A HUNGER ARTIST
"A Hunger Artist" is an experimental dance theater production that follows the journey of a fasting artist who lives for, but simultaneously resents his audience. A combination of avant garde, Vaudeville slapstick, jazz and contemporary dance the piece relates the hyper self-critical journey of the young, striving artist. Inspired by Franz Kafka's A Hunger Artist, composer and director Simona Smirnova takes us on a rollercoaster of grotesque images versus pure emotion.
Composer, director, vocalist: Simona Smirnova
Dancers: Madeline Miller, Séarlait Rose Carr, Mary Teuscher, Jamichael Frazier.
Musicians: Rinat Tregerman (piano), Matt Pitts (bass), Vlade Guigni (drums)
Lighting designer: Georgeta Seserman
Stage manager: Jacquelyn Weatherbee
PREVIOUS SHOW DATES
2017 July 9th (Sunday) 7:30PM
BU Dance Theater, 915 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215.
2017 July 8th (Saturday) 2:00PM
BU Dance Theater, 915 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215.
2017 June 10th (Saturday) 7:00PM
2017 June 9th (Friday) 7:00PM
Artistic workshop "A Hunger Artist"
2017 May 20th (Saturday) 7:00PM, 2017
Dance Complex , 536 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139.
The show is followed by official album release party.
Tickets: $25, $15 students, BDA members.
April 7th, 7:00PM (Door 6:30PM), 2017
Green Street Studios, 185 Green St, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139.
February 10th and 11th 7:00pm, 2017
Sandpaper Factory, 379 Liberty Street, Rockland, MA, 02370.
June 25th, 8:00pm, 2016
Piano Craft Gallery, 793 Tremont st, Boston, MA.
Suggested cover $15, with student ID $10.
May 14th, 8:30pm, 2016
Lilypad Inman, 1353 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139.
Admission: $15, w/ Student ID $10.
February 28th, 7:00pm, 2015
Music video shooting
@ Berklee College of Music, The Loft (921 Boylston st, Boston)
February 11th, 7:30pm, 2015
Berklee College of Music,
David Friend Recital Hall (921 Boylston st, Boston)
December 5th, 7pm, 2014
Berklee College of Music,
Berk Recital Hall 1A (1140 Boylston st, Boston)
EXPLORING VOICE, ZITHER, BODY & MIND
Simona is a teaching artist. She enjoys giving workshops about vocal health, jazz, free improvisation, and daily practices.
Currently available workshops:
- JAZZ SINGING AND IMPROVISATION (for intermediate and advanced vocalists and musicians).
- VOCAL HEALTH (all levels).
- DISCOVER YOUR INNER VOICE (all levels).
- LITHUANIAN KANKLĖS (all ages and levels).
- VOICE & BODY (for vocalists, dancers, actors. Minimal movement required).
LIVE SCORE FOR THE SILENT FIM
"The Passion of Joan of Arc" (1928)
An original string quartet score for the silent film "The Passion of Joan of Arc" (1928) (director Carl Theodor Dreyer) was composed by Simona Smirnova in 2018. The score received Opportunity Grant by City of Boston and was a part of The 15th biennial Feminist Theory and Music conference in Boston, in June 2019, and Composers Now 2020 Festival in New York City in February 2020.
PREVIOUS PERFORMANCE DATES
September 15th, 2018
in collaboration with a composer Luis Antonio Fraire
SPRINKLER ARTIST FACTORY
June 8th, 2019
International Alliance for Women in Music (IAWM), Feminist Theory and Music 15 (FT&M15) Joint Conference "Women, Feminists, and Music: Transforming Tomorrow Today"
Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA
August 7th, 2019
26 Beach Ave, Kennebunk, ME 04043
February 7th, 2020
Composers Now 2020 Festival New York
Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site
28 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003
JOAN OF ARC ALBUM
All pieces from the live score are recorded in the album "Joan of Arc, for String Quartet", you can listen to the album here.
