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On October 29, Issue Project Room Artist-in-Residence James Ilgenfritz presents The Ticket That Exploded: An Ongoing Opera.
On October 29, Issue Project Room Artist-in-Residence James Ilgenfritz presents The Ticket That Exploded: An Ongoing Opera.
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On October 29, 2011, Issue Project Room Artist-in-Residence James Ilgenfritz presents The Ticket That Exploded: An Ongoing Opera. Based on William Burroughs’ 1962 dystopian novel about identity disintegration, oppression of humanity’s collective consciousness through technological influence, and revolution through the subversion of those very technologies.

Featuring live vocalists Ted Hearne, Nick Hallett, Anne Rhodes, and Megan Schubert, video vocalists Melissa Hughes, Steve Dalachinsky, and Ryan Opperman, an ensemble of thirteen instrumentalists, and live video projections from Jason Ponce, the opera will be organized using the same cut-up techniques and emphasis on fragmentation of language that distinguishes Burroughs’ literary work.

An ongoing opera is one which has set material but is perpetually reconfigured during the performance, mixing composed material with indeterminate composition strategies and conducted improvisations.  With zero staging, all visuals are conveyed through projected live video manipulations.  Pre-recorded video performances will facilitate vocalists to interact with other vocalists who are not present, or even to sing a duet with themselves.   These efforts to perpetually repurpose the musical and visual content of the opera are a direct effort on my part to draw comparisons between the performative and the generative-- to make the very act of reorganizing materials function both as a blueprint for making art and as art itself.


Anne Rhodes, Megan Schubert, Ted Hearne, Nick Hallett: Voices
Steve Dalachinsky, Ryan Opperman, Melissa Hughes: Video voices

Jay Rozen: tuba
Sam Kulik: trombone
Douglas Detrick: trumpet
Justin Wood: alto saxophone, flute
Mike McGinnis: clarinet / bass clarinet / flute

Julianne Carney: violin Nathan Bontrager: cello, Denman Maroney: piano
Andrew Drury, John O'Brien, Vinnie Sperazza: Percussion
Taylor Levine, Ty Citerman: Guitar/Electronics
Nicholas DeMaison: Conductor
Jason Ponce: Video Artist / Live Processing

This campaign is to help cover performer fees, travel expenses for out-of-town collaborators, and audio/video documentation of the performance and rehearsal process. While admission to the event is free, I am offering some great gifts as a thank-you to those who help with funding for this project.  Check in regularly for updates!

Thanks so much,

James Ilgenfritz

*Photo by Aleksey Bochkovsky

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    Limited edition DVD of video and audio from the opera, featuring material from the performance and from rehearsals.

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    Limited Edition booklet including program notes, libretto, still images from the video by artist Jason Ponce, and excerpts of the score and parts, personalized by James Ilgenfritz

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    Wine and Cheese soiree directly before the concert at 6:30 on October 29, 2011. At Issue Project Room and a limited-edition promotional poster for The Ticket That Exploded: an Ongoing Opera

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    Invite-only event on the evening of October 15 featuring a preview of material from the opera and a reception with wine and refreshments at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, plus Q&A with James Ilgenfritz and members of the ensemble.

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