Juan Antonio Rivera
Alumni - Music
Førgøtten - A Contemporary Ballet for the Soul.
Dance, Ballet, Poetry, Surrealist space, Nightmares, Afro-futurism, Outrage, Embodiment, Introspection, Healing, Reconnecting, Community, Contemplation, Empathy, Compassion, Rebellion, Activation, Awareness, Awakening, the Future is Female, and the Future is Mixed.
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Elliot Cook Carter, Jr. (b. December 11, 1908-d. November 5, 2012) was an American composer who was a two time Pulitzer Prize winner. He was the son of Elliot Carter, Sr., a wealthy lace importer, and the former Florence Chambers. As a teenager, he received musical encouragement from another American composer and insurance salesman, Charles Ives. Ives, in fact, sold insurance to the Carter family. In the 1930s he studied with Nadia Boulanger in Paris and then returned back to the United States. He originally had works that were more neoclassical in flavor, but his style shifted to emphasize rhythmic complexity and atonality. His works include all types of instrumentation such as orchestral, chamber music, solo instrumental, and vocal works.
Juan A. Rivera, flute
Ernesto Cruz, clarinet
32:35 "Enchanted Preludes" by Elliott Carter
Juan Antonio Rivera, flute
Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick, cello
Luciano Berio, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMR (an Italian knighthood title) (b. October 24, 1925-d. May 27, 2003) was an Italian composer. Born in Oneglia, he was taught piano by his father and grandfather, who were both organists. During World War II, he was conscripted into the army but injured his hand learning how to work a gun. Following the war, Berio studied under Giulio Cesare Paribeni and Giorgio Federico Ghedini at the Milan Conservatory. Unfortunately, Berio could not continue to study piano performance due to his hand injury, so he decided to concentrate his musical efforts on composition. He was known for his experimental work as well as his pioneering work in electronic music. In fact, Berio is credited with the first electroacoustic composition in the history of western music made with
voice and elaboration of the voice with technological means.
Juan A. Rivera, flute
Our Composition begins with "THE CYCLE," which is told in two sections comprised of poetry, videography, choreography, acting, costumes, and contemporary music from Elliot Carter's "Esprit rude, esprit doux" for flute and clarinet.
To begin our tribute to the female victims of police brutality, "Say My Name" is a call to feel the pain of these losses through diction and enunciation of these women's birth names. The soloists explore the life of being a victim, a survivor, a mother, a grandmother, a daughter.
In the third section, we decided to focus on the victims' families and their need for healing. We consider this our healing section. In "At your last," we express the hope that the victims had a final exhilarating moment of feeling loved by another person, whether it was their mother, husband, daughter, or grandmother. That although the world was crushing them, they still have that powerful memory of love. Being loved.
The piece culminates in a scene where newly turned humanoids have solved the human dilemma of prejudice. Our society cannot hide its shameful past trespasses by encaging, imprisoning our family of color. The deluge, the chaos, wake up. Improvisation erupts.
Juan A. Rivera
Angelica Mondol-Viana, Joye Forrest, & Elizabeth Geocaris
Jamila Reddy & Taireikca Glover
Sarah Van Sciver
Video editing by
Sarah Van Sciver
Costume design by
Matthew Kuang, Joye Forrest, Elizabeth Geocaris, Ellen Edwards-Siess, & Angelica Mondol-Viana
Ellen Edwards-Siess, Joye Forrest, Elizabeth Geocaris, Matthew Kuang, & Angelica Mondol-Viana
Future-Beings acted by
Dionna Daniel & Henita Tello
Public Awareness Actors/Walkers/Crowds acted by
Diana Cioffari-MacPhee, Ruth Odukoya, Natalie Perez, & Jordan Terrel
TW/CW: trauma **Trigger Warning** This is a multimedia piece about the experience of being a victim of trauma in the current COVID-19 climate. The piece consists of original poetry written and performed by Nicole Paige Chaffin over an original score by Charles Van Alst Danner. The score features a custom feedback instrument, the FeedBox in […]
Why are you making this piece? Since the beginning of the epidemic, I have followed the notice from the local authority to stay at home and stay alive. Since the food in my house has become thinner recently, I have to go out to hunt. Firstly, I found that I was completely expired, so I cut my hair. I […]
Unreleased music video for “Modesty Odissey” by Brooklyn born artist Melanie Charles, whose creative fluidity spans jazz, soul, experimental, and her own Haitian roots.
Unbuilt Door is a collaborative sound installation between Jiayu Zhang and Joana P. Cardozo during the emergency state of the COVID-19 pandemic in Spring 2020. Jiayu and Joana were studio neighbors at CalArts. This piece offers an imagination practice for the participants to visualize the border of their individual space. The participants are guided by […]
Crazy For You performed by Shaharoh and her band In Lieu Of. www.shaharoh.com Band: Brian Farst, David Howard and Ben Ochieng
“Flight” is a 2019 concept album mirroring the timeline of human life, from birth until death and beyond. Each song, lyrically and sonically, represents a different time period, but all are reflections of life as a whole. Beginning with “Liftoff/Zephyr”, we rise into a period of birth and infancy, of wonder and innocence, carrying into […]