cosmosis productions / the element orchestra
1999/04/16, Cosmosis Productions performed Frank Zappa's "Joe's Garage" as a live stage adaptation. The show featured a 7-piece band (feat. Ike Willis as a special guest), 6 modern dancers, a full cast of 10, a larger-than-life Scrutinizer, projections featuring character and digital animation, and quadraphonic sound design.
/ the element orchestra: joe's
(2000, dvdr-promo, usa, private release) - most compositions by frank zappa, feat. ike willis
from: Cosmosis Productions
The world premiere of the live stage adapatation of "Joe's Garage" was put on by Cosmosis Productions in Ann Arbor, MI in April 1999 at the University of Michigan by 50+ students, w/ sp. guest Ike Willis. The show featured a 7-piece band, 6 modern dancers, a full cast of 10, a larger-than-life Scrutinizer, projections featuring character and digital animation, and quadraphonic sound design. Shot with 6 DV cameras, the show has been edited and put on DVD.
A FREE screening will take place in Brooklyn, NY at Galapagos in Williamsburg on Sat. Dec. 4. at 11PM http://www.galapagosartspace.com
http://www.cosmosisproductions.com (download scenes from the show)
Come earlier at 9PM for a free concert by THE PLUTONIC FORMS performing music from the 2001 off-Broadway 'media melt rock odyssey' "Fortune Cookie Dreams"... (featuring members of Project/Object)
December 2004, Jordan Shapiro was kind enough to add the following info:
Jordan Shapiro: I was the musical director/guitarist/keyboardist for the production of "Joe's Garage" at University of Michigan in April 1999. There's a bunch of info about the show on the cosmosisproductions.com site, but I guess you probably already read that if you were on the site.
Basically, the show was an idea of mine starting in 1995,
when I graduated from high school in Connecticut and that summer got involved in
a small-scale local-community theatre production of "Pink Floyd's The Wall". I
went away to college and pretty much all 4 years, I was planning on putting on a
stage adaptation of "Joe's Garage" during my final year there. During the
planning stages that year of '98 - '99, it snowballed and before I knew it,
there were about 50 other students from
all disciplines (visual artists, dancers, actors, graphic designers, animators, set designers, technical artists/designers, etc etc.) excited about being involved with the show. It turned into a very large-scale event, all run by students aged 19 - 21.
Through a random connection, we got ahold of Ike Willis, who was thrilled about our production and our invitation to attend the production and become involved. (he sat in with the band for a bunch of songs). To his knowledge, at that time, there had never been a stage production of "Joe's Garage". (since then, I think it has been put on by other production companies).
We had use of state-of-the-art equipment thanks to a VERY tech-savvy university, so we were able to document the show very well. The video editing process took about 3 years to complete, due to the fact that we all left the univeristy either that year or the year later and had trouble getting use of editing machines. But it is completely edited now, with interesting additional material added in to complement the feel and overtones of the piece.
Thanks for the interest in the show.