2015-16 RESIDENT ARTISTS
The following Resident Artists have completed the first-year core curriculum,
and are currently working on original full-length opera commissions.
(Read more about each commission by clicking on the work title)
EVAN MEIER‘s music has been performed throughout America and abroad. A native of Long Beach, CA, his work has been featured in performances by the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, the Great Noise Ensemble, the Capital City Symphony, the Nimbus Ensemble, Nicholas Photinos of eighth blackbird, the Calyx Quartet, the University of Maryland Percussion Ensemble, the Chapman University Wind Ensemble, and the Chapman University New Music Ensemble. He joined the CLPD in 2013, and is collaborating with librettist E.M. Lewis on Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Fallen Giant, a highly original mash-up including one of the world’s most beloved detectives, the world of fairy tales, and the story of “Jack and the Beanstalk.” His one-act chamber opera, The Last Act of Revolution, was presented by New York City Opera’s VOX Festival in the fall of 2012. Evan’s Fire Music was selected for the Minnesota Orchestra’s 2013-2014 Composers Institute. In the 2013-2014 Season, Evan was Composer in Residence of the Youth Orchestra of Prince William County in Virginia. His work has also been featured at several major festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival, Music11, the Fontainebleau American Conservatory, and Opera From Scratch. Meier holds degrees from Chapman University (B.M.), California State University Northridge (M.M.), and the University of Maryland (D.M.A.). Former teachers include Mark Wilson, Liviu Marinescu, Shaun Naidoo, Jeffrey Holmes, and Sean Heim. While studying at the University of Maryland, Meier served as the artistic director of TEMPO, the university’s new music ensemble. Later, with pianist Thomas Hunter and composer Geoff Sheil, he founded The Radical Sound, a Maryland-based new music ensemble. In addition to his 2013-2014 residency with the American Lyric Theater, Meier will be Composer in Residence of the Youth Orchestra of Prince William County in Virginia. Residence: Silver Spring, MD. Website
Librettist E. M. LEWIS joined the CLDP in 2013 and is working on Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Fallen Giant with composer Evan Meier. In her first year of the CLDP, she worked with Meier on the one-act opera entitled The Resurrection Engine, and with composer Clarice Assad on The Crossing (a semi-finalist for Arizona Opera’s “Arizona Bold” program). Her award-winning plays have been produced around the world, and are published by Samuel French. She received the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award for Song of Extinction and the Primus Prize for Heads from the American Theater Critics Association, and the Ted Schmidt Award for Outstanding Writing of a World Premiere Play from the Los Angeles County Drama Critics Association. Lewis received the Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, and was a finalist for the Shakespeare’s Sister Fellowship. Recent productions include The Gun Show at 16th Street Theater in Chicago, Moving Arts in Los Angeles, and Passage Theater in Trenton; and Heads at Theater for the New City in NYC. She workshopped Magellanica, at TimeLine Theater in Chicago in December. Her newest play, Now Comes the Night, has its world premiere at 1st Stage as part of the Women’s Voices Festival in Washington, DC this fall. EM is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and ASCAP. Residence: Monitor, OR. Website
THEO POPOV joined the CLDP in 2011, and is collaborating with librettist Tony Asaro on an operatic adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s beloved novel, The Halloween Tree. His first opera, Nero Artifex, received a full stage production at Princeton University to enthusiastic acclaim in March 2010. A three-act drama in Classical Latin with libretto by Mariah Min and Veronica Shi, the opera presented one of history’s most notorious emperors as a well meaning but incapable ruler, a gullible dreamer and unfortunate artist. Since then, Theo has focused primarily on writing for the theater stage. In May 2012, his second opera Once Upon the Wind, based on the Russian folktale, “The Soldier Who Captured Death,” with libretto by Kate Light, was developed under the auspices of the Composer Librettist Development Program at the ALT during the first year of his residency. The one-act opera was subsequently performed by The Secret Opera in New York City in 2014, after being selected as a winner in the company’s inaugural Composers Competition. In addition, Theo has written two puppet shows, a number of choral and orchestral pieces, art songs, chamber and electronic music. He completed his composition degree at Princeton University, where he studied with Steve Mackey, Peter Westergaard, Bill Whelan, Barbara White, Paul Muldoon and Kofi Agawu. He has also studied theremin with Lydia Kavina, voice with David Kellett, piano with Edmund Niemann and dramaturgy with Cori Ellison.
