Haunting, beautiful piano and electric cello by James Glasgow (composer for Secondhand Dance, Edinburgh Fringe Critic’s Choice). Immersive poetry by Mario Moroni (Lorenzo Montano Poetry Prize). A dramatic conversation between music and spoken word, on tour including runs in Rome, Edinburgh, NYC, and Chicago.
$5 / 45 minutes
While James Glasgow of Strange Fangs Song Factory and Mario Moroni have been creating works and performing independently for years, Strange Fangs Song Factory partnered with Mario Moroni in New York in February 2017 to create new music for Moroni’s poetry. Moroni stressed that he did not just want music that played in the background, like many other examples of poetry with music; he requested music that interacted with the reciting voice to paint a greater picture. Glasgow composed approximately 30 minutes of music for piano, cello, and a small orchestra over the first half of 2017, music that emulated a conversation of sorts with the poems “Ballads of Maine” and “Youth.” Moroni and Glasgow then performed these works along with a multimedia projection featuring experimental sound engineering and video effects entitled “Reflections.” These performances included invited appearances at the New York City Poetry Festival, Italy’s “Concreta Festapoesia,” and the International Convention for Italian Contemporary Poetry in Florianopolis, Brazil. This work, entitled “Recitativi” and recorded in its original Italian, has been released on CD and all major streaming services as of February 2018. Moroni and Glasgow have most recently created an entirely new piece featuring experimental use of electric cello, playing with the relationship between the rational and irrational, a major theme in Moroni’s works. The resulting 50-minute performance, entitled Do You See What I Hear? features selections from “Recitativi” and “Reflections” as well as the new creation; it is performed in English. Do You See What I Hear? premieres at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has subsequent performances in the Chicago Fringe Festival and Philadelphia’s FringeArts Festival.