“The songs on “Jazz for the End of the World” are alluringly portentous. It’s tempestuous music made for uncertain times. During pandemic the jazz clubs are closed, but Lemieux’s vocals evoke all the smoke and whiskey of a dark barroom.”
- JUSTIN PAPP, HEARST CT MEDIA
A BOOK BY CHELSEA DANBURG
I was delighted to collaborate with writer and artist Chelsea Danburg to create a soundscape for her new book of poetry and photography, "Painted by Rain." You can learn more about Chelsea and her work here, and listen to the soundscape at right. I will be accompanying Chelsea live, at readings throughout the spring.
In this short, original musical film voiced by the instruments in a chamber ensemble (HUB New Music), Monday leaves her unhappy home and strikes out into the winter night in search of a friend. She encounters several unsuitable ones before she meets the moon, and falls in love. Monday tries to climb up to the moon, but fails, and must come up with a creative solution so that they can be together.
Winner, Best Composer, CIFT Festival of Toronto (December 2020); Semi-finalist, Best Animated Short NYCFA (2020); Official Selection, SoutheastInternational Film and Music Festival 2020, Semi-Finalist, Best Composer, Montreal Independent Film Festival (November 2020), Official Selection, Legacy Theatre Film Festival. Story, editing and original score by Sarah LeMieux. Puppetry, puppet, set and lighting design by Anatar Marmol-Gagné
I had the opportunity to go down to The Living Room NYC, to do an interpretation of Paul Lorenz's beautiful visual scores at his recent show Convergence. It was a very Manhattan evening, and the sounds of the city were dense and shiny. I asked Perri, the gallery owner, to open the window so I could record some of the soundscape and mix it in to my process. Beginning with the piece, "125 Lines," I sat and played with Paul's score as a framework for about 40 minutes, using my laptop and Logic, outside sounds, and a little midi controller with a pitch wheel. This is the result. When I was done, I listened back while watching a slo-mo video I took of my cab ride there, and it unlocked some kind of narrative ensemble-cast energy for me that I found very centering. I hope you like it as much as I did. Photos and documentary video by Perri Neri, graphic score by Paul Lorenz, slow motion video and sound by Sarah LeMieux.
Singing songs with friends at a distance in 2020. Featuring Marjorie Halloran, Eli Oberman, Ethan Foote and Megan DiGeorgio.
“We are connected” is a music and image composition and installation devoted to honoring the beauty of the community we are creating every day. No matter how alone or divided we might feel, we are all connected to each other. In “We are connected,” the familiar sounds of the water, the birds, the train and the wind in the trees are all combined with melodies to form a symphony that supports and elevates a chorus of voices in many languages. The composition is intentionally acousmatic - separating sounds from their sources, and weaving them together in intentional combinations to illuminate connections between and among them.
In July and August 2019, the film was presented as part of an audiovisual installation at Rene Soto Gallery and Vermont College of Fine Arts, and and projected onto the threads of a loom. Visitors to the installation took a piece of fabric or string and wove it into our tapestry. By the end of the exhibition, the piece looked much different from all of our participation. Press coverage of the installation can be read here. In March and April of 2023, the installation was up at the Norwalk Art Space.