nyc-based composer, sound-designer, and music director. i do other stuff, too.

The Dances Are For Us
May
30
to Jun 1

The Dances Are For Us

  • Danspace Project at St. Marks Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Dances are for Us continues choreographer, performer, and educator Hadar Ahuvia’s examination into the construction of Israeli folk dance. Working with a group of dancers with various relationships to Zionism, Israeli folk dance, and other classical and folk traditions, The Dances are for Us investigates the instrumentalization of dance in the birth of nation-states.

“Through the work, we strive to model accountability to our own heritage, histories, and to each other,” writes Ahuvia.

Created with the performers: Hadar Ahuvia, Oren Barnoy, Raha Behnam, Autumn Leonard, rosza daniel lang/levitsky, Mor Mendel, Jules Skloot, Zavé Martohardjono
Projection: Gil Sperling
Lighting Design: Carol Mullins
Sound Design: Avi Amon

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We Were Everywhere
May
9
to May 12

We Were Everywhere

  • Wallace Theater, Lewis Center For The Arts (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Programs in Theater and Music Theater at Princeton University present a world premiere production of a new music theater piece, WE WERE EVERYWHERE, created by Shariffa Ali, Avi Amon, and Joanna Evans. The production is commissioned through the Roger S. Berlind Playwright in Residence program.

What memory does our clothing hold, and what insight does it offer into the things we cannot see? This new music-theater piece is a fantasia on history and material culture across multiple universes and phases of production, consumption and reuse.

Thu, May 9, 2019 · 8:00 pm
Fri, May 10, 2019 · 8:00 pm 
Sat, May 11, 2019 · 8:00 pm 
Sun, May 12, 2019 · 2:00 pm 

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Paul Swan is Dead and Gone
Apr
25
to May 19

Paul Swan is Dead and Gone

Original Music and Sound Design for this amazing new play by Claire Kiechel!

Dancing as a young man in Europe, Paul Swan was billed as “The Most Beautiful Man in the World.” Decades later, as an old man still wearing the same revealing neo-classical costumes, he looked into Andy Warhol’s camera and declared, “I am the most famous unknown person in New York.” Indeed, while Swan never achieved the recognition he desired as a modern Renaissance man–painter, sculptor, poet, dancer, etc.–he achieved a different kind of fame, largely through weekly salons held in his studio atop Carnegie Hall, every Saturday from the 1930’s through the 60’s. As the years progressed (and as Swan added layers of pancake make-up and black shoe polish), the tragic, the camp and the sublime intertwined to create his greatest artwork–himself. Playwright Claire Kiechel has a personal stake in Paul Swan; he is her great-great uncle. And in Paul Swan is Dead and Gone, she resurrects her ancestor’s salon and re-imagines it as an electrically charged theatrical space where the forces of life, death and art do battle. Each night, The Civilians’ production offers a small audience an intimate, immersive salon experience. As the audience crosses the threshold into a Chelsea brownstone, they will be transported to the aesthetic world of Swan’s creation brought to life by actors Tony Torn, Robert Johanson, Helen Cespedes, and Alexis Scott. It’s a show not to be missed, for the main attraction, Paul Swan, may well be already dead.

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International Ladino Day
Feb
10
2:00 PM14:00

International Ladino Day

A Festival to celebrate Ladino, the remarkable language also known as Judeo-Spanish. 

Celebrate Ladino in the company of highly acclaimed musicians and writers. Hear clarinetist Danny Elias; author Jane Mushabac's story, Seven Songs; composer Avi Amon's musical fantasy, Salonika; scholar Bryan Kirschen speaking on Ladino's rich culture; Rabbi Nissim Elnecavé on wisdom tales; and the Alhambra Ensemble's Songs of Courtship, Love, and Holidays with oud, violin, shawm, dumbek and voices.  

