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Seattle Chamber Players present a new Icebreaker Feb 20, 2012

OtB alums the Seattle Chamber Players are back with a new edition of the Icebreaker Festival. Now in its sixth year, the group has turned its visionary eye to the Mediterannean - the entirety of it.

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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:

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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.

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"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. I know next to nothing about Goebbels, but video clips of his other performances are deeply, magnetically odd and dreamy.

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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.

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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. A couple quick things to note about her: *By the age of 30 she founded an orchestra featuring the top musicians from around the world. *She conducts frequently in her homeland of Estonia, but makes international trips on special projects, such as this one.

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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. Here's a snapshot of our Mainstage Theater  right now:

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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. In the opening Glandien says "[h]is approaches challenged our conventions of thinking and, believe me, we needed it."

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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.

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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.
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