Photo with Ralf Buschmeyer, Minsoo Sohn, and Laura Reid right after our Canadian premiere of David Lang's "death speaks" in Calgary, Alberta as part of the Honens Festival and Bison Noir. Also performed F. Schubert's Death and the Maiden and E. E. Cummings settings by yours truly.
"This You" by Tino Sehgal wraps up 9/29/16 in City Hall Park as part of the Public Art Fund's exhibit "The Language of Things".
Taking part in the Robert Rauschenberg Artists Residency for the beginning of October at Captiva Island, Florida to continue work on The Setup.
May 28 @ 8pm
World premieres of music by Ty Citerman and Jeanann Dara
Greenwich House Music School
46 Barrow Street, 2nd Floor
June 9 @ 7:30pm
Visual Artists at the Atrium: Jeremy Couillard and Ben Hall present Alien Puke Consciousness
David Rubinstein Atrium, Lincoln Center
9:30 Anagram Ensemble: Works by James Ilgenfritz, Natacha Diels, Elliott Sharp
Firehouse Space, Brooklyn
June 23-24 @ 9pm
June 25 @ 8pm
The Set Up: Kapila Venu
South Seaport Museum, NYC
June 28-September 29 @ sunrise
Tino Sehgal "This You"
Public Art Fund event
City Hall Park, NYC
September 9 @ 10pm
Canadian premiere of "death speaks" by David Lang
premieres of new settings by Megan Schubert
also Franz Schubert's "Der Tod und das Mädchen"
2016 Honens Festival Alberta, Canada
Recitals in Bennington, VT and NYC TBA
Judd Greenstein's A MARVELOUS ORDER (role of Jane Jacobs)
Kitty Brazelton's ART OF MEMORY (role of St. Augustine)
Wally Cardona and Jennifer Lacey's THE SETUP
album in the works
The Set Up : Proeung Chhieng
October 31, 2015 & November 1, 2015 at 4:00 pm
1 Avenue Albert 1er
Original Music: Megan Schubert
Dancers: Rebecca Warner, Wally Cardona, Jennifer Lacey
Mr. Chhieng, master of Hanuman (white monkey), was a principal dancer with the Royal Cambodian Ballet and played a major role in the post-war reclamation of Cambodian dance.
Part of a series of 8 dances by Wally Cardona & Jennifer Lacey
and 8 international masters of existent dance forms
“These collaborations carry within them many pre-existing notions around cultural exchange; contemporary & traditional practice; access, privilege, survival, economics, policy-making; dance-making; pedagogy; belief & doubt; presence, re-presence & representation; encoded systems & production tropes; identity – of dance, of body; the role of expectation in perceiving; ‘pure’ dance; exoticization; and how ‘the other’ is a man-made distinction that lends itself an air of inevitability.
Many of these notions are long-held. They can never be under-interrogated.
The Set Up challenges these notions and preconceptions, held by people in and outside of the project. It does not seek to demonstrate, represent or display. But it does seek to embody, engage and create movement around these notions within the work itself, its multi-stage process and responsive product.”
Premiered May 2013 at LMCC’s Project Space - indoors, 30’x40’ gallery-like white box
(Corner of Avenue C and 2nd Street, NYC)
10/14 Wednesday (EP)
Anagram Ensemble plays The Ticket That Exploded
Anne Rhodes, Megan Schubert, Nick Hallett, James Ilgenfritz (voices) Ty Citerman (guitar) Eyal Maoz (guitar) Denman Maroney (piano) Julianne Carney (violin) Meaghan Burke (cello) Jay Rozen (tuba) Sam Kulik (trombone) Dan Blake (sax) Robbie Lee (woodwinds) John O’Brien, Andrew Drury, Vinnie Sperazza (drums) Nicholas DeMaison (conductor)
8 and 10 pm
Experiments In Opera: The Travel Agency Is On Fire
Megan Schubert, Nick Hallett, Michael Douglas Jones (voices) Pauline Kim Harris, Sarah Bernstein (violins) James Moore (guitar) Jonathan Singer, Brian Chase (percussion) James Ilgenfritz (basses) Nathan Koci (conductor)
World Premiere: Psalms from Hell Cycle
Megan Schubert (soprano) Nate Wooley (trumpet) Christopher Hoffman, Mariel Roberts, Shanda Wooley, Eleanor Norton (cellos)
Written for and premiered on the 65Fen Music Series with Jamie Jordan 6/22/15
M: So… You don’t think I could get more than $500 for this room full of furniture and the upright piano…?
