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A new opera about a French internment camp featuring the sound sculptures of MacArthur "Genius" Trimpin.

WHAT I'M DOING

I am seeking support for the continued development of my performance project The Gurs Zyklus, After being profiled in a 2007 issue of The New Yorker, I received a stash of letters originally sent from the Gurs internment camp where the entire Jewish community from my hometown in Germany was sent in 1940. I’ve used these to create a libretto with director/performer Rinde Eckert as part of a multimedia work featuring  4 female vocalists and a host of my original kinetic sculptures, including the fire organ. While this work premiered at Stanford in May 2011 I need additional funds to refine and realize my original vision for this ambitious operatic work. Specifically I need more funding to create a new immersive environment for the audience.

The next iteration of the project will take place May 17 - 20 at On the Boards in Seattle, WA . For more information visit http://www.ontheboards.org/performances/gurs-zyklus

ABOUT ME

Trimpin is a Seattle-based kinetic sculptor, sound artist, musician, composer, and inventor. He has combined these varied disciplines into his extensive body of work since the 1970s, often creating kinetic sculpture installations that include the production of sound through the inclusion of mechanically or computer-driven instruments or entirely new sound sources. Trimpin has pioneered the development of computer-driven instruments and sound sculptures, including many built prior to the advent of the MIDI interface, but his work almost always includes acoustically produced sounds, and he has created devices to play every instrument of the orchestra. Most of his pieces integrate both sculpture and music in some way.

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