Spark of Being
(68 min, 2010)
Dir. By Bill Morrison
Working with the composer and trumpeter Dave Douglas, Bill Morrison ("Decasia") takes on Mary Shelley's classic "Frankenstein", and pieces together a new tale of re-animation. Using archival documentary film footage edited to re-tell Shelley's tale of an appropriated life, set to an original score performed by Dave Douglas and Keystone.
Original compositions by Dave Douglas
Performed by Dave Douglas and Keystone
Marcus Strickland Saxophone
Adam Benjamin Keyboards
Brad Jones Ampeg Baby Bass
Gene Lake Drum Set
David Slusser Electronics
DJ Olive Turntables
Geoff Countryman Sound Mixing
"Spark of Being" was commissioned by Stanford Lively Arts, Stanford University with the generous support of Marty and Bonnie Tenenbaum; the Association of Performing Arts Presenters Creative Campus Innovations Grant Program, a component of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; and the Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis.
"Spark of Being" was commissioned as part of a national series of works from Meet The Composer's Commissioning Music/USA program, which is made possible by generous support from the Mary Flagler Charitable Trust, the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Helen F. Whitaker Fund.