I’m thrilled to announce a new project: An original live film score of the silent film Shoes (1916), directed by the American pioneer filmmaker Lois Weber. Shoes is a drama that follows the story of a Eva Meyer, a young woman who struggles to replace her only pair of shoes, which are falling to pieces, while supporting a family of six with deadbeat father. The score is a dialogue through time meditating on the fight for women’s rights, poverty and workers’ rights over a period of a century, reflecting how these issues continue to plague our world today.
Shoes follows up on my live score of the classic Charlie Chaplin silent film The Immigrant (2015), and continues a body of work focused on social justice commentary. It will be premiered at Jazz at Lincoln Center on May 1st 2018 (which happens to be International Workers Day), and it’ll feature a wonderful and diverse group comprised by some of my favorite musicians: Kavita Shah - Voice, Ingrid Jensen - Trumpet, Amy Kang - Cello, Luis Perdomo - Piano & Keys, James Shipp - Vibraphone, synths and percussion, Shirazette Tinnin - Drums, and myself on Bass and everything else ;)
In a time in which our government is led by an alleged sexual predator, Shoes becomes a relevant statement that makes us reflect on how (or how not) we evolve as a society. One of my missions has become to bring awareness to the importance that these social issues have in our contemporary American society, and I believe that can be done one note and one day at a time.