Sunday, March 22, 2015

In the Thrust Towards the Future . . . I Want to Leave Something of Use at Tanz Farm, March 26-28


This week choreographer Malcolm Low (pictured below) will present his multi-media work In the Thrust Towards the Future . . . I Want to Leave Something of Use at Tanz Farm. I contributed original music and sound design for this piece, and wanted to share a special edit of some of the material from the score with you! Head over to Bandcamp to listen and download (fo' free) this special edit.

My score features contributions from Jacqui Sutton (vocals) and Lynn Wright (electric guitars). The person you hear speaking at the end of this special edit is James Baldwin, who is a source of inspiration for the work, along with author Isabel Wilkerson's book The Warmth of Other Suns, The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, which documents the migration of black citizens from the South to the Northern and Western parts of the U.S.

I am a big fan of Malcolm's dancing and artistic vision, and look forward to more collaboration with him in the future. If you're in Atlanta, I hope you can check out this performance. If you are in New York City, the piece will be presented again in a shorter version at Harlem Stage.

In the Thrust Towards the Future . . . I Want to Leave Something of Use
Choreography / Direction by Malcolm Low
Original music contributions by Chris Becker
March 26 - 28, 2015
Tanz Farm
1200 Foster Street NW, Atlanta GA

April 10, 11 and 17, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Harlem Stage Gatehouse
150 Convent Avenue, New York, NY

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Speakeasy

Speakeasy work in progress showing at Gina Gibney Dance Center from Malcolm Low on Vimeo.



This is an excerpt from choreographer Malcolm Low's work-in-progress "Speakeasy" with dancers Lukas Zieba and Mei Yamanaka. The music is a track titled "Shimmy Shimmy Ya Ya" from my CD Saints & Devils. Louis Romonos is on all of the drums and created the drum arrangement. Charlie Miller is on trumpet and flute. And Lynn Wright is on electric guitar. The track begins with the voice of my grandfather Foster talking about playing music at picnics during the Great Depression.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

February, March and April music, video and dance

Photo courtesy of Malcolm Low / Formal Structure

February is here, and I have several exciting collaborations scheduled for the months ahead across the country. Here's what's coming up!

Widow
Video / Direction by Jil Guyon, Score by Chris Becker
Thursday, February 12, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Capital University, Huntington Recital Hall
Columbus, OH
Part of the 2015 NOW MUSIC Festival
Dr. Rocky J. Reuter, Founder/Director
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Trio Oriens Valentine's Concert . . . Love Journey
Saturday, February 14, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Morris Cultural Arts Center, Belin Chapel
7502 Fondren Road, Houston, TX

"Two renowned singers, soprano Lina Huang and baritone Chia-Wei Lee, will join us for romantic song selections from Broadway, opera, and Chinese and Taiwanese folks songs arranged exclusively for the Trio Oriens by composers Chris Becker, Joe LoCascio, Robert Nelson, and Stephen Yip."

In the Thrust Towards the Future . . . I Want to Leave Something of Use
Choreography / Direction by Malcolm Low
Original music contributions by Chris Becker
March 26 - 28, 2015
Tanz Farm
1200 Foster Street NW, Atlanta GA

April 10, 11 and 17, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Harlem Stage Gatehouse
150 Convent Avenue, New York, NY





Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Vigil

The New Year feels both exhilarating and sombre. 2014 was the same. Both wonderful and emotionally wrenching. This is a piece I sketched back in September that seems completely appropriate to share today. I may add something to it, I may not. More music is coming this year, and I'll be sharing that news and details soon. Peace. CB

Friday, October 24, 2014

New Composition for Dance

Me and the Thingamabloop in the Noiz Temple
I’ve been working hard on a score for choreographer Sasha Soreff for a dance entitled “Nerves.” The work is around 12 minutes, and will be danced by members of the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. in Dance Program. (The Ailey School of Dance is the official school of Alvin Ailey Dance Theater.) We’re working long distance, Sasha is in New York City, and I’m in Houston, TX.

Sasha and I have worked previously together on her evening-length work “The Other Shoe.” For this piece, which incorporates movement from an earlier work of hers entitled “The Dancer Who Wore Sneakers,” I'm composing the score using a combination of Ableton Live and Sibelius, working from rehearsal videos and notes from Sasha. The score features performances by cellist Olive Chen of Houston’s Trio Oriens and SPIKE the Percussionist on drums, hand percussion and one big noizy gong.

Details are below for those of you in New York City. This will be a great program of dance by some very talented young dancers.

Choreography performed by each of the four classes of the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. in Dance Program
Ailey Citigroup Theater 
405 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 7:30pm
Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 7:30pm
Online Ticket Sales: 
Monday, November 10th at 12noon – Sunday, November 16th at 12 midnight

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Tune in to Composer Talk: Drum Codes and More! Saturday, August 30, 2PM to 4PM CT, ktru.org


Tune in Saturday, August 30, 2PM to 4PM CT for "Composer Talk," with your hosts composer Hsin-Jung Tsai and Chris Becker. "Composer Talk" streams live at www.ktru.org

This time around we'll be playing tracks from percussionist Susie Ibarra's new album "Drum Codes," a powerful collection of music inspired by the coded drum and gong music of a Muslim matriarchal society in the Philippines called the Maguindanaon, music from trumpeter and composer Samantha Boshnack's new quintet album "Exploding Syndrome," music from Australian composer Jennifer Fowler, and composer Rebecca Oswald's "Aesop Fables."

Composer Talk is on Facebook! Give us a proverbial "like" and see what happens.

Just music and talk, you know, no big whoop.

"Composer Talk" streams LIVE at www.ktru.org and (if you have a HD radio receiver) on 90.1 HD-2.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

New song and video collaboration with Meganoke



So in the midst of finishing a book and raising funds to help finish that book, I am reminded that I am also a musician, and receive this post-birthday surprise from my friend singer, lyricist, artist and dancer Meganoke. The song is one of several collaborations we've done this year, and there's more to come. The song title refers to bass line by Quincy Jones that you hear throughout. The production reflects my never ending love for dub music. Meganoke's voice sits perfectly within this world, and her melodies perfectly compliment the grooves, tones and atmosphere.

Meganoke and I will be creating more madness in the future. In the meantime, check out her website for more sounds, writings and photos.

Quincy
Director/Editor: Stephanie Chavez
Producer: Woven Feet
Makeup: Jennifer Lynn Larsen
Music by Chris Becker and Meganoke;
Lyrics by Meganoke