A Klingon Christmas Carol 2013 is nearing the end!

Members of bomwI'pu' (the il Troubadore Klingon Music Project) with SQuja' at the Cincinnati Klingon Christmas Carol
Members of bomwI’pu’ (the il Troubadore Klingon Music Project) with SQuja’ at the Cincinnati Klingon Christmas Carol

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.

j'onn with Joe Patti, director of the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts at Shawnee State University, and author of the "Butts In the Seats" blog.
j’onn with Joe Patti, director of the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts at Shawnee State University, and author of the “Butts In the Seats” blog.

And what can beat meeting the creator of the Klingon Langauge, Marc Okrand, during opening night of the Cincy production?

The Il Troubadore Klingon Music Project with the creator of the Klingon Language, Marc Okrand, after playing during the opening night of the Cincinnati Klingon Christmas Carol!
The Il Troubadore Klingon Music Project with the creator of the Klingon Language, Marc Okrand, after playing during the opening night of the Cincinnati Klingon Christmas Carol!

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!

A Klingon Christmas Carol

il Troubadore and Deserae at the Opening of A Klingon Christmas Carol
bomwI’pu’ (the il Troubadore Klingon Music Project) with Klingon Bellydancer, Deserae, perform at the opening night of Commedia Beauregard’s, “A Klingon Christmas Carol,” at the Raven Theatre in Chicago.  2012 December 1, photo by Mark Malnekoff

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.

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Creating Sustainability as an Entrepreneurial Musician

Jon Silpayamanant as a Klingon Cellist at the Joliet Public Library Annual Star Wars Day in the Chicago-land area.
“An educated person is one who has learned that information almost always turns out to be at best incomplete and very often false, misleading, fictitious, mendacious – just dead wrong.”
~ Russell Baker

I’ve been blogging about the economics of large scale organizations a lot lately and must confess that it’s related to research I’ve been doing with my wife in the service of figuring out how and why things work in the field(s) of performance.  One of our future goals is to have a side business consulting for performers and we believe that understanding what works and what doesn’t work is going to be far more useful than just accepting untested or unquestioned received wisdom.

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“A Klingon Christmas Carol” opens tonight!!

KCC2011-pageimage.jpgThe music I composed and recorded will have it’s official premiere tonight.  It has already been featured during three preview shows last week, but tonight marks the opening night of the production.  Blurb about it below:

il Troubadore Klingon Music Project will make a special guest appearance at the opening night of “A Klingon Christmas Carol!!”

A Klingon Christmas Carol
By Christopher O. Kidder and Sasha Walloch
Translated by Laura Thurston, Bill Hedrick, and Christopher O. Kidder
Additional Content and Translation by Chris Lipscombe
Lyrics to qu’wI’ by Terrence Donnelly
Music composed by Jon Silpayamanant/il Troubadore

Directed by Christopher O. Kidder

Featuring Kevin Alves and Zach Livingston

Scrooge has no honor, nor any courage. Can three ghosts help him to
become the true warrior he ought to be in time to save Tiny Tim from a
horrible fate? Performed in the Original Klingon with English
Supertitles, and narrative analysis from The Vulcan Institute of
Cultural Anthropology.

“The show honors the true meaning of Christmas” – Conan O’Brien

Friday, November 25, 2011 at 7:30 PM
Greenhouse Theater – Downstairs Mainstage
2257 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: (773) 404-7336
Website: greenhousetheater.org
E-Mail: maureen@greenhousetheater.org



Updates and more updates

Splash image for the website

If some of you hadn’t noticed, I’ve changed the look of the blog. This template is a bit cleaner and less distracting than the previous one, I think. I also spent most of last night completely overhauling my website. Though most of the content is previously existing content from the old website, the structure is newer and I think a bit more streamlined than the old one. I’ll be spending a lot of time over the next week or so re-doing content (especially the bio) but also making it easier for folks to know what services I offer for various function (both performative and educational).

What I’m especially looking forward to is highlighting my compositional activities more, as I am now getting much more work in that area.  I’m also looking forward to showcasing some of my more academic and scholarly work – especially the slow development of a Klingon Music Theory which will be the basis for some of the new music I’ve been writing for various projects.

The side-column (where the current facebook like page is located) will eventually be used for more content rather than just the like page, but I have to sort out how to import/display content there. Any tips, suggestions, and/or complaints are very welcome!