Spring 2016 -
Gowanus, an industrial area of Brooklyn featuring the infamous Gowanus Canal, was for decades a dumping ground of all manners of pollution and toxic waste. But in recent years it's attracted artists, restaurants, bars, and shiny new apartment buildings. It's odd mix of factories, warehouses and residential streets. The eerie green water of the canal is the backdrop for this installment of Brooklyn Bodhran!
Winter 2016 - There are just a couple of NYC subway stations that still look like they did when I moved to New York 25 years ago. Hoyt-Schermerhorn in Downtown Brooklyn is one, with two dusty, unused platforms that seemed the perfect place to create an unusual busking scene!
Fall 2015 - This fall I'm working on the world premiere of "The Train", a new musical composed by Bill Whelan, book by Arthur Riordan. It's a wonderful show which chronicles the beginning of the seismic change for women's rights in Ireland in the 1970's, but it's still pertinent today all over the world, especially in America. I met Bill 16 years ago when he hired me to work on Riverdance of Broadway, and it's so great to be involved with his first major work since composing Riverdance. And I had the pleasure of working on Arthur's show "Improbable Frequency" in 2005 at Dublin's Abbey Theatre and the 2006 Fringe Festival in Edinburgh Scotland. Opening night is Oct 1, 2015 at the Lime Tree Theatre in Limerick, then we move on to the Dublin Theatre Festival where it will run at the Project Arts Center. This is an extraordinary musical, the actors are awesome, the band is cool (Cathal Synnott is such a great Musical Director!) If I sound giddy, I am!
I've been inspired to create some bodhran video clips, so here's a bodhran/electric piano duet, set at the Jay Street/Metrotech subway station in Brooklyn...Ghost Buskers!
Here's a short clip from Boston's iFest, 2014 - with Jason O'Neill.
I've recently created a half hour television special of music and video art that will air this fall on BRIC Media Arts Brooklyn Public Network called Brooklyn Chill Out, Pop-up Drum Trance (below.) Go ahead, turn up your speakers or chill out with headphones, and let me know what you think. If the graphics look familiar, it's because they were created by the super-talented Tracey Berglund, the artist for the original VH1 show "Pop Up Video". To download a free MP3 version of the entire piece, click the "Music" tab on the right of this page.
Someone asked me to post a video of myself playing a bodhran solo (I know, what was he thinking?) Instead, I made this little claymation with my alter-ego playing for me. Meet "Boo" Ron Casey!
And here's another - spooky drumming cats!
Special thanks to the great photographer Miriam Berkley for the shot below, taken at the Dumbo Arts Festival in Brooklyn. See more of her work at www.miriamberkley.com.
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