Focus. The composers of thingNY will tell you stories, sing you songs, scream in your face, try to sell you stuff and rant recklessly to themselves, filling your ears with the sweet sounds of excess. This new experimental opera by NYC’s freshest avant-garde band highlights the everyday excesses of our lives (workaholism, the thrill of consumption, the joys of gluttony, the elation of libation) and turns them into a suite of attention-deficient songs, monologues and infomercials.
For years, new music ensemble thingNY has fused fluxus-esque experimentation with theatrically-charged chamber music. For its first album, this “creative new music cabal” [Time Out New York] has chosen to release a comic book + CD package of their experimental opera, ADDDDDDDDD.
With influences from Robert Ashley, Berg, Boulez, Braxton and Bjork, thingNY’s collaboratively-composed ADDDDDDDDD is an opera exploring the sweet sounds of excess. In a poetically verbose blend of noise, song, and spoken word, the five composer/performers highlight the everyday excesses of our lives as told through chants, rants, and advertising jingles.
The opera opens with the both earnest and absurd prologue, “Stories by Interesting People” but quickly becomes a montage of numbers, appointments, peeves, dreams and commercial interruptions in five-part harmony.
The CD comes with an accompanying comic book libretto featuring all the lyrics and artwork from various artists and musicians, including some of the band.
released June 17, 2010
Produced by Brendan James O'Brien and thingNY.
Recorded at Abstract Rhythm Studios, Brooklyn, NY by Brendan James.
Mastered by Steven Berson at Total Sonic Media, Brooklyn, NY.
All tracks written by thingNY. thingNY is:
Isabel Castellvi (voice, cello), Andrew Livingston (voice, bass, electronics), Paul Pinto (voice, keyboard, drums), Erin Rogers (voice, saxophone), Jeffrey Young (voice, violin)
Comic libretto printed by Carlos Rosa.
Album cover by Caryn Blum
Leah Asher, Jeni Beck, Gelsey Bell, Caryn Blum, Joe Dal Pra, Esther Neff, Daniel Pinto, Gabriel Pinto, Paul Pinto, Jeffrey Young
thingNY is a collective of composer-performers who fuse electronic and acoustic chamber music with new opera, improvisation,
theater, text, song and installation. Founded in 2006, thingNY performs experimental sound works created collaboratively by the core ensemble and by composers we like to listen to....more