Kinds of Kings are hardly a homogenous bunch, and their music reflects it—Brin Solomon reviews a concert the collective presented with Metropolis Ensemble on Dec. 9.
About Brin Solomon
Brin Solomon writes words and music in several genres and is doing their best to queer all of them. Solomon majored in composition at Yale University before earning their MFA in Musical Theatre Writing at NYU/Tisch. Their full-length musical Window Full of Moths has been hailed for its "extraordinary songs" that "add magic to otherwise ordinary lives", and their latest one-act, Have You Tried Not Being A Monster, has been described as "agitprop for Julia Serrano." Their writing has appeared in VAN, New Classic LA, and National Sawdust Log, and they recently won runner-up at the 2018 Rubin Institute for Music Criticism.
Entries by Brin Solomon
Lebanese-Canadian soprano Miriam Khalil renders the eclectic sources Osvaldo Golijov used in ‘Ayre’ as a lived-in landscape on her new live recording for Against the Grain, revealing a piece for our time.
Arguments abound over the utility and observance of Transgender Day of Remembrance; small wonder, writes Brin Solomon, that in a concert of music by trans composers at Juilliard, no two took the same approach.
It is impossible for an experimental opera to be unsuccessful, Brin Solomon asserts, but an evening of new works presented by Experiments in Opera at the Flea Theater still yielded uneven results.