Calamity Jane Defeats Conan: the Persistence of American Folklore in Fantasy Literature at World Fantasy Convention 2017.
English language fantasy literature traditionally draws heavily on European history, mythology and folklore. Many contemporary writers have worked to integrate the myths and literatures of non-European cultures and other underrepresented groups. But little attention has been given to the strong and persistent threads of American folklore running through our fantastic literature -- and how antebellum tales of frontier women, backwoodsmen, Yankee peddlers, myriad American tricksters and other popular archetypes inform contemporary fantasy narratives by North Americans. Some historical people lend themselves to becoming fantasy characters more than others. We can imagine Abe Lincoln killing Vampires, JFK surviving to help Elvis fight mummies, even Davy Crockett riding on a comet (a popular folk tale in the mid 1800s). What are the qualities which make such a hero so compelling in the transition between reality and fantasy? Copanelists: Christopher Brown (M), Stephanie Feldman, and Steve Saffel.
CEC ArtsLink for ILXI
Castaic Days Civic Association for The Castaic Days Festival
REDCAT for Toxikos at NOW Festival
American Conservatory Theater SF and the African American Shakespeare Company for Road Kill Giant
Live Arts Exchange Festival for As Occurred, As Recalled
California Electronic Music Exchange with CalArts and UCSD for The Next Step Is
The Industry Opera Company L.A. for Hopscotch, A Mobile Opera
Cahuenga: Place on the Hill, score for entry in Christopher Coppola's PAH Fest, with Ivan Carames
Winner, grand prize
Winner, best score
The Next Step Is, dance film by Victoria Sendra and choreographer Lindsey Lollie
Selected for CalArts Film/Video Showcase at REDCAT in Los Angeles
Selected for Out of the Box Festival at Jam Jar in Dubai
Selected for Dance For Camera Festival at the Lincoln Center in NYC
Selected for Dance Camera West at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles
Selected for Dance on Film Series at Jacob Burns Film center in NYC
Selected for Dance on Film Tour at Scotiabank Dance Centre in Vancouver
Selected for Dance on Camera Festival 2013 at University of Michigan
Eden's Embrace, score for short film by Nishan Hagop
Selected for Sundance Film Festival
Ripples, score for Project Pioneer 48-Hour Film Competition entry by Sloane Korach and Tony West
Winner, grand prize
As occurred, as recalled, with Whyteberg Dance Company.
Premiered at Automata Space Los Angeles as an LAX 2016 featured work
Made possible by a grant from Live Arts Exchange
Interval, with choreographer Lindsey Lollie.
Premiered at Celebrate Dance 2014
Selected for REDCAT Spring Studio 2014
Selected for CalArts Commuter Festival 2014
Yes is Not Passive, with CalArts professors Stephanie Nugent and Robin Cox
Director's pick at Santa Cruz Fringe Festival
Performed at REDCAT
Performed at ARC Pasadena
The Next Step is to Go Back, with choreographer Lindsey Lollie.
Selected for Pasadena Dance Festival
Selected for California Electronic Music Exchange Concert (CEMEC) at UCSD
Selected for American College Dance (ACDFA) Festival Association Showcase 2012
I Am, with choreographer Mersiha Mesihovic of CircuitDebris
Selected for NYC10 Dance Initiative showcase
Selected for Dance Soire by Sobers and Godly
Selected for Brooklyn NY Dance Festival organized by Fresh Peach Dance
Selected by the nonprofit 92Y as part of Roots in Revolution
Bits of Mind, with choreographer Yanina Orellana
Selected for CalArts Accepted Student Event
Memory is a Movie, with CalArts dance professor Laurence Blake
Performed at REDCAT
ASTEROZOA, a multi-ensemble work for my MFA graduation recital including string quartet, African Ewe ensemble, and five simultaneous grand pianos
Lunatic Sun, original feature-length musical, for drums, percussion, guitar, banjo, ukulele, electric bass, and chorus. Workshop debut directed by Michael Yichao Wang and produced by Aaron L. McKinney
Flight, an acrobatic opera by Katie Gardner, for string duet and fixed-media, with Chaz Underriner
Tango Alemán, by Maurico Kagel, performed with Shane Summers, Yu-Ting Wu, and Lucié Vitkova
Featured on the CalArts website
John Cage Centenary: The Long Books, a performance of John Cage's Song Books
The only full realization of the Song Books during a single solo performance in history
ILXI, algorithmic choral piece by Denis Kolokol
Made possible by a grant from CEC ArtsLink
The Fairy Queen as Francis Flute in Henry Purcell's opera based on A Midsummer Night's Dream
Prosper Springs as Tenor 2 in the debut of Chaz Underriner's experimental opera
The House is Open as The Doctor in the debut of Alex Vassos's contemporary electroacoustic opera
Music Theater Improv Troupe, long form musical improvisation directed by Michael Yichao Wang
Opera Scenes: Die Fledermaus as Eisenstein in a selection of scenes from Johann Strauss's classic farce
Mini-Golf as Blortus in the premiere of Kristin Erickson's electroacoustic musical
Mess In A Bottle, providing voice and vocal percussion for spoken word artist Aleshea Harris.
