Andy Evan Cohen, Composer






Breaking the Silence and Mahalla

Coming this month (July): two shows outside of NYC!

Breaking the Silence is a play about three generations of women and the repercussions of the Holocaust. These women must deal with the memories and stories of the Lodz Ghetto in Poland, and come to terms with each other as those memories and stories intrude into their lives.

It will be performed as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. See this site for further updates (including dates and ticketing information).

Mahalla was produced last year as part of a workshop at the 14th St. Y in NYC, and will recive its premiere full production as part of the Berkshire Fringe Festival in upstate NY. Mahalla weaves two stories: the labor stike in Mahalla, Egypt (as part of the recent - and ongoing - Egyptian revolution) and the story of a young American man who travels to Egypt in search of his newly discovered Egyptian Jewish roots.

As always, I'll update this site with more information soon!


Marina - Mata Hari / The Fallen / Lily & Kosmo Live!

Lily & Kosmo Live! The Fallen Postcard Three fantastic shows feturing my sound design- all playing in June!

Marina and Mata Hari (playing together) tell the stories of two dynamic women of the early 20th century: Russian poet Marina Tsvetayeva and legendary dancer/spy Mata Hari. The plays are by award-winning playwright Don Nigro, directed by Ivette Dumeng, and produced by the always fantastic Nylon Fusion Collective. As part of the 2013 Planet Connections Theatre Festivity. Playing June 15-22.

UPDATE!
Marina and Mata Hari have been nominated for 9 Planet Connections Awards, including one for myself for sound design!

Next up: The Fallen, by Yasmine Beverly Rana, directed by Terry Schreiber at T. Schreiber studios. The Fallen is a haunting drama about the lives of three women affected by the Bosnian genocides and mass rape camps in the early 1990's. It is poetic and uplifting, and has a fantastic cast and crew. It is playing through July 28, so click on the above T. Schreiber link for tickets and further information.

Finally, here's one to remember: The Shelter presents Lily & Kosmo Live!, a clever homage to 1950's sci-fi radio dramas. The cast is funny, and playwirght Jonathan Ashley has contributed some amazing artwork to complement the sounds with a viruosic multimedia display.

But for me, the most interesting thing is the "Live!" part- yup, I'll be there, contributing live Foley sound effects and adding musical accompaniment on the organ and theremin.

Marina/Mata Hari Postcard

UPDATE!
Check out this lovely quote from Kat Chamberlain's nytheatre.com review of Lily & Kosmo Live!:

"Most impressive is sound designer and Foley artist Andy Evan Cohen, who is the one-man sound effect wizard making his magic right on the stage. With all that is going on - frantically sometimes, his beat propels the show as surely as Lily's indomitable spirit."

Thanks, Kat & nytheatre.com, and thanks to The Shelter for the opportunity!

















The Roly Polys and A Specially Curated Classical Concert

Come join The Roly Polys for a presentation of new songs (and one old favorite!) May 31 at Leftfield, 87 Ludlow St (between Broome St & Delancey St), show starts at 7, we go on at 8, and there is a $5 cover. And it's all for a good cause: benefitting the Sean Casey Animal Rescue in Brooklyn!

Check out this link for a preview of what you'll be hearing at the concert!

And then in June, join The Roly Polys for a concert presented by The Composer's Voice Concert Series at the Jan Hus Church, 351 E 74th St, NYC. I did the curation (meaning I got to pick what weird stuff everyone will get to hear at the concert, ha ha ha ha ha...)

Besides The Roly Polys (performing two works I composed, The Cat and The Unanswerable Question, and a work for solo piano, Supernova Prototype, composed by Janet Bentley), the concert features Alex Head playing textured and processed guitars, Melinda Smart doing a dance piece for voice, guitar, and violin (with two dancers), and contrabass clarinetist Alex Sramek (playing a piece of mine called Here Lies The Wub.) It's a free concert (starting at 1pm) and should be a lot of fun!


'night, Mother and The Hungry Hungry Games

'night, Mother You can't get any more divergent than this: a classic,
Pulitzer Prize winning play from 1983 and a ridiculous,
unauthorized spoof of a popular movie and book.

'night, Mother, produced by the White Horse
Theater Company, playing May 3-19 in NYC.

The Hungry Hungry Games,
playing May 8-11 in Springfield, MA.

The Hungry Hungry Games


Ticket 2 Eternity Presents Disjointed Shorts

Disjointed Shorts Flier

The lovely (and creatively silly) team behind this past summer's presentations of Falling Awake (Midtown International Theatre Festival) and Ticket 2 Eternity (FringeNYC) present their newest production: an evening of 20 (yes, 20!) short plays at the Alchemical Theater. Besides contributing sound design, I'm honored to have had a chance to contribute some writing (transition pieces) as part of The Roly Polys. For more information, visit Ticket 2 Eternity Productions.


Ghost Light and Incendiary Agents

One of the joys of working for a school (theatre school, music school, fish school, it doesn't really matter) is watching the students swim off in different directions and find their own niches in the reef. This month, I have a chance to work with two fun species of this:

Ghost Light, by The Shelter.

Ghost Light Poster The ghost light is a classic theatre custom: one must always leave a light on in a dark theater. The Shelter presents its take on the legend: six short plays- some light and comic, others, dark and tragic- which transform the ghost light imagery into compelling stories. And they do it as The Shelter does best: working collaboratively within the confines of a limiting parameter: no additional stage lights (other than the light from the ghost light) will be used in this production. I'll be playing some spooky, like piano music (with the lovely and charming Olivia Killingsworth as the house chanteuse) and occasional haunted trumpet.

Incendiary Agents

In 1968, Daniel Berrigan, a Catholic priest, took part in a draft board raid with his brother. They occupied a draft board office, removed draft registartion cards, and burned them with napalm as a way of protesting US involvement in Vietnam. Inspired by that event (and other similar ones), Jack Karp wrote Incendiary Agents, which Nylon Fusion Collective is proud to present at the New Ohio Theatre (running through March 24th). Explore the conflict between violent and non-violent action, and enjoy the abstracted sound transitions I got to create for director Peter Jensen and the wonderful cast and crew of the production.




The Bar Play Quintet

Because what could be more "New York Theatre" than five short plays which involve drinking and socializing. In various bars & watering holes. And performed in a theatre space which is an actual, honest-to-God functioning bar?

See Allen Davis III's Bar Play Quintet, opening on Thursday, January 17th and running (Thursday and Friday nights) through January 25th.

Click here to download the pdf flyer with performance and ticket information. And have some drinks while enjoying the show!


The Roly Polys

The Roly Polys are: Janet Bentley, voice, and Andy Evan Cohen, Casio.

See us perform this and another Beck song live in Williamsburg at the Brick Theater, Friday, January 11th at 10:30pm!

(The concert is called "Just Noise: A Concert Recording Session for Beck's Song Reader" and it is FREE!)

UPDATE!

Here is the video from the concert!


