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UPCOMING A new chamber opera *The Passion of Leyla*, will be presented at San Jose Stage in workshop performances on August 19 - 21, 2016. A collaboration between composer Richard Marriott and librettist Ruth Margraff, the 90 minute opera is inspired by sources as diverse as ecstatic Sufi love poetry, the Persian Ta’ziyeh theater, and the classic silent film *Battleship Potemkin*. Featuring a cast of five singers and three instrumentalists, the performances afford an opportunity to see the early development of a operatic work. *The Passion of Leyla* is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Richard Marriott has been active as a composer, performer, producer and instrument builder for over thirty years. He has composed extensively for film, television, dance, theater, opera, installations and video games, encompassing styles ranging from the experimental to the commercial mainstream. He is the founder and artistic director of the Club Foot Orchestra, the premiere ensemble for live music performance with silent films. The orchestra has a repertoire of 14 feature-length scores.
Some Recent Shows: His Metropolis Concerto for Violin an Wind Ensemble was premiered on February 20, 2015 by violinist Alisa Rose and the Dartmouth Wind Ensemble under the direction of Matthew Marsit. The thematic material of this Concerto were drawn from his new score for the 148 minute restored METROPOLIS which premiered at the San Francisco Jazz Festival on April 14, 2013, performed by the Club Foot Orchestra. On July 20, 2013, he conducted his score for Legong, DANCE OF THE VIRGINS at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival with Gamelan Sekar Jaya and Club Foot Orchestra. Read the review on FANDOR! On September 20, 2013 Marriott and the Orchestra performed a program entitled La Dolce Vita and Beyond at San Francisco's DeYoung Museum to the accompaniment of clips from CLEOPATRA, LA DOLCE VITA, READY TO WEAR, and CASINO. The ensemble was joined by experimental vocalist Pamela Z and operatic singers Erik Bagger and Isabella Marriott.
An opera, Divide Light, was presented in August, 2008 at Montalvo Center of the Arts in Saratoga, California. This eighty minute work, conceived by visual artist Lesley Dill with text by Emily Dickinson, features The Choral Project, a 45 voice choir, three operatic solists and the Del Sol String Quartet .A video of Divide Light, by filmmaker Ed Robbins, is available online, as is the CD.
Composing credits also include music for the feature film Rising Sun (1993), starring Sean Connery and directed by Phil Kaufman, the score for the Academy Award nominee Silver into Gold (1986), music for the CBS series The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat (1995) also the score for Legong, Dance of the Virgins (picked by New York Times as one of 20 "Notable DVD's of 2004" describing the the score as "ravishing"). He was employed as a staff composer for Atari Games 1992-1997 and contributed compositions for Leapfrog Toys (1996- 2004). He composed six evening-length scores for California-based choreographer Della Davidson and has also composed for choreographers Yoshika Chuma and Yin Mei both based in New York.
Upcoming Projects: He is currently writing music for the opera Passion of Leyla with director Mohammad Ghaffari and libretist Ruth Margraff, to premier in November 2015 at the San Jose Stage Company. Other recent projects include a newly revised score for the 80 minute Metropolis, performed at the Morgan Library with Club Foot Orchestra East; scores for Love Suicides and Intifada NYC, both independent films directed by David Teague; a scores for indie films Red Terror on the Amber Coast, Abuse in Philly both directed by Ken Gumbert and Lenore Malen's W, and music for Jeannie Barroga's theaterical production BUFFALO'ED. He is also composing music for HRV (Heart Rate Variability) to be used in therapeutic sessions.
He performs on windy instruments, Brass and Woodwinds, Western and Asian; he also creates sculptured sound on electronic instruments of his own design.