nyc-based composer, sound-designer, and music director. i do other stuff, too.
Rated Black at NYTW
Sep
27
to Oct 13

Rated Black at NYTW

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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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Ten Blocks on the Camino Real
Oct
26
to Nov 3

Ten Blocks on the Camino Real

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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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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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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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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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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

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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?

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“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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One-on-One's At The 52nd St. Project
Jul
21
to Jul 23

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

STUFF & NONSENSE

The latest batch of brand new musicals, written by the adults to perform with kid partners. Ten pairs will be traveling to BI, Rhode Island, and then back here to NYC, in these tailor-made plays. It’s only fitting that these shows are, as always, free.

The Performances:
Friday, July 21 @ 7:30
Saturday, July 22 @ 7:30
Sunday, July 13 @ 3:00

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Music for Ayodele Casel at Spoleto Festival USA
Jun
1
to Jun 4

Music for Ayodele Casel at Spoleto Festival USA

Been working on some really fun sound and music in collaboration with Ayodele and Nolan Doran for the past few months. You gotta see this show!

In this world premiere, Ayodele Casel creates a virtuosic piece exploring language, communication, identity, and legacy. Casel is a native New Yorker who turned to tap as part of her training to be an actor; two years after her introduction to the art form, she landed the only female role in Savion Glover’s Not Your Ordinary Tappers. Her training and talents make her a performer of great versatility; “she floats over the floor delivering taps so clean, light, and quick they’re like a hummingbird’s thrumming” (Chicago Dance). Hailed by legendary tapper Gregory Hines as “one of the top young tap dancers in the world,” Casel has been creating and presenting her own work since 1999, and adds Spoleto Festival USA to her list of eager recipients this season.

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The Many Deaths of Nathan Stubblefield
Mar
24
to Apr 9

The Many Deaths of Nathan Stubblefield

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A new opera collaboration with Claire Kiechel, commissioned by The Actor's Theatre of Louisville for the Humana Festival of New American Plays.

The mysterious demise of a Kentucky inventor—and other stories of visionaries from the Bluegrass State—inspire a play that explores the nature of innovation and the myths we tell about it. Writing for the nineteen actors in this season’s Professional Training Company, four playwrights boldly celebrate unsung dreamers, unlikely breakthroughs, and the beauty (and occasional hilarity) of failure.

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The Black History Museum According to the United States of America
Mar
24
to Mar 25

The Black History Museum According to the United States of America

Catch a first look at this new piece as part of HERE Arts Center’s Culturemart. I'm making music and sounds for Smoke & Mirrors Collaborative on their ambitious immersive performance work exploring modern Millennial identity in response to incarceration and #BlackLivesMatter. It's part of a jam packed festival of new work that includes a work-in-progress/reading from the singular Taylor Mac at 2pm on the 25th. 

Seating is limited so buy your tickets in advance! HERE
Unless you're a student, in which case just bring your ID for FREE admission. 

Featuring performers: Shariffa Ali, Mia Anderson, Jonathan Braylock, Merchant Davis, Telly Fowler, Fedna Jacquet, Kareem Lucas, Briana Reed and Eric Williams.

Directed by Zoey Martinson
Music by Avi Amon
Choreography by Abdul Latif
Poetry by Kareem Lucas
Original text by Shariffa Ali and Jonathan Braylock
Costumes by Ari Fulton
Scenic Design by D'Vaughn Agu
Stage Manager: Josephine Ronga

 

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Playmaking! at the 52nd St. Project
Dec
2
to Dec 4

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.

The Kids: Ryan Billah, Messiah Green, Jade Johnson, Love Jones, Hannah Leon, Aengus O’Donnell, Aaron Ordinola, Ahmed Shabana, Morgan Smalls, & Arden Wolfe.

The Actors: Kate Abbruzzese, Kaaron Briscoe, Helen Cespedes, Jenelle Chu, Morgan Everitt, Sue Jean Kim, Naomi Lorrain, Mozhan Marnò, Ben Mehl, Omar Metwally, Stephen O’Reilly, Annie Purcell, José Joaquin Perez, Ruffin Prentiss III, Jeremy Rishe, Michale Salinas, David Shih, Taylor Trensch, & Jennifer Van Dyke.

Dramaturge/Directors: Jonathan Bock, Rachel Dart, Jose Gamo, Arielle Goldman, Tim J. Lord, Kareem Lucas, Alexandra O’Daly, John Sheehy, Michelle Taliento, Johanna Vidal, & Nicole Watson.

Four performances:
Friday, December 2, @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 3, @ 3:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 4, @ 3:00 p.m.

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Kaleidoscope at BRIC
Nov
1
7:00 PM19:00

Kaleidoscope at BRIC

I'm performing my monologue as part of this evening. Join me and the rest of the Kaleidoscope cast for an evening of finely crafted monologues, and, potentially, unexpected realities, as they explore the deeply personal intersections between racial and ethnic diversity and the Jewish experience.  

Kaleidoscope is a narrative-arts driven initiative that was sparked by a desire to highlight the stories of Jews of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, observance levels, and interfaith experiences. 

Free event! Click here to reserve your spot.

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Jew vs. Malta at La Mama
Oct
28
to Nov 6

Jew vs. Malta at La Mama

Friday, October 28th at 10pm
Saturday, October 29th at 10pm
Sunday, October 30th at 6pm
Friday, November 4th at 10pm
Saturday, November 5th at 10pm
Sunday, November 6th at 6pm

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Conceived and directed by Jesse Freedman, the production is based on Christopher Marlowe’s The Jew of Malta,the political theatre of Bertolt Brecht and Kanye West’s album Yeezus. The cast features Youn Jung Kim, Rakia Seaborn, and David North. Read the press release here.

 

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