Study in E (for "My Dad's Violin")

On December 9, there will be a special concert with a unique theme. Several years ago, composer and Vox Novus administration Doug DaSilva was "handed down" his fathers violin. Doug did some research on the instrument, and that inspired him to do a film and concert project about the violin, called "My Dad's Violin". I was honored to have a chance to compose a work for that instrument, and my piece (along with many other fabulous works for the same instrument by other composers) will be included as part of the film and on a concert at the Jan Hus Church on December 9th.

As a special bonus, all the music at that concert will be performed by different violinists all playing that same violin! My piece, "Study in E", is scheduled towards the end of the concert and will be played by composer/violinist Mari Kimura.

Sunday, December 9, 2012 1:00 PM
Jan Hus Church,
351 East 74th St. NYC
FREE ADMISSION


New York Nuts 7

New York Nuts 7 Postcard

It's autumn in New York, which means it's time again for nuts. Not just the old chestnut of roasted chestnuts, but theatrical nuts: The Aching Dogs Theatre Company - funded by the New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council (Hotel workers' union) - presents its evening of shorts. Some are funny, some are tragic, some are simply weird. But it's New York, and we all know how New York is just nuts, right?


Doubt and The Austerity of Hope

Doubt Postcard

"What do you do when you're not sure?", asks Father Flynn in the opening of John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer Prize-winning parable play, Doubt. Is there any doubt that this will be a fantastic production? At T. Schreiber Studios (click the link for ticket and other info).



Austerity of Hope Image

Hope. Change. A better economy. Those were three things many of us wished for back in 2008. The Austerity of Hope, a new play by Dan Fingerman (directed by Dan Dinero) explores those feelings, as expressed by a community of gay friends in Astoria, New York. It's smart, funny, honest, and not at all a political soapbox piece, and I had fun creating some soundcapes and effects for the production. In the spirit of young people doing theater, you are invited to like them at facebook.com/austerityofhope.

Update!

Here's the performance schedule, and check out Martin Denton's excellent review here!

Austerity of Hope Performance Schedule



Tahrir Lullaby in Tel Aviv

On September 8th, the amazingly talented oud player Marina Toshich will perform a work I wrote for her called Tahrir Lullaby. My notes for Tahrir Lullaby are as follows:

Tahrir Lullaby is freely derived from the melody of the Egyptian children's song "Mama Zamanha Gaya". It is inspired by Tahrir Square and the recent Egyptian Revolution, which begets contradictory feelings of exhilaration and trepidation. Tahrir Lullaby came out of my work on the production Mahalla, a movement play about the Egyptian Revolution.

What's especially cool is that this is (as far as I know) the first time I have had a work of mine played in Israel, since the concert Marina is giving takes place on September 8th in Tel Aviv!

Here is a link with concert details (in English and Hebrew), and here is a link to the Facebook invite!

And you know it will be a cool concert because the presenting organization is called YUNG YiDiSH (and we all know how trendy it is now-a-days to randomly mispel and cApitalIze words!)


Vary Me Satie

On September 5th, composer John Cage (if he were still alive) would be celebrating his 100th birthday. To commemorate this event, the generous folks who make up The Generous Ensemble (based in Hartford, CT) decided to send invites to composers everywhere to write pieces in homage of John Cage (in the form of a variation on Erik Satie's famous piece Vexations) for a concert to be held on that day.

I received an invitation, and gaily submitted a work for that concert. My piece is called Vary Me Satie and is a mash-up of quotations from Vexations, Cage's Water Music, and another well-known piece. (Why that piece, you may ask? Well, it's the summer of 2012, and I figure that if everyone is doing it, so can I.)

For more info on The Generous Ensemble and the Sept. 5th concert, click here.

Update!

Here's a great teaser video of my piece that the Gerneous Ensemble made to promote the show!


Playing With Fire and Ticket To Eternity

Playing With Fire Banner Ticket To Eternity Postcard

I've noticed that most people in New York City like to take the month of August off and go somewhere out of town for vacation.

Not me. This is what I do during August:

Playing With Fire is a loose adaptation of a play by Strindberg. A father, a mother, a son & daughter-in-law, a cousin and friend, and lots of racy family secrets. Done by an amazing cast of 14. In an authentic, somewhat-seedy nightclub. (Yes, that's the actual performance venue!) It features wonderful music, scintillating movement, and brutal honesty. Tickets are pricy (the top tickets include bottles of premium vodka and private seating in a curtained booth), but this show is well worth it. And I'll be there, making the sound happen. For tickets & more information: The Private Theatre. Oh, and if you click on this link, you may be able to get free tickets to the shows!



But let's say that intense intimacy isn't your thing, and you'd rather have absurdist comedy. No problem: just get a Ticket To Eternity at the New York International Fringe Festival. Dan's parents do everything to force him to be a rich & famous actor, but all he wants is to live out his dream job as a waiter! This show features another great cast, more fantastic direction, and lots of inspired lunacy. And it has already sold out two of its shows, so get tickets while you can!




Now Playing (July and August, 2012) - Black Milk and Falling Awake

Black Milk Postcard Falling Awake Postcard

Black Milk is the New York, off-Broadway premiere of a play by Vassily Sigarev (directed by Michel Haussmann). It's Russian, so it is either a provocative drama or a disturbing, dark comedy- or maybe a little of both? Either way, it's brilliatly staged and is a lot of fun to watch. And it takes place in a rural Russian train station, which means there are ample moments to hear some of my sound work. Here's the link for info and tickets.

Falling Awake is also in that in-between state. Matthew Ethan Davis has written a beautiful story about two women who work at a dying, left-of-center New York alt-newspaper (yup, very socially relevant) and their encounters with love, loss, and reincarnation/trance channeling. Playing as part of the Midtown International Theater Festival. Driected by Adyana De La Torre. More info and press at the links.















Mahalla

In 2006, women at a textile factory in Mahalla, Egypt began a series of general strikes to protest working, economic, and political conditions. Five years later, the strikes led to a country-wide revolution which brought down the authoritarian Mubarek regime.

Mahalla interweaves their story with the history and rituals of the Passover Seder through songs, dialogue, and movement. This piece (texts by the members of The Anthropologists, conceived and directed by Melissa Moschitto) is one of the most beautiful creations I have had a chance to work on, and can be seen at the 14th St. Y Theater from June 28th through July 1st.

Mahalla Postcard


Two Degrees Away From Scott Bakula

Check out this lovely performance by Amada Anderson of a song that my friend Anne Berlin & I wrote for her!


3 Exciting Theater Shows: April through June, 2012!

What am I up to, you may ask? How about this lineup:

The Shelter Presents: ART, four short plays about art at the Flamboyan Theatre. Running April 19th through 29th. For more information (including tickets), contact The Shelter. (Sound designer and composer of some original music)


She's Of A Certain Age, a new dramatic comedy by Susan Charlotte, directed by Chris Hart and Tony Marsellis, starring Drena De Niro, Lois Markle, Robert Newman, and Rosemary Prinz. Running off-Broadway at Theatre Row (the Beckett Theatre) through June 10th. Tickets available through Telecharge. (more sound deign and original music. And did I mention it's Off-Broadway?...)


Jack's Back!, an exciting (and very funny!) new musical by Tom Herman (with book by Elmer L. Kline with Leo Cardini and Tom Herman). Directed by John Gould Rubin, Choreography by Bronwen Carson. At T. Schreiber Studios (tickets here) through June 24th. (I'll be music directing & playing keyboards in the show, so please drop by and say hi!)


