The Vagabonds
Composer: Andy Teirstein
Composer Bio: Composer Andy Teirstein's work is inspired by the rich and diverse folk roots of modern culture. His music has been described by The New York Times and The Village Voice as "magical," "ingenious," and "superbly crafted." A student of Leonard Bernstein, Henry Brant, Bruce Saylor and David Del Tredici, Teirstein writes music for the concert hall, film, theater, and dance. He is the recipient of the 2008 New York Foundaton for the Arts Music Composition Fellowship, and the American Composer Forum Continental Harmony commission, among other awards. Teirstein has composed several film scores, including "Men", for BBC and "Margaret Sanger", for PBS, and was a music consultant/composer for the critically acclaimed documentary series "The West", Produced by Ken Burns and Insignia Films, also aired on PBS. A prolific writer for the theater, Teirstein has scored, arranged, and directed a number of musical theater pieces, including " A Blessing on the Moon," recently presented in concert at New York's Le Poisson Rouge Club and at the Chutzpah! Festival of Performing Arts in Vancouver, "Papushko", which won a Richard Rodgers Development Award; "Winter Man", recipient of the NEA Opera/Musical Theater Award (1993,1991), which he scored, arranged, and co-wrote with Cheyenne poet Lance Henson and which was presented by La Mama Experimental Theater Company in February 1995, and "Skels", which also recieved an NEA Opera/Musical Theater Award in 1994. "The Wild", a music/theater/dance work written, composed, and directed by Teirstein, premiered at La Mama in June, 1996. In recent years, Teirstein's eclectic background which includes acting, clown work, and performance art in addition to musical composition and performance has led him to extremely successful collaborations with a number of choreographers. These include Donald Byrd, Stephen Petronio, Phyllis Lamhut, Liz Lerman, Sara Pearson, Nina Wiener, Patricia Nanon, and Randy Warshaw. Teirstein performs as an Actor and Musician in the show, Woody Sez, with successful runs in London's West End, at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, the Edinborough Festival, and in Germany, Oklahoma and other places. He is also a touring musician with the world music/dance troupe The Vanaver Caravan.
Librettist: Andy Teirstein
Premiere Date: June 04, 2015
Producing Company: The Theater at 14th Street
Description: “The Vagabonds” is a new piece inspired by William Blake's prophetic writings and visionary illuminations.  It tells a story of two traveling street performers, a man (Kick) and a mute boy (Pano) who present a dancing side-show on a portable stage. 
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