|Three movement work for chamber orchestra (1986)|
|1,1,1,1; 2,1,1; Pno, Hrp, Perc, Strings|
|Premiere: April 1990, The Civic Orchestra of Chicago; Michael Morgan, conductor|
COMPOSER & PIANIST
Composer and pianist Jack Perla is active in opera, jazz, chamber and symphonic music. His operas and instrumental compositions have been widely performed, and he’s played jazz and world music in the U.S., Europe and Japan. Beginning in New York with his group Music Without Walls and continuing in San Francisco, Jack has steadily forged a reputation for his cross-fertilization of jazz and classical music. He’s been commissioned by the Los Angeles Opera, Opera Theatre St. Louis, Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera, The Paul Dresher Ensemble, The Barlow Endowment and many other performers and organizations.
Jack is currently working on a commission from Opera Theater of St. Louis for a full-length opera based on Salman Rushdie's Shalimar the Clown, with librettist & playwright Rajiv Joseph. His one-act opera Belongings, with librettist Jessica Murphy-Moo, receives its world premiere with Seattle Opera at McCaw Hall in August 2015. Jonah and the Whale, commissioned by the Los Angeles Opera, received its premiere in March 2014 with conductor James Conlon and tenor Matthew O'Neill in the title role, and will be reprised at LA Opera in 2017. River of Light, with librettist Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, received its premiere with Houston Grand Opera in March 2014. The work receives its West Coast premiere in 2015 with Festival Opera. Courtside, with librettist Eugenie Chan, received its premiere in 2011 with Houston Grand Opera and was reprised at the 2012 Houston International Festival.
Also in 2014, Opera Memphis commissioned and premiered Mich and the Moon as part of The Ghosts of Crosstown, and Betty Box Office, with librettist Ken Gass, was produced as a short by Toronto-based BravoFACT. Love/Hate, with librettist Rob Bailis, received its premiere in April 2012 in a co-production with the Opera Center of San Francisco Opera and ODC Theater, which co-commissioned the work with American Opera Projects. Love/Hate was also presented by the Manhattan School of Music Opera Program and the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and most recently at Maryland Opera Theater in March 2014.
Poet’s Cabaret, Jack’s third jazz recording, is slated for release in 2015. Jack is a recipient of the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute Jazz Composers Award and has performed at the Texaco New York Jazz Festival, Knitting Factory, Tampere Jazz Festival, Big Sur, Monterey and Pacifica Jazz Festivals, and the Millennium Festival in London. He has performed with Seamus Blake, Rodney Whitaker, Gene Jackson, Kenny Davis, Kermit Driscoll, Craig Handy, Scott Wendholt, Steve Smith, Kai Eckhardt, Paul Hanson, Zakir Hussain, Aashish Khan, Ronu Majumdar and many others.
Jack has also been a resident at Yaddo, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the MacDowell colony, most recently in 2014. He was Artist-in-Residence at ODC Theater from 2006 to 2009, and participated in American Opera Projects’ Composers and the Voice and Tapestry New Opera’s LibLab during the same period. Recent chamber and symphonic music activity includes commissions for TwoSense and the Oakland Youth Orchestra, and performances at the Blaine Jazz Festival, Noe Valley Chamber Music, and at the White Pines Festival with Jorja Fleezanis and the Miro Quartet. Jack received his DMA from Yale University, and currently lives and works in San Francisco.