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THE ECHO DRIFT

The Echo Drift is a chamber opera conceived by Elle Kunnos de Voss and myself that is now in full production with an amazing team (see below), co-produced by PROTOTYPE and American Opera Projects. It is set to premiere in January 2018 in NYC: The score will be performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and pianist Aaron Likness, conducted by Nicholas DeMaison. The two roles are performed by mezzo soprano Blythe Gaissert, and vocalist John Kelly.

Composer: Mikael Karlsson
Librettists: Elle Kunnos de Voss, Kathryn Walat
Director: Mallory Catlett
Set, Animation: Elle Kunnos de Voss

The Echo Drift is an opera about Walker Loats, a convicted murderer and con-woman in a timeless prison.
When Walker is unexpectedly befriended by a moth with an offer of a perceived way to freedom, she has to choose between paying her dues toward a distant but certain reward, or a shortcut that she hopes would rig the game in her favor. This sets off a cycle of deceit, temptation, seduction and fantastical perception.
The Echo Drift explores the freewheeling nature of the mind when it is robbed of external stimuli, and poses the question whether it is possible to act in a way that isn’t ultimately in your own nature.
The opera switches between the confines of a tiny cell and an expansive visual world of hand drawn animation, It employs a live chamber ensemble, electronics and a 6 channel surround sound system.

More info soon!

ALEXANDER EKMAN’S “PLAY” PREMIERES AT THE PARIS OPERA DEC 6 2017
Alexander Ekman and I are currently building our fourth full evening ballet. This one, named “Play”, is for the legendary Paris Opéra Garnier.
There will be 36 dancers and around a dozen musicians.
There are 19(!) performances in all. Here is more info along with link to tickets (tickets are already on sale).
The theme for the piece is “play”, and it is going to be a thrill ride.

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UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

The Echo Drift / PROTOTYPE Festival

January 18, 2018
07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Baruch Performing Arts Center

The Echo Drift is a chamber opera that is part of the prestigious PROTOTYPE Festival

At Baruch Performing Arts Center

Convicted murderer Walker Loats is trapped in a timeless prison. Unexpectedly befriended by a moth with an offer of a perceived way to freedom, Walker must choose between paying her dues or taking a shortcut that offers to rig the game in her favor. Oscillating between the confines of a tiny cell and an expansive visual world of animation, The Echo Drift unravels a cycle of deceit, temptation, seduction, and fantastical perception. Featuring a live chamber ensemble, electronics, and a six-channel surround sound system, this world premiere opera explores the freewheeling nature of the mind when it is robbed of external stimuli and questions, when in extreme circumstances, is it possible to act in a way that goes against one’s nature?

Music by Mikael Karlsson
Libretto by Elle Kunnos de Voss & Kathryn Walat
Directed by Mallory Catlett
Conducted by Nicholas DeMaison
Environment Design by Elle Kunnos de Voss
Projection Design by Simon Harding
Animations by Dara Hamidi (with drawings by Elle Kunnos de Voss)
Orchestration by Mikael Karlsson & Michael P. Atkinson

With the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)
Pianist Aaron Likness

Cast
Walker Loats Blythe Gaissert
Governor & The Moth John Kelly

The Echo Drift was originally developed by Mikael Karlsson and Elle Kunnos de Voss in a full-length workshop presented by the Embassy of Sweden in Washington DC in 2014. The Echo Drift was commissioned, developed and produced by Beth Morrison Projects, HERE, and American Opera Projects.

Co-presented with Baruch Performing Arts Center

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The Echo Drift / PROTOTYPE Festival

January 19, 2018
07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Baruch Performing Arts Center

The Echo Drift is a chamber opera that is part of the prestigious PROTOTYPE Festival

At Baruch Performing Arts Center

Convicted murderer Walker Loats is trapped in a timeless prison. Unexpectedly befriended by a moth with an offer of a perceived way to freedom, Walker must choose between paying her dues or taking a shortcut that offers to rig the game in her favor. Oscillating between the confines of a tiny cell and an expansive visual world of animation, The Echo Drift unravels a cycle of deceit, temptation, seduction, and fantastical perception. Featuring a live chamber ensemble, electronics, and a six-channel surround sound system, this world premiere opera explores the freewheeling nature of the mind when it is robbed of external stimuli and questions, when in extreme circumstances, is it possible to act in a way that goes against one’s nature?

Music by Mikael Karlsson
Libretto by Elle Kunnos de Voss & Kathryn Walat
Directed by Mallory Catlett
Conducted by Nicholas DeMaison
Environment Design by Elle Kunnos de Voss
Projection Design by Simon Harding
Animations by Dara Hamidi (with drawings by Elle Kunnos de Voss)
Orchestration by Mikael Karlsson & Michael P. Atkinson

With the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)
Pianist Aaron Likness

Cast
Walker Loats Blythe Gaissert
Governor & The Moth John Kelly

The Echo Drift was originally developed by Mikael Karlsson and Elle Kunnos de Voss in a full-length workshop presented by the Embassy of Sweden in Washington DC in 2014. The Echo Drift was commissioned, developed and produced by Beth Morrison Projects, HERE, and American Opera Projects.

Co-presented with Baruch Performing Arts Center

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The Echo Drift / PROTOTYPE Festival

January 20, 2018
07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Baruch Performing Arts Center

The Echo Drift is a chamber opera that is part of the prestigious PROTOTYPE Festival

At Baruch Performing Arts Center

Convicted murderer Walker Loats is trapped in a timeless prison. Unexpectedly befriended by a moth with an offer of a perceived way to freedom, Walker must choose between paying her dues or taking a shortcut that offers to rig the game in her favor. Oscillating between the confines of a tiny cell and an expansive visual world of animation, The Echo Drift unravels a cycle of deceit, temptation, seduction, and fantastical perception. Featuring a live chamber ensemble, electronics, and a six-channel surround sound system, this world premiere opera explores the freewheeling nature of the mind when it is robbed of external stimuli and questions, when in extreme circumstances, is it possible to act in a way that goes against one’s nature?

Music by Mikael Karlsson
Libretto by Elle Kunnos de Voss & Kathryn Walat
Directed by Mallory Catlett
Conducted by Nicholas DeMaison
Environment Design by Elle Kunnos de Voss
Projection Design by Simon Harding
Animations by Dara Hamidi (with drawings by Elle Kunnos de Voss)
Orchestration by Mikael Karlsson & Michael P. Atkinson

With the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)
Pianist Aaron Likness

Cast
Walker Loats Blythe Gaissert
Governor & The Moth John Kelly

The Echo Drift was originally developed by Mikael Karlsson and Elle Kunnos de Voss in a full-length workshop presented by the Embassy of Sweden in Washington DC in 2014. The Echo Drift was commissioned, developed and produced by Beth Morrison Projects, HERE, and American Opera Projects.

Co-presented with Baruch Performing Arts Center

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