Instead of a direct interview, BOMB Magazine's John Kelsey learned a monologue (written by Maxwell) and received direction from Maxwell. Their rehearsal process became the "interview" of Maxwell's aesthetic and directing style. A taste of the rehearsal process:
Rehearsal: Part 1
(John recites the monologue)
Richard Maxwell Okay. Nice job. It’s great that you memorized that, and that’ll come in handy later, but there’s some stuff I want to look at first. There are a lot of typos and crap in the text—it’s sloppy—and you corrected that when you read in a lot of places. I’m curious to hear what it sounds like in its pure form.
John Kelsey You mean if I articulate your typos?
The New Yorker Magazine profiled Richard Maxwell in 2014, before the premiere of "Isolde" at the Abrons Art Center:
Richard Maxwell is one of the more adventurous theatre artists that this country has produced in decades. Born in 1967, he was raised in West Fargo, North Dakota. He comes from a theatrical background. His father had a strong interest in the stage; his sister is the Broadway actress Jan Maxwell. Although Maxwell’s work is driven by narrative, it is very different than the musicals that his sister appears in to such acclaim. Maxwell’s work is about distillation. “I never tell people to avoid realism or naturalism or what feels natural,” he has said. “It’s just that I’m saying you’re not obliged to pretend that you feel something.” In...
Playwrights Richard Maxwell and Sarah Benson talk theater archetypes, death, writing, the creation of "The Evening" and much more on the Walker blog:
I know the show has evolved a lot during your process so far. What’s it become?
It’s become a story about characters, and I’m working with archetypes. We have this bartender character who’s also possibly a prostitute, so we have this “hooker with a golden heart”, and then there’s the fighter, the warrior character, who’s trying to make a comeback, the aging prize-fighter. And then you have Jim playing the corrupt manager. I’m trying to carve out these shapes that we follow. I’m looking at what’s the difference between a person and a character....
This Seattle Marathon Concert is a serious treat for musical aficionados, new music neophytes, and anyone else with curious ears. The concert is bookended by Brian Eno's classic Music for Airports and (the Seattle premiere!) of Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians, with some stellar material in between from BoaC founders David Lang and Julia Wolfe, as well as locals Eyvind Kang, Jessika Kenney, and Shabazz Palaces.
Set Times are Approximate and Subject to Change
Brian Eno’s Music for Airports – Bang on a Can All-Stars
Eyvind Kang & Jessika Kenney
Michael Gordon’s Light is Calling – Ashley Bathgate, cello
Wave Piece – Morgan Henderson
David Lang’s Sunray – Bang on a Can All...
The aptly named All-Stars are a group of ultra-talented musicians dedicated to furthering the cause of new music. Formed in 1992, this six-person ensemble are recognized around the world for their technical prowess, electrifying live performances, and flawless recordings of contemporary music. The All-Stars easily cross musical boundaries, blurring classical, jazz, world, experimental, and the undefinable. These musicians are constantly redefining the concert experience.
The core All-Star members are:
Ashley Bathgate, cello
Robert Black, bass
Vicky Chow, piano
Henry Art Gallery
February 14, 2015, 2:30 PM — 3:30 PM
Bang on a Can All-Stars percussionist David Cossin plays the "tiger drums" that he made famous on the award-winning soundtrack to the film "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and then Bang on a Can All-Stars bassist Robert Black will play Jim Tenney's elemental and visceral "Beast." The two musicians then join forces for John Cage's monumental "Ryoanji," a transformation into sound of a trip Cage took through a Japanese rock garden. After the performance, the Henry invites you to stay for a discussion with the group.
Read more at the Henry's website.
photos by Stephanie Berger & Katherine C...
Bang on a Can Marathon concerts are hours-long transformative musical events featuring players and contemporary composers of the highest caliber. The Bang on a Can founders and players are intensely dedicated to introducing new music of all genres to the world. From the Bang on a Can website:
"Composers Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe created the first Bang on a Can Marathon concert in 1987 in order to break down the barriers that separate musical communities. Their idea was simple: instead of sorting music by style, genre, or venue it would be more powerful to group music by innovation, finding the rebels in each musical community, the restless creators not content to leave conventions unchallenged. Putting all of these fresh voices back to back on one...
Get a concert preview and perk up your playlist with a gorgeous mixtape featuring music from the participants of the Seattle Marathon Concert. Shabazz Palaces, Jessika Kenney & Eyvind Kang, Michael Gordon, David Lang, and more. LISTEN NOW.