ACT Music Supervision could reach higher with HaDag Nachash “California”

I liked Carey Perloff’s “Higher” at ACT (or in this case the former Zeum at Yerba Buena) but was disappointed with the music supervision. In the past Carey has over-achieved with commissions and performances by the likes of Tracy Chapman and Madigan Shive, and Kitka. But in this case, for a play that takes place in the U.S. and Israel, I thought the music by Will McCandless (an SF Mime Troupe contributor) was paint by numbers. There was a cue drop for “Tzena Tzena” when the principal goes to Israel — isn’t that a 1950s song?

Not that I am an expert, but I asked Raya Zion of KZSU and Tribal Blues Band to forward me that fun, poppy current Israeli song she used to spin. I also posted previously about a Hebrew remake of Cake’s “I Bombed Korea” (general, not necessarily for “Higher”)

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Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player, and blogger; he also sang in local choir, fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32 Reads 'Howl' and owns a couple musical instruments he cannot play
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3 Responses to ACT Music Supervision could reach higher with HaDag Nachash “California”

  1. Mark Weiss says:

    chad jones summarizes and expands my point about the standards for music in ACT:

  2. markweiss86 says:

    palo alto council member and architectural admin gail price saw and liked “higher”
    but i also wonder if nyc version of offbroadway “blood knot” which i stupidly called “blood lines” by athol fugard if the production is related to the ACT version and or uses Tracy Chapman song? was on hold for five minutes with NY after hours to not progress with that

  3. markweiss says:

    i didn’t realize this group was in town tonight to play for jewish music festival by ellen shapiro

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