It was a fun summer; I managed to get away to a deserted beach in Puerto Rico for a week of sweet oblivion with my wife and make several jaunts up to Cold Spring, New York to float on a pristine lake. I even helped a couple of friends renovate their groovy 1970’s houseboat in the Rockaways. But it’s not all playtime here at Marlan Barry Audio. Here’s a roundup:
A History of Summer
I recently played cello in a reading for A History of Summer, a new musical by my friends, musical theatre writer, Adam Mathias and composer, Jonathan Monro. A History of Summer, surveys the last century of summers of America’s earliest established gay communities—Cherry Grove and the Fire Island Pines—and explores the residents’ lives and loves, hopes and heartbreaks. Very sweet!
Tristan, et cetera
I finished editing five operas including Tristan and Isolde, Xerxes and Don Giovanni from Houston Grand Opera’s 2012-2103 season. They’ll air on WFMT in Chicago beginning in the November. Check my Facebook page in the Fall for an update on streaming information so you can listen in.
Nights at the Museum
Over the next year I’ll continue working with the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Rose Augustine Foundation to record a lot of the guitars from the Met’s rare instruments collection for an HD video series to promote the collection. Not only did I get to record the amazing Jorge Caballero and Vladimir Gorbach, I get to hang out in the Met late at night! I’ll continue recording the series this month recording guitarists Mattias Jacobsson, David Starobin and Ernie Jackson. Check out the first videos here.
Gods of Winter
In mid September I'll be on location at the recital hall of SUNY Purchase to record an original score by composer Louis Karchin and The Washington Square Contemporary Music Ensemble with baritone Thomas Meglioranza and violinists Miranda Cuckson and Curtis Macomber.
CD Round Up
--The Brentano String Quartet with pianist Sarah Rothenberg playing Tobias Pickers "Live Oaks" quintet for John Zorn's label, Tzadik.
--Duets for violin and viola by Glière and a piano trio by Bruch performed by the Miller-Porfiris duo with pianist, David Westfalll
--The music of Spanish composer, Tarrago, with soprano Camille Zamora and classical guitarist Cem Duruoz.
--Violinist Gregory Harrington on a solo CD featuring selected transcriptions of J.S. Bach
That’s my Summer Lovin’ -- now, what about you?