Performer Highlight: Faust & Freyja / Glass Butterfly

  • Glass Butterfly: Faust & Freyja, Featured Performers – Friday Night

One of the things I am most excited about this year is debuting a new song. Not only will I be debuting a new song, but it is the first piece of music I have produced – all thanks to a couple of amazing ladies I call friends and creative collaboration partners – Freyja and Jennifer Faust, who asked me to do the music score for The Glass Butterfly.

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Freyja and I have done several projects and collaborations together, including performing together as a trio with SooozhyQ (DJ+Dance+Dumbec) at Electric Vardo and other bay area events. Soon after our performance collaborations started, Freyja joined me in production of Electric Vardo and Shadowdance. She was part of the performer crew at the first AfterParties in 2007 and 2008 (I know some of you will remember her from The Beckys – way back, as well as her awesome choreographed performances and improv sets with me). After a performing hiatus while she focused on her career and training in holistic movement, she has returned to perform with us for this special piece.

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Photo by Sequoia Emmanuelle

Jennifer has been a regular performer at Electric Vardo and Hip’n’Bass shows over the years. She is a member of the Suhaila Dance Company and Deshret Dance Company. I am looking forward to having her at the Tribal Fest AfterParty, and thankful that she has included us in this project.

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Now the 3 of us are part of what began as an idea in Jennifer’s creative brain, and has flowed into a full blown feature short film, or music video of sorts, backed by a group of professional animators and film industry producers. Below is a glimpse of the work in progress and vision from the successfully funded kickstarter campaign. The original music score was produced by DJ Amar (Yeah, That’s Me :), – and that’s me in the video clip) with choreography by Vanessa “Freyja” Naja. The project was taken on as a student project by the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and is due for release later this year.

Shots-In-Progress: Glass Butterfly – Chapter I from Jennifer Phang on Vimeo.

(Note that the soundtrack in the above video is not the song we are using in the final cut).

Friday night will be the World Premiere public performance and preview of the new song, which will be included in my upcoming album due for release in 2014.

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