February 3, 2018 @ 8pm
A Family Establishment with Prospect Theater Company
The TimesCenter - 242 W. 41st St, New York, NY
A new short musical with words by the brilliant and Wonderfully Human being, Justin Taylor, as part of Prospect Theater Company's Musical Lab Concert, MONUMENT, at The TimesCenter in Midtown (read: fancy seats and a great piano!). A Family Establishment centers on the Genovese Crime family's role in founding what eventually became one of the great symbols for the gay rights movement in America. Join us for a piece that skewers toxic masculinity, questions gender norms, and celebrates George Clinton's imperative to "free your ass, and your mind will follow."
Directed by Dev Bondarin | Music Direction by Dan Pardo
Featuring: Donnie Cianciotto, Maria Couch, Toren Nakamura, Jay Paranada, Jeff Williams,
Julian Wolfe, Carla Woods, and Luke Zimmerman
"Purpose" featured on Underwater New York!
One of my favorite local websites, Underwater New York, "a digital journal of writing, art, and music inspired by the waterways that surround New York City and the objects submerged within them," is featuring my song, "Purpose (or, the Great Subway Leviathan of 1904)". Take a listen here!
Nov 1 @ 6:30PM:
Met Opera + MOCA panel: Tackling Turandot's "Legendary China": A Complex Cultural Puzzle
I'll be moderating a panel of heavy hitters on behalf of the Met at the Museum of Chinese in America on the thorny cultural inheritance of Puccini's final masterpiece, and one of the world's most popular and performed operas, Turandot. Join me, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Du Yun, actor/writer/comedian Woody Fu, and Met Opera radio commentator and author Will Berger as we dive headfirst into questions of cultural authenticity, Culture (with a "capital C"), and how to engage with art in today's shifting climate with eyes wide open. Tickets and info here!
Nov 3 - 19 : Nectar (World Premiere), Axial Theatre, Pleasantville, NY
8 Sunnyside Ave, Pleasantville, NY
(Re)writing underscoring and a song or two for Katie Baldwin Eng's funny, moving, and wildly entertaining play, opening November 3 and playing thru November 19. More info here.
Check out some sound samples.
Sep 22 : AmericanAF Festival
The New Ohio Theater, 154 Christopher St
I'll be speaking on a panel of diverse and fascinating artists and multihyphenates on the topics of Story, Pipeline, and Changing the Narrative, moderated by the fabulous Crystal Arnette and Cleo Grey of SEQUIN, at the AmericanAF Festival at the New Ohio Theater. Come check it out here!
Sep 15 : National Sawdust - Friends and Family Concert
80 N. 6th St, Brooklyn NY
I'll be performing one of my own songs from my gestating song cycle, Such Strange Gravity, at one of my favorite spaces (where I also help produce a concert + conversation series called NS+), alongside my fellow colleagues, where we'll be sharing family-style.
Lullaby for Broadway Babysitters
I wrote a lullaby for a benefit album for Broadway Babysitters, performed by my dear friend, the incomparably fierce and (relatively) new mother, Pearl Sun.
12/8: Asian American Composers and Lyricists Project at Symphony Space NYC
2357 Broadway (@ W.95th st), 7:30pm
I'll be accompanying three fantastic performers, Pearl Sun, Mel Maghuyop, and Thom Sesma, in an original song of mine as part of a concert of other great Asian-American musical theater composers and lyricists. Yup, we do exist! (Apparently.)
11/21 -11/22: GHOST STORIES - staged reading at University Settlement
184 Eldridge St, Lower East Side | 11/21 at 7:30pm, 11/22 at 5:00pm
My one-act ghost musical set in Tokyo, Quietus, commissioned by Leviathan Lab and written with lyricist/bookwriter Katie Baldwin Eng, will have staged readings with Brooke Ishibashi, Steven Eng, and Thom Sesma. Directed by BD Wong, Music Direction by Andrew Wheeler.