AT LAST - A collaboration between Michaella Barron and composer Daniel Gall
Project Screendance #23 At Last - July 2022 This month I worked with choreographer and screendance artist, Michaella Baron, on a set of two contrasting flute pieces recorded by flutist, Miguel Vargas. Featuring dancers, Gabrielle DiNizo and Michaella Barron, with camera work by videographers, Teymur Guliyev and Quinton Nennig. As always, music by Daniel Gall. Michaella had this to say about her intention: "At Last" is a piece about two souls finding each other again after time apart. A relatable story universally as we emerge out of a Covid world. Using emotional prompts and embodied movement choreographed by Michaella Barron both Michaella and collaborator Gabrielle DiNizo find solace once again in one another as two hearts become one. I hope you’ll enjoy our collaboration!
The Grandmother - A collaboration between Finleigh Zack Dance and composer Daniel Gall
Project Screendance #22 The Grandmother - June 2022 For a while I was calling this piece, “The Grand Mother of the Sea,” and when I approached Finleigh Zack Dance about collaborating on a video, we both heard the ocean. The music comes from my Storied Dances for brass quintet, and it’s something I wrote about a decade ago, but then revised and brought back to life in the fall of 2021. The recording was done by Bruno Smith (playing all five parts!), and was mixed and mastered by Miguel Vargas. Choreography by Finleigh Zack Dance, featuring Alyssa Sartuche, and Tatiana Nuñez. Video editing by Toon de Melker. As always, music by Daniel Gall. Check it out!
GRACE - A collaboration between Chaery Moon and composer Daniel Gall
Project Screendance #21 GRACE – May 2022 A bit of melancholy this time! For my May 2022 collaboration I worked with NYC-based dancer Chaery Moon, and filmmaker John Kim, on a piece called GRACE. The music comes from a reed trio (oboe, clarinet, and bassoon) of the same title, that I wrote years ago back in my Synchromy days, for a group called, The Vientos Trio. I wrote this piece at the end of a long, prolific creative period in my life, when I had reached a breaking point that would ultimately lead me to fleeing the grid, and changing everything. GRACE was a kind of lament for the end of all I had held dear for so long. It was grace in despair, and a precursor to letting go. Chaery Moon describes the work as an “emotional piece in which my personal journey delves into confusion, and unsettling but somewhat uplifting emotions, while the world faces darkness.” I hope you'll find some meaning in our collaboration.