And more to come, I'm sure!


Some upcoming concerts of my (classical-ish) music

Thanks to the wonderful people at Vox Novus, here are some dates & times where my music wil be performed:

Laura Jordan & Sarah Carrier perform "Exeunt Players" (marimba & flute)
Friday Night, May 11, 2012 at 7:30 PM
Fort Washington Collegiate Church,
729 West 181st St., NYC
Tickets $20 / $10 for Students


Wonki Lee and Riko Higuma perform "Consonances for Liana" (dedicated to composer Liana Alexandra) (alto sax and piano)
Sunday Afternoon, May 13, 2012 1:00 PM
Jan Hus Church,
351 East 74th St. NYC
FREE ADMISSION


Thomas Piercy and Claudine Hickman perform "Haiku" (clarinet and piano) as part of a concert commemorating the one-year anniversary of the Fukushima tragedy.
Sunday Afternoon, April 8, 2012 1:00 PM
Jan Hus Church,
351 East 74th St. NYC
FREE ADMISSION


(The above concert will also be repeated on Saturday, April 14th as part of New York Sound Circuit.)


The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at T. Schreiber

Last Days of Judas Flyer

"Exult and be glad, for you have a rich reward in this theater!"
-Matthew 5:12 (sort of)

One of the many reasons I love working with T. Schreiber studios is that they choose really interesting and rewarding plays to produce.
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot is no exception to this- in fact, it is one of the most brilliantly delighful scripts I have ever had the chance to work on.
This is not a production to be missed, and I am honored to have been able to design sound for it.
Oh, and isn't the cast quite lovely? Click here for ticket info.
























Another Free Concert Where I Play My Piano Music!

The kind people at Composers Voice invited me to present some original music, so here it is! Jan Hus Church, 351 East 74th Street, NYC, at 1:00 PM on January 8th, 2012. It's their first concert of the year, so it should be a lot of fun!

no msg in nyc

When I'm not writing for theater shows, I like to write strange performance-arty sort-of classical-ish works (see my videos below to get an idea of what I mean.) This coming Sunday, soprano Jenny Greene will sing a short song I wrote (called "no msg") as part of a concert series called Composer's Voice - 15 Minutes of Fame. The text for the song "no msg" is from a spam email I got a few years ago. (Yes, I save weird spam emails, for exacty this reason!) What does the music to a spam email song sound like? Come to the Jan Hus Church, 351 East 74th Street, NYC, at 1:00 PM on Nov. 13th and find out!


An Evening of Shorts from Aching Dogs

Do you like short (10-minutes-or-so) play? You'd be nuts not to! Here is a nice evening of these shorts
("NY Nuts 6", from the Aching Dogs Theatre Company) available this weekend only (November 3-6, 2011)
for a reasonable price. (And if you're a member of the hotel workers union, you get in free!)

NY Nuts Flier


Lobby Hero at T. Schreiber Studios

Lobby Hero Postcard
Four people sitting around
and talking in a beat-up apartment lobby
may not sound like a riveting dramatic evening,
but when it's by playwright Kenneth Lonergan
(and directed by Peter Jensen), it will be an
evening you won't forget. Check out the wonderful
cast and design team at T. Schreiber Studios!





















12 Preludes for Autotuned Piano

This is my "classical" composing project for this and next month: write 12 piano preludes (inspired by Bach and Chopin) for Autotuned piano. Now, you're probably thinking, "OK, I know what Autotune does to Cher and T-Pain's voice, but what on earth will it do to a piano?"

Well, here's your answer:

Prelude #1

Prelude #2



























And there will be more to come soon! Enjoy, and please email me with any comments & suggestions for future preludes!


Schloss Werdenberg: Blaubart's Burg

Ahh, the Swiss mountain air, so quiet, pleasant, and animated with the sounds of cows and goats and dead wives laughing.

At least, it will be, during our production of Bluebeard's Castle: Kill Your Darlings, running from September 7th through 17th. I'll be doing music direction, and possibly playing piano or some other instruments, so if you'll be in the Rhine River Valley (eastern border of Switzerland, near Austria and Liechtenstein), come by and check it out!


Balm in Gilead recognized with 7 NYIT Award Nominations!

The production last fall at T. Schreiber Studios of Lanford Wilson's Balm in Gilead (directed by Peter Jensen) has been blessed with 7 NYIT award nominations. The NYIT Awards celebrate innovative, off-off-Broadway theater, and I am honored to be one of the nominees (for outstanding sound design), alongside the amazing cast & design team! Congrats to all involved, and I hope to be able to work with you all again in the near future!

UPDATE

Balm in Gilead wins the award for outstanding production of a play! Congrats to everyone involved!


June 4th and 5th: Two concerts with my music

I sometimes get asked as to what kind of music I write. On the first weekend of June, audiences in NYC will get a chance to hear exactly my answer to that question.

On Saturday, June 4th, I will play a piece I wrote 20 years ago! The concert is at the Micro Museum in Brooklyn, and is part of their Music Made Easy series. I'll be playing my piece "3 Guitars, 2 Hands, 1 Player" (written for three guitars to be played simultaneously by myself), as well as a new work composed for that occasion. I'll be going on at 5pm, and stick around, because there are other cool acts on the concert as well.

On Sunday, June 5th, a work of mine called "Exeunt Players" will be premiered by the flute and marimba duo of Sarah Carrier and Laura Jordan as part of the Vox Novus series entitled "Fifteen Minutes of Fame". The concerpt: 15 different composers write works of one minute duration for that combination of instruments, and the works will be played consecutively for a total performance time of 15 minutes. I'm very happy to have this wonderful duo doing my work, and look forward to seeign what should be a fun and interesting concert! (The concert will be at 1:00 PM at the Jan Hus Church, 351 East 74th Street, NYC. For more information, visit the website here.)

UPDATE

Due to unforseen circumstances, the marimba/flute concert on June 5th has been postponed. I will post here when it gets rescheduled.

The three simultaneous guitars concert at the Micro Museum is still on!

UPDATE 2!

Video of my Micro Museum performance - thank you William & Kathleen Laziza and the rest of the Micro Museum staff!


You Never Can Tell!

You Never Can Tell Postcard

Yeah, I can be a bit unpredictable, but that's not what this posting is about: now playing at the Terry Schreiber Studios is none other than George Benard Shaw's lesser-known (but certainly not lesser) comedy You Never Can Tell. Take a cocky dentist, a crazy 20th century family, a rich malcontent, and, of course, a wise old waiter, and put them (along with some comic lawyers and wait-servants) in an English seaside town. Wittiness ensues.

For tickets and showtimes, contact the studios here. And be sure to ask for the gas (5 schillings extra...)

UPDATE! The reviews are in!

And they have been uniformly positive! Check out these nice writeups from Martin Denton at nytheatre.com and Bess Rowan at offoffonline.com...


