Miller, Paul D
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It's with humor and skepticism that my remix of 'Jonny Spielt Auf" is now titled "Jonny Spielt Jazz." I present it as a form of therapy for society. In the remix everything remains as its been before, but the "script" is adjusted for a digital context - Bauhaus theater sets become architectural diagrams interacting with the music and actors, blueprints for a different vision of a past that we experience only through recordings. With the original opera, the defeated Germany of World War I tries to leap over its shadow, that is to say, all that has been repressed and suppressed. With my remix, we are brought full circle; it's a journey with no maps, save what we make up as we go along. This undertaking isn't so unusual - turn on the TV, watch a movie, check out an updated website: the motifs are all there in different forms.
(2009-03-13)First performed in 1927 at the height of the Weimar Republic, Ernst Krenek's opera "Jonny Spielt Auf' went down in history as a so-called 'jazz opera'. The narrative portrayed the story of a black musician who played in ...