This album features the David Marton suite, the prominent recording artist, Jelena Kuljic, and Sadawi’s most atmospheric sounds! (Enja Records 2017)
A tribute to the poetry of Rose Auslaender. It was produced over the course of three years and shows various compositional style changes. (Enja Records 2015)
Paul Brody’s Sadawi’s most lyrical album. (Morgenland 2011)
Triophilia is chamber jazz featuring compositions by the three soloists (Jazzwerkstatt 2009)
Featuring John Zorn, Frank London, and other prominent musicians from the Lower East Side and Berlin scene, this is the last of the three Sadawi albums produced by Zorn. (Tzadik Label 2007)
The second album produced by John Zorn features Alan Bern on accordion and Brandon Seabrook on banjo. (Tzadik Label 2004)
Brody’s sound installation wonderfully captures moments of intimacy… Süddeutsche Zeitung
Talking Melody-Singing Story
An Operatic Sound Installation
Ensembles as leader, composer, soloist:
Paul Brody’s Sadawi (Tzadik and Enja Records since 2007) (Six albums!)
Bern, Brody & Rodach (2013-2015) (www.bernbrodyrodach.com)
Detonation Orchestra featuring David Moss (2005-2011)
Tango Toy (1997-2004)
Paul Brody Octet (1987-2001)
Brody has been part of the following ensembles or performed with:
The Berkeley Promenade Orchestra (Director: Kent Nagano)
San Francisco Repertory Ballet
Arnold Dreyblatt Orchestra of Excited Strings & Winds
Ari Benjamin Meyers Redux Orchestra Versus Einsturzende Neubauten
Constanza Macras’s Dorky-Park
Barry White and the Love Unlimited Orchestra
She She Pop
Daniel Kahn and the Painted Bird
Julian Rosefeldt’s Manifesto with Cate Blanchett
The Stone Sessions with John Zorn and Steven Bernstein
Alan Bern’s Semer Orchestra and The Other Europeans
Meret Becker Tiny Teeth
Die Geschwister Pfister
The New York Harlem Theater Ensemble
The Klezmer Conservatory Band
Paul Brody’s Sadawi Documentary film excerpts. (Solo)
Piranha Records Promotional Video: Semer Ensemble
What is the sound of Berlin? How does the mentality of the city of upheaval effect its artists? How do the artists hear their city?
Exploring the crossroads of Yiddish and American Southern culture through a road trip with bassist, storyteller, singer, Mark Rubin.
Talking Melody-Singing Story
An Operatic Sound Installation by Paul Brody
The installation has been selected as a radio art feature for DEUTSCHLAND RADIO and for the PRIX EUROPA – The European Broadcasting Festival – Europe’s largest annual tri-medial festival.
Talking Melody-Singing Story was originally created as a sound installation for Brody’s 2016 Artist in Residence project for the Munich Kammerspiele Opera Department summer festival.
The piece is based on the two main components of opera: aria and recitative. Part one, Talking-Melody, features singers recalling the moment they fist discovered that their voices were special. The voice melodies of the singers are used as a compositional base to bring out the melodic quality of them speaking.
In other words, stories they tell about melody are transformed into an aria-like composition. The interviews include vocal stars such as Anna Prohaska, Laurent Naouri and Lorin Sklamberg. A mini opera house was built to contain the installation.
The second part, Singing-Story, contains recordings of people in three different cities describing what they associate with opera. The interviews are from the street around the Munich Kammerspiele, people in rural Alabama, and an Italian woman living in Berlin. Those talking about opera are given a recitative style accompaniment, the story telling part of opera. This mini documentary about opera is both an exploration into operatic form, and into the story telling voice itself.
The background of this sound installation adopted for radio is from Brody’s work
dedicated to inspiring his listeners to hear the narrative-musical quality of spoken language. He has produced installations exploring story telling and voice-melody and identity for the Jewish Museum Berlin, Transmedialle Festival NK Art Space, Maxim Gorki Theater, and the Prinz-Georg Room for Art.
