Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Loves of Pharaoh, new score with the film together at last!

You can now watch scenes from my new score to Ernst Lubitsch's 1922 film The Loves of Pharaoh. Commissioned for the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) 30th Next Wave Festival and performed live with a screening of a restored version of the film by Numinous October 18, 19, 20, 2012 at BAM Harvey Theater (audio recording was done live at October 19, 2012 screening).

The Loves of Pharaoh Act 1 Scenes 1 & 2
Synopsis: A message is received by the King of Egypt from the King of Ethiopia offering an alliance. An accident occurs at the Pharaoh's treasury.

The Loves of Pharaoh Act 2 Scene 2 Ramphis & Theonis
Synopsis: The son of Pharaoh's Treasury builder, Ramphis, and the slave girl stolen from the Ethiopian King's daughter, Theonis, begin their falling in love but the Pharaoh has other plans.

The Loves of Pharaoh Act 3 Scenes 1 & 2 & 3
Synopsis: Pharaoh "loves" Theonis, Theonis loves Ramphis, so Pharaoh plans to kill Ramphis, unless...

The Loves of Pharaoh Act 4 Scenes 3 & 4 & 5
Synopsis: Theonis becomes Queen to save her love Ramphis while the Ethiopian army approaches Egypt; Ramphis escapes the prison quarry and returns to his father

The Loves of Pharaoh Act 5 Scene 3
Synopsis: Ramphis goes to Pharaoh's Treasury to seek revenge on the imprisoned Queen for the cause of his father being blinded and finds an unexpected surprise

The Loves of Pharaoh Act 6 Scene 3
Synopsis: After being believed killed by the Ethiopian King in battle, King Amenes returns to Egypt to claim his wife and maybe his throne

The Loves of Pharaoh Act 6 Scene 4 & 5
Synopsis: Two Kings and one Queen, the Game of Thrones begins…

Clarinets/Saxophone: Ken Thomson
Horn: Lis Rubard
Guitar: Amanda Monaco
Vibraphone: Tom Beckham
Piano/Keyboard: Carmen Staaf
Celtic Harp: Maeve Gilchrist
Voice 1: Sara Serpa
Voice 2: Jean Rohe
Violin 2: Scott Tixier
Viola 1: Hannah Levinson
Viola 2: Brian Lindgren
Cello 1: Richard Vaudrey
Cello 2: Mariel Roberts
Bass: Matt Aronoff

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Pharaoh invades the Neighborhood...bring kids!

Thursday October 10th Numinous will perform on pianist Simone Dinnerstein's Neighborhood Classics concert series. This series features well-known classical artists such as Richard Stoltzman, Maya Beiser, Pablo Ziegler, Zuill Bailey, Simone herself, and many others who donate their time to perform an evening concert at a local NYC public school, with all of the proceeds benefitting programs at that school (the series started at P.S. 321 in Brooklyn and since has expanded to a couple of other schools in the city). It's a wonderful series with incredible performances and ALWAYS sold-out with enthusiastic crowds of parents, kids, and neighbors.

For our show, a reduced-sized Numinous will play live with a screening of a few scenes from my score to Ernst Lubitsch's silent film The Loves of Pharaoh, which premiered at last year's Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)-this will be the first performance with the film since the premiere last October; in addition, we'll perform some of my chamber music including an audience interactive piece based on seeing synchronous fireflies in Malaysia a few years ago and a new composition based on a children's picture book. 

Thursday October 10th, 2013
Neighborhood Classics concert series
P.S. 321 Auditorium
180 7th Avenue
You can order tickets here

To get you in the mood below is the promo from the Next Wave Festival performance at BAM last year, with music for a scene from my score to The Loves of Pharaoh.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Rhythm in the Kitchen

Next weekend there's a special performance of my music at the Rhythm in the Kitchen Festival in Hell's Kitchen in NYC. On June 8th at 10pm Ana Milosavljevic, Maya Bennardo, Hannah Levinson, and Richard Vaudrey will be playing my music for string quartet. Technically this isn't a Numinous gig since I will not be involved in the performance (except being in the audience) so if you are around come to this special event. The quartet will premiere my string quartet "110 percent" (inspired by sports, but in particular basketball); "Pharaoh Scrolls" (an arrangement of music from my film score to "The Loves of Pharaoh"); and two other of my compositions I've arranged for string quartet. (And be sure to check out some of the other great artists performing on the Festival; it is wonderful having my music performed by such great musicians among such a lovely lineup).

The Seventh Annual “Rhythm in the Kitchen” Music Festival
The Church for All Nations
417 West 57th Street

between 9th and 10th Avenues

Monday, March 25, 2013

Do you hear me now?

Standing Ovation at Ecstatic Music Festival,
Numinous with Imani Uzuri 3.16.13
photo by David Andrako
You can now hear our March 16th, 2013 Ecstatic Music Festival performance with Imani Uzuri on WQXR's Q2.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Truth is out

Not that there was ever any doubt on this, but now got word that officially not "unfair"... 'nuff said.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Talking about the Ecstatic

Numinous @ Ecstatic Music Festival 3.16.13
photo by David Andranko
Tomorrow the Ecstatic adventure continues!: Moderated by Ecstatic Music Festival curator Judd Greenstein I'll be discussing my composition Changing Same, my Festival collaboration with Imani Uzuri, as well as other musical sundries on Wednesday March 20th at 6pm at the Merkin Concert Hall upper lobby. Attendance at the talk is FREE and various libations and eats will be available for purchase. 

This event takes place just before the penultimate 2013 Ecstatic Music Festival concert with Steven Mackey, Rinde Eckert, Big Farm, and JACK Quartet and if you don't have tickets for what promises to be an outstanding show, you can purchase at Merkin. I'm going to the concert after the talk, so hopefully I'll see you at both!