TONY ASARO is a multi-talented artist, who has worked as a librettist, lyricist, conductor, vocalist and producer throughout New York City and the Bay Area. He is a co-founder of The FOGG Theatre, where he currently serves as Artistic Director. In 2008, he was honored with the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust Award for songwriting. As a composer/librettist, Tony wrote the award-winning Our Country, with Dan Collins, which premiered in 2009 with the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity. Our Country went on to win four Planet Connections awards, including Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical, and Outstanding Book, Music & Lyrics of a Musical, and was subsequently published by NYTE Small Press in the anthology, “2010: Plays and Playwrights.” The hit show then enjoyed a successful run in at the New York Musicals Theatre Festival in 2010. Tony has self-produced every iteration of Our Country, including the concept album, which is available on iTunes. In addition, he has self-produced multiple readings of his show The Many, Many Men of Tony Asaro in both New York City and San Francisco, and has co-produced concerts of his own work on both coasts. Tony’s first musical, Family has enjoyed two productions–one at SCU in 1999 and one at the Ryan Repertory Theatre in New York City in 2000. An accomplished librettist, Tony has received commissions from choirs and opera companies to pen libretti for multiple operas and oratorios, including his opera All Wounds Bleed, with music by composer Christopher Cerrone (a 2013 Pulitzer Prize Finalist). Published by Schott Music, the opera was selected for showcase in OPERA America’s 2012 New Works Forum, and received its world premiere at Tulsa Opera in 2013. Tony is currently hard at work writing music and lyrics for the first FOGG Theatre show The Cable Car Nymphomaniac, which will premiere in San Francisco in November. Tony holds an undergraduate degree in Theatre and Music from Santa Clara University, and a Masters Degree in Musical Theatre Writing from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU: Tisch School of the Arts. In 2011, he was a first-year Resident Artist in American Lyric Theater’s Composer Librettist Development Program. He returns to the program to work on his original commission, The Halloween Tree.
Composer and violinist JUSTINE F. CHEN has been the recipient of many prestigious awards and commissions. She joined the CLDP as a resident artist in 2010, and is currently working on The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing with librettist David Simpatico. A native New Yorker, she has been commissioned and performed by New York City Opera, New York City Ballet, The Juilliard School, and NYFOS. The NY Times described her dance score as “the kind of propulsive, emotionally resonant score that choreographers tend to dream of.” Her first opera was presented by Juilliard, NYCO’s VOX Showcase, and Chants Libres. When featured in VOX, her second opera, Jeanne, was described as “lyrical, atmospheric… striking… Throughout, Ms. Chen balances despair and humor.” (NY Times). Trilemma, her 2001 animated collaboration with digital artist Ye Won Cho, was screened at the Hiroshima Animation Festival, the New York Expo, and broadcast on PBS’s “Reel New York”. Chen’s studies of interactive computer music resulted in her computer-enhanced chamber opera premiered at Juilliard. Other projects include songs for soprano Jennifer Zetlan’s Marilyn Horne Foundation Recital, and for Elizabeth Futral’s Cleopatra-themed NYCO recital. She earned her DMA, MM, and BM from Juilliard in violin and composition, and specializes in contemporary music performance. In 2014, she was awarded a commission grant from the American Composers Forum through their Jerome Fund for New Music to continue work on The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing. Website: www.justinefchen.com
DAVID SIMPATICO joined the CLDP in 2010 and is currently at work on The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing with composer Justine F. Chen. His work has been presented at major theatres around the globe, including Lincoln Center, NYC Town Hall, the Hammersmith Apollo (London), Williamstown Theatre Festival, Ensemble Studio Theatre, the New York Shakespeare Festival, and the New York Theatre Workshop. Using the safety net of comedy to explore life-and-death issues, his work examines man’s struggle to claim his place in a chaotic universe. Recent credits include The Waiting Room (one act play, Half Moon Theatre); Diesal Jeans, three one-act plays, TimeWave Festival; LifeAfterLife: Virtuality Sal/Whida Peru (two solo musicals, Josh Schmidt, composer); Cruel Shoes (a dark musical comedy, Ross Patterson, composer); The Screams of Kitty Genovese (music drama, Will Todd, composer); High School Musical 1 and 2 (for the Disney national tour and international productions); and Garden of Light (choral symphony, Aaron J. Kernis, composer). He was recently an Artist in Residence at Pace University, where he taught and led a staged reading workshop of his play Bad Blood. David graduated Northwestern University with a BS in Theater. David also writes, directs, edits and stars in Zombie Hideaway, a webisodic series, as well as Rev. Jimmy’s Lake of Fire, both of which are featured on his new Youtube channel, Noise Ball.