Night Windows at the Workshop Theater

Night Windows Poster

The inspiration: an iconic painting by Edward Hopper. The result: three short plays, taking place in three different time periods, all set in the same New York apartment. The Shelter, a new theater company, presents Night Windows. They're a great company (lots of young, talented actors, directors, writers, and designers), and I'm honored to be able to work with them.
























Terry Schreiber Studios Presents: The Changing Room

Possibly the greatest play every written about a Northern English semi-pro Rugby Team, The Changing Room by David Storey (and directed by Terry Schrieber) is a gritty, bloody, and colourful characterization of the blokes who lake on the pitch for the love of the game.

Check it out, mates.

Changing Room Postcard

































What I have done this past year!

Here's a listing of the projects I have been working on (or worked on) since I last had a chance to update this site about a year ago; more about all these projects will be forthcoming (eventually)!


Pocket Change

Pocket Change Flier

We did it again! Yes, my longtime writing partner (and friend) Anne Berlin and I have put our efforts together to come up with a short (25-minute) musical-comedy take on the current financial crisis (as told from the point of view of three coins.) Check out Pocket Change as part of the Shortened Attention Span Festival at the Players Theatre Loft (3rd floor) playing this weekend (March 5th-8th).

And here is a link you can lick on to get tickets. I'm playing the piano for the show, so do say "hi" to me if you come!

Oh, and here's a shout-out to my friend Richard Weinstein, who did this illustration (as well as the one for Charlie Chang below)!

UPDATE

Check out this wonderful press preview from BroadwayWorld.com!


The Man in the Newspaper Hat

The Man in the Newspaper Hat postcard

If you step inside the third floor of the 45th Street Theatre (located - where else - on 45th Street in NYC), you will get a glimpse of one of the strangest visits of the 20th century: the meetings between Pulitzer Prize Poet Elizabeth Bishop and legendary poet Ezra Pound. Two great poets meeting is a nice subject for a play; but when you add the circumstances of those encounters- Pound was held at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington D.C., having been found to be mentally unfit to stand trial for treason charges (yes, treason; Pound had repeatedly broadcast anti-American propaganda from Italy during World War II) - now you have a story for an exciting dramatic work.

Playwright Hayley Heaton and director Katrin Hilbe did a fantastic job in imagining the circumstances of these visits, and actors Angus Hepburn and Anne Fizzard are spot-on in their portrayals of the characters. And I am honored to be able to create the sounds of madness that set the mood of the play. Here is a calendar which shows performance times if you want to check it out. For more information, visit the production company at http://www.manytracks.org/

The Man in the Newspaper Hat performance schedule
















Mountain Jews

A couple of years ago, I was involved in a really fun (and wild) production of the Jewish Theater of New York called Kabbalah. That show closed (after a short and eventful run; scroll down below for details on that piece), but I had wanted to have the opportunity to work with that company again.

Now, I have my chance: the JTNY has a new production which just opened at the Triad Theatre on West 72nd St (NYC). Presenting: Mountain Jews!

Mountain Jews Logo

I wrote music (and lots of strange sound effects); I hope to have songs posted on this website soon.

In the mean time, check out this Quicktime video clip to get a sense of the show!

(Oh, and showtime details: shows are Sundays @ 3pm and Tuesdays @ 7pm at the Triad (158 W. 72nd ST.); Tix are $55 or $20 for Students w/ID; contact the Jewish Theater or call 212-352-3101 (TheaterMania) to make a reservation. And there will be food & drinks to nosh on if you do attend!)

UPDATE!

Thank you to Tuvia, Isi, and the wonderful cast & crew of Mountain Jews, who made the run (which closed last month) memorable and exciting!

My Summer Projects: Charlie Chang & Ripcords!

This past summer (2008), I presented two musicals I wrote (with my friend and long-time writing partner Anne Berlin) in NYC.

Ripcords was presented as part of the 2008 New York International Fringe Festival at the Bleecker Street Theatre in NYC's East Village.

Ripcords Postcard

Charlie Chang and the mysterious Salami was presented by New York Artists Unlimited as part of the 2008 Bad Musicals Festival at the Producers Club in Midtown Manhattan.

Charlie Chang Postcard

Click on the postcards for more information about those productions!

(Oh, and Charlie Chang was awarded the "Golden Pineapple" for being the worst musical of the Bad Musicals Festival!)


Luna Stage's 2007-2008 Season

Here are the upcoming shows I'll be doing the sound design for. As usual, click on this link for Luna Stage contact information (tickets, directions, etc.)

Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue Logo The Man in Room 306 Logo
Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue The Man In Room 306
By Quiara Alegria Hughes By Craig Alan Edwards
Directed by Katherine Kovner Directed by Cheryl Katz
January 24 - February 17, 2008 April 3 - May 4, 2008


Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue is a gripping narrative of three generations of soldiers within a single family, and it explores- through the metaphore of the fugue- the common experiences of the Korean, Vietnam, and Iraq War conflicts.

The Man In Room 306 takes place on the evening of April 3rd, 1968, as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. struggles to write the most difficult - and, sadly, the final - speech of his life.

I am doing sound effects for both plays, and writing (and performing!) some original flute music (check out the piece "Elliot's Fugue" on my Audio Samples page for an excerpt of this.)









Micro Museum's 21st Aniversary

My favorite Brooklyn performance space- the Micro Museum on Smith Street, living space of the Lumiano, turns 21 on November 3rd, and I'll be playing as part of the celebratory evening! Please visit their site for a line-up of other performers, ticket information, sponsors (yay! Smith Street Restaurant Food!), and other good things going on.

UPDATE!!!

Here is a picture of me playing at the start of the event. And here is another...


Wicked Tavern Tales

Wicked Tavern Tales PostcardIt is that time of year: the daylight dwindles to its nadir, the fall foliage begins to bloom, pumpkins are in the supermarket isles, and everyone is in the mood for a good ghost story.

But instead of a ghost story, how about a theatrical tale of the macabre- for what is more creepy than the supernatural but the innate forces of human nature?

Join us as we experience three stories from the mind of Edgar Allan Poe- as adapted by Greg Oliver Bodine and directed by Amber Estes- to see what exactly makes us human - or inhuman, as the case may be.

(Now playing - through November 3rd - at the Manhattan Theatre Source in the West Village. See www.wickedtaverntales.com for more info, including schedule, location, tickets, and news of the special Halloween treats in store!)


Taro in Queens

Back in September of last year, Taro (see link below) had a sold-out world premiere in NYC. Now, for those who missed it in Manhattan, Taro will receive it's Queens County premiere at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center in Long Island City on September 7, 2007 at 8pm.

Here is a web-flier with all the details. I hope to see you there!


Bagpipes at the Micro Museum

This summer, the Micro Museum in Brooklyn (home of the Lumiano) has been hosting various "Chakras" parties as a build-up to their big 21st-Birthday-Bash in September. Each Chakras party is devoted to a different color; the theme for this month's (July) party is the color green.

Since this month's shindig also falls on Bastille Day (July 14th), I thought it might be fun to celebrate both events at the same time by playing some French music on my set of Medieval Bagpipes (which happens to have a green cover on the bag.) Evidently, the people who run the Micro Museum also thought it might be fun, as they have invited me to perform!

Here are the details (from their press release):

Micro Museum - Come get green with us!

