Posts by Josh

What We See on the Surface: An Interview with Animator Daniel Olivas

Animation still by Daniel Olivas.

Daniel Olivas is the animator for Hopscotch Chapter 16, available online here. Olivas is a multi-media visual artist who was born in San Diego and received a B.A from UC Davis in Art Studio and Film Studies with a minor in music. After co-founding ASUCDs Aggie Public Arts Committee, he became chair and held that position…

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A $60k Pledge Towards Hopscotch

LA freeways.

We have until July 10 to match a generous $60,000 donation from Kiki and David Gindler — click here to help us reach our goal by July 10! You know The Industry loves a good challenge, whether it’s wireless operas in train stations or a single opera divided into 24 cars. But we’ve never had…

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A Rumination on Writing an Opera by Jason Thorpe Buchanan

Hunger composer, Jason Thorpe Buchanan.

This week, we feature a piece by composer Jason Thorpe Buchanan, whose multimedia opera, Hunger, will be featured in our 2015 FIRST TAKE showcase of new ideas in American opera. In deciding to write a Multimedia Opera, I wanted to explore the idea of psychological fragility and deterioration

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Living the Dream of Invisible Cities

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 14: Director Yuval Sharon (L) and composer Christopher Cerrone pose at the dress rehearsal and behind the scenes photo op for the opera "Invisible Cities" at Union Station on October 14, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

This week, Chris Cerrone, composer of INVISIBLE CITIES, writes about the creation of the opera’s studio recording. The album will be available as a digital download and limited-edition CD box set on November 4th, 2014. Creating a recording of INVISIBLE CITIES has long been a dream of mine.

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Hopscotch Crescendo: Feet On The Ground

The creative team behind Hopscotch.

At the time I was voted onto the board of The Industry I knew very little about opera.  I run a small literary publisher called tNY.Press and our focus is experimental fiction; works that avoid classification and push forward the written word, but remain generally accessible.  Artistic Director Yuval Sharon’s charisma, open-mindedness, and ridiculous ambition pulled…

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New Opera is the Greatest Adventure

The Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.

From the very beginning, The Industry was an adventure. Born with no start-up support and in a challenged economic climate, the idea to form a DIY company focusing on new and experimental opera came across as bold to some optimistic friends, harebrained to other more rational ones. More than one person nicknamed me Fitzcarraldo—and I…

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