Selected cues from my score for the recent Evolve Puppets hybrid puppetry play “They Were Called Trees” that was just workshopped as part of La Mama’s Jumpstart Festival 2023 in NYC. (Evolve Puppets: Tanya Khordoc, Barry Weis). Music by Joel Phillip Friedman.
You can listen to the score HERE.
And I have a request: please watch DREAM (it’s just 4 minutes long) and share it WIDELY. I would like it to make a constructive difference for our upcoming midterm elections on November 8th. Democracy and freedom – and all that follows – are on the ballot. We need to “sing that out” loud and clear, and art can help. Thank you. — Joel Phillip Friedman (composer/lyricist). Special thanks for the talents of Alex Gallows (voice) and Scott Thureen (video).
I wrote the score for the evening-length, beautiful hybrid theatre/puppetry/multimedia play for adults entitled Home and written by writers/directors/puppetry designers Tanya Khordoc & Barry Weil of Evolve Puppets and a 1st-rate creative team of designers and actors. Our production team includes Tanya & Barry, associate director/movement coordinator Lake Simons (Lincoln Center’s WAR HORSE), projection designer Jared Mezzocchi (Obie and Lucille Lortel winner, VIETGONE), set designer Tom Lee (SHANK’S MARE), lighting designer Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew (Drama Desk nominee, KPOP), costume designer SL Riffle (Lyric Opera of Chicago), and me. Home premiered in New York City at The Tank NYC (312 West 36th Street, New York, NY 10018) between May 30th-June 2nd, 2019. If you are interested in donating to help make this project happen, click HERE. Selected cues can be heard HERE.
Commissioned by the Irving M. Klein International String Competition for the duo Soliloquy – Klein Laureates Ariel Horowitz, violin & Lauren Siess, viola. NEW REVISED VERSION!
Instrumentation: violin and viola (NB: this piece requires some singing and movement)
Duration: Ca. 20″
The score is available through Grey Bird Music. To see a perusal score click here.
You can purchase a 10×13″ PDF copy of the score below:
Fallings (work-in-progress) – A multi-media chamber music theater piece residing in the realm between opera and musical theater. Seth Friedman libretto
Instrumentation: 6 person cast (3 women, 3 men), solo violinist, mixed ensemble, and pre-recorded sound
Duration: projected as a one act
I Think You Should Know (Personals the musical) An intimate torch song for the stage or cabaret. A recent divorcee is unsure about returning to the dating scene. The man she’s brought home is not. She thinks he should go, maybe… Music by Joel and Seth Friedman, Lyrics by Crane, Friedman, Kauffman
Instrumentation: voice, pit band