KITTY BRAZELTONCatalog of Scores

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contact me: mail@kitbraz.com

In recent years I've made pieces for several choreographers---most notably my 2001-2003 collaboration with Gina Gibney---but also Beth Leonard, Eduardo Zeiger, Rebecca Romero and Jody Oberfelder used my piece Fishy Wishy in a way I couldn't have imagined--it was wonderful--(please see reviews).

My earliest reaction to music was to dance. I studied modern dance and ballet then worked as a gogo dancer for a few years.

When I put MUSICA ORBIS together in 1972, our first steady gig was to accompany Philadelphia's improvising dance troupe Group Motion. We improvised with them as a group and individually. It was a challenge to deal with harmony and rhythm within the group while reacting with your eyes to your dancer partner. They must have experienced similar challenges between dancers---with space and interactive weight or position.

NAME OF WORK DESCRIPTION DATE COMPOSED LENGTH

INSTR.

PERFORMANCE(S)

Time Remaining

  1. opening
  2. eden's elegy
  3. driving force
  4. one
  5. two
  6. motet
  7. time ritual 1
  8. angharad runs
  9. match
  10. pillars
  11. wall
  12. floor duets
  13. eden emerges
  14. time ritual 2
  15. undertow
  16. ending
live music commissioned by Gina Gibney Dance for an evening-length work
2002 52 min. TTBB male vocal quartet, cello, percussion (concert bass drum, modified kit, bells, hammered dulcimer), computer-processed soundtracks and drones Premiered by Gina Gibney Dance (7 female dancers, 6 male musicians + Brazelton on laptop) October 2002, St. Mark's Danspace, and November 2002, Cleveland Public Theater. Reviews N.Y.Times, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Dance Insider.

Dark Secret

you can hear an excerpt from Dark Secret at http://www.arcananet.org/ newmusicradio choose Joe Pehrson's 5/15/98 interview with Kitty Brazelton

CMIX-processed household sounds such as clock chime, whispering Shakespeare, water dripping and washing, going up creaky stairs, rainstorm outside (granular synthesis, comb-filters, Ceres, etc.) commissioned by choreographer Beth Leonard. See COMPUTER MUSIC.

1998 15 min. soundtrack for dance Music Under Construction Loft, April 18, 1998. Repeat performances Ersatz Marathon May '98, Battery Park Lunchtime Series Sept. '98.
Leonardo Commissioned for dance by choreographer Eduardo Zeiger with excerpts from Sigmund Freud's essay "Leonardo da Vinci and a Memory of His Childhood". Recorded by BOG LIFE at WNYC, May 1994, for "New & Unusual American Chamber Music." 1993 25-30 min. for BOG LIFE: baritone, mezzo-soprano, classical guitar, harp, soprano recorder, oboe, drum, cymbal, double bass Merce Cunningham Dance Studio, New York City with Eduardo Zeiger and Friends, February, 1993, and without dance at CB's 313 Gallery, May 1992.
Dance Suite 5 symphonic movements reinterpreted in the modern idiom. Originally commissioned by choreographer Rebecca Romero. Recorded and nationally released on DADADAH CD "Rise Up!" (Accurate/Distortion Records, May 1994. Nationally reviewed.) 1990 26 min. for DADADAH: voice, French horn, harp, trombone, saxophone, flute, cello, electric guitar, drums (electric bass added later) Columbia Teacher's College, 1990; The Knitting Factory, LaMama Galleria, P.S.122, CBGB's, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, NYC, 1990-94.

© 1999, Catherine Bowles Brazelton.