Gas Banjo, original song selected for the CalArts Singer/Songwriter CD
Wade in the Water, a cappella spiritual recorded for production of To Kill a Mockingbird in Hollywood
Prague, a just-intonation vocal composition by Christoffer Schunk
ILXI, algorithmic choral piece by Denis Kolokol, realized with support of CEC ArtsLink
Lunatic Nail Cut, Serge synth player, from the album Stroboberries by Julian Valdi-Vieso
Castaic Days Outdoor Festival
Master of Ceremonies, Castaic Lake Recreation Area, May 4—5, 2013
Assistant and master of ceremonies for the entertainment portion of the annual nonprofit community event sponsored by the Castaic Days Civic Association.
ASTEROZOA, MFA Graduation Recital
Composer, Producer, Performer, Roy O. Disney Concert Hall, March 19, 2013
Scheduled rehearsals, coordinated with collaborators and administrators, provided marketing and outreach, media documentation, developed performance layout and live sound design.
Lunatic Sun, Hip Hop Jazz Bluesical
Writer, Composer, Co-Producer, Coffeehouse Theater, December 1, 2012
Creator and co-producer of the workshop premiere of my original musical, involving musician and actor rehearsals, sound design, scheduling, marketing and outreach, and score editing.
Music Director, Vocalist, Vocal Percussion, Iole, Highways Theater, Santa Monica, July 7—12, 2013
Performing and improvising the premiere of a pop culture/Greek tragedy mash-up.
Music Director, Vocal Percussion, Synths, REDCAT, Los Angeles, August 8—10, 2013
Music direction, instruction and performance for the NOW Festival for new theatrical works.
Road Kill Giant
Music Director, Melodica, Various, American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco, January 23—25, 2014
Devised and performed music and sound for debut workshop performance.
IT Customer Support, Los Angeles, CA, November 2015—Present
Linux-based server management and support. Mostly troubleshooting related to LAMP stack, WordPress and database issues, DNS, and email. I write and edit technical support materials for internal use.
Hoffman Patent Group
Legal Assistant, Online Jack-of-All-Trades, Valencia, CA, June 2013—June 2014
Patent and trademark searches. Responsible for every aspect of the law firm's internet presence, including updating social media, market research and outreach, plus website coding, content, design and maintenance.
California Institute of the Arts
Graduate Assistant, Valencia, CA, September 2012—May 2013
Managed and coordinated the Dizzie Gillespie Recording Studio at CalArts, including maintenance, troubleshooting, scheduling and adminstrative duties.
Librarian, Valencia, CA, September 2012—May 2013
Responsible for keeping track of all library media, shelving, checking in, logging, working with students to help them use facilities most effectively.
Film Librarian, Valencia, CA, September 2012—May 2013
Responsible for organizing and checking out all video media including film stock and tape, keeping track of projectors and film carts, and checking out viewing stations and rooms.
Contractor, Los Angeles, CA Aug 2007—Present
Worked as freelance composer and recording artist with the ultimate goal of building a portfolio for grad school.
The Boat Studio
Assistant Sound Engineer, Los Angeles, CA, March 2007—Aug 2007
Designing and implementing recording setups, scheduling clients, administrative duties, all session duties for high profile bands like Stanley Clark and the Sex Pistols.
Data Management Operator, Los Angeles, CA, July 2006—March 2007
Operated the largest digital storage facility on the west coast. Implemented and wrote UNIX scripts, allocated space, recorded digital tapes, created paperwork, and scheduled filmouts.
Vault Administrator/Runner, Los Angeles, CA, June 2004—July 2006
Administrative duties, Microsoft Excel, Outlook, Filemaker Pro. Responsible for labeling, cataloguing and transporting all media elements in fast-paced, high profile feature post production facility, including film, sound, digital tape, and storage drives.
Barry Kirsch Recording
Intern, Dubai, UAE, Summer 2004
Assisted sessions, produced beats, administrative duties, and occasionally stepping in to record vocals.