The Dying Cowboy0:00
Fast Train (with Meredith Miller)0:00
To A Madonna (from Baudelaire in a Box: King of Rain)0:00
"Never Get It Right" featured on Rise Up Music Project
I've done some live sound design (vocals, wineglasses, droning) with the help of percussionist Alex Monroe and a team of fantastic singers (Zachary Angus and Sarah Thompson Johansen) for Dado's production of Jen Silverman's insane and amazing play Phoebe in Winter. Come see it! Through Oct 21.
I'm presenting a new, more fully developed realization of this solo performance with voice, electronics, archival sound, found texts, and stories. Read more about the piece in Martha Bayne's interview here. Vanessa Valliere opens with The Life and Times of Terry!
AND don't miss Corey Smith's fantastic show The New Prairie School; you can see You’re His Child + The New Prairie School for only $30 (Student $25)! Tickets available HERE. On JUNE 3, take advantage of a special Pivot Arts $15 fixed price menu at The Growling Rabbit between shows! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to make your dinner reservation!
Saturday, June 2 at 9pm
Sunday, June 3 at 7pm
5720 N. Ridge Avenue
General $20 / Student $15
This just in! A brand new podcast from Meister, "The Discomfort Zone" is out today - featuring music by me. I am super proud of this project and hope you will give a listen/like/subscribe.
It's Erica Mott season again!
Cowboys and Vikings: Trials and Trails at Steelworkers Park (featuring my vocal arrangements and singing) will happen again! This special shared weekend will be Fri Sept 29 & Sat Sept 30 at 7:30pm at Steelworks Park (87th St at the lakefront), with Mucca Pazza performing Friday evening, Erica Mott Productions performing Saturday evening and The Horace Mann Marching Mustangs open each night. This year we're happy to have singers Holly Stevens and Picolina joining us.
I've composed and arranged some music for voices as part of Erica's new work Elemental: Spectacles of Earth, Air, and Water, to be performed for free at Palmisano Park in Bridgeport on Oct 5, 6, and 7 at 7:30pm. I'll be performing alongside Michael Zerang's sound design, with an amazing team of singers in the park: Michael LaHood, Picolina, Lucía Mier y Terán Romero, JulieAnn Graham, and Audre Budrys Nakas - and you! Come out, see, hear, and sing with us.
It's Summer! And here's what's up: Theater Oobleck's last and final installment of Baudelaire in a Box is coming up - August 4,5,6 at Links Hall. I'm writing a new song with Diana Slickman's translation, and singing on a bunch more, including of course all the hits from previous episodes; the Voyage on through Obsession, King of Rain, Unquenched, and the last and final episode: EPISODE X.
JULY 12 we're playing a benefit for this great Theater Oobleck undertaking, to pay for traveling musicians who will be coming to us from Puerto Rico, North Carolina, LA, and ARGENTINA - come to WeeGee's and hear me sing in the Snail Band! Toss in a few bucks to help us finish this thing, and have a drink with us. 7pm.
Catch Opera-matic antics every Tuesday at 6pm and Saturday at 11am in August on the blocks at and around Simons Park - we'll be doing our community-made obstacle course, complete with musical and clown accompaniment.
And stay tuned for a new Erica Mott (the 11th Ward's Artist for 2017 Year of Public Art) spectacle this September in Palmisano Park - I'm working with singers to create some participatory choral magic. All this, and ANOTHER REMOUNT OF COWBOYS AND VIKINGS in Steelworkers Park - wow!
I am premiering a new work at this year's Rhinoceros Theater Festival. It is a solo performance about singing, with some archival material from my family. I'm going to talk about Missouri, about religious practice, about baby-having, about myself and my son and my dad and his dad and his dad, and I can't wait to share it with you.
Floyd Packer Murfin-Bean arrived on August 4 of 2016, and ever since then, nothing has been the same. We are beside ourselves with joy.
I'll be playing and singing in the band for this fantastic Opera-Matic event! Please come out on May 7 for bikes, songs, snails, and more...
It's January. Gestation is the name of the game right now; I'm cooking up new work musical, theatrical, and material. Upcoming collaborations in the next six months will include choral elements for a new performance work by Erica Mott, more new old sad songs and Tom Waits cabarets with Meredith Miller, and the continued poetic rambunctions of 80 Foots Per Minute. In the meantime, here is a picture of me out on the prairie.
Erica Mott's gorgeous multimedia dance theater work returns to Chicago Parks Sept 24 and 25, this time with the assistance of myself and fellow singers Chris Schoen and Tobi Mattingly. Don't miss this incredible performance - FREE and worth every penny.
featuring Emmy Bean, Meredith Miller, Nicholas Davio and Gary Damico. Monday, September 28, 8:00pm at Davenport's Piano Bar. $10 + 2 drink mininum. Period.
We made a lovely recording of the music from The King Of Rain (Baudelaire In A Box, Episode 7). Join us at the new Hideout Riverfront location (State St and Wacker) for a live performance of the album, and grab a copy to take home with you. Admission is free, and the CDs are priced to sell.
All six original performers will return: Emmy Bean, Ronnie Kuller, T-Roy Martin, Chris Schoen, Sad Brad Smith, and Joey Spilberg. We all look forward to seeing your faces, reflected in a nice tall pint of ale.
I'll be roaming and singing some cowboy songs with the help of Meredith Miller at the pre-show of Erica Mott's Cowboys and Vikings outdoor performance on Wednesday, June 17. This gorgeous, stunning, multimedia performance is playing next week at the Indian Boundary Park (2500 W Lunt Ave, Chicago, IL), June 17 and 18 at 8pm. You should be there.
80 Foots @ Slow Food Chicago Sweet Summer Solstice potluck