JORGE SOSA is a Mexican born composer who lives in New York City. He joined the CLDP as a resident artist in 2008 and is currently at work on La Reina with librettist Laura Sosa Pedroza. An electro-acoustic opera with text in Spanish and English, La Reina draws its narrative from the drug trade in Mexico and the United States and is inspired by some of the most vivid real life players in this increasingly violent war from the past and present. Jorge is a Mexican-born composer currently residing in New York. He is thrilled to be back as resident composer with the NYU New Music Ensemble for this season. In 2014 Jorge’s works Enchantment and Stray Birds for chamber ensemble and live electronics were premiered at the Difrazzione Festival in Florence; and his operatic setting of Man Ray’s film “L’Etoile de Mer” was premiered in Kansas City by the Black House Collective, receiving critical acclaim. In 2012, Jorge was commissioned to write “Song of the Last Crossing” for the OPERA America Songbook. His “Trés Sonetos de Quevedo” for soprano and guitar quartet were recently released by the Cuarteto de Guitarras de la Ciudad de México on their CD “A Cinco” and were selected to be performed at the “Foro de Música Nueva Manuel Enriquez” in Mexico City, 2015. Jorge’s Refraction I was included in the CD “Quirk” by clarinetist Mauricio Salguero. His albums “Plastic Time” and “Enceladus” are available on all the major music download sites and through the website www.jorgesosa.com. He is currently Assistant Professor of music at Molloy College in Long Island. Website: www.jorgesosa.com
LAURA SOSA PEDROZA is a bilingual Mexican screenwriter who has worked primarily in film and television. She joined the CLDP as a resident artist in 2011 and is currently at work on La Reina with composer Jorge Sosa. She is a bilingual Mexican screenwriter who has worked primarily in film and television. She is co-writer of En el país de no pasa nada, selected as the winner of the Best Movie category by the OCIC jury in Guadalajara’s Film Festival in 2000. She has participated in numerous TV shows as co-writer, including Corazón partido (Telemundo-Argos, 2005); Mientras haya vida (Azteca-Argos, 2007); Las Aparicio (Cadena Tres-Argos, 2010); and El sexo débil (Cadena Tres-Argos, 2011), among others. She was head writer for Gitanas, a soap opera awarded best adaptation by the international FyMT in 2004, and was the story producer of the first season of Capadocia (HBO-Argos), which was nominated for best drama series in 2009 at the International Emmy Awards. In addition, she is the author of several episodes of Capadocia on the first, second and third seasons. In the last two years, she has worked on several TV shows for Telemundo, as head writer for En otra piel and as librettist for the first season of El señor de los Cielos, which won the award for Best Non-English Language US Primetime Program at the 2014 International Emmy Awards.
ALUMNI RESIDENT ARTISTS, WHO HAVE COMPLETED OPERAS
UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE COMPOSER LIBRETTIST DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
BASED ON THE BOOK THE LONG WALK: A STORY OF WAR AND THE LIFE THAT FOLLOWS
BY BRIAN CASTNER
For JEREMY HOWARD BECK, writing music is an integral, urgent part of a life lived in search of extremes, adventures, and adrenaline. Lifelong passions for roller coasters and gymnastics have lent his music intense, visceral physicality and emotional immediacy.He joined the CLDP as a resident artist in 2011, and completed The Long Walk with librettist Stephanie Fleischman in the 2014-15 Season. The opera, adapted from Brian Castner’s memoir of the same title, premiered to rave reviews at Opera Saratoga in July 2015. For his work on The Long Walk, Jeremy earned a Yaddo Residency, as well as grants from the MAP Fund, NEA, and New Music USA. His music – at once adventurous, eclectic and emotionally immediate – has been performed at the Bang on a Can Marathon, Eastern Trombone Workshop, International Trombone Festival, and the Norfolk Summer Festival, and at venues throughout NYC. His works for trombone quartet have received a 2012 JFund/ACF grant (In Wait) and a 2011 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award (Awakening). Recent commissions include ROAR (Gaudete Brass Quintet), In Wait (The Guidonian Hand) and Annunciation (Choral Chameleon). Jeremy studied at The Juilliard School with John Corigliano and Christopher Rouse, and at NYU with Mark Adamo and Deniz Hughes. Website: www.jeremyhowardbeck.com
STEPHANIE FLEISCHMANN joined the CLDP as a resident artist in 2011, and recently completed The Long Walk with collaborator Jeremy Howard Beck. Commissioned by ALT in 2012, the opera premiered to rave reviews at Opera Saratoga in July 2015. Stephanie is a librettist and playwright whose texts serve as blueprints for intricate three-dimensional sonic and visual worlds. Additional libretti written since joining ALT include The Property, music by Wlad Marhulets (Chicago Lyric’s Lyric Unlimited); and a new commission from Houston Grand Opera’s HGOco with composer David Hanlon, among many others. Additional libretti include: Red Fly/Blue Bottle, music by Christina Campanella (Latitude 14: HERE; Noorderzon Festival, NL; EMPAC); Far Sea Pharisee, music by Miki Navazio (NEA Opera/Music-Theater); TINDER, (L14: Exit Festival, Paris), Olga Neuwirth’s “ecstaloop” & “The Cartographer’s Song” (Basel, Berlin, Graz, Stockholm, Aldeburgh); The Hotel Carter, music by Jenny Giering (Frederic Loewe Award); What the Moon Saw, music by Sxip Shirey, Brendan Connelly, Daniel Corral (Son of Semele); The Secret Lives of Coats, music by Christina Campanella (Red Eye, Anna Sosenko Assist Trust, Playlabs), lyrics/dramaturgy for The Greeks and The Americans(Juilliard, with Brian Mertes, music by Phil Roebuck and Jim White). Selected plays: Tally Ho (Round House Studio, London; Synchronicity), Omonia-3 (Athens), The World Speed Carnival (Soho Rep), Eloise & Ray (New Georges). Additional venues: Asolo Rep, Roadworks, Integrity, Prelude, Knitting Factory, Hollywood Bowl. Collaborations: Chekhov at Lake Lucille; The Russian Doctor (with Andy Dawson; Mass MoCA, Birmingham Rep, U.K.). Published by PLAY, A JOURNAL OF PLAYS, playscripts.com. Stephanie teaches playwriting at Skidmore College, and holds an MFA from Brooklyn College. She is currently a 2014–25 Howard Foundation Fellow in Playwriting, and Resident Artist at American Lyric Theater. Grants include: OPERA America, NYSCA Individual Artist Commission, Greenwall Foundation, NY State Music Fund, 2 NYFA fellowships, Whitfield Cook Award. Residencies: New Dramatists, MacDowell, HARP, Playwrights Center Core Writer, Hedgebrook, Mabou Mines/Suite, Chocolate Factory. Tennessee Williams Fellow in Playwriting, Sewanee.