SPECTRUM:THE CHAKRA ELEMENT (Green Opening Party)
July 14 from 6 - 10 PM ($10 includes 2 free drinks, snack, trinkets etc...)

Visual Artists:
Aimee Hertog
Sam Albright
Charlotte Burgmans
Chun Hui Pak
Trudell
Allegra Cerrato

Musical Guest:
David Goldman at 7:30 & 8:30 PM on the Lumiano
Join in the impromptu Sing-a-long!

Dance:
DeFacto Dance at 8 PM in "Colorama" (8 minute improv)

VideoArt and MusicÊ
William Laziza with Andy Cohen playing French Bagpipes at 8:15

Remember: Wear something green and get a free gift!

Questions (718) 797-3116 www.micromuseum.org

I'll be playing improvisations on two hit songs from over five hundred years ago: L'Homme Arme and On Doibt Bien Aymer L'Oyselet. So do drop by, and see how easy it is to be green!


Little Beasts

Paris, late 1920's- Torn between the seduction of madness and the pain of reality, painter Romaine Brooks struggles to save her long relationship with salon hostess Natalie Clifford barney. Little Beasts calls up many of the spirits who haunt the salons and cafŽs of that unforgettable era- people like Josephine Baker, Jean Cocteau, Colette, Picasso, and many others- and it provided me a chance to visit the musical world of Les Six, and familiarize myself with the music of Germaine Taillefaire, who steps out of the pages for music history textbooks to provide a haunting and memorable score to fit with the moods and actions of the play.

Little Beasts LogoLittle Beasts runs from April 26 through May 20th 2007 at Luna Stage in Montclair, NJ. (See the Honor and the River posting below for showtimes/address/directions to Luna.) Here are a couple of still photos from the prodcution- it has a beautiful set & costumes, oui?


Honor and the River

Honor & The River LogoJust ended at the wonderful Luna Stage in beautiful Montclair New Jersey: the world premiere of Anton Dudley's play Honor and the River. Directed by Nancy Robillard, Honor... is about two prep school boys navigating their lives though the currents of their families' pasts and presents. It's also about competitive rowing (and features a very nifty set consisting of a moveable 2-man racing shell.)

Performances are from Feb. 1 through Feb. 25th Thursdays-through-Sundays (Thursday shows at 7:30pm; Friday/Saturday shows at 8pm and Sundays are matinees at 2pm.) Luna Stage is located at the corner of Bloomfield Ave. and Bell St. (695 Bloomfield Ave.) in Montclair; for more information (including ticket ordering and directions) visit the above link or call the box office at 973-744-3309.

If you come, I hope you enjoy my underwater sound effects!


A Drum, A Drum, Macbeth Doth Come!

Macbeth Flier

Recently concluded at the Main Stage of the Workshop Theatre Company: The Tragedie of Macbeth.This show, directed by Charles Gerber, is a nearly uncut production of the original 1507 First Folio edition of Shakespeare's play, and it is designed for those who want a traditional and accurate yet accessible staging of the classic work. (In other words, no fake Scottish accents and no bathtubs or other modern interpolations.)

And as my header to this post implies, it does have drums (and bagpipes and shawms and blockflotes and other medieval instruments...)

Here is a nifty calendar with the show dates and times:

Macbeth Calendar

All shows are at the Main Stage Theater - THE WORKSHOP THEATER CO.
312 Sest 36th street, 4th floor (between 8th and 9th Avenues)
For reservations call (212) 695 - 4173 ext. 5
Tickets are $18.00; TDF vouchers accepted. $10.00 for Seniors and Students

For more information, visit the play's website at www.macbeth2007.com.

UPDATE!

Some audio samples from the play are now on my audio samples page. Enjoy!

It's Snowing On Park Avenue!

Well, maybe not at this moment, but it just might be on Sunday, December 3rd, 2006, when a song I wrote with my wonderful collaborating partner Anne Berlin receives its premiere performance by the vocal group RPM at Theater 1010's Annual Holiday Concert.

The performance will be at 1pm at the sactuary of the Park Avenue Christian Church on 1010 Park Avenue (between 84th and 85th streets). Tickets are $10 (suggested donation), and there will be a reception afterwards. For more details, click here. See you there, and don't forget your snow boots!

UPDATE!

RPM Concert Flier

RPM will also be performing the song as part of a holiday concert on Dec. 18th. See the festive flier for more decorative details!


Coming Soon: The Tragedie Of Macbeth

My next big "music for a play" project will be for the above production, debuting in January 2007, directed by Charles E. Gerber and presented by The New York Actors Ensemble in association with the WorkShop Theater Company.

And for those morbidly curious: it will have blood...

(More details will be coming soon.)


Taro at JoHo!

Taro Flier

Taro, choreographed by Mariana Bekerman (and friends!) will receive its complete, world premiere performances at the Joyce SoHo (cutely nicknamed "JoHo") - 155 Mercer Street (between Houston and Prince streets, NYC) - from September 21 to 24th. Tickets are $15 ($10 for students/seniors) and can be paid for at the box office (cash only), or through the reservation line (highly recommended, as the theatre tends to sell out quickly) at (212) 334-7479.

I'll be at the performances (it does feature about 1/2 hour worth of my music on CD!), and it whould be a fun evening: the choreography is stunning, and it's noteworthy in that not many choreographers are making full-length (over an hour of continuous dancing) dramatic story-line modern dance pieces nowadays.

Oh, and a plug goes to Benjamin Dauer, a very cool composer whose music also appears on the Taro concert.

And in case you were wondering, this is what Taro is all about...

More Taro News...

Here are some Upcoming performances of TaroExcerpts in case you missed the big thing above:

October 7 @ 3pm
Rockaway Artist Art Splash 2006
Fort Tilden Park Queens, NY
for info., go to http://www.rockawayartistsalliance.org/.

October 22, 2006 @ 5pm
2006 DUMBO DANCE FESTIVAL
25 Jay Street, #100
Brooklyn, NY 11201
www.whitewavedance.com

For even more Taro info, visit Mariana's website at www.mbdancecompany.com

And even more Taro News...

An excerpt of my music for Taro is now on my Audio Samples page. Enjoy!


Another Lumiano Concert, October 21st!

I'll be playing a couple of original compositions for the Lumiano as part of a fundraising gala for the MicroMuseum in Brooklyn. As always, more details will be posted here as the date approaches...


What's New (August 2006)

I've got a lot going on this month, so here goes:

First, a quick recap of last month: Niya Tey Soung premiered (scroll down below for more info on that) and my work with the Standing Ovation Musical Theater company came to a glorious conclusion, as I music directed and accompanied (on a laptop thanks to Realtime Music Solutions and their nifty Sinfonia program) 10 young performers (and a couple of wisened adult veterans) in a cabaret show about nothing at the Sanford Meisner Theater in New York City. (Soon to come: pics from that concert).

TARO in Hoboken: as part of the Sweat Outdoors festival (a very appropriate title considering the recent NYC heat wave), Taro (scroll down below for more information about that piece) will have another excerpt (featuing my music and sound design) premiered. The date is August 6th, the time is from 4-7 (Taro should go on sometime around 6pm), and the location is the beautiful Frank Sinatra Park in downtown Hoboken (NJ). I'll be there! (And stay tuned for more information about the upcoming Taro premiere at the Joyce SOHO...)

