The Gentleman Rests - a new opera by Dave Ruder
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The Gentleman Rests is a concert performance of a new opera depicting the special session of congress in 2001 in which the Congressional Black Caucus attempted to halt the certification of Floridas votes for the contested presidential election due to alleged disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of Floridians. Composer Dave Ruder (thingNY) sets transcripts of the congressional session to music for five vocalists, viola, trombone, Rhodes piano and bassoon, including the ironic drama of Al Gore (as President of the Senate) following congressional protocol by gaveling over each objecting Black Caucus member, hastening the end of his presidential ambitions.
Composed by Dave Ruder, with vocalists Michele Kennedy, Amirtha Kidambi, Kyra Sims, Gabrielle Davenport and Brian McCorkle, Sam Morrison (Rhodes), Jen Baker (trombone), Nisreen Nor (bassoon) and Karen Waltuch (viola).
Dave Ruder (composer) is a Brooklyn-based vocalist, clarinetist, guitarist, electronicist, composer, songwriter, writer/librettist, interdisciplinary collaborator, etc. Dave is a key member of the groups Varispeed, thingNY, and Reps. Additionally, Dave has worked with Anthony Braxton, Aaron Siegel, Helado Negro, Andrew Lafkas (Eidolon), Kimberly Bartosik, Abigail Levine, Joanna Kotze, Duan Týnek, and Panoply Performance Laboratory. Dave worked extensively with composer Robert Ashley, premiering two of his late compositions and interpreting a number of his pieces, including numerous live performances of Perfect Lives. Since 2013, Dave has been the driving force behind Gold Bolus Recordings, where you can find a number of his albums. As a composer, Dave received a commission from the Jerome Foundation and Roulette in 2014. Additionally, his work has been featured in Experiments in Opera, and his WHY LIE? project, 100+ open scores, is available online. By day, Dave works for the Make Music Alliance/Make Music NY.
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