1x (tune) [i] vowel
M: I was reading a kidney goes for $250,000.
J: WHO’S SELLING A KIDNEY?!
M: Well, … me!
3x (tune) whistle
J: But you’d have to pay somebody… to remove that… illegally, right?
M: Right. The surgeon, and then the organ broker who’d take a cut…
J: mhmm (looks)
3x (tune) hums
M: Well, if I get a lung removed during the same surgery… Hey… those go for like $400,000…
J: Wait. ...Lung. But you’re a singer…
M: Yeah, yeah. I’ve thought it through. So I won’t get to sing Brunhilde roles… I’m OK with that.
J: So you’re going to compromise your career?
M: (responds with a look)
J: Next thing you’re going to tell me is that you’ll get an eye removed, wear an eye patch and just do studio work?
M: Oh, naw. Eyes don’t go for that much money.
J: WHAT. You thought about that too?
4x (tune) overtones
J: WHY ALL THIS ANYWAY?
M: Well, I didn’t want to default on my student loans…
2x (tune) hums
M: But you think I could sell this furniture for $500 though?
M: I found out I could sell my hair for $650…
J: Well, at least that grows back…
J: (shakes head 10 secs)
M: (nods 10 secs)
J+M look at each other then at audience
6/18 & 6/27
Art In General
Andrea Galvani's "The End"
HONK 210Hz - Make Music NY by Merche Blasco
Highline Observation space at 10th Ave and 17th Street
65Fen Music Series
9pm Josh Sinton and Nate Wooley
10pm Jamie Jordan and Megan Schubert
6/24, 6/25 & 6/26
River to River Festival
The Set-up: SAYA LEI
by Wally Cardona, Jennifer Lacey and Jonathan Bepler
Written December 17, 2012
What do you tell a child
that you've been protecting from the grim and the wild?
All'f a sudden those little white lies don't seem so mild.
So a status quo solution to politicize, rationalize, disenfranchise, proselytize?
Or bury myself in coping mechanisms like cynicism?
Or Is it any better to close my ears and my eyes?
I go to work. I go to work. I go to work. I go to work.
These emotions have no words to quell
the urge to purge the infotainment news outlets have to sell.
Time won't stop for me to take another look,
yet another tragedy becomes a footnote in this book.
We go to work. We go to work. We go to work. We go to work.
The problem lingers with pointed fingers, taking no responsibility.
In this panicked but strangely familiar daze, I look for humility.
Time to work. Time to work. Time to work. Time to work.
For 3 Voices, Video, Americana, and American Sign Language interpreter
Premiered with (and written for) Gelsey Bell and Kjersti Kveli on April 12, 2015 at Wild Project through Avant Media
ASL interpreter: Jackie Thorne
Audio 1: excerpt of 1906 Edison cylinder of "Keep On the Sunny Side" sung by Byron G. Harlan
Audio 2: Hillary Rodham Clinton/Elizabeth Warren/Sarah Palin mash-up
Live Singers: simultaneous national anthems in retrograde form
2. "Solo Silly Walks"
Where's the accountability?
freeze. (Jackie interprets)
Where's the nuance?
freeze. (Jackie interprets)
Whose narrative are you peddling?
freeze. (Jackie interprets)
3. Salesmen, auctioneer/bidders
|: LIP SERVICE! :|
|: PIGEON HOLES! :|
|: HOLLYWOOD TROPES! :|
|: OLD ANECDOTES! :|
|: VIRAL SOUNDBITES! :|
WE'LL TURN YOUR CULTURE AND CAUSE INTO A TREND!!!
Jackie on screen: Every industry has it's bullshit; it just has a different smell.
HOW MUCH WOULD YOU GIVE FOR ADAPTABILITY? SUSTAINABILITY?
500,000 shares on Facebook!
Page clicks! Exposure!
Over-qualified interns willing to work for free!
Jackie on screen: "Only connect..."
Each "replacement" text sung or recited in same pitches and rhythms as tunes and rhymes taught in childhood. Each singer chooses their own order of the selections.
Audio: Edison cylinders, Take Me Out to the Ball Game and Keep on the Sunny Side..
