TO PURCHASE THE SONG:
Contact: Ken Roht – Creative Director, Orphean Circus
Tel: 323-308-9493/ Web: OrpheanCircus.com
GREAT BARRINGTON, MA – On Friday, July 3nd, multimedia arts company Orphean Circus will launch a new rock song and music video, produced and directed by artist and community organizer, Ken Roht. The song is called “Die Trying,” written by high school student, Bailey Howard, through his company, Opportunity Music.
In cooperation with Bard College at Simon’s Rock and the Kilpatrick Athletic Center, Ken Roht brought together more than fifty students, young musicians and community professionals to create a highly theatrical music video. Sheffield Pottery’s John Benedict, horse enthusiast and community favorite Rikke Borge, theater producer Sandy Cleary, the Simon’s Rock Boffing Club, Simon’s Rock staff and faculty, students from Waldorf, Monument and Mt. Everett high schools and others all came together for two days to participate in the music video, featuring the talents of Bailey Howard, son of Berkshire School theater teacher and director, Jesse Howard.
The high school aged band is comprised of Bailey Howard on vocals, (city) Connecticut resident Mary Hannan on guitar, Landon Curletti on bass, and Silas Blacklow on drums. Lydia Helmstadter is the featured love-interest/warrior in the music video.
Roht says, “After two years of creating community-engagement projects for Simon’s Rock, as Daniel’s Art Party, and subsequently being laid off by the college during these troubling financial times, it’s great to be able to launch this exciting music video under the banner of my longtime production company, Orphean Circus. This project was inspired by the Simon’s Rock Boffing Club, whose president, student Samarth Agnihotri, was excited to collaborate on something unique and ambitious. Bailey was recommended as someone who could write an exciting song to feature the boffing club. Bailey’s song is great, and all of the young people that perform in this music video are amazing.”
ABOUT KEN ROHT
Ken Roht is a renowned theater, opera, and film director from Los Angeles. As a filmmaker, Ken’s Perfect Cowboy premiered at Los Angeles Outfest, in the Directors Guild of America. The festival celebrated Ken as one of their top five writer/directors to follow, “5 in Focus”.
Ken’s director/choreographer work has been experienced at Disney’s REDCAT, 3-Legged Dog in NYC, Bard Summerscape, The Ford Amphitheater, Chicago Opera Theater, several times at Long Beach Opera, and for seven seasons at Evidence Room/Bootleg in Los Angeles, as the creator of the 99c Show spectacles.
His writing was granted and/or commissioned by Center Theater Group, Rockefeller Foundation, Durfee Foundation, Dance Theater Workshop, California Arts Council, and Bloom Projects. He is a recipient of the Audrey Skirball Kenis $45,000 TIME Grant and the Department of Cultural Affairs COLA Grant.
Ken choreographs for other directors, notably for Michael Counts at New York City Opera and New York Philharmonic, La Jolla Playhouse, Yale Repertory, Oregon Shakespeare Festival (for seven consecutive seasons), Getty Villa, Mark Taper Forum, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, South Coast Rep, and Lookingglass in Chicago.
As a performer, Ken has sung lead roles in several rock and progressive operas; acted in videos by artists Bill Viola, Paul McCarthy, and Winsome Brown; recently danced in Florence + The Machine’s “What Kind of Man” video; and was a company member of the auteur Reza Abdoh’s Dar-a-Luz international, experimental theater company.
For more information on Ken, go to www.orpheancircus.com
ABOUT BAILEY HOWARD
Bailey Howard is a 15-year-old from the Berkshires who writes music under the name “Opportunity.” He has loved music from a very young age and grew up with bands like Rush, The Beatles, and Guster. Eventually, Bailey thought he would try making music on his own, and started writing and recording when he was 13. He has been home-schooled since 3rd grade which gave him additional time and flexibility to focus on music and art. Bailey is also completely self-taught, with no formal music training or lessons, just his own ear, and the help of his dad sometimes.
Bailey wrote his first EP “Ghost” as a concept album about going through adolescence, and dealing with everyday problems, though the eyes of a “ghost” Bailey had always been inspired by musical artists who played characters, told stories, or created worlds with their music.
You can listen to “Ghost” on Spotify and Apple Music, or find Bailey on Soundcloud.