Gallo, a fable in music in one act
Composer: Ken Ueno
Composer Bio: A recipient of the Rome Prize and the Berlin Prize, Ken Ueno, is a composer/vocalist who is currently an Associate Professor at UC Berkeley. Ensembles and performers who have played Ken’s music include Kim Kashkashian and Robyn Schulkowsky, Mayumi Miyata, Teodoro Anzellotti, Wendy Richman, Greg Oakes, BMOP, Alarm Will Sound, SFCMP, the Nieuw Ensemble, and Frances-Marie Uitti. His music has been performed at such venues as Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MusikTriennale Köln Festival, the Muziekgebouw, Ars Musica, Warsaw Autumn, Other Minds, the Hopkins Center, Spoleto USA, Steim, and at the Norfolk Music Festival. Ken’s piece for the Hilliard Ensemble, Shiroi Ishi, has been featured in their repertoire for over ten years, with performances at such venues as Queen Elizabeth Hall in England, the Vienna Konzerthaus, and was aired on Italian national radio, RAI 3. Another work, Pharmakon, was performed dozens of times nationally by Eighth Blackbird during their 2001-2003 seasons. A portrait concert of Ken’s was featured on MaerzMusik in Berlin in 2011. As a vocalist, he specializes in extended techniques and has collaborated in improvisations with Ryuichi Sakamoto, Joey Baron, Ikue Mori,Robyn Schulkowsky, Joan Jeanrenaud, Tim Feeney, and David Wessel amongst others. Recently, he performed his vocal concerto with the Warsaw Philharmonic. Ken holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University. A monograph CD of three orchestral concertos was released on the Bmop/sound label.
Librettist: Ken Ueno
Librettist Bio: See Composer Bio
Other Artistic Personnel: Sarah Meyer (stage director)
Julia Noulin-Mérat (scenic designer)
Tlaloc López-Watermann (lighting & multi-media designer)
Mike Williams (percussion)
Kent O’Doherty (saxophone)
Amy Advocat (clarinets)
Nicole Cariglia (cello)

Original Cast: Douglas Dodson (Galante/Farinelli, the Gallo)
Aliana de la Guardia (Shopper/Mother)

Work Web Site: http://guerillaopera.com/season/gallo/
Premiere Date: May 23, 2014
Description: Gallo is an evening-long chamber opera that investigates how the landscape and man shape and transform each other. The main inspiration for the work is places where traces of human civilization, ancient and modern, have decayed over time and have transformed them into landscapes that now appear to be more natural than manmade. These spaces are repositories of human memory on one hand, but also confound man’s sense of agency and freedom, and his sense of mastery over nature.  Examples of these spaces are: Monte Testaccio, a hill in Rome, now rife with discos, which was made into a hill as an ancient site where clay vases were deposited; the Disabitato, the region in Rome, within the Aurelian wall, where the landscape reclaimed uninhabited space during the 18th century; and Detroit. Throughout the chamber opera, arias comment on these spaces, and over the backdrop of a landscape, is a beach, made of Cheerios.  From the beach a human protagonist is born. The beach itself serves as a repository of memory, and ultimately as a Zen garden of contemplation. Several arias intercut the various transformations of the beach. In one, a rooster, named Farinelli, sings a non-sense aria, in chicken-ese (with English supertitles), about the fundamental question of ontology – the chicken or the egg? In another aria, the female protagonist waxes admiringly about Bee-Eaters, beautiful birds that eat bees, but is afraid that their beauty might kill us all.
Character List (Major):

Galante/Farinelli, the Gallo (countertenor)
Shopper/Mother (soprano)
Length: 01:10
Total Acts: 1
Orchestration: Soprano
Countertenor
Cello
Bass-Clarinet
Alto-Saxophone
Percussion
Musical Style: Contemporary
Contact: Ken Ueno
E-mail Address: info@kenueno.com
Composer Web Site: www.kenueno.com
Librettist Web Site: http://kenueno.tumblr.com/
Publisher Web Site: www.kenueno.com
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