The WorkShop Theater Company presents the Samuel French Short Play Festival (A Second Look). In the mood for some one-acts? The WorkShop Theater Company (the same group that produced Niya Tey Soung) is presenting 5 short plays (one of which - Crossed Wires by Tony Sportiello directed by Kathy Gall MacGowan - I did the sound effects for). For more details (dates, times, tickets, etc.), download the flier here.

Finally, I present to you another show I am sound designing (and running the mixing board for): It's A Hit!, the (very) funny new musical by Beth Saulnier, Melissa Levis, and David Weinstein (the same trio that wrote The Joys of Sex which I worked on a couple of years ago) playing at the NYC International Fringe Festival (yes, it's August, so it is Fringe time again!) Guess which link to click on to find more information...


Niya Tey Soung

"What do you do, when Justice fails..."

Niya Tey Soung is a new crime drama by David M. Mead (directed by Arian Blanco) about a Vietnam veteran haunted by his past. This is a fully (and superbly!) staged "workshop" production at the Jewel Box theater of the Workshop Theater Company (312 West 36th Street, 4th Floor, NYC). The music and sound cues I wrote for this show combine two disparate worlds: New York in 1991 and Vietnam in the late 60's / early 70's. (And as you can tell from my audio excerpts, they were quite fun to combine).

If you're interested in seeing/hearing this all in context, come check out the production- while you can! (There are only 8 performances on Wednesdays through Saturdays from June 28th to July 8th; all shows are at 8 pm.) Tickets are $15 at the door or through TheaterMania. For more info, call the box office at (212) 695-4173 x4 or visit the Workshop Theater online.


Taro

What is Taro?

Well, according to coreographer Mariana Bekerman,

"Taro is a dance collaboration eventually combined with architectural design that seeks to identify what exactly is the evil eye and how does it physically create trouble thoughts; intensify fears and chaos, and social problems and illnessed claimed by others. By combining the two art forms together with music, Taro will bring forth this ideology of negative energy out into the open, allowing the audience to then question themselves about their own demons and dis-eases."

Spooky, eh?

If you're curious as to what eaxtly that means, well, come see for yourself! Taro will be performed three times this month:

  • Saturday, May 6 at 7:30pm at St. Peter's College in Jersey City
  • Sunday, May 7 at 5:30pm at St. Peter's College in Jersey City
  • Friday, May 26 at 8pm at the Theater for a New City in NYC's East Village

All of these performances are parts of dance festivals, so you will see some fun excerpts of Taro (specifically, the 2nd and 4th movements, with bits of the 1st movement possibly as well) alongside pieces performed by other dance companies. St. Peter's College is at 2641 John F Kennedy Blvd (near the Journal Square PATH train station); Theater for the New City is at 155 First Avenue between 9th and 10th streets (nearest subway stops are the 2nd Avenue F train and the 1st Avenue L train).

The music for Taro is by both me and Benjamin Dauer (who records under the name Chimp Logic). Benjamin's music is for recorded electronic sounds; mine is for electronic sounds, piano, percussion, violin, and cello (the violin and cello parts being played by Elizabeth Bacher and Allison Seidner.) I'll post more details when I have them, and I'll post an excerpt of the second movement on this website fairly soon! And thanks for coming if you can make it!

Update!

Taro will receive its complete world premiere at the Joyce SOHO in September, 2006!


Sideways Stories!

Now playing at the Philip Coltoff Center (part of the Children's Aid Society) at 219 Sullivan Street (Greenwich Village, NYC):

Louis Sachar's Sideways Stories from Wayside School


Adapted by John Olive, Produced by the New Acting Company, Directed by Stephen Michael Rondel

Here is a fun play for all ages- based on the books by Louis Sachar- featuring talking pigtails, a wandering cow, a teacher who turns her students into apples, and (well, this is my website, isn't it?) lots of my original compositions and sound effects.

Below is the postcard containing all the contact information for seeing the show. Have fun, and watch out for those dead rats living in the basement!

Sideways Stories Postcard


The Lumiano

What is the Lumiano? A new art-instrument created by William and Kathleen Laziza at the MicroMuseum in Brooklyn, the Lumiano appeals to the inner Scriabins in all of us.

Think of it as an experiment in Synaesthesia. Or as a new representation of the Schoenbergian concept of Klangfarbenmelodie. Or as a whimsical electronic extension of a Cagean prepared-piano. Or as just a fun way to combine music and the visual arts. The Lumiano is a fully-functional 88-key piano with lights (and other goodies) built-in for an added visual dimension.

So, you're thinking, why is this on my website? Well, I'll be playing some of my compositions (as well as other work) on the Lumiano for a concert in January. Click on my Lumiano Page for more details!

UPDATE!

Check out this flier for the concert!

Lumiano Postcard


Kabbalah

Kabbalah Postcard

UPDATE!

Due to bizarre circumstances beyond anyone's control (which I've blogged about somewhat), performances of Kabbalah have been discontinued. No further performances are being scheduled at this time, and no tickets are being sold.

In case you were wondering what Kabbalah was about, the details are still being posted here below.

Now playing at the Triad Theater on 158 West 72nd Street (off-Amsterdam Avenue), Kabbalah is "a Mystical CoMusical about the Nature of Faith". It is written and directed by Tuvia Tenenbom and presented by the Jewish Theater of New York.

Kabbalah features the talents of Emily Stern (Madonna ), Michael Shimkin (The Prophet Elijah ), Mario Golden (Chief Kabbalist Rav Yuda ), Adam Hayes (Schlepper ), Oliver Conant (Sheik Ahmed Yassin ), and Alison Richie (Woman/Calvin Klein Model ).

Sets are by Michael Berkowicz, Costumes by Elgie C. Johnson, Choreography by Kari Schroeder, and the Lighting Design is by... you. (Feel free to bring a flashlight; if you forget one, they will be provided to select volunteers...)

Showtimes are Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9pm and Saturdays at 11pm. Tickets are $49 ($26 for Students/Seniors) and may be purchased by calling 212-352-3101 or through TheaterMania.com.

Now playing on this website: excerpts from the Original Cast Album of Kabbalah.

UPDATE!

Kabbalah has been reviewed by a number of noteworthy papers. And what have they said?

"Sacrilegious and blasphemous comedy with music...
The entire cast is game and energetic...
Toward the end, the character of Madonna threatens to call in her lawyers. The real Madonna may want to consider that advice..."
THE NEW YORK TIMES

"Effectively challenging human thinking."
YEDIOT AHRONOT (Israel's leading daily)

Cool, huh?

The remaining show dates are
December: 3, 6, 7, 13, 14
and January: 3, 4, 18, 24, 25, 28

Dec. 3 and Jan. 28 peformances are at 11pm. All others, 9pm.

Enjoy!


Jane Ho had a great run. Check out the new listing on my Audio Samples page for an excerpt of my music from Jane. Yes, that is me playing the trumpet...


