I love the communal nature of music in Shakespeare’s theatre, and I explore ways this style can be adapted in contemporary work for kids as a composer and performer in Matriark Theatre. Below are my current productions with original music and sound design which I perform live on stage.
UrZA and the song in the dark
Urza and the Song in the Dark is a brand new children's fable set in a subterranean wonderland of complex caves, underground lakes and fantastical creatures. This show combine stunning shadow visuals and live music to create an immersive, theatrical experience for all ages.
I composed the music for this beautiful show in collaboration with Roman Benedict. Our blend of styles is at once modern and experimental, while gesturing toward the early modern ballad tradition, where a performer would sing stories for sale on broadside ballads to passers by on the street. My role as a musician in this show is a kind of puppeteer with sound, using an eclectic array of instruments and responding to the story with song. All of the music in this show is composed in the Dorian mode, the most popular scale used in Shakespeare’s time for public performance. I love the Dorian mode for it’s haunting minor sound, combined with its beautiful moments of major tonality that you don’t get in an ordinary harmonic minor scale.
There is a tribe of kids
There is a Tribe of Kids is a meditation on childhood and life's beginning. We created this cute little show as an adaptation on the stunning children's book by Lane Smith, as part of our creative residency with the City of Sydney Council at Waterloo Library.
I perform in There is a Tribe of Kids alongside a guitarist in a structured improvisation on violin and keyboard. This music is at once primal and meditational. I create drones on the violin and layer improvised ornaments through a looping pedal to create an ambient soundscape of wildlife and childlike curiosity.