Bargaining [ Work in Progress ] by juniorbirdman published on 2011-12-29T01:42:20Z A preview of some original music I'm working on for choreographer/ dancer Lisa Conlin's "Blue Heaven". This evening of dance happens March 1-4 at the Ritz Theater in Minneapolis. Inspired by the loss of loved ones in Conlin's own life, "Blue Heaven" explores mourning through movement. Conlin identifies grief as a multi-stage process, choreographing a segment to investigate each one. For the "bargaining" stage, Conlin imagines the dancers as orphans in the woods. I've created this piece in response, invoking not only a variety of instrumentation but also the sound of crickets outside my mom's house in Ohio. This being a dance project, my mission is of course to create music that's compelling yet immersive, consonant with the action onstage rather without calling attention to itself. The first two of these pieces (while still works in progress) are presented as they're currently in use for choreography and are quite long, unfolding gradually to accompany current choreography as opposed to being "quick" demos.