Invisible, from the album Letters to Distant Cities. Clare and the Reasons, music by Clare Muldaur Manchon and Olivier Manchon, lyrics by Clare Muldaur Manchon. Invisible is based on photographs from Letters to Distant Cities. Edited by David Sarno, photographed by Murat Eyuboglu, featuring Jamie Ansley, New Amsterdam Records, 2011.
Animated paintings, virtuosic drumming on flower pots, wheelbarrows and amplified pvc pipes, spoken word, laptops, Norwegian fiddle and Classical guitar come together in this hour-long piece, performed by Trollstilt and So Percussion.
The animated paintings, by Judy Trueman, are framed by a whimsical creative filter where older works of art (pieces by Matisse, Agnes Martin, and others) are re-imagined as gardens, and then abstractly painted and animated.
Music by Dan Trueman is performed with a "garden of instruments," including amplified tubes (the eToobs, reaching 10 feet in length!), terracotta pots, buckets of water, toy pianos, and a big blue wheelbarrow. A laptop is used to process these instruments and "paint" unusual sonic textures on a set of hemispherical speakers distributed throughout the ensemble.
Poems by Jennifer Trueman, inspired by the writings and quotations of these same artists, emerge from the "garden" as well, performed by Jennifer Trueman and Rinde Eckert.
More information about this piece: http://music.princeton.edu/~dan/five_and_a_half_gardens/index3.html
The video included here includes only the animation; the piece proper is a live performance piece, and seeing So Percussion perform with the various instruments is central to the experience. Some pictures of a performance: http://music.princeton.edu/~dan/five_and_a_half_gardens/workshopPics/index.html
A new film combing animation with live action conceived and directed by Joshua Frankel, about the architecture of New York City blasting off into outer space and resettling on Mars. The film’s visuals are an animated collage combining live action footage, animated elements, illustrations and treated photographs, including photos taken by the Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity made available to the public domain by the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Plan of the City was created in collaboration with composer Judd Greenstein and NOW Ensemble, an acclaimed "indie classical" chamber ensemble; the ensemble, including Greenstein, feature prominently in the film as live actors set inside the animated framework.
The audio of the film consists solely of Greenstein's Change, performed by NOW Ensemble; Change and Plan of the City were created in parallel, each expressing its own artistic intention while simultaneously serving its "sibling".
The film was presented with the music performed live, timed to the film, at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City in May, 2011. It also exists as its own stand-alone entity, utilizing NOW Ensemble's recent studio recording of Change(out on New Amsterdam Records).
Director: Joshua Frankel
Music: “Change”, composed by Judd Greenstein and performed by NOW Ensemble
Cast: Sara Budde, Patrick Burke, Logan Coale, Mark Dancigers, Judd Greenstein, Michael Mizrahi, Alexandra Sopp, Susie Simpson, Celia Au, Jonthan Chang, Dan Chen, William Lex Ham, Ting Hu, Tammi Lee, Doua Moua, Rachel Shapira
Producer: Elissa Federoff
DP: Clayton Combe
Choreographer: Will Rawls
AD: Rachel Horlick
Key Grip: Christopher Fisher
Gaffer: Justyn Davis
Props: Eve Biddle
Script Supervisor: George Westberg
Stylist: Jenni Shaw
Asst Stylist: Julianne Laney
Casting Lauren Charkow
PAs: Clark Frankel, Daisuke Kasagawa, John Kitsis
Edited by: Joshua Frankel and George Westberg
Greenscreen Keying and Rotoscoping: Spline VFX
VFX Supervisor: Leslie Chung
Tools Development: Clay Budin, Dan Fast
Digital Artists: Dave C Frankel, Carolyn Frisch, Rio Harrington, Minwoo Lee, Suzanne Porush, Hyun Jung Ra, David Sarma, Adam Yost
Studio and Invaluable Support provided by My Active Driveway
Images of Mars Courtesy of NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory - Caltech
Made possible with a generous grant from New York State Council On The Arts
"Barbara Bush 9.5.05" is from the album Katrina Ballads by Ted Hearne. The text in "Barbara Bush 9.5.05" is taken from an interview on American Public Media's Marketplace after Barbara visited Hurricane Katrina refugees in the Houston Astrodome.
Produced and Directed by Satan's Pearl Horses
KATRINA BALLADS is an hour-long song cycle by Ted Hearne, performed by 5 singers and a band of 11 musicians. Drawn entirely from primary source-texts from the week following Hurricane Katrina - including everything from first-person testimonies of survivors to George W. Bush’s infamous “heckuva job” – Katrina Ballads calls us to remember our experiences during that week in August and September 2005. Like American music and New Orleans itself, Katrina Ballads is an omnivorous and multistylistic work.