Jake Landau (he/him), b. 1995, is an American composer of opera, musical theater, ballet, and instrumental music. His works have been performed by the New York Philharmonic, Houston Grand Opera, and Premiere Division Ballet in venues as diverse as Carnegie Hall, Birdland Jazz Club, and the Royal Palace of Amsterdam.
Conceived and musically adapted by Jake Landau, "Riders To The Sea, the musical" is an experimental new work transforming the eponymous opera by Ralph Vaughan Williams into a contemporary musical.
With dramaturgical adaptation and new dialogue by Phoebe Corde, the play by John Millington Synge on which the show is based transforms into something entirely unique.
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Off-Brand Opera's production of Riders to the Sea asks a simple question: What is the difference between opera and musical theater? This adaptation by Phoebe Corde and Jake Landau features for the first time a cast of musical theater performers, despite its performance history as an opera. Through reverent dramaturgical and musical transformation, Riders becomes a new musical with its most modern dramatic and musical moments newly illuminated in this profoundly experimental production.
Music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, adapted by Jake Landau
Libretto by John Millington Synge, adapted by Phoebe Corde
Also featuring text by William Shakespeare, Robert Louis Stevenson, and more. Additional music comes from Vaughan Williams's diverse output of song cycles, symphonies, and choral work.
Directed by George Abud
Music directed by Jake Landau
Produced by Off-Brand Opera
Featuring Clarum Sonum conducted by Rider Foster
Sydney Kamel as AILBHE
Sam Hoffman as BARTLEY
Camille Umoff as CATHLEEN
Christine Duncan as MAURYA
Michelle Pauker as NORA
Cecilia Carollo as SIOBHAN
Writer and performer Nathaniel Jones brings his original play "Sing, River" to The Hope Theatre in London and The Pleasance Courtyard at Edinburgh Fringe.
The music of the show's title song, "Sing, River", is by Landau, the lyrics by Jones.
The Hope Theatre, London:
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That feeling, the one in my toes and my skin, the sunrise, the glow… what if that was never right in the first place?
Midsummer comes but once a year. As the seasons shift like clockwork and dawn waits on the horizon, there are secrets lurking on the riverbed. Darkness can cover a great many horrors, but now the river sings.
Weaving together an original folk score and tales from a romance best forgotten, Sing, River invites us into the hidden world of British mythology. Love Song Productions present a new queer solo show that explores the act of severing yourself from dark memories in order to survive… and the sometimes unwanted consequences that come with it.Are you ready to be swallowed into the depths of the Thames?
Content warnings: references to abuse and abusive relationships
"I Found The Light", a work for high school chorus, orchestra, and band, was commissioned by the Staples High School Music Department in Westport, CT. Featuring a text by Emily Garber, the work will be premiered by the SHS Music Department at their annual Candlelight Concert in December.
"I Found The Light" is a secular piece designed for performance around the winter holidays, about 7-minutes long, following the journey of one walking home through winter snow.