Jim doing his best Rick Wakeman, recording Caleb’s Requiem for a General Motors in Janesville, WI.
David and Melly in their isolation booths.
Brian and Taylor. (Taylor’s thunderous Marshall 4×12 was in then next room, at full volume.)
Eileen recording David’s sweet light crude.
David’s drums, awaiting the beating they received in Pat Muchmore’s Brennschluß.
In a recent interview with My Big Gay Ears, composer/performer Corey Dargel mentions for the first time publicly a new large scale project we’re working on with him, novelist Andrew Sean Greer, and stage director Emma Griffin.
“I’m not yet allowed to say what it’s based on,” he says “but religious delusion and schizophrenia play significant roles.” Can’t wait!
Read the full interview here, and stay tuned for more information on this exciting new project.
We’re very excited to report that the Jerome Composers Commissioning Program has just awarded a grant to Darcy James Argue to write a new large-scale work for us for next season. It’s to be called The Sleep Room and will be about the very creepy, CIA-funded MK-ULTRA experiments that took place at McGill University in the 1960s. We’re planning to premiere it in early 2011, and are very excited about the whole project!
For those who don’t know Darcy’s work, definitely check out his recent, much-lauded record on New Amsterdam.
Newspeak received a nice mention from Seth Colter Walls over at The Awl, where he gives an interesting account of our Wordless Music show, as well as thoughts on PR and “the scene.” The Awl’s motto is “be less stupid,” and SCW has definitely been doing his part to help make that happen. Worth a read.
Lots of Newspeak people in the news this summer! Here’s the roundup:
Most recently, our singer Mellissa Hughes was profiled on NPR’s All Things Considered for her role in Jacob Cooper’s mesmerizing opera TimberBrit. (Ted Hearne–who has written us a piece, and is about to write us another one–was also interviewed.) Read/listen here.
Our amazing percussionist Yuri Yamashita–“who sings bossa nova on the side”–recently took part in the Bang on a Can-organized Asphalt Orchestra, which got rave reviews all around. Yuri received specific mention in the NYTimes review, New York Magazine, and in Playbill.
A month ago, our drummer/composer/director David T. Little was profiled in the New Jersey Star Ledger. Also taking part in the interview was co-director/rockstar Eileen Mack. Give it a read.
Last but not least, about a month and a half ago or so, violinist/singer/composer Caleb Burhans, was awarded a huge and awesome grant from the Annenberg Foundation. More on that here.
Just came across this video on YouTube from our Wordless Music show. The piece is Massey’s Hit US from The New Austerity.
Many thanks to Ephman for vlogging it.
Prefixmag has some photos up from our recent wordless music show with The Fiery Furnaces. For example:
And click here for more incriminating evidence!
(Photos by Emliy Tan from Prefixmag.com)