Friday, June 19, 2009

A lot of fun to watch...

(note: Currently I’m writing about the process of composing music for choreographer Sasha Soreff’s newest evening length work The Other Shoe. See below for previous entries describing the early rehearsals for this project.)

The Other Shoe runs at Ailey Citigroup Theater
405 West 55th Street
June 25th, 7:30pm
June 26th and June 27th 8:00pm,
June 28th, 7:00pm
Tickets $22/$14 (student/senior/artist)
More info...

Tune in to WBAI 99.5 FM Tuesday, June 23, at 2pm (ET) for an interview with Sasha Soreff on Arts Magazine. Some of the music I’ve composed for The Other Shoe will be played during the show.

Dancer photo by Hope Davis

So there is a final running order now for the music for The Other Shoe. We're gonna try it out this weekend and any additional edits (mostly for length) will be done by me by Sunday afternoon. After that, I'm off to Studio G to master the tracks.

This show is very tightly choreographed and is layered throughout with soloists, duos, trios, and ensemble activity that overlaps quite a bit creating this constant flux of perspective and emotion. A shifting landscape. The music in some ways is much more minimalist in its construction. I limited myself to a handful of compositional motifs, three instruments (piano, cello, and drums) and electronics, and a commitment to preserve many spontaneous musical moments that occurred while tracking performances. The mixes are raw and organic in a way that really appeals to my ear. The score compliments but also offers a contrast or perhaps another subtext to Sasha's choreography. I think it's an exciting combination of techniques.

Special mention must be made of The Other Shoe dancers who in performance have to be completely focused and hyper aware of everything that is happening around them. I really don't know how they do it! And it's a lot of fun to watch.

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