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be still, and wait without hope

For piano, real-time electronics, and computer-mediated video
Mara Zaki, piano
Mark Zaki, music and image
© Zaki Intermedia/MeanTone Music (BMI)

"I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope, for hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love, for love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith, but the faith and the love are all in the waiting. Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought: So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing."
~ T.S. Eliot


Everything We Say is Deformed

electroacoustic music

Everything We Say is Deformed was derived in part from sketches of the original score to the multimedia performance work Reading Frankenstein. The piece allows glimpses into an environment suggesting a peculiar type of “art-song” for voice and virtual ensemble. The text comes from Reading Frankenstein and was written by Antoinette LaFarge, Annie Loui and Mary Shelley. The reading is by actress Marika Becz (who appeared as Mary Shelley in the play).

This work was used as incidental music for the CounterBalance Theater’s 2019 production of Reading Frankenstein in Los Angeles and at the University of California, Irvine’s Beall Center for Art and Technology.

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