for ariella (2021)
for four or more voices or instruments
Before the final showing of 'To be a bat''s three-night run at London Horror Festival - as I was setting up in the tech box at The Space Theatre - I suddenly remember hearing the mystical sound of a collective hum, as part of a vocal warmup from the actors led by directors Susie MacDonald and Ariella Como Stoian.
for ariella is a piece about connectivity, empathy, and fostering a shared sense of community, through a piece built around a loose transcription of this theatre vocal warmup.
With no breath marks and minimal dynamics, articulation, and scoring outside of the notes themselves and a few directions, the ensemble are made to feel the connectivity between each other as they feel their way through the piece.
Dedicated to Ariella Como Stoian - a wonderful collaborator and friend - and the wonderful folks who I've worked with at Distracted Rat (Susie MacDonald, Will Jarvis, James Ireland, Jalice Corral et al.)
The actors hum.
~ excerpt from The Emoji Project, au. Ariella Como Stoian.