1. Based on the Japanese Noh play of the same name, KOCHO (“butterfly”) tells the story of a wandering Priest who meets a butterfly and "liberates" it by letting it dance under the plum blossom.

    As he does in many of his operas, Garrett Fisher explores themes of identity. In his Kocho, Fisher has created three “Kocho’s”: Kocho Flute, Kocho Dancer, and Kocho Vocalist, each representing an aspect of the character. In addition, he has separate the Monk into 5 vocalists and 1 trombone.

    In this scene, the Monk meets Kocho, who appears in her various forms.

    Credits: Kocho was presented at NYC's Galapagos Art Space on September 23, 2011.

    Libretto
    Kocho: Sate wa hajimetaru
    On-koto nite mashimasu kaya
    I see that you are new to this place.

    Monk & Kocho: Tokoro karu na-ru kono nme o
    here under this plum tree

    Monk: Sate sate on-mi wa ikanaru hito zo.
    But I wonder who you are.

    Kocho: Sonata no na koso kikama-hoshikere
    I ought to know your name first.

    Composer: Garrett Fisher; Direction: Benjamin Mosse; Choreography: Christy Fisher; Production Design: Zane Philstrom; Video: Ryan Adams; Music Director: Jeremiah Cawley; Dramaturg: Ken Cerniglia. Producer: Beth Morrison Projects. Words by Kanje Nobumistu and Amy Schrader.

    Vocalists: Shawna Avinger, Daniel Brylow, Jeremiah Cawley, Maria Mannisto, Kathea Yarnell; Flute: Margaret Lancaster; Trombone: Jennifer Hinkle; Gongs and Percussion: Dean Moore; 6 String Fretted Acoustic Bass: Greg Bagley; Indian harmonium: Garrett Fisher.

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  2. Based on the Japanese Noh play, “Kocho” is about a wandering Monk (4 vocalists, bass bass trombone) who meets a butterfly (vocalist, flute, dancer) and “liberates” it by letting it dance under a plum blossom. “Kocho” fully engaged my eclectic musical/theatrical style: it incorporated sounds and instruments from multiple cultures (Indian harmonium, gongs, Taiko percussion, flute/piccolo/bass/alto flute, 6 string acoustic bass) as well as elements of Noh and Greek traditions.

    Here, Kocho (“butterfly”) experiences her plights; these are represented by the Monk character which consists of 5 performers who each represent one of the five senses. Fisher commissioned 5 sonnets from poet Amy Schrader, each based on a sense. These were to be performed by the vocalists in and around the audience as a way to immerse them in the aural and visual experience. Brooklyn’s Galapagos Art Space offered the perfect venue for this work, with different walkways, a balcony as well as stage that allowed the performers to fully engage the audience.

    Producer: Beth Morrison Projects. Director: Benjamin Mosse. Choreographer: Christy Fisher. Production Design: Zane Pihlstrom. Words: Nobumitsu & Amy Schrader. Music: Garrett Fisher. Performed by: Fisher Ensemble. Produced at Galapagos Art Space (NYC).

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  3. Based on the Japanese Noh play of the same name, KOCHO (“butterfly”) tells the story of a wandering Priest who meets a butterfly and "liberates" it by letting it dance under the plum blossom.

    As he does in many of his operas, Garrett Fisher explores themes of identity. In his Kocho, Fisher has created three “Kocho’s”: Kocho Flute, Kocho Dancer, and Kocho Vocalist, each representing an aspect of the character. In addition, he has separate the Monk into 5 vocalists and 1 trombone.

    In this scene, the Monk liberates Kocho by letting her be born earlier so that she can dance under the plum blossom. Kocho sings a final aria in gratitude to the Monk.

    Libretto:
    Kocho: Haru natsu aki no

    Hana mo tsukite

    Shimo o obitaru

    Shira-giku no
    Spring, summer, and autumn

    Flowers have all gone.

    Wearing a coast of frost,

    Chrysanthemum.


    Kazen ni cho-o mo-o
    
Funpun taru
    
Before flowers flit butterflies
    
In flickering flakes



    Monk: taru—


    Kocho: Yuki o megurasu

    Of snowy whirls


    Monk: Kashikoki miya no

    The awe-inspiring palace—



    Kocho: Ake-yuku kumo ni—

    Against the gleaming clouds—



    Monk: ni—ha

    

Kocho: Hane uchi-kawashi

    Kasumi ni magirete, usenikeri
    
Flutter her wings as she flies

    Credits: Kocho was presented at NYC's Galapagos Art Space on September 23, 2011.

    Composer: Garrett Fisher; Direction: Benjamin Mosse; Choreography: Christy Fisher; Production Design: Zane Philstrom; Video: Ryan Adams; Music Director: Jeremiah Cawley; Dramaturg: Ken Cerniglia. Producer: Beth Morrison Projects. Words by Kanje Nobumistu and Amy Schrader.

    Vocalists: Shawna Avinger, Daniel Brylow, Jeremiah Cawley, Maria Mannisto, Kathea Yarnell; Flute: Margaret Lancaster; Trombone: Jennifer Hinkle; Gongs and Percussion: Dean Moore; 6 String Fretted Acoustic Bass: Greg Bagley; Indian harmonium: Garrett Fisher.

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  4. KOCHO

    Performed by the Fisher Ensemble at Galapagos Art Space, Brooklyn NY Produced by Beth Morrison Productions directed by Benjamin Mosse composed by Garrett Fisher Video by RK Adams

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  5. Information about the Fisher Ensemble's production "Kocho." To download the brochure, soundtrack, photos, and to learn about the participants, visit:

    fisherensemble.org

    Ashley Williams
    Marketing Director
    Fisher Ensemble
    ashley.fisher.ensemble at gmail.com
    206.414.8186 (Seattle)

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