Experiments in Opera: The Travel Agency is on Fire

  • The Stone Avenue C and 2nd Street NYC, NY USA

THE TRAVEL AGENCY IS ON FIRE:
BURROUGHS CUTS UP THE GREAT BARDS

October 16, 2015 – 8 PM & 10 PM
The Stone, at the corner of Avenue C and 2nd Street
$20 General Admission for each set at the door

Renegade William Burroughs is known for his challenging and hallucinatory prose as well as his deeply experimental streak. He helped to pioneer the art form of Cut-Ups, repurposing of previously published materials into new art forms. In celebration of the publication of The Travel Agency on Fire edited by Alex Wermer Colan, EiO will commission 11 new compositions for ensemble and voice based on Burroughs’ Cut-Ups of modern writers including Arthur Rimbaud, Jean Genet and F Scott Fitzgerald among others. These 11 new works will be premiered by James Ilgenfritz’s Anagram Ensemble featuring vocalists Megan Schubert, Amirtha Kidambi and Michael Douglas Jones. Burroughs’ texts will challenge the commissioned composers to reorganize their musical work around non-linear narratives and ideas and embrace a logic of sound and experience. Each set will feature different songs.