We just finished our first weekend of Abandon at LaMama and wow…it’s like dreaming lucidly and vividly and intensely for 70 minutes. Yes I did write the music, and still, sitting through a performance is like something else. I am so proud and grateful to all involved.
As I explained to my father last night, you can approach this like an abstract painting. There is a storyline, though everyone will experience it differently.
Andrew Ingkavet is a composer with over 2 decades experience creating music for film, theater, advertising and new media.
Many of you know that I’ve been working like mad to finish a 75 minute score for theatrical production called Abandon opening next week at LaMama ETC. The piece is very multi-sensorial and was birthed from a collection of about 75 visual collages made by the writer/director/artist Matthew Maguire. Maguire is also the current head of the theater program at Fordham University at Lincoln Center here in New York and started his career in a very abstract style similar to Ping Chong, and Meredith Monk among others at La MaMa ETC. 6 actors interact with these living collages brought to life in video by Zbigniew Bzymek on 3 screens which form the back walls of the stage. And throughout is my music. It’s very dark, abstract, erotic and incorporating elements of butoh and modern dance and yet still tells the story of Helena, a woman with an intense fear of love and it’s consequences.
The process has been quite intense and exhausting and I’ll share some behind the scenes process in the next few days. I need to still finish the score. Here’s a sneak preview of a music cue