An opera about the life, work,
and myth of Jackson Pollock
Director Ashley Tata
Conductor David Bloom
Design Magnus Pind
Music, Libretto Brian Petuch
Presented by Contemporaneous as part of their "Day of Imagination," a day-long celebration of the group's 10th anniversary, this work is a novel take on the genre, incorporating never before released audio of recorded interviews provided by The Pollock-Krasner House, alongside poetry, and literary excerpts pertinent to Pollock's world.
Described as “narratively limitless... peaceful, violent, and transcendent.” (American Composers Forum), Brian Petuch's music inhabits extreme contrasts of reflection, celebration, and irreverence. He frequently incorporates electronics and other recorded sounds into live acoustic settings in order to expand the possibilities of the concert hall. His works have premiered at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, 911 Memorial at Liberty Park, EMPAC, Constellation, MASS MoCA, and Joyce Theatre, and featured by Albany Symphony, the New York Youth Symphony, andPlay, Bang on a Can, Exceptet, Contemporaneous, Latitude 49, and Bearthoven.
Petuch has been awarded a grant from the Jerome Fund for New Music, he’s been a finalist for the ASCAP Foundation’s Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, a guest composer for the Albany Symphony’s American Music Festival, and a composition fellow at the Bang on a Can Summer Festival at Mass MoCA. He earned an MM in Composition at Mannes School of Music where he studied with Mario Davidovsky.