Here will we sit and let the sounds of music
Creep in our ears. Soft stillness and the night
Become the touches of sweet harmony.
-Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice
This afternoon was the first reading of some of the music for The Grey Land. While not representing the final instrumentation, it was, nonetheless, great to hear the music that’s been in my head for months finally being realized with some actual live vibrations! Numinous, with me conducting (of course), went through five different movements in various states: some were basically complete, some were sketches, and some were just ideas. A couple of the pieces were for dances that will be a part of the drama which is fitting since just a few days ago I confirmed with friend and choreographer Edisa Weeks about joining The Grey Land team too! I’m excited to work with Edisa and her company Delirious Dances again with The Grey Land-we are revisiting one of our collaborations at the end of June at Gibney Dance Center in lower Manhattan: a dance/music/theatre hybrid project called To Begin the World Over Again, which is inspired by the writings of Thomas Paine.
So now that the first reading is finished I’m excited to get back to work composing as well as continuing with the plans for video, dance, and staging. Right now the plan is for the second music reading to take place some time this fall.