"I pledge allegiance..."
Thigh wedge a sea pence
clue the stag
of the chew-plighted skates of the Guernica
men stew the twee truck-lick
store rich Mitt brands
stunned flay run
bindi chisel bowl, gift trigger-y,
zen must-fish tour mall.
"Oh Beautiful, for spacious skies..."
O sue in full, floor racist ties
Thor timbre, slaves 'bove gain
or fur pull count in travesties
a love of truth in vain.
Oh Guernica, oh Guernica
Trog met this face gone three
Men drown guy-hood, stiffed other goods,
from plea to binding plea.
"O Say can you see by the dawn's early light?..."
GO-o slay ten fruit trees fly the fawns' pearly plight
cutthroat cowardly glee paled scat the sly fights gas teaming.
Loose paws swipe band trite scars grew the sterile mist night...
pour the strand arts he botched, learn, show pal auntie screaming.
Send the pockets thread bare, the toms thirsting with hair,
shave goof cue the blight flat hour swag trust til bare;
No sway thus trap char-fangled canner sweat knave,
tour the band of the tea, and the gnome of the grave.
"We the people of the United States..."
Flee the steeple of the two sighted mates, gin border through storm a core turf-flecked moon fun, fess gamble-ish cuss this...
"Four score and seven years ago..."
More gore and 'leven beers to go, power bothers not chore-thong incontinent, education bereaved thin pin your flea...
"We hold these truths to be self-evident..."
Squee! mold these youths for thee shelf Polident,
"Yankee Doodle went to town..."
Lanky strudel lent two gowns
sliding on a phony
duck together in this vat
land mauled with jack and no knee.
Jackie on screen: "Only connect..."
5. Loose Lips
Visual: slow scrolling WWII propaganda poster, "Loose Lips Might Sink Ships"
Maybe my biggest battle is with buzzwords--words and phrases in a verbal mine field that immediately signal someone to tune in or tune OUT and completely dismiss me. Give me a label!
Maybe I get too dystopian.
Maybe I'll be a corny motivational speaker.
Maybe I'll endorse a candidate.
Maybe I'll get too spiritual.
Maybe I'll get too intellectual.
Maybe I'll ask too many questions.
Maybe I'll sound like not just any feminist, but a man-hating feminist.
Maybe I'm pissed at feminists who know about Susan B. Anthony and NOT Ida B. Wells.
Maybe I'll go there about income inequality, about police brutality, about RACE.
Maybe I'll go there about the hypocrisy of this nation with a history of slavery and genocide and a prison industrial complex.
Maybe I'm browbeating.
Maybe I'll state opinion as fact.
Maybe I'm not listening hard enough either.
Maybe I sound like a conspiracy theorist.
Maybe I'll be completely abstract and apolitical, since I shouldn't make anyone uncomfortable.
Maybe I'll talk about gatekeepers and resources and the low rung for the content-makers.
Maybe I'm trying too hard to please too many people who wouldn't give me the time of day.
Maybe I say status quo is too much work. WHO DOES IT SERVE, ANYWAY?
Maybe I just like the sound of my own voice.
K-- (M's puppeteer) Or maybe I'm a mouthpiece for somebody else's agenda! blah blah blah filler filler
G--And now a word from our sponsors!
K--You need this. You don't know it yet, but once it seems like others need this, you might wonder if it's something you need too. (K runs to back of line)
G-- Do we deserve the government we allow??
Jackie on screen: "The master's tools won't dismantle the master's house." (Audre Lorde)
6. Princess Fonz walk
|: Lost in someone else's binary :|
(Short interview-style footage on experiences of internalized misogyny and "intent")
8. Swan Lake walk
Jackie on screen: "Only connect! That was the whole of her sermon. ...Live in fragments no longer." (E. M. Foster)
Premiered September 5, 2014 at the Resonant Bodies Festival
For solo voice and tape
Baby skunk haiku
keep a journal man
those neurons may not fire
the same way again
some people like it
some people will not like it
whoopsies! und! tadaaaaa!
they may be cute now
they'll grow up big and stinky
baby skunks for you
there's a pill for that.
but what if I don't want it?
there's a pill for that.
no time and no place
where people aren't full of shit.
hand me a lemon,
I might stick it in the fridge,
eat it tomorrow.
has a few pages in it
it might be fiction
© Megan Schubert 2014