Donna Greenberg will be recording another of my Gothic-language songs this spring, to wit, “Mekeis Fraujan” (‘Master of the Sword’), a piece taken from my literary novel in progress The Dwarf’s Head. Again, this will be a two-part a cappella arrangement in a Medieval style involving the superimposition of multiple tracks of her singing both parts in order to create a choir-effect. The piece is a reworking of an earlier (fictive) song dealing with the conquest of “Gothiscandia” by king Bairiks (“Berig” in Jordanes’ Getica). The recording will be released in the summer (2019).
A second of my Medievalesque Gothic-language songs for the projected CD album The Songs of Gothia, to wit, “Haþuwalda,” has just been recorded by Donna Greenberg. This piece deals with the historical figure “Catualda” (the Latinized form) mentioned in Tacitus’s Annales for the year 18 AD, an exile driven off by the Marcomannic king Maroboduus. The song will be released on CD Baby and Donna’s website in the near future. More information on this project can be found here.
I am pleased to announce the launch of my website devoted to eighteenth-century ballet. I have been working for some years on a detailed scholarly study of eighteenth-century ballet technique (to be called The Technique of Eighteenth-Century Ballet) and have posted a few excerpts from it on the website. Ultimately, the site will become a visual library of eighteenth-century theatrical dance positions, movements, and poses intended to complement the aforementioned study, i.e., an extensive collection of stills and video clips showing computer-generated 3D animations, reconstructing the vocabulary of eighteenth-century ballet based on my research. Click here to view.
“There are very few satirical literary books that captured my attention like this one. Outlaws by Edmund Fairfax is a must read for those who enjoy humor, hysterical escapes and a surprise ending.” — Reader Views (2018/01/18)
I am pleased to announce the release of Noche en el Paraiso, The Twilight, Living on the Outside, and Stranger, four new music videos of which I was assistant director (or rather co-director). Living on the Outside has received an “award of recognition” in the category of “music video” in the Best Shorts Competition (March 2018):
Outlaws has been released (Bokos, ISBN 978-0-9952965-0-3, 6″ x 9″ ppbk., 282 pp., & ISBN 978-0-9952965-1-0 Kindle). This satiric literary novel is a fast-paced coming-of-age tale in a picaresque vein, set for the most part in the England of 1645, during the height of the English Civil War. The discovery of a sex crime—and a case of sexual “deviance”—brings two green youths into a collision course with the law, culminating in outlawry. Their attempt to extricate themselves backfires, setting in motion a series of comic yet dark adventures through a topsy-turvy world of legal corruption, organized crime, religious fanaticism, and war. See them shed their innocence—painfully. (Click here to buy.)
The Toronto-based singer Donna Greenberg has recorded a two-part a cappella version of my Gothic-language song “Baris Standiþ” (‘The Barley Stands’). A choir-effect was created by superimposing multiple tracks of her singing both parts. This is the first of a number of musical pieces that will make up the projected CD album Songs of Gothia, realizations of the music that will appear in my literary novel The Dwarf’s Head. You can listen to it here (3:28 min.), by clicking the white arrowhead below (or click here to buy):