MEET THE TEAM
JOSH HENDERSON, violin I
NYC based Violinist, Violist, Electric Bassist and Composer Josh Henderson leads a multi-faceted career that ranges from solo performances with orchestras to playing electric violin in Rock Bands. A player in the groups Contemporaneous, Alkali, and Warp Trio among others, he regularly performs all over the globe and loves playing music of all styles.
He can be found online at .
CAROLINE DREXLER, violin II
Caroline Drexler is a New York City based violinist. As an enthusiastic orchestral musician, she is a roster musician with the Chamber Orchestra of New York and tenured chair with the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera. She can also be seen performing with the American Ballet Theater orchestra, Symphony in C, and the Savannah Philharmonic. Caroline’s NYC performances have taken her to venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Merkin Hall.
As a recording artist, Caroline can be heard on projects for the Smithsonian Museum and Bungie Games. She appeared as a New York Fashion Week performer for designers such as Tory Burch and Dolce and Gabbana and as a guest performer on The Tonight Show. She’s performed with musicians including Michael Buble and Bernadette Peters.
Caroline performs chamber music with the Desdemona Ensemble, an versatile chamber group dedicated to championing the works of contemporary composers. Performances with Desdemona include the premiere of Magdalene at the Prototype Opera Festival and the Larsen Young Artist Spotlight chamber series with the Savannah Philharmonic.
She graduated with honors with a Masters in Music from the University of Tennessee.
Her private teachers include Andrea Bryant, Maria Sampen, Timothy Christie, Don Zimmer, Blair Milton, and Gary Kosloski. She has performed in masterclasses with Mauricio Fuks, Paul Kantor, Alex Kerr, Frank Almond, Lucie Robert, Ilya Kaler, Bill Preucil, and Gerardo Ribeiro. She received her B.A. from Covenant College and graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee with a Masters in Violin Performance.
TREVOR NEW, viola
Trevor New, a Brooklyn-based electro-acoustic viola musician, has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia as a soloist, chamber musician, and recording artist. He has appeared as a soloist performing the Elgar Cello Concerto transcribed for Viola, and premiering the Henderson Viola Concerto with the Chelsea Symphony of New York in 2014. As a chamber musician he has played with the Balkan Chamber Orchestra on a multi-city tour of Japan, Chris McNulty on her Jazz album “Eternal”, Joe Daley’s “Portraits and Virtues”, David Chesky's “Joy and Sorrow”, Feist's “Metals”, Hip-hop Violinist and Emmy award winner Damien Escobar, and in the TV Orchestra of television's first drama about life in a Symphony, “Mozart in the Jungle”. In 2018 Trevor performed a concert series with Academy award winner Joe Hisaishi, playing his film scores, including “Spirited Away” at Carnegie Hall. Trevor, interested in the effect that music has in describing and effecting social issues and human experiences, premiered the Quartet titled “Offer” by Ernest Casutto a Dutch-Jewish Holocaust survivor, which was written in 1944 while he was in a concentration camp, and performed at Carnegie Hall for the "Black Stars of the Great White Way" Broadway Reunion. He also performed as a part of a series called “Broadway Sings” for The Trevor Project, to raise money for suicide prevention efforts among LBGTQ youth. His work as a sound designer, engineer/producer, and performer can be found in a variety of media, including film scores, arranging, electronic music, TV. In a Timeout New York review of a recent production of the play "Your Hair Looked Great" his music was described as "Smartly Scored". Trevor designs solo performances playing his viola and singing and using Ableton Live for looping and effects. He has been hard at work developing his custom sound setup which features the Myo armband, an open source gestural control sensor, midi controllers made by Keith McMillen, and effects he designed himself.
