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FULL WASTED LIGHT (Ethan T. Parcell) Chicago IL 2023 Focus Group LLC

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  • Published by: E.T. Parcell  
  • Date Published: 2023  
  • Format: Streaming
  • Quality Video: 4 Audio:4
  • Subtitles: ensubs, gensubs  
  • Video Recording from: YouTube     FULL VIDEO

WASTED LIGHT is 2nd opera composed for experimental opera ensemble Focus Group LLC – now receiving it’s first ever full performance.
It is a “hospitality opera” with an intimate, semi-improvised musical language and a text taking the form of an extended sung lecture on a broken LED billboard in Chicago.
It is a piece about meaning making, near ancestry, false promise, time passing, space passing, and religious technology.

Performed live as part of Steppenwolf Theatre’s LOOKOUT Series on August 27, 2022 in Chicago IL
This project was supported in part by a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant.

Ethan T. Parcell is a composer, artist and educator based in Chicago. His work explores ideas of smallness, hospitality, and union, and is realized primarily through composition and drawing. His compositions have been performed throughout the US and Canada by various soloists, ensembles, and youth organizations. A passionate educator and advocate for young people, Parcell has been a teaching artist with Sistema Ravinia, The Olive Tree Arts Network, New Music School, and many other Chicago institutions. He is the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra’s first ever composer-in-residence, where he has developed a large body of experimental music for young musicians. He is an active performer in experimental music and theatre, and is the founder of both the opera ensemble Focus Group LLC and the comedic ragtime group The Duck Brain Anniversary Band. Parcell appears on dozens of recordings as a percussionist, clarinetist, guitarist and singer, both as a collaborator and leader. His handwriting, iterative drawings, and opera libretti have been exhibited in group shows in the US, Malta, and Mexico, and published in three literary magazines. Parcell is a two-time resident of Hewnoaks Artist Colony, and recipient of support from Pivot Arts and 3Arts Chicago. He received his BM in Composition from the Boston Conservatory under Andy Vores, Curtis Hughes, and Jan Swafford.

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