Written and Composed by Noah Drew
premiered in 2014 in Vancouver
Tiny Music is an original “sound design musical” loosely adapted from Shalom Aleichem’s short story “The Fiddle”. The show follows Ezra, a 23-year-old autistic man, who has an auditory-processing disorder that gives him a heightened experience of the sounds around him. Through songs, scenes, and mezmerizing soundscapes, the audience hears through Ezra’s ears as he navigates his way through family dynamics, unconventional passions, and an always-shifting, ever-present, strange and beautiful sonic landscape.
Tiny Music is about individuality and responsibility: what it means to make good choices when what (or who) you love hurts people in your life. It’s about what it means to truly listen — to others, to the world around us, and to ourselves. And most of all, it’s about the inevitability, the human need, the inexplicable holiness — of music.
Tiny Music is grateful for the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the British Columbia Arts Council, Concordia University (Matra Lab and Department of Theatre), and Canadian Actors Equity Association. The piece was initially presented February 25 & 26, 2014 at the Norman Rothstein Theatre (Vancouver) as part of the 2014 Chutzpah Festival, including the involvement of the following artists:
Director, Dramaturge & Set Designer Jamie Nesbitt
Arrangements and Musical Direction by Yawen Wang
Sound Design by Joseph Browne
Lighting Design by John Webber
Costume Design by Naomi Sider
Yawen Wang: piano & accordion
Mike Braverman: clarinet
Jodi Proznick: bass
Jason Overy: drums
Elyse Jacobson: violin
Caitriona Murphy: violin
Joseph Browne: live electronics
Stage Managed by Joanne P.B. Smith
Assistant Stage Managed by Melanie Thompson
Technical Direction by Jayson McLean
Dramaturgical Consultation by John Langs
Many thanks to those individuals who have helped in the development of this piece: Barbara Pollard, Patrick Pennefather, David O’Connor, Ross Beschler, David Gram, Andy Belser, Bob Hedley, Lindsay Reoch, David Nobert, Michael Mercer, Luisa Muir, Natasha Perry-Fagant, Simon Driver, Miriam Cummings, Alexandra Goldman, Mitch Cohen, Daniel Chichagov, Cesar Menendez, Taryn Boudreau, Stephen Menold and Josh Dolgin. A special thank you to Sarah Shugarman whose enthusiasm and talent influenced the show’s musical identity, and to Josh Epstein who was there at the inception of this project, and whose vision and encouragement infuse the play’s spirit.