Pictures from Morgan Thorson & Low's KEXP In Studio Mar 30, 2010
Box Office Associate Erin Jorgensen is performing tonight and tomorrow as part of the closing week of Theatre off Jackson's Solo Performance Festival 4. Here's what the Seattle Weekly had to say about her:
"Erin Jorgensen is practically peerless in Seattle. Whether she's covering Johnny Thunders songs or collaborating with Caustic Resin's Brett Netson, she's a riveting force always worth watching.
Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed choose THE SHIPMENT... Mar 30, 2010
...to be a part of the 2010 Vivid LIVE festival. Curated by different artists each year, the Sydney Opera House's festival is a mix of contemporary music, theater and visual arts.
Morgan Thorson & Low on KEXP at 3pm tomorrow Mar 29, 2010
Just announced: Rabih Mroue - performing artist based in Beirut - has just won the Spalding Gray Award. What is this?
Mike's Song List for Speak & Sing Tomorrow! Mar 16, 2010
by Mike P
"Mike, what songs are you going to sing tomorrow at Speak & Sing Contemporary Karaoke Practice with Eric Fredericksen?" "Good question, Mike.
Speak and Sing: The Practice of Everyday Living Mar 11, 2010
by Mike P
So I asked Eric Fredericksen, host of next week's Speak & Sing at On the Boards on St. Patrick's Day for any information he can divulge for what will happen or what we can do to prepare for his lecture.
Songs to drink and sing to Mar 10, 2010
In case you're interested in leading the crowd through an Irish standard or a drinking song at next week's karaoke event, we've put together a quick list so that you can get to practicing.
Reviews of Songs of Wars I Have Seen Mar 10, 2010
Here's what some local publications are saying about the past weekend at OtB:
"Songs of Wars I Have Seen is defined by tension. Stein's deceptively colloquial prose is a slick surface hiding rugged, polyphonic topography, while Goebbels's composition bobs and weaves between almost pastoral peace and brooding, martial passages.
Seattle Chamber Players and Heiner Goebbels Mar 8, 2010
Zach Carstensen posted some more background on how Seattle Chamber Players came to find Heiner Goebbels and why this composer is making important waves in the contemporary art scene:
Karaoke meets the Muppets Mar 8, 2010
War and Romance, Honey and Chickens Mar 5, 2010
Last night, with so much to look at, listen to, and comprehend, I found myself ebb back and forth between both overwhelming curiosity and peaceful enjoyment. Listening to the music of Heiner Goebbels, performed by Seattle Chamber Players and Pacific Musicworks was a mind whirling treat.
Opera according to Bugs Bunny Mar 5, 2010
I'd like to take the opportunity of having opera in our theater to post a few short cartoons that shaped my understanding of opera.
1943 Mar 5, 2010
Yesterday morning I got a phone call from my mother. She had received word from Austria that her cousin, a woman I called an aunt, had died. In 1943 my mother was 6 years old. She and the rest of my family had been moved out to the countryside after an Allied bombing of Innsbruck destroyed their apartment building and killed her sister. When my mother talks about the war now, her memories are of the farm life, of how her siblings and cousins all played together in the barnyard and helped their grandfather tend the beehives.
Michael Upchurch at the Times has this to say about Heiner Goebbels Songs of Wars I Have Seen:
Spoken word, musical theater, sound collage, brass-and-percussion blasts, baroque strings and recurring passages of something slinky, dreamlike and jazzy all combine in Heiner Goebbels' "Songs of War I Have Seen."
The piece, it should be clear, draws on a startling variety of influences as it casts its spel
Seattle Chamber Players | Pacific Musicworks Mar 4, 2010
Did you attend Songs of War I Have Seen? Did anything in particular stick with you after the performance? Leave a comment and tell us what you thought!
PICA on "Art From the Comfort of Your Home" Mar 4, 2010
Our friends down at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) recently posted on their blog about the NEA's recent findings about attendance to the arts.
"Something Weird This Way Comes" Mar 4, 2010
Yesterday Brendan Kiley began trying to piece together Goebbels and what will be happening onstage this weekend:
This weekend at On the Boards, German composer/spectacle maker Heiner Goebbels will present his Songs of Wars I Have Seen, based on Gertrude Stein's memoir about being an American expatriate during WWII.
Interview with Heiner Goebbels Mar 3, 2010
Once you've read the beginnner's guide and then followed up with the aesthetics of Heiner Goebbels, you're ready to hear from the man himself. A good place to start is with this interview/feature on Heiner written by Jeremy Barker at the SunBreak.
Igor Keller from ArtDish came to the entire series of 5 concerts last weekend. His thoughts at the end of it all "...very often miraculously good." Read the comprehensive review.
Meet the conductor, Anu Tali Mar 3, 2010
Anu Tali is a world-class conductor (she's got cred) who has been travelling the world to lead Songs of Wars I Have Seen and is in town right now with Heiner Goebbels helping put together the show for this weekend.
"It's like we live in a real city" Mar 3, 2010
Michael van Baker at the SunBreak posted a review of Icebreaker and a quick preview of Songs of Wars I Have Seen this weekend. How to sum it all up? How about this:
Songs of Wars I Have Seen in rehearsal Mar 2, 2010
Our building is FULL of musicians and singers getting ready for the weekend. I can't think of a time that I've seen so many instruments and music stands out on the stage and know that a couple coworkers are thinking the same thing.
The Aesthetics of Heiner Goebbels Mar 2, 2010
So you've read the beginner's guide to Heiner Goebbels. What next? A short essay on the aesthetics of this composer. Dr. Kersten Glandien delivered this paper at a School of Sound symposium in 2005 and then made it available online.
Video from Pacific Musicworks Mar 1, 2010
In a few days we'll get to see the result of Pacific Musicwork's collaboration with visual Claire Cowie. In the meantime, here's a video from their William Kentridge collaboration.
A beginner's guide to Heiner Goebbels Mar 1, 2010
Heiner Goebbels is a rockstar of composing.
We've used a lot of descriptions in our text like "titan" and referred to him around our office as the "Jan Fabre of the composing world." But just who is Heiner Goebbels? Here are the top 5 things you need to know:
1. He was a member of an 80s avant rock band called Cassiber.