Julia and I just got back from a transformative workshop of THE WHITE CITY up at Yale as part of their Institute for Musical Theatre. Our director, music director, and amazing cast really helped us take the show to new heights. AND we were lucky to be in the company of some super-talented writers. Can't wait to see what happens next!
The residency up at YIMT was the culmination of a creatively fulfilling Spring. It's easy to forget how lucky we are during the drudgery of day-to-day life, but now that I've had a couple days of down time, it'll be good to reflect on these accomplishments:
- Participated in the Composer-Librettist Studio at New Dramatists: a two-week residency focusing on generating new material and the art of collaboration.
- Played keys for a fun show with singer-songwriter, Nick Africano, at Rockwood.
- Arranged music for and and music-directed NIKOLA TESLA DROPS THE BEAT at Joe's Pub for my dear friends, Nikko Benson and Ben Halstead.
- Had a great (and very packed) show at BAM with Jessica Carvo.
- Played keys for Andrew Sheron at Joe's Pub (come to our show at Littlefield next week!)
- New music and sound for Kendell PInkney's BREAD OF HEAVEN at the 14th St. Y. Fun shot of us in action below. I'll post music clips soon.
- Spent a productive week up at the Weston Playhouse developing SALONIKA with Julia.
- LULU IS HUNGRY (by Claire Kiechel, directed by Philip Gates, music by yours truly) premiered at Ars Nova's ANTFest after a successful showing at Cloud City last winter. BIG thanks to Will Buck for stepping in last-minute to play keys.
And somewhere in there I was in Turkey for a few weeks visiting my family with Molly, which was as wonderful as it sounds. I'll be taking these next few weeks to gear up for a new show at the 52nd St Project, a concert at the Manhattan Inn, and my sound installation in Buffalo's Silo City. I'm thankful for the work but more importantly, for my collaborators. Let's keep making things, yes?