A thoroughly modern and bizarre two-act opera about three struggling roommates in Brooklyn performed with Jason Cady, Mary Halvorson, Tomas Fujiwara, Jessica Pavone, Tim Dahl, Ben Holmes, Katie Young, &c.
Happiness Is The Problem
Label: Lock Step Records
Released in: USA
"Happiness is the Problem is a two-act opera about three struggling roommates in Brooklyn: Julie, Emily, and Maureen. Their fortune begins to change when Julie, a bioanthropsychopharmacologist, discovers an elixir of happiness derived from the secretions of slug mucus, which they bottle and sell as "Euphoressence." "-Lock Step Records
"Jason Cady is a composer of experimental vocal and chamber music. The Wire described his one-act opera, Post-Madonna Prima Donna, as, "thoughtful satire, sharp composition." WQXR's Operavore described his two-act opera Happiness is the Problem as keeping "the energy hovering at 11 consistently, fusing the stilettoed [sic] coloratura of Mozart's 'Queen of the Night' with Glass at his most hyper-caffeinated; you're left gasping at the end for a reprieve, while admiring the psychological underpinnings of Cady's work."
Cady's CDs have been released on Lockstep records and Peacock recordings. He has received funding from Brooklyn Arts Council, New Music USA, free103point9, and the American Music Center. His music has been performed at Roulette, Issue Project Room, The Stone, (le) Poisson Rouge, Tonic and in many other venues in New York City and throughout the US from Arizona to Alaska. He has lectured on his music at New York University, New School University, and Arizona State University. He has been interviewed by WBEZ, WNYC, WPIR, and East Village Radio. He was featured in NPR's "The Mix: 100 Composers Under 40."
Cady co-founded Experiments in Opera with composers Matt Welch and Aaron Siegel, which has presented the music of John Zorn, Georges Aperghis, and Cough Button in addition to the music of the co-founders. In February 2013 they will premiere new works by Robert Ashley, Joe Diebes, Ruby Fulton, Gabrielle Herbst, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Justin Tierney, Leaha Maria Villarreal, et al.
Cady teaches piano, guitar and drum lessons. He also works as the senior researcher at The Earle Brown Music Foundation. In January 2013 he presented a paper at Beyond Notation: An Earle Brown Symposium at Northeastern University.
Cady has an M.A. in composition from Wesleyan University, where he studied with Alvin Lucier and Anthony Braxton. His undergraduate degree is in Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance from Arizona State University, where he studied composition with Richard Lerman and Harold Budd, in addition to training in visual art. He was born in 1974 in Flint, Michigan and has lived in Brooklyn, New York since 2001."-Experiments in Opera
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Label: Lock Step Records
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Recorded by Clay Holley at Studio 75 and Truth and Soul Mixing.
Erin Flannery-soprano saxophone
Deanna Neil-soprano saxophone
Lisa Komara-mezzo-soprano saxophone
Jason Cady-clarinet, synthesizer
Joe Bergen-vibraphone, percussion
Tomas Fujiwara-drum set
Mary Halvorson-electric guitar
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1. Happiness Is The Problem - Act I 21:52
2. Happiness Is The Problem - Act II 20:43