San Diego Gay Men's Chorus
July 10, 2012 at 12:30am
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Out Of My Range (and Other Age-Related Performance Issues) :: [YouTube promo] Original music and lyrics by Mike, book by Mike and Brent for a 10-song "backstage" song cycle that pulls back the curtain on generational differences within a Chorus. Rehearsals and social events leading up to the opening number of their next concert serve as the backdrop for a whimsical, fun, and revealing look at the age dynamics at play inside a gay men’s chorus. Commissioned by Dr. Stan Hill and the Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus for their 2012 season and their performance at the GALA Choruses Festival 2012 in Denver. The world premiere was March 30-31, 2012 at Ted Mann Hall on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis.
Alexander's House :: Original music and lyrics by Mike, book by Mike and Brent for a one-act choral musical about a man who dies and leaves his summer home to his estranged son instead of his partner. It is a story about bringing people together from separate worlds and about the family of friends that we create. Commissioned by Jeff Buhrman and the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington DC for their 30th Anniversary Concert and their performance at the GALA Choruses Festival 2012 in Denver. The world premiere was June 4-5, 2011 at Lisner Auditorium on the George Washington University campus in Washington DC.
Go Button :: [App Store] :: Design and programming by Brent for the powerful, lightweight audio show controller app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Go Button provides tools to pre-program a list of sound cues and play them back in a precise sequence. Use it to play accompaniment tracks for a live performance, trigger sound effects for a play, and control any audio playback for performances that require a predetermined playlist of sound cues. Available on the App Store for $9.99.
Go-Go Beach :: [music samples] :: Original stage musical with score by Mike and Brent. Colorful pop culture and the whimsical 60's beach party movie genre meet the blossoming hippie movement. Official Next Link Selection of NYMF 2006. Exclusive stage performing rights are represented by Theatrical Rights Worldwide.
Caligula Maximus :: All-new music arrangements written and produced by Brent for the live "musical disco circus". Featuring Kayvon Zand and starring Jamin Ruhren (aka Acid Betty). Produced by The Saint at Large in association with House of Yes and Lady Circus. Book & lyrics by Alfred Preisser and Randy Weiner ("Donkey Show"). Directed by Jen Bender. Choreographed by Richard Kennedy. Premiered at House of Yes in Brooklyn on 4/6/11. (photos on Flickr, Metromix)
Playground :: Original music by Brent for an 80 minute modern dance theatre piece about one man's turnaround thru a visit to life's emotional playground. Created by Platforms co-choreographer and former Fosse dancer Jeff Shade.
The world premiere was December 4-6, 2008 at Manhattan Movement and Arts Center. Proceeds went to benefit two suicide prevention hotlines,
The Nine Line and The Trevor Project.
Platforms :: Original music by Brent for the 2007 "Born at NYMF" commission. Winner of Peter Filichia's 2007 Talkin' Broadway Summer Theatre Festival "Wild Card" citation and the NYMF "Excellence in Choreography" award. Starring Tony nominees Deborah Yates and Ted Levy, co-conceived by director Holly-Anne Ruggiero and bookwriter Delaney Britt Brewer. Choreographed by Ron De Jesus, Linda Goodrich, Jeff Shade, Nick Kenkel, and Matt Wiliams. World premiered at The Theatre at St. Clements, NYC -- Oct 2-6, 2007. (listen).
Waking Dreams :: [YouTube clip] :: Score by Brent and End Credits song by Mike for the short film by
John Daschbach, starring
Ben Shenkman and
Winner of 2005 Independent Film Festival of Boston "Audience Award - Best Short Film" and the New York VisionFest 2005 "Outstanding Achievement in Short Subject Filmmaking".
Online / Interactive
Snowferno :: [YouTube trailer 1] :: [YouTube trailer 2] :: Music & game design by Mike and Brent, website by Brent for our first iPhone app partnership with Ben Britten (programming and artwork). "Snowferno" is an original rolling ball puzzle game for iOS devices. Navigate the original 'snowball in hell' through the Earth to where cold weather awaits on the other side. Inspired by Dante's Inferno, your personal hell is a cave that contains 20 unique puzzle challenges standing between you and Winter. $0.99 on the App Store.
MineQuest :: [YouTube trailer] :: Original theme, gameplay music, & sound design by Brent for the (now discontinued) Facebook app MineQuest. Search underground for gems, gold nuggets and rare artifacts in an easy-to-play Facebook game that rewarded skill, strategy and exploration. Our second game partnership with Ben Britten (programming) and our first with Chris Watts (design & graphics). Previously available for iOS devices in its earlier form as "Terracore Adventures".
Carnaval de Fuego (2006) :: [Act I :: Act II :: Act III :: Act IV] :: Original score by Mike for the 2006 nightly spectacle at (then) Six Flags Elitch Gardens. A celebration of fireballs, flame juggling, clowns, tribal percussion, and more. Act IV features a remix of The Doors' "Light My Fire" with vocals by Broadway's Lisa Howard. Originally produced in 2006 by Joey Wartnerchaney and available for bookings exclusively by Manhattan Creative Group. Music tracks listed below.
Buy "Last Days of Left Eye" on DVD.
Original score by Mike and Brent.
$12.99 from Amazon.com.
Buy "Waking Dreams" on DVD.
Score by Brent, end credits song by Mike.
$9.95 from createspace.com.
Buy "LifeSongs" on CD.
Featuring the world premiere performance of
"The Kushner Trilogy" by Mike.
$15 from tcgmc.org.
some of the things we write
FatLab Music is Michael Shaieb & Brent Lord. We are composers for TV, theatre, and film with studios in Greenwich Village and SoHo, NYC.