Light and Power
Composer: Isaac Schankler
Composer Bio: Isaac Schankler is a composer, pianist, accordionist and electronic musician living in Los Angeles; his concert music tends toward textures of high intensity and intricacy. His work often explores elements of other genres, encompassing new wave synthpop, klezmer and Balkan folk music, Weillian cabaret, experimental jazz, mystic minimalism, Oulipo, and more. Mr. Schankler is co-director of the electroacoustic music ensemble People Inside Electronics. His recent honors include an Associate Artist residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts and the Damien Top Prize in the ASCAP/Lotte Lehmann Foundation Art Song Competition. He has also been a theory instructor and director of the new music chamber ensemble Itch at Brevard Music Center. Mr. Schankler holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in composition from the University of Michigan, and he is currently a doctoral candidate in composition at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.
Librettist: Jillian Burcar
Premiere Date: May 19, 2011
Producing Company: Juventas New Music Ensemble
Description: Light and Power explores the competitive relationship between Thomas Edison and Nicolas Tesla, together with other fellow scientists and investors, as the battle of AC current versus DC current ensues. The personal and business struggles between these men are presented as we see AC current gradually reach recognition (after a failed execution of a prisoner and an experiment with Topsy the Elephant).
Length: Length is not available.
Total Acts: Not Available
Contact: Isaac Schankler
E-mail Address: eyesack@gmail.com
Composer Web Site: http://www.isaacschankler.com
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