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(A)way

A socially distanced dance performance: MeCo Style

 

September 26-27, 2020 at 4:00 pm

ADDED PERFORMANCES: Otober 17-18, 2020 at 4:00pm

Location: AJU Brandeis Bardin Campus

Reservations Required

Admission by Donation

If you are interested in attending this production, please email beth_megill@yahoo.com to place a reservation.

A performance put together in exactly 6 months of zoom rehearsals. (A)way is Artistic Director, Beth Megill’s attempt to make sense in this mad COVID world. After experiencing the highs of touring Beth’s 40th Birthday Extravaganza in March 2020, MeCo dancers, like us all, were thrust into COVID distancing protocols. Not knowing what to do or what would happen next, Beth responded with the skill she knows best, making dance.

 

“We didn’t even take a week off. We’re that sort of crazy,” says Beth about the process. “Rehearsals in living rooms, bedrooms and on patios, certainly had their challenges, but the group persevered. As frustrating as the process was, we all agreed it was best to have something to look forward to each week. So, Brooklynn had a baby and the group kept going. It’s what we do!”

Knowing first hand the hardships artists everywhere are facing due to COVID, Beth wanted to make sure she could support and honor the arts community as much as possible. So she reached out to Dina Maccabee and Jesse Bay Olsen of Ramon and Jessica to use their music in the title work (A)way. A quirky piece about the sensibility of COVID lockdown.

As that piece was being created, Megill and Company held its first Music for Dance competition with prize money for the top three winners. Once the compositions were selected, MeCo Dancers set to work on a curated suite of music composed by Ben Morey (second place winner). This piece will also be presented as a work in progress at the upcoming performance.

With extremely limited audience capacity, reservations are required. The performance will be held at AJU Brandeis Bardin Campus on September 26 and 27 at 4pm.

Admission by donation. 

If you are interested in attending this production, please email beth_megill@yahoo.com to place a reservation.

1st Annual "Music for Dance" Composition Competition

WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

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1st Place Award ($500):

Danny Green, Time Lapse to Fall

2nd Place Award ($300):

Ben Morey, Flowers/Finger Trap/Unanswered Question


3rd Place Award ($200):

Jackson A. Waters, City Walking

Thank you to all who submitted their work. We were surprised by how many excellent pieces we had to choose from. We look forward to using these pieces, as well as others submitted through our competition, in our upcoming dance concerts. For more information about our winners, please see below:


 

Danny Green (Time Lapse to Fall) A rising force on the jazz scene and an award-winning Origin Records recording artist, pianist and composer Danny Green has distinguished himself with his beautifully articulated touch and melodically charged sensibility. Green’s talents have taken him from the Blue Note in New York City to the Blue Whale in Los Angeles, and his work has been featured in DownBeat Magazine, Jazziz, The Boston Globe, and NPR. Green has released five critically acclaimed albums with his trio, two of which won Best Jazz Album at the San Diego Music Awards. www.DannyGreen.net

 

Ben Morey (Flowers/Finger Trap/Unanswered Question) is a songwriter, teacher, producer, and multi-instrumentalist living in Rochester NY with his wife Katie and their cat Abe. Earlier this year, Morey founded a community music school called The Submarine School of Music. benmorey.bandcamp.com

 

Jackson A. Waters (City Walking) is a freelance music composer, arranger, and transcriber. At 16, Waters was selected to be the youngest composer-in-residence at the Oregon Bach Festival and has earned commissions from the Colburn Conservatory’s Concert Orchestra, professional choirs, and more. Waters will be studying concert composition & film scoring at NYU with a 75% tuition scholarship this fall. https://jackawaters.wixsite.com/jackson

Thank you again to all who submitted. Submissions for next year's competition will be accepted beginning June 1, 2021.

MeCo "Music for Dance" Composition Competition Panel of Judges:

Beth Megill

Brooklynn Reeves-Mallett

Erin Sofley

Karissa Smith

Kevin Holland

Jessica Gonzales

Lisa Flory

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