Thomas Paine in Violence: Blog

  • Meet the artists - CULTUREMART 2016

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    Paul Pinto
    Friday
    3/18/2016

    Joan La Barbara. Photo by Benjamin Heller.

    Joan La Barbara. Photo by Benjamin Heller.

    The Manchorus (L-R: Paul Pinto, Ryan Krause, Nick Choksi). Photo by Benjamin Heller.

    The Manchorus (L-R: Paul Pinto, Ryan Krause, Nick Choksi). Photo by Benjamin Heller.

    Lighting by Jeanette Yew. Pictured Paul Pinto and Ryan Krause. Photo by Benjamin Heller.

    Lighting by Jeanette Yew. Pictured Paul Pinto and Ryan Krause. Photo by Benjamin Heller.

    On March 8 and 9, Paul and the ensemble presented a 22-minute stab at a new opening for Thomas Paine in Violence. As the majority of the piece is a text-dense, lightning-speed mix of radical philosophy, political soapboxing, swearing, censorship, slam poetry, and shock jock punditry, we thought we'd try a little space. In this little prologue. We meet a slow-moving Spirit of Thomas Paine, uttering just a few words between decades of vocal silence. She sings with a mysterious Manchorus, that exists in her mind and in this radio station purgatory. 

    Meet the folks who made it happen.

    Gus Callahan (Sound) is an audio engineer, composer, and sound designer based in New York City. His current work focuses on recording and documenting spatial music in diverse environments - warehouses, galleries, churches, and concert venues. He has worked as an engineer in spaces such as The Knockdown Center, MoMA PS1, Fridman Gallery, Experimental Intermedia, and Film Anthology. Gus received his BA in Music Technology from NYU.

    Nick Choksi (Manchorus) Off Broadway: Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, Ars Nova/Kazino/A.R.T.; D Deb Debbie Deborah, Clubbed Thumb; Brooklynite!, Vineyard; Bunty Berman Presents, New Group (Lortel Nomination); Invasion!, The Flea; Annie Baker's Practice, The Atlantic; Rajiv Joseph’s Huck and Holden, Cherry Lane Theatre; Christopher Durang’s Triple Trouble with Love, 59E59 Theater; A Food Odyssey, Invisible Dog (also composed). Regional: Love's Labor’s Lost, RSC/Shakespeare Theater D.C.; Wind In The Willows, Two River. Film/TV: The Passing Season (upcoming), Home, Violet & Daisy, “Happyish”, “Royal Pains”, “L&O:CI”, “The Sopranos”, “The Electric Company”, “One Life To Life” (recurring). Training: Juilliard. Band: Those Lost Boys. nickchoksi.com

    Ryan Krause (Manchorus) is a musician based in Ridgewood, New York, where he works as a producer, composer, MC, and bandleader. His work largely focuses on the human voice, with contexts ranging from performance art and experimental opera, to rapping and stand up comedy, conceptual karaoke and improvised dancemusic. Krause studied Composition at the New England Conservatory and Literature at CUNY-Hunter. He’s currently one half of the duo Lipchitz, and frontperson of the big band Dear Leader. soundcloud.com/ryankrause109

    Joan La Barbara (Spirit) is a composer/performer/actor renowned for her unique vocabulary of experimental and extended vocal techniques influencing generations of composers and singers. Awards and prizes: Foundation for Contemporary Arts’ 2016 John Cage Award; DAAD-Berlin Artist-in-Residency; Civitella Ranieri, Guggenheim and 7 NEA Fellowships; numerous commissions for chamber ensembles, theater, orchestra, chorus, interactive technology, soundscores for dance, video and film, including electronic/vocal score for Sesame Street. Her multi-layered textural compositions premiered at Festival d'Automne à Paris, Brisbane Biennial, Lincoln Center, MaerzMusik Berlin, Warsaw Autumn, and many other international venues. La Barbara is on the artist faculties of NYU and Mannes/The New School and is composing a new opera. joanlabarbara.com

    Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew (Lighting). Her work was described as “…contains the vibrant richness of a Caravaggio painted in neon.” Recent: Normandy Sherwood’s Gentleman’s Choice, Tan Dun’s Water Passion at MET museum, Sam Falls’ September Spring at The Kitchen, Aya Ogaway’s Ludic Proxy, Stephan Weisman’s Scarlet Ibis and Kamala Sankaram’s Thumbprint at Prototype, Aaron Siegel’s Brother Brother with Experiments in Opera, Matthew Paul Olmos’ So Go the Ghosts of Mexico Part One, Erik Ehn’sSoulographie: Our Genocides, and Company XIV’s Snow White, Cinderella, Nutcracker Rouge and Rococo Rouge. Upcoming: The Idiotat HERE. NEA/TCG Career Development Program recipient. jeanetteyew.com

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