AppSprngBrk gets a shout from Helen Shaw

“8. Appalachian Spring Break. Choreographer-dancer Scotty Heron and composer Brendan Connelly are both such uninhibited Chaos Muppets that when they take the stage for their hilarious junkshop tribute to Martha Graham and Aaron Copland, you’re often deeply concerned about the health of their sound equipment. Connelly tootles, blasts and sighs his electro-noise score on a deconstructed clarinet; Heron flings himself around in pointe shoes or heels or a Graham-ian stretchy tube o’ fabric; the two clamber over each other like a pair of puppies figuring out for the first time they have legs. It seems like mayhem, and then beauty asserts itself—classic and anarchic and enlivening at once, the perfect expression of vernal riot.”

Helen Shaw’s Best Shows of 2015: The ones that should come back


Appalachian Spring Break shout-outs!

Two nice little mentions of Appalachian Spring Break, the show I made with Scotty Heron – one in The New York Times, the other in Artforum.  This piece has already had a long life,  developed in New Orleans at the Contemporary Arts Center, a pre-premiere at the great Bryant Lake Bowl in Minneapolis, and another run coming in November in New Orleans during the new Fringe Festival. Finally, in December, we will have the New York unveiling at JACK, everybody’s favorite new spot for the experimental, the political and the wild.  Get it on your calendars: December 10 -12!

PearlDamour Projects 2015

PearlDamour is everywhere (!) and I am so happy to be making music with them. Here’s what’s up:

-LOST IN THE MEADOW – a performance in a giant field at Longwood Gardens (west of Philly) – is finally going to happen (after years of development. September 10th opening. The story (by Lisa Damour) of a group of strangers wandering a meadow in search of…something. Directed by Katie Pearl and in collaboration with set monster Mimi Lien and sound wizard Nick Kourtides. I am composing a score for percussion and electronics, performed by Yarn/Wire. Whoa.

-HOW TO BUILD A FOREST is happening in New Orleans, the place of its birth. Contemporary Arts Center, October 2015. A difficult-to-describe eight-hour performance installation of the construction of a beautiful ecosystem designed by Shawn Hall – in which my secret sounds – based on the materials of our faux-forest – morph into a world of digital birds and insects (co-designed with the great Christopher Delaurenti.  Good time lapse video here, to give you an idea.

and finally:

-Much is bubbling in the world of MILTON. Great article in the New York Times. Not sure which Milton is next – but we’re closing in on Oregon. More soon.