Meet the Composer, Abdiel Iriarte
Meet our Music Composer & Musical Director for The Nance: Abdiel Iriarte
**Preview music from The Nance via The Post and Courier. VIDEO: “Making a Scene.”
***Scroll to the end for the Spanish translation.
In April of this year I had the privilege of meeting not only a great teacher and artist, but also an exceptional person and human being: Mary Gould. She was invited by Odalis Alamo of “Odarte” to conduct a series of Master Classes in the city of Valencia, Venezuela. I was delighted to be her Master Class accompanist. Before she left Venezuela, she invited me to participate as Staff Repertoire Coach in South of Broadway Theatre Company’s annual Summer program: “Summer in New York City“: an artistic residency where students reside at The Julliard School for the month of June.
While in NYC — besides having the opportunity to work hand in hand with large and recognized masters of the medium and important locations — Mary presented me this beautiful project called The Nance. And it was there that I was invited to be Musical Director for the show, and assigned the major and honorable task of writing and composing original music for this show. This proposal, besides being hugely exciting for me is also the realization of one of my greatest desires: to write music for film and theatre. It also a big commitment and responsibility to be composing original music for a play of this magnitude – IN the United States, and IN such a cultural jewel as Charleston.
Producing music for this work has been a challenge from every point of view given the dramatic depth and individual specificity of each of the characters in this very checkered period of history. The music is full of romance, and yet always playful and full of humor. In my opinion this era of The 30’s: The Age of Jazz, Big Bands and Burlesque was also one of the richest periods of American music, all of which are especially saturated with mischief and vivacity. The research process led me to the music of the Gershwin brothers, Vernon Duke, Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Cole Porter, among other great composers of the era who published such beautiful melodies and subtle harmonies, all conveying the nostalgia and hope of New York City, during the early years of the 20th century.
Being here in Charleston, at The South of Broadway Theatre Company is more than a privilege. It is a great honor and responsibility to represent my beloved nation VENEZUELA. Thank you to the magnificent cast that brings to life the characters, the director, and all the great family of SOBTC, led by Mary Gould. We will do our best to present a show that remains in the hearts of all those who see it!
Eternal thanks to God, and to all who make it possible to be here today.
Hope to “…..meet you ‘round the corner in half an hour” (…from: The Nance)