Süddeutsche Zeitung Kritik:
“Talking Melody – Singing Story”. Der knapp zwanzigminütige Hörfilm des amerikanische Musikers Paul Brody reißt die oft so perfekt inszenierte Oberfläche der Kunstform Oper auf, lässt etwa Sänger intim plaudern oder befragt Strafgefangene in Alabama zu ihrem Verhältnis zur Oper, genauso wie deutsche Passanten…Brodys Klanginstallation fängt diesen Moment des Intimwerdens wunderbar auf: Opernsänger, die über ihre ersten bewussten Erfahrungen mit ihrer Stimme plaudern – die meisten dieser Sängern fangen dann prompt an, Kinderlieder zu singen – nicht erzwungen, mehr als klangliches Beispiel für ihre Anekdoten.
South German Newspaper
Talking Melody – Singing Story.” The almost 20 minute listening-film by the American musician, Paul Brody, tears off the often perfect veneer of the operatic art form. The singers chat in intimately about singing, prisoners in Alabama and Germans passing by on the street tell about what they associate with opera… Brody’s sound installation wonderfully captures moments of intimacy: opera singers tell about their earliest memories of experiencing their voices —most of them break out into a children’s song — not because they’re asked to, but naturally, to give a musical example to their anecdotes.
Production originally for the Kammerpiele Munich Opera Department Summer Festival 2016 Artist in Residence project. Edited for Deutschlandradio 2017 Composition: Paul Brody except for the ‘Italian woman’s story’ at the end uses a section of Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi Special thanks to the singers and David Marton: Kevin Conners- Bavarian State Opera Jelena Kuljic -Munich Kammerspiele Opera Department Laurent Naouri -Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, The Metropolitan Opera Anna Prohaska -Salzburger Festspiele, Royal Opera, London Lorin Sklamberg -Klezmatics Musicians: David Moss and Paul Brody Intro voice and trumpet Verena Vehrling -viola Mark Kovnatsky -violin Jan Tilman Shade -cello Jan Roder -bass Paul Brody-trumpet, piano, trombone Gerald Meyers -trombone Rachel Susser -flute Christian -Dawid-clarinet Christian Koegel-guitar Michael Rodach -guitar Valentine Butt -accordion Elena Graupe -drums Clara Hinterberger -Announcer Production: Cupcake Studio Berlin Mix: Jens Troendle Studio Berlin
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The University of Virginia will present a series of workshops and talks hosted by the Jewish, East European, and Eurasian Studies, and Anthropology Departments. Continue reading
The Munich Kammerspiele, with director, Kevin Barz, is producing a theater piece based on the voices of the translators working at the Nurnberg Trials. Brody will compose music based on the voice melodies of selected archive recordings. Music will be used as a kind of translation into an abstract emotional language.
Fraunhofer Institute’s Bertram Nickolay, in connection with the Deutsches Theater Berlin will be producing a piece based on the Joseph Rothe’s The Wondering Jews. Composition commission still in the forming stages for 2018.
The Munich Kammerspiele premier of On the Road began the new theater season.
Growing Hope is an extension of another WDR (West German Radio) documentary, Most Wanted Poets. While visiting prison classes with Kyes Stevens, the head of the education program, I was moved by many of the talks with both students and teachers, and found them to be a valuable resource for those interested in learning about how education and art are key to human survival, to humanness itself.
Art Accompanying Noise (2016) is a pivotal work because it explored the sounds around each artist working while he or she talks about creative process. The sounds of work reflect the materials used, and tell their own narrative.
The artist discussing their work and the results of the work are secondary to the noises, which are used as the basis for musical composition. The byproduct of the noise becomes the subject of focus while the finished objects of art are secondary.
Voices of Help (2016-2917) is a three room documentary sound installation in the Jugend Museum Berlin. The piece explores concepts of help through interviews with community and social workers around a post socialist-communist area of Berlin. (Rote Insel.) The recording of each voice received and instrument that brought out the personal qualities of the interviewees. The first room was dedicated to hearing the stories about how helpers began. The second room explored the tools of professional social workers through collected narratives, the third room was dedicated to those expanding the system of help, mostly by volunteering to help refugees in ways meaningful to the helpers themselves.
The exhibit was inspired by a Studs Terkel curiosity for the neighbourhood where Brody lives, the knowledge that help is not as prominent American culture, and by the fact that people help Brody’s mother when she was put on the children’s transport as a thirteen year old girl escaping from Nazi Vienna.