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Ausrine Stundyte as Cio-Cio-San, Elizabeth Janes as Butterfly’s child and Sarah Larsen as Suzuki in Seattle Opera's production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly. Photo by Elise Bakketun.
North American Works Directory Listing
Timberbrit
Jacob Cooper
Jacob Cooper’s diverse compositions have earned him a Morton Gould Award from ASCAP, a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a grant from the American Music Center’s Composer Assistance Program. He has held fellowships and residencies at the Bang on a Can Summer Institute, the Banff Centre for the Arts, and twice at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, as a composer and most recently as a video artist. His music has been performed by several ensembles across the continent, including the JACK Quartet, the NOW Ensemble, and the Minnesota Orchestra, and his works have appeared at the Wordless Music concert series at the Miller Theater in New York and at the Harold Golen Gallery in Miami.
Yuka Igarashi
Yuka Igarashi earned a B.A. in English literature from Yale University and has worked as a researcher, a copy writer and a book reviewer. She is currently pursuing an M.F.A. in fiction at Columbia University, where she also teaches undergraduate writing. Her work has been published in Quick Fiction and Gigantic magazine. She lives further out than you do in Brooklyn, NY.
Jaime Casteneda (Director)
Switch Pictures (Video Design)
J.J. LIND (Director Emeritus)
Mellissa Hughes (Britney)
Ted Hearne (Justin)
http://www.timberbrit.com
November 18, 2010
Incubator Arts Project
Timberbrit gives pop star Britney Spears the extra push she needs to enter the fictional realm, imagining an ultimate twist in her well-known saga: a new downswing has triggered her to stage a final concert, and her ex-lover Justin Timberlake rushes to her side to express his undying love and try to win her back.

Composer Jacob Cooper slowed the pop stars’ original songs down to a fraction of their usual speed and wrote new music based on the resulting characteristics. Slurs between notes, for example, are tossed out in favor of extravagant glissandos; vibrato is stretched into repeated awkward pitch bends; simple backing interjections surrender to prolonged wails. All in all, songs about teenage crushes become statements of mortality and supreme love, much like those common in traditional opera. Live video projections accompany the actors onstage, creating a markedly public performance out of their intimate actions. An examination of voyeurism and an exploration of musical transformation, Timberbrit is sometimes beautiful, sometimes haunting, and always a bit deranged.
Britney
Justin
Britney and Justin: The opera - Toronto Star 8/11/2009
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guitar, keyboard, bass, drumset, electronics
Jacob Cooper
timberbrit@gmail.com
http://www.jacobcoopermusic.com/

Spring 2014 Magazine Issue
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  • Before, After and During Opera Conference 2014
  • OPERA America's New Works Forum Expands and Explores
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