Jane Ho

Jane Ho Postcard Jane Ho is now playing at the Lion Theatre at Theatre Row!

Jane Ho asks, "Love for sale...what price would you pay for a trip to paradise?"

Jane Ho stars Mikaela Kafka, Heather Male, Daina Michelle Griffith, A.B. Lugo, and Liche Ariza.

Jane Ho was written by John Pallotta, is produced by the Hudson Exploited Theater Comapny, Inc., and is directed by Arian Blanco.

I did the music.

Performances are on Fridays and Saturdays (at 8pm) and Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 7pm from November 4th through November 19th.

The Lion Theatre is on 42nd Street and 9th Avenue (410 West 42nd Street). Tickets ($15) may be purchased online at TicketCentral.com or by calling (212) 279-4200.

Enjoy the show!












rim at x

Here at last is my glitchwerkz-abstract-electonic-noise-art-video piece. (It is in Quicktime format; size is 2.7 mb.)

If you're wondering what that means, well, here are the program notes:

recently, i received an email from my aunt in florida who is a relative newcomer to computer usage. the email contained an attachment of a photo of her and my cousins; however, in the process of sending the email to me, something in the attachment got corrupted (thank you aol!).

i tried opening the photo through the normal means (photoshop, etc.) with no luck. just for the heck of it, i decided to see if i could open up the photo using apple quicktime software. the result was far more interesting than a photo of my aunt and cousins: what i got was a minute-and-a-half long video containing the underlying text code that makes up the emailed picture. i immediately though: aha, conceptual video piece idea!

i then created a score for the video using the same text code, which i translated into a sound file (with the aid of some specialized computer music software.) all of the sounds in this composition were derived from this code and transformed to create a variety of pitches and textures.

rim at x is dedicated to all my friends and family members who have little or no computer experience and continually express their frustration to me when their machines do not work right.

oh yeah, as to the title: the resulting conceptual video kind of reminded me of certain sequences from a well-known film that you probably have seen, except my images are less high tech and more scrambled up.

enjoy!


Fir's Dream at the Manhattan School of Music

Several months ago, piano student Amir Khosrowpour placed a flier on the bullitin boards of the school seeking new piano music by student composers to play on his recital.

So I sent him something (even though I am technically not a student and technically the deadline for submissions he posted on the fliers had just passed.)

And he liked it.

So here are the particulars:

Recital by pianists Amir Khosrowpour, David Broome, and Sam Westley.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005 at Greenfield Hall at the Manhattan School of Music, 8 p.m.

Music by John Slover, Christopher Cerrone, Amir Khosrowpour, A. Vincent Raikhel, Marcus Paus, Andy Cohen [yes, that's me], Ke-Chia Chen, and Scott Vollschleger.

The Manhattan School of Music is located at Broadway and 122nd Street (Northeast Corner) in Manhattan (the nearest subway is the 1/9 trains which stop at 116th street and 125th street along Broadway.) When you get there, ask the security guard where Greenfield Hall is. He'll probably give you better directions than I can.

Oh yeah, the concert is FREE. And I'll be there too.


So that's it. My appearance on NBC (as mentioned below) acounted for approximately 10 seconds of screen time. And because of the editing, my rebuttal to the the main point presented (about the key of the National Anthem) was largely diluted. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted. Thanks again to George Lewis and his team for the opportunity!

Oh, and for the record, the excerpt they played of my playing the trumpet was meant to demonstrate my point: that the key of G major is too low for the trumpet to effectively speak and make the Star Sapngled Banner shine gloriously. I have a feeling that this was lost on most viewers.


Me on NBC!!!

Last year, I posted an entry on my blog about what I thought was a misguided attempt to "change the key" of the Star Spangled Banner. By what can only be described as the serendipitous luck of Google, NBC correspondent George Lewis came across this site and asked me to appear on camera to explain my point of view! Like, how cool is that!

And even better, the segment (which also features me playing the trumpet) will air on the Today Show on the Fourth of July! Thank you, Mr. Lewis (and staff at NBC) for this great opportunity.


A couple of years ago, I did a fun noise piece for a program in NYC (sponsored by Vox Novus) called 60x60. The idea behind this was to have 60 different composers write pieces of electro-acoustic music with durations of one minute or less; the 60 pieces were then collected and put on a CD as well as a DVD (which included abstract visual imagery to complement the musical works.)

I wrote a little "ditty" for the project (which has been performed in such exotic locations as Bucharest, Romania and d.u.m.b.o., NY), and the next exotic performance location will be on Yellowstone Public Radio on Sunday, July 3rd. However, I'm not sure if my piece (entitled rim at x (rat mix)) will be played as part of the program. But if you want to check out my work anyway, you can now download an mp3 of it on my Audio Samples page. Enjoy!


A new show! I'm doing sound design for the American premiere of Ben Ellis's play "Falling Petals". "Falling Petals" is Confronting. Brutal. and Australian. (It is a very dark comedy set in a small town near Melbourne.) It is (wonderfully) directed by Mark Armstrong and is playing at the Wings Theater in Greenwich Village (154 Christopher Street just past Hudson St.) from May 20th to June 5th. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased through Theatermania (212) 352-3101 or 866-811-4111.


This past march, I had the wonderful opportunity to work again (as sound designer) with director Sonoko Kawahara as she staged a new play by Merrianne Moore entitled "The Queen Says Goodbye To Her Favorite." The play was about Merrianne's experiences as a student at the Beijing Opera School in China, and one of my favorite experiences working on the play was to get reacquinted with Chinese Opera music. (The play had four live musicians playing pipa ("moon guitar"), jing-hu (the ar-hu's little sister), baku (woodblock), shinai (kind of a cross between an oboe and a trumpet), and a wide assortment of Chinese Opera gongs and clappers.) Did I mention how much fun it was? Oh, and sooner or later, I'll have to get around to posting a recording I made of "Mei-Mei Karaoke Mix" on this site...


Boy, it's been forever (like, since last year) since I had a chance to update this website. (This is why I can never be a regular blogger, as my blog makes clear.) The two original musicals are going well, and the stage play is currently fund-raising for a commercial off-Broadway performance. Late last fall, I was able to write some really cool music for a production of The Cherry Orchard at the Connelly Theater in the East Village (in true East Village fashion, this was actually a production of The Cherry Orchard as told from the perspective of the butler Firs and with several episodes in the play told out of chronological order.)

I was also privileged to be able to write music and do sound design for the annual showcase of the Drama League New Director's Project, which let me work on four wildly divergent works by four up-and-coming directors. Details for the above productions are on my "Music for Theater" and "Sound Designer" résumé/bio pages. Soon to come to this website: mp3s for some of the music for the above. As always, feel free to drop me a line if you're ever interesting on hearing about my current projects (and don't want to wait to hear about them until after they're over!)


As fall is beginning, I'm working on several new projects: two original musicals, and music for an upcoming stage play. I'll reveal more details when I can figure out a better way to reveal them without jinxing the productions...

In the mean time, I've added a couple of new photos to the photo gallery... Enjoy!