JULIA HENDERSON, cello
Recent performances have found cellist Julia Henderson at Bargemusic, Carnegie Hall, the Joyce theater, HERE Arts Center and in other venues throughout New York City. A versatile performer, Julia is a member of New Haven Symphony and the Sarasota Opera Orchestra, and has appeared with the Rochester Philharmonic, New World Symphony, Britten-Pears Orchestra, Aspen Festival Orchestra, and others. She is the cellist of Desdemona Ensemble, a chamber group that brings eclectic and exciting programming to intimate venues throughout New York City, most recently in the premiere of the chamber opera “Magdalene,” and she performs regularly throughout the US with chamber music theatre group Core Ensemble. Julia has spent three summers performing and teaching on the island of Montserrat, West Indies, as faculty with the Montserrat Music Festival.
Julia earned a Bachelor of Music degree at Oberlin Conservatory, studying with Darrett Adkins, and a Master of Music with Timothy Eddy at The Juilliard School. While at Oberlin, she was a member of a viola da gamba consort, took secondary lessons in baroque cello, and played in Oberlin Contemporary Ensemble. As a student at Juilliard, Julia played with AXIOM Ensemble and performed chamber works by Milton Babbitt and Gabriel Faure in the yearly Focus! Festival and Juilliard’s winter ChamberFest. She has worked with members of the Shanghai, Juilliard, St. Lawrence, and Cavani string quartets, among others, as well as renowned chamber musicians such as Sylvia Rosenberg, Joseph Kalichstein, and Steven Doane.
In addition to being an avid chamber musician, Julia is a dedicated teacher certified in the Suzuki method. She has taught with Juilliard’s Music Advancement Program and Sonic Explorations El Sistema program, and currently runs a private cello studio in NYC as well as teaching through The Trinity School. Julia plays weekly with Chamber Music Associates, an organization in New York City that gives adult amateur musicians the opportunity to play chamber music with professionals.
JOSEPH BRANCIFORTE, engineer, co-producer
Joseph Branciforte is a multi-instrumentalist, recording & mixing engineer, composer, and sound
artist based out of New York City. He is the founder of the record label greyfade. As recording engineer, Branciforte has lent his sonic touch to over 250 releases, working with some of the most well-respected names in creative jazz along the way, including Ben Monder,
Kurt Rosenwinkel, Tim Berne, Vijay Iyer, Steve Lehman, Nels Cline, Theo Bleckmann, MarcRibot, Eliane Elias, Dan Tepfer, Mary Halvorson, Nir Felder, and The Westerlies. His credits also include a wide range of alternative, electronic, and classical projects, from Son Lux and
The Lumineers to Pulitzer Prize-winner Paul Moravec and The Oratorio Society of New York. Albums he has produced, engineered, and/or mixed have been included in the NPR Jazz
Critics’ Poll Top 10 and Downbeat Magazine's Albums of the Year. His engineering and production work can be heard on ECM, Sony, Pi Recordings, Sunnyside, Ropeadope, Cantaloupe, New Amsterdam, Naxos, and Skirl.
As performer, Branciforte splits his time between a variety of instruments, including drums, piano, analog & modular synthesizers, mallet instruments, and custom software written in
Max/MSP and Pure Data. His recent work centers around the Fender Rhodes, augmented with analog & digital processing, tape loops, and found objects. In this format, he has performed solo and with artists including Ryuichi Sakamoto, Taylor Deupree, and Theo Bleckmann. In 2019, Bleckmann and Branciforte released LP1, a collaborative recording that served as the inaugural release on Branciforte’s greyfade label.
As composer, Branciforte has developed a unique
process of algorithmic composition for acoustic instruments using custom software of his own design. His ongoing collaboration with fellow composer Kenneth Kirschner, From The Machine,
explores digital, generative, and procedural methods of composing for chamber ensemble. Joseph is also in-demand as a location-recording engineer. He has engineered multitrack recordings at dozens of NYC clubs, halls, and stages including The Village Vanguard, BAM, The Stone, The Iridium, Roulette, Issue Project Room, The Jazz Gallery, Central Park Summerstage, and Carnegie Hall.
He is a graduate of the Electronic Production and Design program at Berklee College of Music and has written for publications including TapeOp, Tiny Mix Tapes, and New Music Box.