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Night Grooves: Remixes from the Ballet Score

by Matthew Pierce

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Tracks 1 - 5: Night Grooves Remixes
Tracks 6 - 14: Rehearsal tapes for the ballet

Night - The Ballet

Created for San Francisco Ballet in 2000, Night enters the imaginative landscape of a solitary dreamer, inspired by the abstract paintings of Marc Chagall. Dreams of flying, being caught, falling and sailing unfold over the course of a ballet the choreographer Julia Adam describes in terms of archetypal imagery and expansive space.

“Night is the first piece I created for San Francisco Ballet’s main stage,” she says. “Helgi Tomasson, Artistic Director, called four of us into his office to ask if we would contribute to his Discovery Program for new works. After that meeting, I stood on the stage and thought, how do I fill this space? Dreams can do that. That’s how it started.”

The shifting, dreamlike world of Night is informed by an original and commissioned score by Matthew Pierce, the first of several that he has created for Adam’s work.

“There is so much layering in Matthew’s music, and as a choreographer, that gives me a lot to build on,” Adam says. “I like to use theme and variation but I also try to find sounds beneath the obvious ones. Matthew’s score for Night is also fun, the piece itself is fun. It pulls us out of our normal musical paradigm and gives us something surprising.”

The world premiere of Night was so successful that San Francisco Ballet then toured the work to Paris, London and New York City and it has since been added to the repertoire of The Joffrey Ballet in Chicago.

Caroline Dickie, national.ballet.ca

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released March 30, 2000

Night

Music: Matthew Pierce
Choreography: Julia Adam
Costume Design: Benjamin Pierce
Set Design: Benjamin Pierce
Lighting Design: Lisa J. Pinkham

World Premiere at the War Memorial Opera House
March 30, 2000 by the San Francisco Ballet
Helgi Tomasson, Artistic Director

Tracks 6 - 14: Mastered by Silas Brown

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Matthew Pierce East Northport, New York

Composer/Violinist Matthew Pierce is celebrated for his new classical scores commissioned by American ballet companies. Born in Brooklyn in 1968, Pierce grew up in Seattle, studied violin performance with Shirley Givens at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and moved to New York where he began writing music for the theater. Pierce has a special aptitude for dance. ... more

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