For the last little while I’ve had my nose to the grindstone, working on the music I’m writing for Ben Jonson’s play Bartholmew Fair, which will be running this coming season at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada. I love working there – this is the third play I’ve scored – but it’s a ton of work. We start meeting before the previous season is even over, and spend months going through the text alone and with the director, Antoni Cimolino, coming up with ideas for musical themes, styles, and where the cues will happen. Then, I sit down with guitar, keyboard and computer and start procrastinating. Well, it’s all come to fruition now. Over the past several weeks, I’ve been out in Stratford at least once a week working with the cast on the songs (there are three songs built into the text, plus I’ve written incidental score music to help with scene transitions, and to play underneath other sequences as well), and we go into the studio next week to record all the instrumental score tracks.
I’ve posted one of the songs, in demo form, on both my Facebook page and on Last.fm, so you can get a taste of what I’ve been doing lately. Hope you enjoy it, and I hope you can make it out sometime this season to see the play, along with some of the other great productions going on this year.