JEFFREY DENNIS SMITH joined the CLDP as a resident artist in 2011. He recently completed work on the opera Why Is Eartha Kitt Trying To Kill Me? with librettist David Johnson. The work’s development within the CLDP culminated in a sold-out concert performance at (le) poisson rouge, starring tenor Keith Jameson for whom the opera was written. Other recent projects include music for Bowes Academy by MinorApocalypse Films; and a musical, Lightning Man,with lyricists Shoshana Greenberg, Katya Stanislavskaya, Janet Allard, and bookwriter Maggie-Kate Coleman, and was presented at Ars Nova. His music has been performed at the York Theatre, DanceNOW [NYC] Festival, Joyce Soho, Dance Theatre Workshop, the Williamsburg International Film Festival, and the New York International Fringe Festival. He holds degrees from Tisch School of the Arts, Northwestern University and the University of Northern Iowa. Jeffrey is also currently writing an opera with librettist Maggie-Kate Coleman entitled. Lost Things. Jeffrey’s songs have been performed at NAMT New Works Summit, Laurie Beechman Theater, Project Footlight at Dixon Place, NEO5 at the York Theatre, Goodspeed, and the Daniel Arts Center at Simon’s Rock. His dance scores have been heard at the Cool New York 2009 and 2010 Dance Festivals, the 2009 DanceNOW [NYC] Festival, Joyce Soho, Dance Theatre Workshop and Duo Theater. Jeffrey’s music for film includes an animation by Tarik Cherkaoui that was presented at the 2010 Williamsburg International Film Festival and the Electric Pear Production’s Synthesia in 2010 at The Wild Project. He wrote incidental music and songs for Lucilla’s Story: A Play for Gabriel Mistral, which was produced at the 2008 New York International Fringe Festival. His piece Tiger Dance, for marimba soloist and percussion ensemble will be performed at the 2011 Percussive Arts Society International Convention. As a percussionist, Jeffrey has performed with the Chicago-based performance group, Sonic Inertia, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, New Hampshire Music Festival, Rockford Symphony Orchestra, Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra and the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra. He was also the first place winner of the 1996 Young Artist Competition of the Minnesota Orchestra. Jeffrey was a Visiting Guest Artist in percussion at the University of Northern Iowa in the fall of 2001, and is s a graduate of the Tisch Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program (MFA), Northwestern University (MM) and the University of Northern Iowa (BM). Website: www.jeffreydennissmith.com
DAVID JOHNSTON‘s plays have been performed and read at the New Group, Moving Arts, the Neighborhood Playhouse, HB Playwrights Foundation and Ensemble Studio Theatre. He joined the CLDP as a resident artist in 2011, and finished developing Why Is Eartha Kitt Trying To Kill Me? with composer Jeffrey Dennis Smith in the 2014-15 Season. He has had New York productions of his work with Blue Coyote Theater Group including, Conversations on Russian Literature, a new adaptation of The Oresteia. (Time Out Best of 2007); Busted Jesus Comix (GLAAD nominee 2005, London, Los Angeles, DC Cap Fringe); A Bush Carol, or George Dubya and the Xmas of Evil, and Effie Jean in Tahiti (both with music and lyrics by Stephen Speights); Regional credits include The George Place (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater). David has written many plays that were produced with Kevin Newbury as Director, including Candy and Dorothy (GLAAD winner 2006, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Unexpected Stage), and The Eumenides. Publications include Saturday with Martin (Short Plays to Long Remember, TnT), The Eumenides (Playing With Canons, New York Theatre Experience, Inc.), Leaving Tangier (Samuel French), A Funeral Home in Brooklyn, and A Lesson (Smith & Kraus). Recent projects include Monsura is Waiting, a film adaptation of his short play, Mothra is Waiting. Playwriting awards include Theater Oxford, Playwright Residency at the University of Cincinnati, a Berrilla Kerr Foundation Grant, the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, and the Arch & Bruce Brown Foundation. He was also a New Dramatists finalist. David attended the College of William and Mary and Circle in the Square and is a member of Actors Equity, Dramatists Guild, (publications committee) Charles Maryan’s Playwrights/Directors Workshop, BMI, and Blue Coyote Theater Group.
