Conceived and produced by Melisa Tien
Directed by Elena Araoz
Music Direction by Tian Hui Ng
MARCH 17 - 21, 2021
Twenty-six artists collaborate to bring you the live, online song cycle Swell, weaving together ten original, new music compositions by ten composers drawing from their personal histories as immigrants and children of immigrants. Hailing from Mexico, India, Israel, Japan, Trinidad, the Philippines, Russia, and Taiwan, the composers' unique, surprising, and deeply human stories are expressed through voice, piano, cello, and violin.
Featuring the work of composers and lyricists: Joshua Cerdenia, Carolyn Chen, Justine Chen, Or Matias, Tamar Muskal, Polina Nazaykinskaya, Leyna Papach, Izzi Ramkisson, Kamala Sankaram, Jorge Sosa, Stavit Allweis, Konstantin Soukhovetski, Melisa Tien. Performers include Hai-Ting Chinn, Jasmine Muhammad, and Ricardo Rivera. Instrumentalists include Members of the Victory Players Nathan Ben-Yehuda, Clare Monfredo, and Elly Toyoda. Additional collaborators include Video Designer Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew; Audio Engineer Jon Robertson, Video Engineer Kris Kirkwood, Production Stage Manager Neelam Vaswani, and Assistant Stage Manager Alyssa K. Howard.
News About Swell at HERE
HAND HABITS' New EP 'dirt' Out Today
February 19, 2021
The EP finds the songwriter exploring themes of growth and finding ways to let go of the parts of their past that no longer serve them.
Melisa Tien's SWELL to Premiere Online at HERE
February 16, 2021
Playwright, lyricist, and librettist Melisa Tien is the creator and producer of the upcoming live, online song cycle Swell, presented by HERE from March 17-21, 2021. This contemporary work about immigrants and children of immigrants, written by immigrants and children of immigrants, is directed by Elena Araoz with music direction by Tian Hui Ng.
BLESSED Share New Track & Video 'Centre'
February 02, 2021
Canadian art-rock band Blessed - comprised of Drew Riekman, Reuben Houweling, Jake Holmes, and Mitchell Trainor - recently announced their forthcoming EP iii, set for release on February 19th, 2021 via Flemish Eye Records.
KINLAW Shares New Song & Video for 'Haircut'
January 28, 2021
New York-based musician, composer, choreographer, visual artist and educator Kinlaw (she/they), has released their third single “Haircut” alongside of a captivating music video.
Albert Poland's Bestselling STAGES Gets an AudioBook & Richard Jay-Alexander Takes You Into The Room Where It Happens
January 19, 2021
Today there is something fun and exciting to announce. You may recall, back in June I did a story about legendary theatrical figure Albert Poland and his book STAGES, which is not only an excellent and enjoyable read for anyone interested in theatre, but continues its strength in sales, hence, bringing it to audiobook.
Ana Egge Releases Powerful New Single 'This Time'
January 13, 2021
This past August, months into the COVID-19 lockdown, the Brooklyn-based musician Ana Egge heard from her friend, producer/songwriter Dick Connette, about collaborating on a song concerning the ongoing social upheaval. “I jumped in with both feet after our first conversation,” Egge explains. For her, it was an important way to use music to bring people together.
HERE Announces Winter/Spring 2021 In-Person and Online Programming
January 11, 2021
The OBIE-winning HERE has announced programming for its HERE There Everywhere winter and spring 2021 season. The season launches with the ninth annual PROTOTYPE: Opera | Theatre | Now (January 8–16), the premier global festival of opera-theatre and music-theatre which has been completely re-envisioned in light of the COVID-19 crisis.
Playwrights Horizons Announces Public Art Series Featuring Work by Jilly Ballistic
January 11, 2021
Playwrights Horizons today announced a new rotating public art series to be displayed on the front of the company’s 42nd Street building, beginning on January 19, 2021, with new work by street and subway artist Jilly Ballistic.
Social Roundup: The Theatre Community Mourns the Loss of Rebecca Luker
December 23, 2020
Read what theatre stars from across social media are saying about the passing of Rebecca Luker.
BWW Interview: Scott Coulter of SPOT-ON ENTERTAINMENT
December 18, 2020
The Army declares that they do more before nine am than most people do all day. The creator and head of Spot-On Entertainment must have served in the armed forces then, because just thinking about all the work he does is enough to exhaust the rest of the mere mortals on this planet.
Blackout Problems Release Powerful Video for 'Lady Earth'
December 08, 2020
Blackout Problems have released a powerful video addressing the climate emergency for their new single ‘LADY EARTH’.
Playwrights Horizons Announces Artists' Relief Fund, Offering $1000 Grants to 135 Theater Artists
December 07, 2020
Playwrights Horizons today announced an Artists’ Relief Fund offering $1,000 grants to 135 theater artists, and continuing the organization’s work centering artists’ needs and well-being amidst the turmoil brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hollow Front Sign to UNFD, Share New Single 'Wearing Thin'
December 02, 2020
UNFD is thrilled to announce its latest signing in rapidly rising metalcore outfit Hollow Front.
Blackout Problems Release New Single 'LADY EARTH'
November 27, 2020
Blackout Problems have released their brand new single ‘LADY EARTH’, taken from the forthcoming album DARK out January 15th via Sony Music/Music For Nations.
BWW Feature: And The Nominees Are... BEST ARRANGEMENT
November 27, 2020
The Broadway World Awards for Cabaret have added some categories this year. This is one that we felt was really important... and just look at all the swell nominations!