Monday
Dec082014

Featured in the Nov/Dec issue of the Dramatist 

Who is that forlorn looking woman in the dramatist magazine? Faye Dunaway in Network?

Time for a new headshot!

Monday
Dec082014

Max Vernon recipient of the 2014 JFUND Award

This is my first artist grant and I'm pretty over the moon about it. Thank you Jerome Foundation for paying me to write a song cycle about the apocalypse (words I never thought I'd write) <3

http://composersforum.org/program/jfund

The American Composers Forum (ACF) champions composers and other creative musicmakers, and boosts their careers with professional opportunities. Our Jerome Fund for New Music (JFund) supports the creation, presentation, and subsequent life of a new work. About 10 grants are available: up to $7,000 for the composer or primary artist’s time to create the work, and up to $1,500 to help make it happen and further its potential.

We are pleased to announce the 2014 JFund Recipients:

  • Zack Baltich (Minneapolis, MN) will write Western Interior for percussion trio and two guitars inspired by the poetry of Alec Osthoff that reflects the disasters that can occur in Northern Minnesota ice houses as well as the harsh reality of meth abuse. It will premiere at the Fallout Arts Initiative Music Co-op.
  • Justine F. Chen (New York, NY) will write a two-act opera, The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing, with a libretto by David Simpatico, presented by American Lyric Theater
  • Jeff Fairbanks (Sunnyside, NY) will compose Gained in Translation, a 20-minute work for performing artist Gamin (gamin-music.com) with a seven-piece gugak ensemble of Korean instruments that will premiere in Seoul and go on tour.
  • Anne Goldberg (New York, NY), composer and professional ice skater, will compose para, a work for soprano (Corrine Byrne), trumpet (Andrew Kozar) and herself on piano, based on the junction of breath, movement and sound. It will be presented by Tempus Continuum in workshop settings and multiple performances.
  • Molly Joyce (New York, NY) will write Rave, a work for pianist Vicky Chow (vickychow.com) and electronics.
  • Paul Kerekes (Brooklyn, NY) will create a work for seven electric guitars. The premiere and recording will feature Trevor Babb (trevorbabbguitar.com) with prerecorded tracks.
  • Levy Lorenzo (Brooklyn, NY) will create Inside Voice for Chicago-based Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, featuring four female vocalists using iAlvin, an iPhone app created by the artist that responds to movement.
  • Jessica Meyer (Bronx, NY) will write Seasons of Basho, for The Colonials (thecolonials.org, mezzo soprano, cello and piano). It will be performed several times on their ‘mansion tour’.
  • Kari Musil (St. Paul, MN) will compose The Freedom of Jazz is in the Flavors!, an evening length cabaret in conjunction with trumpeter John Ahern and singer Pippi Ardennia presented by the Pipjazz Foundation in several locations across St. Paul.
  • Natalie Nowytski (Minneapolis, MN) will compose the music for East of the Sun and West of the Moon, a theatrical work based on a Norwegian folk tale, produced by Laurel Armstrong and written by Melissa Leilani Larson. It will be workshopped at Nautilus Music Theatre prior to its full production in 2018.
  • Max Vernon (Brooklyn, NY) will write his first song cycle, Show & Tell. It features 6 singers playing misfit characters on the night of the apocalypse, and will be produced by Rebecca Feldman of the Public Theater Casting Office.
  • Tamara Yadao (Brooklyn, NY) will create Another Kind of Spiral using C#, an algorithmic piece programmed using Unity Game Engine for a virtual mechanical musical instrument. It will be presented at Winnipeg’s Cluster: New Music + Integrated Arts Festival (clusterfestival.com).

 

The panelists for this grant round were Cal Arts composer-performer-improviser Vinny Golia, violinist, composer, and Juilliard teacher, Mari Kimura, and University of Michigan composition professor Kristin Kuster.

 

Saturday
Sep272014

Dramatist Fellows @ Playwrights Horizons

Saturday
Sep272014

Civilians R&D Group

Happy to be a part of this group of crazies.

http://blogforthecivilians.blogspot.com/2014/09/meet-2014-2015-r.html

Project Description: Inside Mecca Flats by Max Vernon

The Mecca Flats was an infamous apartment complex that existed between the years of 1893 and 1952. Originally built for the Chicago World's Fair to be the most luxurious hotel in the city, it quickly turned into one of the worst slums after the economy went bust. The Mecca became a continual source of gossip in the papers as people were murdered in violent love affairs, jazz musicians and eccentric artists took up residence in the building, and the population swelled to nearly two thousand (from a max capacity of 400). Inside Mecca Flats, is a song-cycle chronicling the tenants' shifting social & political dynamic within the building over a 60 year period.

Tuesday
Jul082014

The View UpStairs @ Rhinebeck Writer's Retreat

Excited to keep working on my musical, The View UpStairs, at Rhinebeck Writer's Retreat this August.

more info on the projects/writers here:

http://rhinebeckwriters.org/our-2014-writers-and-musicals/