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Jeune Terre Workshop
Jan
14
to Jan 15

Jeune Terre Workshop

  • The Playwright's Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Part of the Ruth Easton New Works Series, playwright Gabrielle Reisman and I are continuing to songify this new play with music. To quote, Gab: “What's a musical?  I'm not sure. But JEUNE TERRE has glittery pop-inspired songs about climate change and historical mis-memory and singing songs in the Minneapolis winter should be a bunch of fun.”

The waters are rising around Jeune Terre, Louisiana, and the land is slipping away. As scientists and state administrators bargain over the town’s future, a theatre troupe arrives to tell an old story in a new way, just in time for a quickly approaching storm. This inventive new play with songs explores what it means to live on the edge of invisibility in a time of atmospheric change.

Monday, January 14, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 7 p.m.

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The Talmud
Jan
10
to Jan 13

The Talmud

Directed by Jesse Freedman 
Presented by The Exponential Festival
Based on 5th century Rabbinic text and Kung-Fu films 

Meta-Phys Ed.’s The Talmud is a genre-bending performance based on the Talmud and Kung-Fu films about the transmission of ancient traditions and sacred wisdom across generations; from teacher to student and master to disciple.

The Exponential Festival is the only month-long January festival dedicated to New York City-based emerging artists working in experimental performance. The participants in this multi-artist, multi-venue festival are committed to ecstatic creativity in the face of commercialism. Exponential is driven by inclusiveness and a diversity of artists, forms, and ideas coupled with utopian resource-sharing, mentoring and the championing of risky, rigorous work in eclectic fields to keep theatre kicking.

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Black Is Beautiful, But It Ain't Always Pretty
Dec
13
to Dec 15

Black Is Beautiful, But It Ain't Always Pretty

Sound design and musical collaboration with Emily Garner Xu Hall for Kareem Lucas' new solo piece.

A re-animation of the memory of a never-ending NYC night — a wild roller coaster ride through alcohol, drugs, sex, joy, loss, and self-discovery. Kareem Lucas weaves together his past and present to interrogate our desperate need for significance, in life and after death, and mythologizes the everyday experience of a common Black man in America. 

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Playmaking! at the 52nd St. Project
Nov
30
to Dec 2

Playmaking! at the 52nd St. Project

Boundless imagination has gone into the creation of these entirely new shows. Ten kids have taken Playmaking Stage-One, have written shows specifically for a pair of professional actors with the guidance of adult dramaturge/directors. And now, the kids are ready to share their visions with you.

Four performances:
Friday, November 30, @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 1, @ 3:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 2, @ 3:00 p.m.

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SongMaking At The 52nd St. Project
Nov
16
7:00 PM19:00

SongMaking At The 52nd St. Project

Here’s the scoop: for six weeks, five kids and their adult partners will be teaming up as song-making duos a la Rodgers & Hammerstein. I'll help lead the pairs as they explore different approaches to songwriting. The kids will be writing the lyrics, and the adults will be composing the music, but our young songmakers will have a hand in developing the songs as they progress. Once the lyrics have been set to music, we’ll be sharing their tunes in a one-night-only concert at our very own Five Angels Theater, fully orchestrated, and as always, free of charge. Join us!

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Ten Blocks on the Camino Real
Oct
26
to Nov 3

Ten Blocks on the Camino Real

  • Philip J. Levin Theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Creating original music and sound design for this production of the Tennessee Williams classic at Rutgers University.

Friday, October 26–Saturday, October 27, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 28, 2 p.m.
Wednesday, October 31–Friday, November 2, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 3, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Williams’s phantasmagorical play is set in a plaza of a teeming tropical seaport where the rules are not always clear and the dangers real. A young, idealistic boxer stumbles into a world of figures from history and literature, artists and criminals, tyrants and idealists, the poetic and the banal, in a fever dream that Williams called “a prayer for the wild of heart kept in cages.”

