Nine – Director’s Notes

Nine: The Musical

Nine – Director’s Notes

“The great secret of Nine is that it took 8 1/2 and became an essay on the power of women by answering the question, “What are women to men?” And Nine tells you: they are our mothers, our sisters, our teachers, our temptresses, our judges, our nurses, our wives, our mistresses, our muses.”” – Maury Yeston

“I’ve reached a point in my life where I don’t know which way to turn anymore.”

As I traverse midlife, the themes of personal and creative crisis and struggle that permeate Fellini’s masterpiece 8 ½, upon which Nine is based, are closely relatable. However, contrary to Guido, struggling to bring clarity to his vision, “I am ready”, and very pleased to present our production to you tonight.

 “I would like to have another me to travel along with myself.”

Our concept: Director and actor playing a director and actor, struggling to create and direct a film in which he’s also an actor. Stay with me now. The other actors are cast as characters in the movie in his mind, as well as the women who have informed and shaped his reality, many of whom are actors playing roles in his film – worlds within worlds here.

“I am about to enter a realm I have never dared enter before. Wish me luck!”

As I began this journey into the world(s) of Nine many months ago, I voluntarily entered a surreal, meta-theatrical experiment of life imitating art. But it wasn’t luck I needed. In this story of women in a man’s world, and a man in a world of women, what brought me through was the foresight to surround myself with the most talented, courageous, intelligent, strong, focused, and hard working group of women I could find, as well as one special boy.

To the cast – You are my heroes, you artists who give so much, taking emotional risks, opening your hearts to friends and strangers so that they might laugh, cry, cringe, reflect, love, and perhaps make a deeper human connection with themselves and their fellows. Thank you!

-Adam Sippola, Director

 

L5Y Video Trailer

The Last Five Years: L5Y Video Trailer

The Last Five Years – Music & Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Produced by The Duluth Playhouse in The Underground
January 28 – February 6 | Thursday – Saturday
All Shows @7:30pm in The Underground
506 W. Michigan Street, Duluth MN 55802
TICKETS: Online at http://duluthunderground.org, or call 218.733.7555

Starring Carolyn LePine & Adam Sippola
Directed by Adam Sippola
Music Direction by Patrick Colvin
Photography by Three Irish Girls Photography

EMPTY PLACES Music Video

EMPTY PLACES Music Video, featuring Amber Burns. Music & Lyrics by Adam Sippola. Choreography & Dancing by Amber Burns. Filmed & Edited by Adam Sippola. EMPTY PLACES is a single from the new album, RISING POINT, available now at http://adamsippola.com/music. Also available on itunes, cdbaby, bandcamp, and locally in downtown Duluth at Electric Fetus.

Duluth, MN Location Trailer!

I had a great time working with Miles, Tom, Troy, Riki, and the rest of the crew a few months back, filming this location trailer. Tom & Miles – fantastic job filming and editing! You really showcased the beauty of Duluth well. Thanks to the Minnesota Film & TV Board for the opportunity. Great to see the finished product. Film Duluth!

Duluth, MN Location Trailer

Give Peace a Chance Improvisations

Last night I began my concert with a 20 minute improvisation inspired by John Lennon’s “Give Peace a Chance”.

Live Looping Bob Dylan

Who Killed Davey Moore?

Below is a cover of one of my favorite Bob Dylan tunes, Who Killed Davey Moore, performed during a live looping show I did at The Red Herring Lounge in Duluth, Minnesota, on September 27th, 2014.

I first heard this song when I was a teenager, and although I didn’t know the historical context at the time, I was impacted by Bob Dylan’s lyrics which spoke to me about a culture of violence through the story of the final fight of a boxer named Davey Moore. I continue to be affected by Dylan’s words in the way they speak to me about the culpability of our society in sustaining a violent culture, both directly and indirectly, and in challenging individuals to ask of themselves the difficult question, “Why, and what’s the reason for?” when witnessing, and even reveling in acts of violence.

Bob Dylan 1963

Bob Dylan, 1963

Bob Dylan

Before playing the song at a concert in 1964, Dylan said:

This a song about a boxer…
It’s got nothing to do with boxing, it’s just a song about a boxer really.
And, uh, it’s not even having to do with a boxer, really.
It’s got nothing to do with nothing.
But I fit all these words together…
that’s all…
It’s taken directly from the newspapers,
Nothing’s been changed…
Except for the words.

Davey Moore and Sugar Ramos

Davey Moore and Sugar Ramos

Davey Moore

In and of itself, the fact that Davey Moore, American world featherweight champion, lost his life after a match against Cuban boxer, Sugar Ramos, is sad, but not surprising, considering the inherent violence of the sport and the goal of hitting an opponent long and hard enough to knock them out. What is more tragic, in my interpretation of Dylan’s song, is contemplating the boxing arena as the arena of war, the boxers as soldiers, managers as governments, spectators as citizens, gamblers as war profiteers, and the boxing writer as the press. Dylan originally wrote and performed the song in 1963, when the Cuban Missile Crisis and the escalation of the Vietnam War were weighing on the minds of most Americans. Today, unfortunately, the metaphor resonates louder and clearer, as denial of the causes and motivations for war seems to have a firm hold on the psyche of American culture.

I perform this song to the rhythmic sound of a gas stove igniting.

Two new Live Looping videos from Adam Sippola!

Some Live Looping improvisations from performances at The Duluth Playhouse rotunda and The Red Herring Lounge.

My song “Revolution” performed at The Red Herring Lounge in Duluth, Minnesota.

My Live Looping Kickstarter Project!

Dear friends, family, supporters!

I’m excited to share my Live Looping Kickstarter Project with you! My Kickstarter Campaign lasts 40 days, starting now!

I’m planning to record a Live Looping album this fall/winter at Sacred Heart Music Center in Duluth, but to do it, I need some help. Specifically, I’m asking for your assistance in 3 ways.

3 Ways to Help

  1. Donate to my Kickstarter Project here: https://www. kickstarter.com/projects/ adamsippola/adam-sippola- creates-live-looping-album-at- sacred
    My goals, vision, budget, as well as rewards for backers, are all outlined in the project video and page. If you’d just like to support me, and the rewards aren’t important to you, please consider donating any amount… even a dollar will help. Thank you!
  2. Go to my Artist Page on facebook: https://www. facebook.com/adamsippolamusic, and if you haven’t already liked it, please do! And while you’re there, take a moment to like the Kickstarter Video.
  3. Share my project with your friends! Copy and paste the Kickstarter Video link into a facebook status update: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/adamsippola/adam-sippola-creates-live-looping-album-at-sacred/widget/video.html, or, share the video directly from my facebook Artist Page. Having your support on facebook and other social media (twitter, google+ etc.) will be a HUGE factor in helping me to succeed! It’ll only take you a couple of clicks, and it will help spread the word much wider and faster than I can on my own. Also, feel free to forward this email, and to spread the word in conversation with friends, colleagues, and anyone you think my be interested in helping out.

Upcoming Performances

I’ve got several live performances coming up. If you you’re more familiar with seeing me on the musical theater stage, these are some great opportunities to check out my Live Looping music:

Thank you so much for supporting me by supporting my project! See at one of my shows.

Sincerely,
Adam

Adam Sippola interviewed on The Playlist

Free

Adam Sippola sings ‘Free’ during the concert “ladders/windows” at the Teatro Zuccone in Duluth, MN. Background film & music by Adam Sippola.