Folks can see 12 operas in Louisville, Cincinnati, and Indianapolis in June! In the next few weeks there will be plenty of Opera happening in this small neck of the Midwest–many of them premieres and all of them relatively new works. Just remember–Fragmentation!
I’ve made a couple of appearances at this year’s Cincinnati run of A Klingon Christmas Carol as a Klingon. While most of you folks already know I do this–and have been doing this for some time now–it has been a pleasure to see the production by a different group of folks and company.
Though it is with some sadness that I’ve had to tell folks that the Cincinnati run is done (since last Sunday) and that the Chicago run has been sold out for the last week till closing night (this Sunday) it is with some honor that I can say that last year’s Chicago run is available on DVD–so win much honor now and get your own copy as this will be the only way to see the show until next year! Of course, the musical score is written by me and recorded by my Klingon band, il Troubadore.
You can hear some snippets from the score here:
Closing night was particularly fun as Joe Patti of Butts in the Seats actually drove a couple of hours to see the us and the show–read about his thoughts here. On top of that, Drew McManus also gives a shout out to the me and the show.
And what can beat meeting the creator of the Klingon Langauge, Marc Okrand, during opening night of the Cincy production?
In other news, I finally got to see this clip of the video of our performance with the Wookiee Bellydancer as it aired on Channel 4 in the UK during the “50 Funniest Moments of 2012”–I’ve uploaded the clip to our youtube:
Strangely (or maybe appropriately?) enough, they’ve dubbed over our music with some Bollywood tune, but here, you can hear the song in the original Shyriiwook in the viral video from that performance in Chicago last year here:
I imagine this coming year will only be geekier than 2013, so don’t worry–I’m sure more photo and video documentation of the strangeness that is my geeky musical life will continue to appear and if I have anything to say about it!
It’s been a good time for Sci-Fi music. With so many blockbuster films, television series, and video games becoming practically mainstream there’s no lack of scores being written. Of most interest to me, however, is diegetic music – music that appears in the film/tv/video game universe rather than the music that appears as a score to the productions.
Friday night was officially the longest night and to celebrate my band, the il Troubadore Klingon Music Project (otherwise known as bomwI’pu’ on the planet Qo’noS), opened for Commedia Beauregard‘s Chicago production of a Klingon Christmas Carol (thlIngan ram nI’ tay bom). Klingons obviously do not celebrate Christmas, but they do have a “Festival of the Longest Night,” ram nI’ tay.
As I mentioned in a previous post, if you’ve Branded yourself well, then Marketing (to raise awareness about your music) and Selling (to get gigs) should be much easier to do. Branding is the totality of your public image and having a good Brand is tantamount to making all other aspects of your business move more smoothly. As Peter Montoya stated (I quoted him in the post above):
Branding happens before marketing or selling; it’s their source. Without a strong brand, marketing is generally ineffective and selling is like beating your head against a wall of sales resistance. A strong brand is the rock-solid foundation for all marketing, because every other aspect of a product’s identity–its logo, how its ads are written, who its spokesperson is–is based on that brand. Branding is the reason customers consider a product in the first place.
When you have a strong Personal Brand out in the world working for you, you’ll attract new business without even trying. Prospects will come to you after multiple exposures to your brand, and they’ll come 90 percent sold on you already. All you’ll need to do is close the sale. We’ve seen it time and time again. New business with no work. If that’s not cool, nothing is.