2017 marks 25 years since the first public performance of a piece of mine called "The Green Guitar" for solo guitar. In that span, I have written many works for solo guitar, including this piece to be performed on the Salon: "Three Movements". This piece is in 3 movements, each of which is a study of a different kind of physical movement: Slalom, Butoh, and R.E.M. It will be premiered by Satchell Henneman, a senior performance major at Cornish College of the Arts.
Taking inspiration from comics and musicals, draftsman Elk Paauw and composer Andrew Olmstead combine mediums to tell stories. All sound and art is produced by hand in real time. The combination of music and visual art is intended to communicate more effectively with the audience and in more precise ways. The pace of development is tightly scheduled, but there is some room for improvisation is the thematic material. Spooky Action's short set for the Salon will be a blend of audio-visual portraits, poetry, and theatrical illustrations.
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it will be a trio, I'm doing an experiment on the fibonacci sequence along some lyrics I wrote.
essentially we will be improvising without leaving the fib sequence, so for example 112358 translates into aabcea or ggabdg the musician can start on any note they wish but staying in the form, meanwhile phineas will sing lyrics I wrote, musicans will also switch instruments during performance, this is not a collaboration albeit for the musicians improvising within the said constraints.
This is an opera that will be presented as a live contemporary dance performance with prerecorded music and video projections all working together to tell the story. Music is by me (Jay Hamilton) with choreography in development by Erica Akiko Howard. We are looking for an Art Director. The singers you will hear are Emily Reisser, Sid Law, and me.
The story takes place on another planet, where alien beings have learned that an exploratory space ship from Earth is quickly approaching. These beings look mostly human, but they have wings, communicate telepathically, and have an intelligence superior to that of Homo sapiens. They need to understand who the people of Earth are and what their world is like...and decide whether to help them, or even to make contact at all. Frankly, they aren't impressed with Earthlings' ability to handle the technology they already have...
Meanwhile, the Space Ship Commander has a chronically ill childhood friend back on Earth who she communicates with across the reaches of space. The alien beings listen in on their transmissions.