The Colorado: A Film Oratorio
Composers: John Luther Adams, Shara Worden, William Brittelle, Glenn Kotche and Paola Prestini
Film Director: Murat Eyuboglu
Performers: Roomful of Teeth; Jeffrey Zeigler, cello; Glenn Kotche, percussion
Narrator: Mark Rylance
For five million years, the Colorado River has carved some of the most majestic landscapes on the planet, but the modern day demands of agriculture and urban development have put the once-mighty river’s future in peril. Stage legend Mark Rylance provides recorded narration for this fascinating and immersive multi-media eco-cantata in which a team of award-winning filmmakers, composers, musicians, and singers leads a strange and stunning 1500-mile visual and aural journey through the Colorado River Basin—from the peaks of the Rocky Mountains through the red cliffs of the Grand Canyon, through Hoover Dam to drought-plagued California—and inspires a call to action.
The unique Grammy Award-winning Roomful of Teeth, a vocal project dedicated to mining the expressive potential of the human voice, is joined by Wilco’s Glenn Kotche and former Kronos Quartet cellist Jeffrey Zeigler.
John Luther Adams — “One of the most original musical thinkers of the new century.” The New Yorker.
William Brittelle — “Brittelle is creating a body of work that has no precedent” Classical TV
Glenn Kotche — “In the hands of a musician like Glenn, the drum set is a one-man percussion orchestra.” John Luther Adams
Shara Worden — “A creative chameleon with endless wells of technical skill.” Pitchfork
Paola Prestini — “One of the Top 100 composers in the world under 40.” NPR
“Let’s be clear: Roomful of Teeth, thanks to their peerless combination of virtuosity and versatility, are the future of vocal music.” – WQXR
Presented in conjunction with Fotofest’s 2016 Biennial Changing Circumstances: Looking at the Future of the Planet, March 12 – April 24, 2016