Northrop’s 2019-20 Fall Series opens on Sep 28, so what better way to prepare than to immerse yourself in the music integrated in the performances? Delve deeper into what you’ll hear at Northrop’s upcoming programs. Educate your ears on a dazzling season with styles spanning jazz, Irish and Nordic folk, classical, live drumming, hip-hop, and more, telling the stories of choreographed work through sound.
The Great Gatsby
Celebrated film and television composer Carl Davis revives the roaring 20s, “simmering era of jazz” in his score for Jorden Morris’ The Great Gatsby. The score combines numerous styles, linking dance tunes and Americana-style fanfares with waltzes, foxtrots, and bluesy, jazz-inflected sounds. Davis also notably wrote a score for a 2000 television adaptation of The Great Gatsby. The score will be played by a live, 27-piece orchestra made up of local Twin Cities musicians..
Three to One
Considering the inherently musical art of tap dance, choreographer Michelle Dorrance created an integral and collaborative experience in the creation of Myelination’s score. Brooklyn-based duo Prawn Til Dante (comprised of Michelle’s brother Donovan Dorrance and Gregory Richardson), actively participated in a majority of Dorrance Dance’s rehearsals while working to develop music to sync harmoniously with the choreography and energy of Myelination, and vice versa. This score flaunts energetic pulses and jazzy solos, rhythmic piano, meditative drones, and melodic bass lines, offering a complimentary companion to the percussive craft of tap dance.
Listen to the Dorrance Dance’s mixed repertory program playlist below or here.
Swan Lake/Loch na hEala
Dublin-based band Slow Moving Clouds was commissioned by Teaċ Daṁsa to create an original score for choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan’s Swan Lake/Loch na hEala in 2016. The string-heavy score was built on the band’s critically acclaimed album, Os (compared to the work of Icelandic post-rock legends Sigur Rós), premiered at the 2016 Dublin Theatre Festival, and was awarded Best Production at the 2017 Irish Theatre Awards. Made up of three members on nyckelharpa, vocals, fiddle, and cello, Slow Moving Clouds brings together roots in the Irish and Nordic folk traditions with post-punk drones, baroque strings, and soaring falsetto vocals.
Kiona and the Little Bird Suite
As Night Falls - Abridged
Crying Men - Excerpts
Kiona and the Little Bird Suite utilizes body percussion influenced by traditional Samoan Sasa (seated dance) and Fa’ataupati (slap dance) incorporating singing and chanting. Black Grace commissioned new music by hip-hop legends Anonymouz (Faiumu Matthew Salapu) and Submariner (Andy Morton) for Crying Men, which drives percussively powerful movement from dancers and singers. Additional pieces include Redaction by Richard Nunns, Mark Lockett and Jeff Henderson, and narration by Nathanial Lees.
Method explores the raw and refined by combining simple images of boyhood memories with J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto no.3: II. Adagio and III. Allegro assai, arranged for guitar quartet and played by the New Zealand Guitar Quartet (watch them play the work here). Featured in As Night Falls are numerous timeless works by Vivaldi mixed with traditional hand clap percussion.
“I started working with multiple soundtracks in rehearsals. Somehow Vivaldi found a way in and stuck, I can’t quite recall how this happened. It was around this time that I decided to focus on the hope.” –– Neil Ieremia
Listen to the full playlist below or here.