THE POE PROJECT
A DOUBLE-BILL OF ONE-ACT OPERAS, WHICH ANSWER THE QUESTION:
WHAT WOULD EDGAR ALLAN POE WRITE, IF HE WERE ALIVE TODAY?
JEFF MYERS draws inspiration from a wide variety of musical works, styles and genres, as well as visual art and natural phenomena, including Filipino kulintang music, works by M.C. Escher, overtone music, folk music and geographical narrative. By placing these diverse elements on a continuum, Myers is able to connect seemingly unrelated ideas into a single, expressive musical work with its own identity. His music has been played ensembles such as by L’Orchestre National de Lorraine, American Composers Orchestra, Ann Arbor Symphony, New York Youth Symphony, members of New World Symphony, University of Michigan Symphony Band, American Lyric Theater, Center City Opera, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Transit, PRISM Saxophone Quartet, and the JACK Quartet. Myers has received. awards from The American Academy of Arts and Letters, BMI, as well as fellowships from the Aspen Festival, Tanglewood, Festival Acanthes, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and grants from institutions and private funds including the Jerome Foundation, American Music Center, Puffin Foundation, the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust, the Anna Sosenko Trust, and The Fromm Foundation. His music has been heard. at Carnegie Hall, Library of Congress, Kimmel Center, Darmstadt, Gaudeamus, Symphony Space, Arsenal,. Le Poisson Rouge,. and the Tenri Cultural Institute. Myers holds degrees from San Jose State University, the Eastman School of Music and the University of Michigan. He has studied with numerous composition teachers, including William Bolcom, Martin Bresnick, Michael Daugherty, Betsy Jolas, Bright Sheng, and Allen Strange. Jeff currently resides in New York City where he works as a freelance composer, orchestrator and copyist. His operatic collaboration with fellow CLDP Resident Artist Librettist Royce Vavrek yielded the one-act opera The Hunger Art, based on Kafka’s Hunger Artist and the Adam and Eve story. Website: www.jeffmyers.info
QUINCY LONG’s critically acclaimed plays include People Be Heard, Playwrights Horizons; The Only Child, South Coast Rep, Costa Mesa, CA; Wedding Pictures, Ensemble Studio Theater; The Lively Lad, New York Stage and Film and The Actors Theatre of Louisville; The Virgin Molly, The Atlantic Theatre Company and Berkeley Rep; The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite, the Atlantic Theatre Company (directed by William H. Macy and starring Felicity Huffman) and the Mark Taper Forum. Joy was optioned by Icon Films, and Joy, People Be Heard and The Lively Lad were published by Dramatists Play Service. The Virgin Molly was published by Playscripts. Long’s new play, The Huntsmen, recently won a Sundance Time Warner Storyteller’s Award, was workshopped at Playwrights Horizons and read at New York Theatre Workshop and Ensemble Studio Theatre. Long is also currently developing Loulou, a musical commissioned by Ginger Cat Productions in Toronto, and The Gospel According to Trains, a new play at New York Theatre Workshop’s 2010 summer retreat at Dartmouth College. Long is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama and a member of New Dramatists and Ensemble Studio Theater. Originally from Warren, Ohio, he lives and works in New York City.
PATRICK SOLURI is a composer based in New York City whose love of telling stories through music is evident in his large body of work for the stage, screen and concert hall. Career highlights include commissions for several orchestral ballet scores, film scores, and many orchestral and chamber concert works. His ballet scores Madame X, What Do We Do About Mother and Murder at the Masque: Casebook of Edgar Allan Poe were commissioned and by Dances Patrelle, choreographed by Francis Patrelle, and have featured dancers from American Ballet Theater and New York City Ballet. Recent ballet scores include a work for the Staatsballett Berlin, choreographed by dancer Xenia Wiest, which premiered in Berlin, Germany, in January 2010, as part of their program Shut Up and Dance: Reloaded. His children’s ballet, Fancy Nancy, commissioned by the Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet, premiered in March 2010 in Akron, Ohio, selling 7,000 tickets for only 3 performances, becoming this company’s most successful production in their 35 year history. Soluri’s work as an emerging operatic writer includes The Inferno of Dante: Canto V, showcased by New York City Opera as part of VOX 2003: Showcasing American Composers, and a commissioned scene for the Manhattan School of Music Opera Studio. During his residency as part of the Composer Librettist Development Program at American Lyric Theater, he composed the short opera Adam & Eve. His 10-minute comic opera Figaro’s Last Hangover was featured in a performance at. Weill-Carnegie Hall by the Remarkable Theater Brigade. Soluri has produced and released 3 CDs through Soluri Music: Fancy Nancy (2010), Murder at the Masque: Casebook of Edgar Allan Poe (2009) and . Pas de Deux – Two Ballets by Patrick Soluri (2007) which comprises Madame X and What Do We Do About Mother and was recorded by the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra. All releases are available online at iTunes among other online retailers. In addition to his classical work, Soluri has written several film scores, and has composed, produced and orchestrated hundreds of tracks for film and TV in multiple genres ranging from orchestral, jazz and industrial to rock and world music. In 2000 he was selected to participate in the ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop in Los Angeles, where he composed, recorded and conducted a cue on the Newman Scoring Stage at the 20th Century Fox Studio. Much of his music has been licensed (non-exclusive) to various Film & TV music libraries and has been used on numerous shows on TLC, LOGO and DISCOVERY HEALTH. In addition to composing, his versatility has enabled him to work fluidly as an orchestrator, arranger and music producer in numerous styles of music. He received an official 2009 Certificate of Recognition from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for his work as an Orchestrator and MIDI Synthesist on the 3rd season of the hit children’s show, The Wonderpets, which won 2009 and 2010 Emmy Awards for best music. Patrick also founded and runs the NY chapter of the film and TV networking group THE TABLE, based on the original LA group formed by Hollywood insider Marc Zicree. Though classically trained, Patrick grew up as a drummer, and he currently plays in an indie rock band in NYC. They have played CBGBs, Galapagos, and Sine, among many others. Soluri received a BM in Composition from the Manhattan School of Music, followed by a MM in Composition and Theory from the University of Louisville as a recipient of the Moritz von Bomhard Fellowship (for dramatic vocal composition). His teachers have included Aaron Jay Kernis, Tobias Picker, Nils Vigeland, Giampaolo Bracali, Allen Shawn, Marc Satterwhite and Peter Golub. Website: www.patricksoluri.com
DEBORAH BREVOORT is the author of numerous plays and musicals, including The Women of Lockerbie, which won the silver medal in the Onassis International Playwriting competition and the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award. It was produced off-Broadway, in London at the Orange Tree Theatre and at the Actor’s Gang in Los Angeles and is currently being produced and published in numerous languages around the world. Other plays include Blue Moon Over Memphis, a Noh Drama about Elvis Presley, The Poetry of Pizza, (produced at Purple Rose, Mixed Blood, Virginia Stage, Theatre in the Square, Centenary Stage, and Cal Rep) The Blue-Sky Boys, (commissioned by the EST/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Science and Technology project; produced at the Barter Theatre) The Velvet Weapon, (written with a grant from CEC ArtsLink), Signs of Life and Into the Fire both published by Samuel French. She is a two-time winner of the Frederick Loewe Award in Musical Theatre, for King Island Christmas, written with composer David Friedman, and Coyote Goes Salmon Fishing, with composer Scott Richards. Current writing projects include: The Comfort Team, a new play about military families, commissioned by the Virginia Stage Company; and Crossing Over, a hip-hop musical set in Amish country with composer Stephanie Salzman. Her work has been published by Dramatists Play Service, Samuel French, Applause Books and others. Deborah was one of the original company members with Perseverance Theatre in Alaska, an alumus of New Dramatists and is a founding member of Theatre Without Borders. Website: www.deborahbrevoort.com
CLARICE ASSAD: Clarice Assad is a composer, arranger, producer, pianist and vocalist. A native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Clarice has performed professionally since the age of seven. She holds and Bachelor of Music degree from the Roosevelt University, in Chicago IL and a Masters degree in Composition from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Assad is the recipient of such awards as the Aaron Copland Award, several ASCAP awards, Meet The Composer’s Van Lier Fellowship, the Franklin Honor Society, as well as a nomination from the Latin Grammy Foundation for best contemporary composition. She has been commissioned by Carnegie Hall, the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, Concordia Chamber Players, the Albany Symphony, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra and the New Century Chamber Orchestra, to name a few. Her compositions and arrangements have been recorded on Sony Classical, Universal Music, NSS Music, Nonsuch, Chandos Records, Telarc and Rob Digital in Brazil and have been published in France (Editions Lemoine), Germany (Trekel), Criadores do Brazil (Brazil) and in the United States (Virtual Artists Collective). As a performer, Assad has received acclaim for her performances of both original compositions and her own arrangements of popular Brazilian songs and jazz standards. Assad sings in Portuguese, French, Italian and English, but thrives in exploring the voice as an instrument, creating a vast array of innovative extended techniques. Residence: New York City. Website
JAY ANTHONY GACH’S instrumental concert music has been critically acclaimed internationally. His compositions have been performed, recorded and broadcast internationally by ensembles including the Millenium Symphony Orch./Robert Ian Winstin, St. Paul Chamber Orch./Enrique Diemecke, Brooklyn Philharmonic/Lukas Foss, American Composers Orchestra/Paul Dunkel, National Italian Youth Orchestra/Vinko Globokar, City of London Sinfonia, Haydn Chamber Orchestra of London, the Britten Sinfonia Soloists, Vox Juventus Poland, the Gregg Smith Singers, and by solo artists including British pianist Ronan Magill, American clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, Canadian cellist Soo Bae and the soprano and tenor duo Grace Hart & Enzo Citarelli. He has received commissions and awards in over thirty national and international competitions including the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University, Astral Foundation (Pew-Bandy) of New York and Philadelphia, Frederick