Friday, April 25, 2008

Recital Moments: 60 of my favorite zillion seconds

Cain and Trudy REALLY try to keep it together (and not kiss!) until Abel FINALLY prances in... you can hear cameraman Kellen laughing, and of course, my howling at the end :)

From "Cain and Abel: The Naked Truth"
Book by Myrna Emata, Music by Madley Katarungan, Lyrics by Kellen Blair.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

My RECITAL is done!

So much to say -- I'm overwhelmed! More to come...

In the meantime, here's the video of the Electronic music piece I did in 2003, where I added the video this month... well, okay, so I finished cutting it the morning of the recital, what else is new? I'm really happy with it. What do YOU think?

Program notes:

PLUTONIA (music 2003; video 2008)
I was terrified of working with pure electronic sounds and no written score, but was convinced by my much younger student cohorts that I needed to learn how to “work the machines” if I was going to continue in the field of music. After hours locked in the studio with ProTools and a Mac and using only samples, the result is this apocalyptic musical landscape.

"him" Travis Kraft
"her" Aubrey Elson

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Bloody F*cking Mary debuts on Broadway tonight

Kudos to this woman! Nancy says (it's a big "Nancy says" day today!) it's another example of "Fabulousness is worth waiting for."

Even as a tiny kid, I always thought one day I'd play this fun and crazy role as no other Broadway part looked like me, and how perfect, a show about the SOUTH PACIFIC. But of course I always wanted to be the stinking ingenue, Liat. She of course doesn't talk or dance or anything... she just LOOKS BEAUTIFUL.


Here's hoping Loretta Ables Sayre gets a Tony -- break a leg!

Wabi-Sabi Gestaldt

From Wikipedia:

Wabi-sabi represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience. The phrase comes from the two words wabi and sabi. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete" (according to Leonard Koren in his book Wabi-Sabi: for Artists, Designers, Poets and Philosophers). It is a concept derived from the Buddhist assertion of the Three marks of existence — Anicca, or in Japanese, (sanbōin)), Impermanence. Note also that the Japanese word for rust, is also pronounced sabi (the borrowed Chinese character is different, but the word itself is of assumed common etymology), and there is an obvious semantic connection between these concepts. Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include assymetry, asperity, simplicity, modesty, intimacy, and suggest a natural process.

Thanks for Nancy -- this means I don't have to stand over myself with a whip trying for a Perfection that doesn't really exist. Wow.