OKLAHOMA! @ St. Ann's Warehouse
Sep
27
to Oct 28

OKLAHOMA! @ St. Ann's Warehouse

Daniel Fish's reimagining of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical OKLAHOMA! hits NYC after many years in the making. We made this show at Bard Summerscape festival in 2015, and we're all excited to finally bring it to the city. It's a beautiful and weird musical to start with, and our production just slightly nudges it into an even starker and more distilled version of itself. Re-scored for small folk band by the amazing Daniel Kluger, a band full of folk and new music all stars (Eleonore Oppenheim, Joe Brent, Brett Parnell, Hilary Hawke, Sarah Goldfeather, and Leah Coloff), choreo by John Heginbotham, music direction by yours truly. It'll be a great time.

Previews start Sept. 27
Official opening is Oct. 7
Runs through Oct. 28

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BRIMSTONE & GLORY - Wordless Music @ Celebrate Brooklyn
Jul
21
7:30 PM19:30

BRIMSTONE & GLORY - Wordless Music @ Celebrate Brooklyn

Truly excited to conduct the Wordless Music Orchestra for the first time in this live film score event of Brimstone and Glory. It's part of Celebrate Brooklyn, so it's FREE and will be a really beautiful evening. 

From their website:

One of the biggest movie screens in NYC will explode with light, color, and sound during this screening and live orchestral score of BRIMSTONE & GLORY, a documentary from the creative team behind Beasts of the Southern Wild about the National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico. Once a year, the festival erupts through the city, temporarily transforming it into a blaze of sparks and flames, and in the climactic "running of the bulls," the bravest participants dance and skip amid toritos discharging fireworks, raining burning ash on everyone. Brimstone & Glory takes us on a wild and cinematic journey through the festival, focusing more on capturing the experience than explaining it. We see a crew member build a giant firework castle only to have it prematurely catch fire, watch abstract super-duper-slowmo shots of eruptions, and even spend time in an ambulance with some reckless cavorters. "Mixing sheer spectacle with human-interest threads, [the film is] a poetical, entrancing documentary." (Variety)

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The Head and the Load @ Tate Modern, London
Jul
11
to Jul 15

The Head and the Load @ Tate Modern, London

The world premiere of this major new work is performed against the dramatic backdrop of Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. William Kentridge’s latest project combines music, dance, film projections, mechanised sculptures and shadow play to create an imaginative landscape on an epic scale. It tells the untold story of the hundreds of thousands of African porters and carriers who served in British, French and German forces during the First World War.

I'll be playing accordion in this with The Knights, with a small boat strapped to my head. 

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HIGHWATER FESTIVAL - GCB, Shrimp Family Band
Apr
20
6:00 PM18:00

HIGHWATER FESTIVAL - GCB, Shrimp Family Band

Beyond thrilled to be joining my Charleston musical family at this event - curated by Shovels and Rope, presented by Paul Bannister and co. It's such a batch of positive musical and hometown vibes I can't help but be excited. I'll hit with the Garage Cuban Band AND the Shrimp Family Band paying tribute to Tom Petty at the LOW TIDE SOCIAL on Friday night at the festival grounds, then taking in the sounds of all the other more famous people on Sat/Sun. 

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The Principles of Uncertainty TOUR! (North Carolina, Bulgaria)
Mar
16
to Mar 28

The Principles of Uncertainty TOUR! (North Carolina, Bulgaria)

Maira Kalman, Dance Heginbotham, and The Knights (incl. me on accordion) tour this wonderful piece of dance theater to Asheville, NC (Diana Wortham Theater), Durham NC (Duke Performances), and PLOVDIV BULGARIA (Spotlight Festival of American Dance). 

March 16-17, 2018 - Diana Wortham Theater, Asheville, NC

March 23-24, 2018 - Duke Performances, Durham, NC

March 28, 2018 - Spotlight Dance Festival, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, 

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ELECTRIC LUCIFER
Jan
9
to Jan 12

ELECTRIC LUCIFER

Jim Findlay and Philip White and a mess of other intensely talented folks have re-imagined the albums of Bruce Haack to create a rock opera theater piece. I'll be Music Directing as well as playing keyboards and and harmonized trumpet. Click the link for more info because my description will barely scratch the surface. 

Jan 8-13, 8pm each night

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Hadestown @ The Citadel Theater, Edmonton
Nov
11
8:00 PM20:00

Hadestown @ The Citadel Theater, Edmonton

I'm headed to Canada to serve as Associate Music Director on the musical Hadestown this fall. I won't be in a performing role, but this is such a fantastic piece of music and theater and art that you should treat yourself to if you're nearby. The run is Nov. 11 - Dec. 3, 2017. 
 

