Fisher Price, Duetsch, Direct TV, Scholastic, Binary Labs, MGA, Livescribe, Leapfrog, and several independent interactive media developers. Our work with Binary Labs on “Totally Stumped” won two industry awards. Ben Bernstein came on board as all around resourceful business partner. He’s been a great addition to MWW’s activities, building the client base, helping with production and post-production, and keeping me laughing and somewhat sane. You should hear our dora & diego demo – in harmony, in spanish.
Jones Street Open for Business
Ben the good was also instrumental in getting the new Jones Street studio up and running. Last month we recorded voice assets for our most recent interactive project at the Jones Street studio, and Ben also recorded a piano/vocal project there, with the new Yamaha baby grand. Let us know if you’re interested in visiting the studio or recording.
On a Train Heading South toured the U.S. including shows at the Joyce Theatre (New York) and the Yerba Buena Center for the Performing Arts (San Francisco). Commissioned by ODC Dance and created with choreograher Brenda way and visual designer Alex Nichols, the piece examines inattention to global warming through the lens of the Cassandra myth. On a Train garnered significant media attention and praise, including a presentation at the 2005 Sierra Summit and an interview on WGBH’s Living on Earth, the weekly environmental news and information program distributed by National Public Radio.