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This project is an evening of the many sides Phil Fried: composer of new music, serial music, vocal music, chamber music, comic opera, and a improviser on the string bass with real time electronics. The venue is Frank Oteri's Schizoid concert series for new music at the Cornelia Street Cafe in New York City. In an hour the audience will experience the edgy, unique perspectives from my schizoid world. I will be joined in this adventure by soprano Janet Gottschall, and pianist Jill Dawe – all founding members of the Opera Bob Cooperative. The idea is to gain a new audience for my work and for Opera Bob. The concert will be audio and video recorded for future on-line production.

The funds will be used to pay for airline tickets to New York City from Minnesota for me, the performers and the bass (which requires a seat on the plane), food and lodging for four days, transportation for us and the equipment in New York, and a sound and video engineer to record and edit the concert.

The cafe seats 65 people, cover charge is $10, the house takes the first 8 covers with the balance going to the artists. As you can see even a sold out house will not cover the expenses. The maximum house take of $580 will be divided among the performers as fees.

http://corneliastreetcafe.com/

http://philfried.com

http://operabob.com

2 new songs--the poet chimes in!

I just finished 2 new songs with texts by MN poet Heid E.Erdrich.

I heard her at a reading here and I found 2 songs spoke to me.  The composing came quickly --I sent her a Sibelius recording of the songs and the score--this is what she said about how I set of Le Main... Amazingly beautiful and exactly the tone I mean in what I wrote.
How do you make musical abstraction sound like wind and water? 
What are the instruments involved?  
Oh, I do hope I can be there for the performance.
I asked If I could quote her--I mean Heid had never heard a note of any of my music.  I mentioned that a lot of my work concerns the 4 elements; earth, air, water, and fire. Imagine hitting a home run with your poet first time out! Her reply. Yes, of course, quote me! Of course you can set The Cure. 
Although I have hardly any understanding of music, I often dream music along with words, so the poems have a score of sorts. One even had an instrument speaking the text--it was a clarinet. I can still hear it. 
When Leslie Miller was helping me edit my first book she kept asking me to keep the elements balanced.  She would say: We've had enough creatures of the air and water, now we need some earth and fire." Or words to that effect. 
This is really a thrill Phil, thanks!

Good news--these works will be done in NY--stay tuned!!

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