All the info here: http://www.citadeltheatre.com/show/hadestown/

 

 

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Principles of Uncertainty @ BAM Next Wave
Sep
27
to Sep 30

Principles of Uncertainty @ BAM Next Wave

Wed. Sept 27 7:30pm
Thurs. Sept 28 7:30pm
Fri. Sept 29 7:30pm
Sat. Sept 30 2:30pm
Sat. Sept 30 7:30pm

Over the course of a year, author, illustrator, and avid collector of human experience Maira Kalman kept an online graphic diary for The New York Times called “The Principles of Uncertainty.” In this dance-theater collaboration, choreographer John Heginbotham brings Kalman’s candy-colored musings on travel, beauty, and mortality to fanciful, moving life. Inspired by the various walks the two acclaimed artists took together over many months, The Principles of Uncertainty is a meditation on the objects, memories, friends, and strangers that fill our days. As Kalman herself passes the time onstage, dancers move to music performed live by members of chamber ensemble The Knights in this telescopic vision of everyday wonder.

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"Lowlands" premiere @ Sunview Luncheonette
Sep
16
8:00 PM20:00

"Lowlands" premiere @ Sunview Luncheonette

Excited to join a really fun bill of awesome folks to premiere James Moore's new accordion piece "Lowlands". It's a beautiful piece based on the old old ballad The Golden Vanity, and involves some audience sing-along, so GET READY. 

sept 16 / thesunview.org / 8 pm show / $10

https://www.facebook.com/events/165696260672254/

CARLO COSTA + SEAN ALI + JONATHAN MORITZ / 

http://www.carlocostamusic.com/

ANNA RG + LEA BERTUCCI share duo music / fiddle+banjo, saxophone + tapes&loops

and two brand new works :
NATHAN KOCI premieres "Lowlands" by JAMES MOORE / inspired by the ancient ballad The Golden Vanity

ANNA & ELIZABETH premiere "The Wife of Usher's Well" and "Moore's Field" / short films made in collaboration with director/cinematographer JACOB BLUMBERG, and Thomas Brown & Grace Sachi / dance films set to two archival recordings of ballads


there will be pie.

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The Principles of Uncertainty: Dance Heginbotham + Maira Kalman
Aug
23
to Aug 27

The Principles of Uncertainty: Dance Heginbotham + Maira Kalman

I'm excited about this one. Playing accordion/piano/who-knows-what...

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award-winner John Heginbotham and acclaimed illustrator Maira Kalman join forces for the world premiere of The Principles of Uncertainty. Imaginative set design meets whimsical dance theatre, promising a delightful evening full of wit and charm.

The Principles of Uncertainty is an evening-length dance theatre work choreographed and directed by Heginbotham, inspired by Kalman’s written and visual art, set to an original score composed, arranged, and curated by Brooklyn Rider and Silk Road Ensemble’s Colin Jacobsen.

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"Lowlands" Premiere @ Infrequent Seams Festival
Jun
21
8:00 PM20:00

"Lowlands" Premiere @ Infrequent Seams Festival

James Moore is writing me a solo accordion piece called "Lowlands" and I'm really excited to premiere it on the Infrequent Seams Festival - an outcropping of James Ilgenfritz's record label of the same name. $15. 

PROGRAM/PERFORMERS:
Melissa Hughes / Philip White
Bhob Rainey / James Ilgenfritz

Anna Vitale reads from Detroit Detroit
Chris Cochrane / Stuart Popejoy
Lester St Louis
Josh Sinton 
HOT DATEShayna Dulberger / Chris Welcome
Kathy Supové, Jennifer Choi, & James Moore: World Premiere from James Ilgenfritz 
Anagram Solos: Dan Blake (music by Marcello Toledo)
Anagram Solos: Nathan Koci ("Lowlands" by James Moore)
Roberta Michel:  "Happy Days" by Arthur Kampela

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PEOPSSONGS @ Shapeshifter
Jun
8
1:00 PM13:00

PEOPSSONGS @ Shapeshifter

Presented by Anti-Social Music, PEOPSSONGS is an a capella, choral song cycle with texts drawn from a series of portraits by the artist Fly, one of the most prominent graphic artists to come out of the Lower East Side squatter scene, documenting LES characters, musicians and artists, and the drifters, visionaries, and charlatans passing through that world. Her longest-running project is a series called “PEOPS": single-page, head-and-shoulders portraits of the characters and scenesters she's met, surrounded by transcriptions of her conversations with them during the sitting. A few are well known – John Perry Barlow, Richard Hell, John Zorn (who says "Her visions should be read every morning instead of your daily newspaper") – but most are simply members of the transient underground. Composer Franz Nicolay went through Fly's PEOPS archive, selected fifteen of the portraits, and edited their words down to provide the texts he has set. This work was made possible by a residency at the Rensing Arts Center.

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Hands Free House Show!
Jun
3
8:00 PM20:00

Hands Free House Show!

Dolphin Inc. Presents has put together a really lovely bill for a show at this loft space in Gowanus. The Hands Free (myself, James Moore, Caroline Shaw, and Eleonore Oppenheim) will play a set around 9pm, and the evening will be full of other great performers, including Joe Brent, Brian Drye, Ulfur Hansson, GYDA, and Joan as Police Woman. $20 at the door. 

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