So, it's nearing the end of summer, and it's about time I updated this site with what's really new with me. The Joys of Sex closed a couple of months ago (bummer!), and the touring shows are (mostly) off for the month, but I still have that chicken-thing going on. Here are the details:

Chicken Flyer

Beware the Man Eating Chicken is playing at the Our Lady of Pompeii Church Demo Hall at 25 Carmine Street (Enter on Bleecker St. off 6th Ave.) in Manhattan.

Showdates are:

  • Friday 8/13 at 5:45pm
  • Saturday 8/14 at 9:15pm
  • Wednesday 8/18 at 5pm
  • Thursday 8/19 at 7:15pm
  • Friday 8/20 at 9:15pm
  • Saturday 8/21 at Noon

Tickets are $15 at the door, or order online at www.fringenyc.org . I did the sound design, in case you were wondering.

Any questions? Or even better, if you're planning on coming, Email me!

Oh yeah, while I have this blank space to fill, I should mention that this play is a very dark comedy with many "gross" elements to it, so if you're a bit squeemish about fake blood, violence, and visual and aural depictions of bodily functions, be prepared...



















What's on tap for me? As usual, I'm working on a million different side projects, but here are some of the more salient ones to report:

The Joys of Sex is now playing off-Broadway at the Variety Arts Theatre in NYC (14th Street and 3rd Avenue). I did the keyboard programming and helped with the music arrangements and sound effects creation. It's a very funny show, absolutely worth checking out!

Lots of Touring Shows, including the national tours of Oklahoma and Oliver!, and the upcoming European tour of Miss Saigon. The aforementioned musicals effectively provided my alibi for Fall of 2003.

This Year's 2004 Fringe Festival, where I will certainly be doing something, although details are a bit fuzzy right now (but these details somehow involve a giant man eating chicken...) (Note to grammarians: the lack of a hyphen in the previous clause was intentional...)


OK; here are my upcoming shows:

  • Friday, August 1st: Spitting Daisies at 28th Annual Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Original Short Play Festival. (This is at the Chernuchin Theatre at the American Theatre of Actors 314 West 54th St. 2nd fl. (bet. 8th and 9th Aves.)) Here's the concept: over 50 playwrights have submitted short works which will be staged (and judged) for this festival. All the plays will be performed once on either Friday or Saturday night; the top 20 will then get a second performance on the following Sunday. After that performance, the judges will select 5 winners: the prizes include publication by Samuel French Inc. and fame and fortune etc.

    Spitting Daisies will get its first performance on Friday night at 8:25 pm. Tickets are $15 (cash at the door) and are good for the whole night (which lasts from 7pm to 11pm). Reservations can be made by calling (212) 769-7973 ext. 3.

    Oh yeah, Spitting Daisies is a lovely romantic drama about a boy, a girl, a subway train, and some mutilated flowers. It is written by Kerri Kochanski and directed by Mikaela Kafka. I did the sound effects.

    UPDATE!

    Spitting Daisies has made it to the finals of the Samuel French Festival. The Sunday performance will take place at the theater at 8:43 pm (yes, exactly at 8:43). I will keep updating as news progresses...

  • Saturday, August 9th (and a few other dates): The Love Talker by Deborah Pryor. This is being staged at the New York International Fringe Festival; specifically, the venue is the Washington Square United Methodist Church in Greenwhich Village. For more specifics, download this flyer.

    The Love Talker has been described as "An isolated mountain farmhouse is the setting for this eerie, supernatural tale that delves into the realms of seduction, superstition and coming of age. Two sisters must choose between family loyalties and the lure of the Love Talker. A battle is brewing..." It is definitely creepy. I did the sound effects.

  • Friday, August 8th (and a few other dates): Citizen Mendez at the New York International Fringe Festival. Citizen Mendez is about two illegal Mexican immigrants, two American Border Crossing Agents, and two ordinary Amrican citizens who live along the US/Mexican Border. It is a political drama. Yup, more sound effects. All the relevant details are on this postcard/flyer.


As you may have noticed, I have made some minor changes to the visual layout of my website (especially noticible when viewed with Microsoft Internet Explorer web browser.) This was intentional. I also have reposed the mp3 of the opening section to "Glamour", which had developed some (interesting but unintentional) glitches.


In honor of Gay Pride weekend, I have posted an mp3 (in the "audio samples" section) of a lovely duet I wrote this past February for two tenors and some wierd electronics as part of a musical-theater piece I did about love and cockroaches. The performers are Mark Ledbetter and Correy West. The song is called "Sweet Song (electro remix)". Enjoy!

(Due to space quota reasons, I have since removed this song from my website. If you are interested in hearing this song, let me know.)


At the suggestion of several people, I have changed the background texture for a number of these web pages so as to make the text more readable. Thank you to all for your very helpful feedback, and please keep the comments and suggestions coming!


I'm working (as sound designer) on an interesting new show at HERE this week. "Virgo Genitrix" is described as "a work for dancers with puppets [which] is inspired by legends of the female desert saints during the 4th century A.D. and loosely parallels the passion according to the Virgin Mary." This show is created and choreographed by Christopher Earle Williams and features the music of Guillaume de Machaut performed (live!) by the Anonymous 4. I've worked the A4 before, and it is always a pleasure to be able to work with them. The puppetry is fabulous (made in conjunction with HERE's Dream Music Puppetry program which is run by Basil Twist) and the choreography is well done too.


So what's new? Well, I've just started working at a new part-time job: playing piano for the beginning ballet classes at the New York Dance Alliance in SOHO. I'll post more details about this once I've done a few classes, and I'll definitely post any dance compositions that result from this exciting opportunity.


After a very busy schedule these past few months, I am now taking some time to work on several original projects (including an original musical or two). Here is what I had been working on the past few months:

1.) Standing Ovation Musical Theater's annual end-of-the-year showcase (April 2003). Standing Ovation is a privately-run after-school program for middle and high school students in NYC. The purpose of Standing Ovation is to give talented youngsters the opportunity to perform in a musical-theater showcase in front of parents, friends, and invited guests (who often include casting agents, producers, playwrights, and other people in the theater industry). The kids who are in Standing Ovation come from a wide variety of backgrounds (most of the students live in the Bronx/East Harlem/El Barrio areas and some have never performed musical theater before!) and are extremely fun to work with. I have been their musical director/accompanist for the past 3 seasons.

2.) Composing original music for a production of George Bernard Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession at the Looking Glass Theater (Feb.-March 2003). The music was written on synthesizers; now that I have some free time I plan on excerpting it into a classical composition (scored for two flutes and harp) entitled "House and Garden Music."

3.) Creating original sound design (and providing musical direction) for a play with songs entitled Broken Morning at HERE. This production also ran from Feb.-March 2003.

4.) Starting a new (full-time!) job as synthesizer/MIDI programmer for Realtime Music Solutions (a company based in NYC which provides "orchestra enhancement" technology for theater productions. (I started back in January 2003, and was kept very busy during the brief Broadway musicians strike in March.)

5.) Creating this website.

Now that all of the above projects are winding down (or have ended), I can look forward to working on new things. So check back on this web page every now and then to see what these new things are!


My definitions:
Birdcage: when a review is so terrible as to have no useful value for PR purposes; its only use would be as appropriate substrate material.

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