Formed by the merging of the disparate minds of composer-performers David Kulma and Dorian Wallace, Trystero is a duo brought together to perform Robert Ashley’s Perfect Lives and other Awesome Music.
Trystero’s new take on Ashley’s television opera includes Ashleyan singing, freely improvised keyboards, and 60s inspired performance art. They have performed the first episode, "The Park," in Michigan (Interlochen Arts Camp), Ohio (the Spot in Akron and Capital University), and New York (SOMETHIN’ Jazz Club). In keeping with the original’s multi-layered complexity and improvisation, more recent performances have included dancer Diane Skerbec, bassist Carl Limbacher, and drummer Max Maples.
The Akron performance also marked the start of another Trystero project: the covers song cycle. Now titled Macheath and Other Stories, this cycle brings together disparate pop song styles in Trystero’s own arrangements. This was also featured at the performance at SOMETHIN' in May.
Early in 2014, they released Living Room, an album of new music touching on stand-up comedy, monsters of varying origins, a politically incorrect minstrel song, the Holocaust, and the unavoidable zombie apocalypse.
Future projects include a comic book opera, a 24-hour album of meditation music, and a road-trip composer-interview documentary.
Trystero at SOMETHIN’
This is a video of the most recent performance of our main project, performing “The Park” from Robert Ashley’s television opera “Perfect Lives.” In addition to David narrating and Dorian at the piano, our production includes dancer Diane Skerbec, bassist Carl Limbacher, and drummer Max Maples. Ashley was in the audience and actively participating.