2019-2020 Sokoloff Arts Creative Fellowship
I’m thrilled and humbled to be joining this incredible cohort for the 2nd class of this wonderful initiative at Town Stages in NYC. While the focus of my year in Tribeca is continuing to expand and test the container for Such Strange Gravity, it’s an opportunity to dialogue for twelve months with some truly complex and multilayered thinkers and makers. I can’t wait to mix it up!
My Best Break-Up from Hello Sunshine
“Sometimes the best beginnings start with an ending…”
I wrote the music for Hello Sunshine’s brand new podcast, MY BEST BREAK-UP, exec produced by Amy S. Choi, Charlotte Kim, Rebecca Lehrer, and Reese Witherspoon. What a delight to channel my inner 80’s TV sitcom child and write some utterly earnest tunes for a fantastic project.
Monday, October 22 @ 8:30pm
Inside the Underground at Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia St, New York , NY
I’m making my ukelele-playing debut on a new tune I wrote with lyricist/playwright/classically trained culinary sorcerer Melisa Tien.
We’re working on a new, multidisciplinary project called SWELL inspired by an article about these incredible students at a high school in Queens, and the human body’s relationship to water. Tenor Anthony P. McGlaun will be lending his pipes to the cause.
Saturday, August 11 @ 8:00pm
Such Strange Gravity: Songs of Gotham @ National Sawdust's Summer Labs
80 N.6th St, Brooklyn, NY
I'm incredibly excited (and a wee bit nervous) to announce that a 30-minute showcase of my theatrical song-cycle + hidden anthropology of New York City, Such Strange Gravity, will be presented as part of National Sawdust's Summer Labs, which highlights local emerging artists. More info including creative team and casting to be announced soon, but you can buy tickets HERE.
April 28, 2018 @ 6:15pm
Brooklyn Youth Chorus - Silent Voices: If You Listen @ National Sawdust
I'll be moderating a pre-concert panel with this extraordinary group of all-female(!) composers ahead of BYC's third and final performance of their program, Silent Voices, which commissions dynamic artists to create pieces to amplify the voices of the underrepresented, the unheard, and marginalized among us. Composers include Julia Adolphe, Olga Bell, Anna Clyne, Paola Prestini, Toshi Reagon, Shaina Taub, Shelley Washington, Bora Yoon.
February 3, 2018 @ 8pm
A Family Establishment with Prospect Theater Company
The TimesCenter - 242 W. 41st St, New York, NY
A new short musical with words by the brilliant and Wonderfully Human being, Justin Taylor, as part of Prospect Theater Company's Musical Lab Concert, MONUMENT, at The TimesCenter in Midtown (read: fancy seats and a great piano!). A Family Establishment centers on the Genovese Crime family's role in founding what eventually became one of the great symbols for the gay rights movement in America. Join us for a piece that skewers toxic masculinity, questions gender norms, and celebrates George Clinton's imperative to "free your ass, and your mind will follow."
Directed by Dev Bondarin | Music Direction by Dan Pardo
Featuring: Donnie Cianciotto, Maria Couch, Toren Nakamura, Jay Paranada, Jeff Williams,
Julian Wolfe, Carla Woods, and Luke Zimmerman
"Purpose" featured on Underwater New York!
One of my favorite local websites, Underwater New York, "a digital journal of writing, art, and music inspired by the waterways that surround New York City and the objects submerged within them," is featuring my song, "Purpose (or, the Great Subway Leviathan of 1904)". Take a listen here!
Nov 1 @ 6:30PM:
Met Opera + MOCA panel: Tackling Turandot's "Legendary China": A Complex Cultural Puzzle
I'll be moderating a panel of heavy hitters on behalf of the Met at the Museum of Chinese in America on the thorny cultural inheritance of Puccini's final masterpiece, and one of the world's most popular and performed operas, Turandot. Join me, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Du Yun, actor/writer/comedian Woody Fu, and Met Opera radio commentator and author Will Berger as we dive headfirst into questions of cultural authenticity, Culture (with a "capital C"), and how to engage with art in today's shifting climate with eyes wide open. Tickets and info here!
Nov 3 - 19 : Nectar (World Premiere), Axial Theatre, Pleasantville, NY
8 Sunnyside Ave, Pleasantville, NY
(Re)writing underscoring and a song or two for Katie Baldwin Eng's funny, moving, and wildly entertaining play, opening November 3 and playing thru November 19. More info here.
Check out some sound samples.
Sep 22 : AmericanAF Festival
The New Ohio Theater, 154 Christopher St
I'll be speaking on a panel of diverse and fascinating artists and multihyphenates on the topics of Story, Pipeline, and Changing the Narrative, moderated by the fabulous Crystal Arnette and Cleo Grey of SEQUIN, at the AmericanAF Festival at the New Ohio Theater. Come check it out here!
Sep 15 : National Sawdust - Friends and Family Concert
80 N. 6th St, Brooklyn NY
I'll be performing one of my own songs from my gestating song cycle, Such Strange Gravity, at one of my favorite spaces (where I also help produce a concert + conversation series called NS+), alongside my fellow colleagues, where we'll be sharing family-style.
Lullaby for Broadway Babysitters
I wrote a lullaby for a benefit album for Broadway Babysitters, performed by my dear friend, the incomparably fierce and (relatively) new mother, Pearl Sun.
12/8: Asian American Composers and Lyricists Project at Symphony Space NYC
2357 Broadway (@ W.95th st), 7:30pm
I'll be accompanying three fantastic performers, Pearl Sun, Mel Maghuyop, and Thom Sesma, in an original song of mine as part of a concert of other great Asian-American musical theater composers and lyricists. Yup, we do exist! (Apparently.)
11/21 -11/22: GHOST STORIES - staged reading at University Settlement
184 Eldridge St, Lower East Side | 11/21 at 7:30pm, 11/22 at 5:00pm
My one-act ghost musical set in Tokyo, Quietus, commissioned by Leviathan Lab and written with lyricist/bookwriter Katie Baldwin Eng, will have staged readings with Brooke Ishibashi, Steven Eng, and Thom Sesma. Directed by BD Wong, Music Direction by Andrew Wheeler.