CalArts Alum Steve Horowitz’s Chicken Planet and Retaking of Pelham 123

The video (above) features soloist Vinny Golia on a composition by Steve Horowitz.

Composer Steve Horowitz (Music BFA 89) brings a multi-sensory production of music, film and live theater to REDCAT this Friday and Saturday evening (Jan. 29-30), accompanied by members of his Code Ensemble, special guests and numerous CalArts actors and musicians.

The focal point of the program is Horowitz’s updated version of the David Shire classic crime-jazz score for the 1974 NYC subway caper The Taking of Pelham One Two Three. (Tony Scott remade the film last year with Denzel Washington and John Travolta.)

Under the direction of fellow CalArtian Devin Maxwell (Music MFA 02), Horowitz’s music brings together everything from strings and horns to laptop sampler for a high-energy melange of classical, jazz, funk and rock that evoke a wild train ride (just watch the above video if you don’t believe us.) The entire ensemble will perform alongside a 30-minute abstract film by Jane Brill (Film/Video BFA 88) that is a meditation on the underground reverberations of 9/11.

Also on the bill is Invasion from the Chicken Planet, a theatrical presentation with live scene readings directed by and starring Alyson Schacherer and CalArts acting students, and projected video and graphics by Zig Gron (Film/Video MFA 89). Rounding out the evening are additional works by Horowitz’s 2nd String Quartet and a set of works by the late Randy Hostetler (Music MFA 89).

We asked Horowitz what Academy and Grammy-award winning composer Shire had to say about his “Re-Taking” score. “I wrote him a fanboy e-mail because I loved the soundtrack,” he says. Horowitz says that he had the music even before he saw the film. “He responded with a call and has been very supportive. He’s even coming for a pre-concert talk on Saturday.”

In addition to Shire,  Horowitz, Brill and Gron will also be interviewed by KPFK’s John Schneider for what should be an energetic discussion before an even livelier evening of music and multimedia pieces.

Steve Horowitz and the Code Ensemble
Friday and Saturday (Jan. 29-30)
8:30 pm
Tickets: $20, $16 students, $10 for CalArts students, faculty and staff

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