Hear the Future at FIRST TAKE

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Saturday, June 1, 2013 - 2:00pm - 5:30pm
Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

 The Industry, LA’s home for new and experimental opera, is proud to present FIRST TAKE, a free showcase of excerpts from six new operatic works-in-progress on Saturday June 1, 2013 from 2:00-5:30pm at the Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum.  The selected works include a new work by the legendary Pauline Oliveros set to a text by the poet Ione; and a new theatrical song-cycle by rising star composer Mohammed Fairouz set to Wayne Koestenbaum’s riff on Pierrot Lunaire.

First on the program is Aaron Siegel's brother brother

Aaron Siegel’s inquisitive and playful work represents a personal vision of how we live with and respond to the sounds in our world. He has had numerous performances and recordings of his distincly creative cmpositions.  Most recently, in February 2013, Siegel premiered his new monodrama, The Collector, as part of the Experiments in Opera New Shorts Event at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn, NewYork.

His work has been supported by grants from Meet the Composer, The American Composers Forum, The Jerome Foundation, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The American MusicCenter, Wesleyan University, and by the Consulate General of Argentina. He has presented his work at the Cybersonica Festival of Sound and Art in London, UK, the Art Academy in Dusseldorf, Germany and the University for Art and Design in Karlsruhe, Germany. Siegel has studied with Nora Davenport, Stephen Rush, Alvin Lucier, Ron Kuivila, Anthony Braxton and Bunita Marcus. He has an MA in composition from Wesleyan University.

Aaron sends this comment:

I was delighted to hear that you have pledged your support to the upcoming workshop performance of excerpts of my opera Brother Brother at First Take.  I am grateful for your support of The Industry and of my work in progress.  As I am sure you are aware, the process of producing an opera from conception to premiere can be a long and arduous road.  I have been working on Brother Brother for several years now already and when I have had the opportunity to share some of the music in concert, I have learned a tremendous amount about what the piece is and how to continue shaping its evolution.  I expect the performance at First Take in June will similarly reveal new directions for my work.  This performance is particularly exciting for me since I will get an opportunity to work with musicians from Wild Up who will be completely new to me and my music.  I am looking forward to growing the community of artists who have had a hand in shaping Brother Brother.

The afternoon's performances feature the wild Up modern music collective, led by The Industry’s Music Director Marc Lowenstein and wild Up’s Artistic Director Christopher Rountree.

FIRST TAKE will offer the six creative teams crucial assistance towards the future realization of their works: the June 1 performance will be recorded (audio and video) for live streaming on a dedicated website hosted by The Industry.  The Industry is also partnering with Beth Morrison Projects in New York City to select one work from FIRST TAKE for further joint development.

Here's the review by Mark Swed, music critic of the Los Angeles Times, of the program.

Review of First Take

Review: Six opera works-in-progress, all terrific, from the Industry
Opera, in our parts, has embarked upon an exceptional period of expansion. Up and down the California coast, the staging of new and recent work possibly outnumbers old.


Indeed I am very pleased with the review.  What a terrific acknowledgement of the groundbreaking work that the Industry is doing!

Wonderful! How exciting! Good for you! We are very proud!

That is terrific. Isn't it gratifying to support such wonderful young talent? Makes me proud to be a part of JMCLA.



brother, brother
Music and text by Aaron Siegel


The House is Open
Music and text by Alexander Vassos



Music by David Brynjar Franzson, text by Angela Rawlings


Winter’s Child
Music by Ellen Reid, libretto by Amanda Jane Shank



Pierrot Lunaire
Music by Mohammed Fairouz, libretto by Wayne Koestenbaum


The Nubian Word for Flowers
Music by Pauline Oliveros, libretto by Ione

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Photo of Singers Maria Elena Altany, left, Paul Outlaw, Ariel Downs (red, sitting), Cale Olson and Peabody Southwell singing in the opera "The House is Open" by Alexander Vassos
Photo of Singers Maria Elena Altany, left, Paul Outlaw, Ariel Downs (red, sitting), Cale Olson and Peabody Southwell singing in the opera "The House is Open" by Alexander Vassos
Photo of Aaron Siegel