P. Rose Prize, Valentino Bucchi Concorsi Internazionale, Third British Contemporary Piano Music Competition, Delta Omicron Composition Prize, Dr. J. Howland Auchincloss Society for New Music Composition Prize, New York Foundation for the Arts, MacDowell Colony, Tanglewood Music Center (Bruno Maderna Fellowship), National Endowment for the Arts, et al. Between 1981 and 1999 he resided and worked throughout Europe returning to New York in 2000. In the summer of 2005 his music was featured at the Dubrovnik Music Festival, the Edinburgh Arts Festival, the Crested Butte Music Festival, and the Adirondack Music Festival. Mr Gach has written and conducted many arrangements and original scores for the educational and commercial media, including: The Selfish Giant, a children’s musical; A lot a’ Nerve Naomi Grubenstein, a ‘parve’ musical comedy; Nora at the Altar Rail, a one-act opera developed as a Resident Artist at American Lyric Theater; Legends from Bodmin Moor, a film; British Rail’s “Mind the Doors”, an advertisement; and The Hurlers, an animation film. In 2006 he was honored at an induction ceremony as a National Patron of the Delta Omicron Music Fraternity. Gach received his Ph.D in Music from State University of New York at Stony Brook, and was a Fellow London College of Music FLCM. His biography has appeared in Marquis’ Who’s Who in America’ since 2006. Website
ELIZABETH LIM:. The music of Elizabeth Lim has been called “driving” (The New York Times), “impressive, witty, sweetly melodic, truly with a voice of its own” (The Harvard Crimson). An avid composer of choral music, Elizabeth was recently named a winner of the Edwin Fissinger Choral Composition Prize, the American Prize in Choral Composition, and the Manhattan Choral Ensemble’s Composition Competition. Elizabeth is currently a doctoral candidate at the Juilliard School, were she studied with Robert Beaser and Samuel Adler. She completed her undergraduate studies at Harvard University, where she was awarded the 2008 Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts and was recognized as one of “Fifteen Most Promising Seniors in the Arts.” Her works have been widely performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, by ensembles such as the Berkeley Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Harvard Bach Society Orchestra, Palo Alto Youth Chamber Orchestra, New Amsterdam Singers, VocalEssence, WomenSing, Ghostlight, Wicker Park Choral Singers, the International Orange Choral of San Francisco, and Wild Rumpus Music Ensemble, among others. Her works have also been heard at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Sanders Theatre, the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, and Symphony Space. Residence: New York City. Website
KAMALA SANKARAM: Praised as “strikingly original” (NY Times), Kamala Sankaram has received commissions from Beth Morrison Projects, HERE Arts Center, Anthony Braxton’s Tri-Centric Orchestra, and Opera on Tap, among others. She was the recipient of a Jonathan Larson Award from the American Theatre Wing, and has received grants from the MAP Fund, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Meet the Composer, and the Asian Women’s Giving Circle, as well as residencies from the MacDowell Colony, the Watermill Center and the Hermitage. She was the 2011 Con Edison/Exploring the Metropolis Composer-in-Residence at the Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy. As a resident artist at HERE Arts Center, Kamala created Miranda, a steampunk murder mystery called “enjoyable, utterly original opera” (NY Post) and “among the very best theater achievements of 2012″ (NYTheatre.com). Miranda was named winner of the New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical. Her new opera/theater work, Thumbprint, premiered in January 2014 as part of the PROTOTYPE Festival. Known for her “coloratura fireworks” (NY Post) Kamala has appeared with the Philip Glass Ensemble, the Wooster Group, Anthony Braxton, John Zorn, and eighth blackbird, among others. She is the frontwoman of world music ensemble Bombay Rickey, and appears regularly with Opera on Tap’s New Brew and Anti-Social Music. She has recorded with Anthony Braxton (Trillium E: Braxton House), Phil Kline (Around the World in a Daze: Starkland Records), End (The Sick Generation: Hymen Records), Death Comet Crew (Dominatrix), and Anti-Social Music (The Future of Everything: Peacock Records). Residence: New York City. Website
ROB HANDEL: Rob Handel was a founding member of the playwrights’ collective 13P, which won four Obie Awards. He is a resident playwright at New Dramatists, and heads the dramatic writing program at Carnegie Mellon University. Recently, he wrote the libretti for a cycle of mini-operas produced by Opera Theater of Pittsburgh via a commissioning grant from Opera America. His latest play, A Maze, has been produced by New York Stage and Film, Rorschach Theatre (D.C.), and Just Theater (Berkeley). His work has been produced by Long Wharf Theatre, SPF, Target Margin, City Lights (San Jose), Curious Theatre (Denver), Theater Ninjas (Cleveland), and Half Moon (Poughkeepsie). Residencies include The Royal Court Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, The O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Soho Rep, Portland Center Stage, and Todd Mountain Theater Project. Honors include the Helen Merrill Award and the Whitfield Cook Award. Millicent Scowlworthy and Aphrodisiac are published by Samuel French. Rob studied at Williams College and with Paula Vogel at Brown University. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, poet Joy Katz, and their son. Residence: Pittsburgh, PA.