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Rated Black at NYTW
Sep
27
to Oct 13

Rated Black at NYTW

  • New York Theatre Workshop (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

RATED BLACK: An American Requiem is a solo show that weaves together original poetry and song to navigate the thoughts, feelings, and issues of a young Black man from Brooklyn living in “post-racial America”, while unarmed Black Men and Women are still being murdered by the police at a heartbreaking pace, as the whole country consumes these daily digital lynchings. This piece removes the mask of the perceived “super predator,” and shares the vulnerability of a young Black man at risk of becoming the next trending hashtag. 

Written & Performed by Kareem M. Lucas
Directed by LA Williams
Original Music by Avi A. Amon
Lighting Design by Christina Watanabe

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One-on-One's At The 52nd St. Project
Aug
17
to Aug 19

One-on-One's At The 52nd St. Project

GOOD VIBRATIONSPlays With Sound Foundations

Have you heard about this year’s One-on-Ones? They are going to make some noise! The format, as always, will feature short, wacky musicals written by adults, and performed by adults with their kid partners. The twist this year is that each pair has randomly drawn a sound effect or clip of music at random from our sound library. We hope you’ll say, “Sounds like fun.” These shows are, as always, free.

The Performances:
Friday, August 17 @ 7:30
Saturday, August 18 @ 7:30
Sunday, August 19 @ 3:00

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Bad Things Happen Here
Aug
4
to Aug 18

Bad Things Happen Here

Original sound and music for this new play by Eric Marlin, presented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The nation has never been healthier. Crime is down. Streets are clean. Civility reigns. But out of the corner of your eye you might catch a glimpse of the men keeping things orderly. In a series of brief, enigmatic scenes, two women take us into the heart of a nation disciplined by violence.

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SINBAD LAB at Target Margin Theater
Jun
6
to Jun 10

SINBAD LAB at Target Margin Theater

INSHALLAH/MASHALLAH
There are way too many Sindbads! An inter-dimensional experiment gone horribly awry or a successful Ponzi Scheme? Which Sindbad are you destined to be? Part sound installation, part concept album, INSHALLAH/MASHALLAH explores the powers and problems of myth in cultural narrative via sound, song, and sensory manipulation. Come hear, O fortunate queens and kings….

More about the Lab:
This May–June, Target Margin Theater will present the Sindbad Lab as a performance festival dismantling and rebuilding all seven voyages from the classic Sindbad tales from The Thousand and One Nights. Lead Artists selected to drive the individual productions include composer and musician Avi Amon, director Kareem Fahmy, actor and director Stephanie Weeks, and Target Margin Theater Associate Artistic Director Moe Yousuf.

The Sindbad Lab will also include supplemental programs to enrich the conversation and engage our community including a Dialogue Series with artists, activist and scholars of The Thousand and One Nights; an intergenerational storytelling workshop; and a Film series of problematic western film adaptations.

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Rated Black
May
24
8:00 PM20:00

Rated Black

‘RATED BLACK’ is a solo show that weaves together original poetry and music to navigate the thoughts, feelings, and issues of a young black man from Brooklyn living in ‘post-racial America,’ while unarmed black men and women are still being murdered by the police at a heartbreaking pace, as the whole country consumes these daily digital lynchings. This piece removes the mask of the perceived ‘super predator,’ and shares the vulnerability of a young black man at risk of becoming the next trending hashtag.

Written & Performed by Kareem M. Lucas
Directed by LA Williams
Original Music by Avi A. Amon
Lighting Design by Derek Van Heel

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w/Hadar Ahuvia at JCAL
May
24
7:30 PM19:30

w/Hadar Ahuvia at JCAL

  • Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In this work-in-process, Hadar Ahuvia and Avi Amon imagine an ancient and continuous womyn lead Jewish ritual of torah cantillation. Inspired by Jewish feminist scholarship and stories of womyn in the Tanakh and apocrypha, the piece draws on the ancient practice of cheironomy, in which hand gestures were used to teach and denote the chanting melody from the Torah scroll. The shapes and names of the written cantillation system are derivative of these hand gestures, though these gestures are no longer used in many communities. Focusing on rituals surviving through ‘old wives tales’ in the Middle Ages in Europe, Ahuvia and Amon create gestures, movement, and notation, to canonize womyn’s voices and priorities.

