© Kate Russell 2019
© Robert Brady 2017
Creation of original scores from grocery lists submitted by the pedestrians of Santa Fe.
The Tara & Rhonda Show (With Rhonda Taylor, saxophones. 2017-19.)
A sonic improvisation show where Rhonda and I perform anti-competitive, structured improvisations from open scores we write for each other. The project explores long-distance collaborations, serious structures for ridiculous improvisations, framing abstract content with current events and personal anecdotes, and theatrical presence in concert music. We are now developing a long-distance concept album, scheduled to debut in Winter 2020.
the middle of the (solo project. in progress.)
My solo project, setting theatrical poems (often by playwrights) for solo voice. First set of poems written by Kimberly Belflower.
Dr. Diago Dragon (a children's operetta. 2018.)
I wrote this 15 minute operetta for the Santa Fe Opera's outreach program in collaboration with director Charles Gamble and a class of third graders in Española, New Mexico.
Meow Wolf Sound Design Team (exhibition soundscape. 2016.)
Creation of vocals for the immersive soundscape and resulting albums of Meow Wolf's House of Eternal Return in Santa Fe, NM.
GEISELOPER (documentary opera with audience participation. in progress.)
Geiseloper (Hostage-opera) is a one act chamber opera for five singer-performers and acting musicians (Black Page Orchestra) including sensor based live electronics. The piece is created by the Berlin-based American director Brina Steinehelfer and the Vienna based Hungarian composer Samu Gryllus.
Accordion & Voice (with Timo Kinnunen, accordion. in progress.)
A new duo seeking to commission and premier new works for voice & accordion.
Percussion & Voice (with Alan Zimmerman, percussion. in progress.)
Flute & Voice (with Jesse Tatum, flutes. 2019.)
theatre (opera, circus, theatre)
Eight Songs for a Mad King (chamber opera. 2019.)
Circus Luminous: Chaos Expo (circus. 2019.)
Creation & direction of Wise Fool New Mexico's annual Thanksgiving circus show, showcasing a cast of 20 local circus artists from Northern New Mexico, and performed for five shows at the 800-seat Lensic Performing Arts Center.
Meow Wolf (party, immersive exhibition & festival performances. 2016-2019.)
Staging & artistic direction of parties, in-exhibition performances, and large-scale outdoor festival performances for Santa Fe's world-renowned entertainment corporation, Meow Wolf, from 2017-2019.
WILD (theatre. 2018.)
Collaboration between playwright Katy Andersen and the students of Santa Fe Performing Arts, based on the biography of Maurice Sendak and Where the Wild Things Are.
Our Favorite Disasters (theatre. 2017.)
A showcase of 8 new miniature plays by children & teens, created for different spaces within the Meow Wolf exhibition space. (article here)
All the Time Time (circus theatre. 2016.)
A circus cabaret production with Wise Fool New Mexico and Skylight Bar & Lounge in downtown Santa Fe.
...as musical director
Circus Luminous 2019: Chaos Expo (circus. 2019.)
Leading of a creative process where 4 composers / song writers co-created a flexible score for an evening-length circus performance.
PIE (theatre. 2017.)
Direction & voice coachings for an evening-length absurdist comedy by Theater Grottesco where 4 performers use madrigal singing and conducted improvisation techniques to create the sonic landscape of the piece. Sound created in conjunction with live sampling and compositions by J.A. Deane.
CircAspire 2016: Circus of Lost Dreams (circus. 2016.)
Sound design & found object percussion score for amateur musicians. Directed by Apollo Garcia for Wise Fool NM.
Promenade ABQ (theatre. 2018.)
Performance & development of this bus-centric immersive theatre piece by STEREO AKT. Produced by q-Staff Theatre in Albuquerque, NM.
Action at a Distance (theatre. 2018.)
PIE (theatre. 2017.)
Creation & performance of this NEFA touring and creation award-winning absurdist comedy by Theater Grottesco.
The Moment of Yes! (theatre. 2016.)
Creation & performance with Theater Grottesco.
© Kate Russell 2016