JEROME A. PARKER: Jerome A. Parker is a Harlem-based, award-winning playwright from NYC (the Bronx). His plays have been seen at the Public Theater (Bliss), the Old Vic (Macbeth, Again!), the Cherry Lane (Homecoming Suite), BAAD! (Undetectable) and the Los Angeles Theater Center (House of Dinah) amongst others. Honors include the Lorraine Hansberry Award (Miracle on Monroe), Tim Robbins Award (Undetectable), fellowships with Old Vic/New Voices and the O’Neill Theater Center, a special citation from Freedom Train Productions as a Citizen Theater Artist and a 2011 Lark PONY nominee. He’s an alumnus of Williams College (BA), UCLA (MFA), Juilliard’s Professional Production Program, Prep for Prep 9, and the Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group 2011. . Most recently he served as the librettist and co-lyricist for Strange Fellowe (a jazz opera). For a workshop held in Los Angeles, he continued his collaboration with Andrew Russell, the Artistic Director of the Intiman Theatre, on the first act of this new musical project. And as a featured playwright in the Fire This Time Festival 2012-2013, Jerome had the 1st reading of his play Miracle on Monroe, which subsequently can be viewed on the web. Jerome is also the artistic director/producer of Emerge!, an online, live-streamed platform for theater artists of color. A member of THE GHOSTLIGHTS (a playwright collective), he also blogs for the Public Theater where he encourages an independent spirit. Residence: New York City.
NILOUFAR TALEBI: Niloufar Talebi is a writer, award-winning. translator, and theater artist. She is the editor/translator of. Belonging: New Poetry by Iranians Around the World. (2008), and creator/performer of. poetic. video and stage works, Four Springs (2004), Midnight Approaches (2006), Love, Carnal and Divine (2009), and The Persian Rite of Spring (2010). She wrote the libretto for. Atash Sorushan. (Fire Angels). (2011) with music composed by Mark Grey for the 10th anniversary of 9/11 commissioned by Carnegie Hall, Cal Performances, Meet the Composer, and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Talebi’s. writing/performance art collaboration with Rosanna Gamson Worldwide’s. Layla Means Night. premieres at ODC Theater in San Francisco (November 2013). She is currently writing and will narrate. Elegies of the Earth. (May 2014) with composer Gity Razaz, an opera for VisionIntoArt’s FERUS Festival at the Stone Residency. Her requiem, Epiphany (2015/2016), created in collaboration with composer Paola Prestini and visual artist Ali Hossaini,. will premiere. in NYC. The New York Times calls her work, â€˜Elegant.’ San Francisco poet laureate, Jack Hirschman said, ‘A cultural worker of the highest order, Niloufar does the bravest work, transforming not only the society from which she comes, but help change the society in which she lives.’ Residence: San Francisco, CA. Website
ROYCE VAVREK is is a multi-disciplinary narrative artist from Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada, whose work has been hailed as “wildly dramatic andâ€¦ exhilarating” by The New York Times and “smart, crisp, [and] witty” by See Magazine. Since joining the CLDP at ALT in 2007, Vavrek has collaborated with diverse artists on a wide variety of Opera/Music Theater libretti including. Dog Days (World Premiere production directed by Robert Woodruff at Peak Performances, Montclair, 2012) and Vinkensport, or The Finch Opera (Bard Conservatory) both with composer David T. Little; The Hunger Art (developed at American Lyric Theater, performed at Center City Opera Theater and Burning Bayreuth) with Jeff Myers; Unsaid in a Field of Wildflowers (Remarkable Theater Brigade/Carnegie Hall) with Kristin Hevner; and Nora at the Altar-Rail (developed at American Lyric Theater performed at Symphony Space) with Jay Anthony Gach. Upcoming projects include Angel’s Bone with Du Yun (Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philidelphia, PS 122, Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago 2011), Song from the Uproar (Beth Morrison Productions at The Kitchen 2012) with Missy Mazzoli, Karl’s Girl with Matt Marks (Rafael Gallegos, director, New Music Bake Sale 2010), The Bear Dance with Nick Martin (Alberta Foundation for the Arts Grant), 1882 with Mark Baechle (Swiss Society of New York), Ordet and Stockholm with Josh Schmidt, and The Wild Beast of the Bungalow with Rachel Peters. A founding member of The New Ensemble, he contributed lyrics to nonplay: shadows of a dream and Black Snow in collaboration with composer Andrew Gerle. As a filmmaker, Royce wrote and directed From Sky and Soil (Corus Young Filmmakers Initiative), I Will Not Be Sad Anymore (Quebec Cooperative Filmmakers Initiative), Pig and Bear (Frigid Fest NY) and Good Woman, a collaboration with American fashion designer Marc Bouwer. Vavrek is also the Artistic Director of opera-theater company The Coterie, founded with soprano Lauren Worsham. B.F.A: Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Concordia University, Montreal; M.F.A: Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program, NYU. Royce is currently writing â€¦of the Flesh, with CLDP Resident Artist Composer Jay Anthony Gach, as part of The Poe Project for American Lyric Theater. . Website
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