The E|MERGE Residency at Earthdance in Plainfield, MA was a wonderful experience! It was a very busy time, with new ideas and new ways of thinking of new ideas always at hand. I participated in three project works, as well as holding a workshop (jointly with Davina Cohen) on songwriting for non-musicians. The projects varied from live improvisation, to sound design, to a bit of traditional composition. The process and explorations had all those elements, and everything in between: live playing with other musicians, private practice sessions, drawing, meditating, studying movement. It was a great honor and pleasure to meet and connect with so many talented artists, seeing what they do, how they do it, and learning from the many different processes around me. My world expanded, going beyond any expectations I had for this residency. And the food… words will not do it justice. Simply the best stuff on earth for mind, body, and soul, caringly and exquisitely prepared three times daily (special thanks to Andreas for the nutrition).
Focus now turns back to project-work:
I am currently composing and designing the sound stage for Krista DeNio’s Edith and Me. This is a fast-track project at the moment, and the show is being held on Thursday March 15th as part of the New Dance Alliance’s Performance Mix at the Joyce Soho in NYC. The piece centers on Edith Piaf, and uses her character and voice to tell of the struggles and the perseverance of an artist. Krista is the executive and artistic director at Earthdance, and many thanks go out to her for calling on me to participate in this wonderful, rich piece.
Show dates are March 29, 30, and 31 (Thurs, Fri, Sat) for Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers Beyond the Bones and tickets are going fast, as they always do for the KYL/D show at the Painted Bride.