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MAGIC TIME! at Judson Arts
May
23
7:00 PM19:00

MAGIC TIME! at Judson Arts

Judson Arts Wednesdays presents a Magic Time happening. We will have a small chamber orchestra, conducted by Avi Amon, recording a live score to The Creatures of Yes puppet films. Oh! What is this? Surprises at every turn! Sensory experiments, interdimensional travel, a moment frozen in time...

Doors open at 55 Washington Square South at 7:15PM
Free drinks and eats until the show at 8PM
 

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The Black History Museum According to the United States of America
Mar
1
to Mar 2

The Black History Museum According to the United States of America

Making sounds and music for this exciting collaboration with Zoey Martinson / Smoke & Mirrors Collaborative.

THE BLACK HISTORY MUSEUM… ACCORDING TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA delves into the fraught relationship between Black bodies and the value America has placed on those bodies. Starting from the founding of this country traveling through modern day this production will explore 'Blackness' from it's constitutional conception to its currency.

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Everything You Have Is Yours?
Feb
8
to Feb 10

Everything You Have Is Yours?

"Everything you have is yours?" This was the question an Israeli security official asked Ahuvia when she went to renew her passport. The question resonated with her as she considers her relationship to her Israeli heritage. "Everything you have is yours?" explores the construction of Israeli identity through the performance of Israeli folk dance — with attention to gestures appropriated from Palestinian and Arab Jewish traditions. Ahuvia’s investigation also explores the double-appropriation of Israeli dance by American Christian Zionists in their own pursuit of “authenticity.” 

Performances by Hadar Ahuvia and Mor Mendel, Projections: Gil Sperling, Sound Design: Avi Amon, Dramaturgy: Lily Bo Shapiro, Dramaturgical support: Stacy Grossfield, Rowan Magee.

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Playmaking! at the 52nd St. Project
Dec
8
to Dec 10

Playmaking! at the 52nd St. Project

Boundless imagination has gone into the creation of these entirely new shows. Ten kids have taken Playmaking Stage-One, have written shows specifically for a pair of professional actors with the guidance of adult dramaturge/directors. And now, the kids are ready to share their visions with you.

 

Four performances:
Friday, December 8, @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 9, @ 3:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 10, @ 3:00 p.m.

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Music/Sound for Everything You Have Is Yours?
Nov
17
to Nov 18

Music/Sound for Everything You Have Is Yours?

  • Brooklyn Studios For Dance (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

“Everything you have is yours?” investigates the construction of Israeli identity through gestures appropriated from Palestinian and Yemeni culture. Hadar Ahuvia and Mor Mendel imitate and translate instructional videos of Israeli folk dances by Israelis and American Christian Zionists, embodying distance and proximity to Israel, Israeliness, and enacting the feedback loop through which national ideology is disseminated and sustained. In their performative mirroring of these videos, they reveal the subtext of dances, making explicit the Otherness at the kernel of Israeli identity.

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SongMaking At The 52nd St. Project
Nov
3
7:00 PM19:00

SongMaking At The 52nd St. Project

Here’s the scoop: for six weeks, five kids and their adult partners will be teaming up as song-making duos a la Rodgers & Hammerstein. I'll help lead the pairs as they explore different approaches to songwriting. The kids will be writing the lyrics, and the adults will be composing the music, but our young songmakers will have a hand in developing the songs as they progress. Once the lyrics have been set to music, we’ll be sharing their tunes in a one-night-only concert at our very own Five Angels Theater, fully orchestrated, and as always, free of charge. Join us!

Click here for tickets and info.

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