OPERA OF THE WEEK
BMP is keeping the work of our artists out in the world as theaters are shuttered by offering an Opera of the Week which will stream here, on our homepage, for one week every Thursday at noon.
This week we share Brooklyn Babylon, a multimedia performance composed by Darcy James Argue with story and visuals by Danijel Zezeelj. The piece uses live instrumental music, animation, and live painting as its language of expression and communication to tell a story about the tallest tower in the world being constructed in the heart of futuristic Brooklyn.
Learn more about the work here and watch the entire piece below.
We share this work with gratitude to the extraordinary artists who worked on this production. They have given permission for us to share this recording free of charge.
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Check out special messages from composer Darcy James Argue and visual artist Danijel Zezelj below.
Music, Darcy James Argue
Story and Visuals, Danijel Zezelj
Scenic and Projection Design, Jim Findlay
Directorial Consultant, Isaac Butler
Lighting Design, Scott Bolman
Costume Design, Paloma Young
Stage Manager, Lindsey Turteltaub
Featuring Darcy James Argue's Secret Society
WINDS: Erica von Kleist, Rob Wilkerson, Sam Sadigurksy, John Ellis, Josh Sinton
TRUMPETS: Seneca Black, Tom Goehring, Matt Holman, Nadje Noordhuis, Ingrid Jensen
TROMBONES: Mike Fahie, Ryan Keberle, James Hirschfeld, Jennifer Wharton
RHYTHM: Sebastian Noelle, guitar; Gordon Webster, piano & melodica; Matt Clohesy, bass; Ted Poor, drums
Brooklyn Babylon was commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music for the 2011 Next Wave Festival and was supported by a grant from The MAP fund,
a program of Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Brooklyn Babylon was developed and received a preview performance at SUNY Purchase, Wiley Hausam, Executive Director.