American Opera Projects

6 Scenes

Composers & the Voice 2008 culminates in 6 scenes, presented october 3 & 4 at AOP’s home base, the South Oxford Space. Included on this program will be about 25 minutes of Love/Hate, the new one act chamber opera I’m composing for AOP and ODC Theater. The librettist for Love/Hate is my dear friend & longtime musical collaborator, Rob Bailis.  Here’s Rob’s description…

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First Glimpse and the Whitman Project

Three recent arias composed for AOP’s Composers & the Voice project (see below for more info about aop) will be performed:

May 8 at AOP’s home base
The South Oxford Space
138 South Oxford St, Brooklyn, NY

May 9 at The Laurie Beechman Theater
West Bank Cafe

407 W 42nd Street
New York City, NY 10036

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Another aria on “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomed” was selected for the annual Whitman Birthday Bash organized by Greg Trupiano and the Walt Whitman Project.

7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Theater Ten Ten,
1010 Park Avenue at 85th Street

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Mark Foehringer Dance Project

One of the projects coming up that I’m really excited about is a commission & collaboration with the Mark Foehringer Dance Project a stunning professional contemporary ballet company based in San Francisco since 1996. The group features a repertoire of contemporary ballet works created by founder and choreographer Mark Foehringer and other professional choreographers and dancers.  The Mark Foehringer Dance Project has performed at the Joyce Theater in New York in 1999 and 2000, in Aruba in 1997 and at more than 20 venues in the San Francisco Bay Area since it’s founding.

Pollock Plays Jazz

A new composition for flute and guitar, co-commissioned my good friends Mark Delpriora and Laurel Zucker.  The piece is a book of eightpieces freely exploringsharp contrasts in mood, instrumental color and style. Several are also homages to favorite composers like Ralph Towner & Ennio Morricone, who’ve used the guitar in uniquely expressive ways.  “Pollock” was premiered at the 2006 Festival of New American Music in Sacramento. Mark & Laurel also gave the New York premiere of the piece in December ’06 at the New York Flute Club.  Laurel liked the piece so much she decided to record it for her label CantilenaRecords.  The disc, eponymously titled… “Pollock Plays Jazz”, was released in June of 2007.

March 2007

A benefit concert for the Jazzschool and the Berkeley Young People’s Symphony Orchestra, with Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh. With YPSO Music Director David Ramadanoff and Master of Ceremonies Jake Heggie, the program featured my composition Trane of Thought .

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November 2006

Friends Mark Delpriora (guitar) and Laurel Zucker (flute), premiered Pollock Plays Jazz, at the Festival of New American Music in Sacramento. The piece was commissioned by Mark & Laurel, who also gave the East Coast premiere in December ’06 at the New York Flute Club. It was released on Cantilena Records in February 2007.

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February 2006

I helped organize and performed in the Instant Message Festival at ODC Theater. IM ’06 featured performer/composer/improvisers Fred Frith, Paul Dresher, Ned Rothenberg, Music Without Walls, and the sf Sound Group, led by Matt Ingalls.

February 2005 – 2006

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.