Jonah Beram

Music & Audio

The Garment Worker’s Tale

UPDATE: ”The Garment Worker’s Tale” will be playing at Puppet Uprising in Philadelphia on Friday the 6th and Saturday the 7th of December. The show will be held at the Rotunda (details and tickets). I’ll be there running sound.

On Friday, June 14th, and Saturday, June 15th, Valeska Populoh performed her show, “The Garment Worker’s Tale,” at the International Toy Theater Festival in Brooklyn, NY. Patrick McMinn and I created the music for the piece and I accompanied Valeska to trigger sound cues.

From the playbill:

“The Garment Worker’s Tale” follows the journey of a young immigrant who leaves her home country to seek her fortune in America. The story is inspired by historic accounts of garment workers at the end of the 19th century in Baltimore and New York City, and by events like the Triangle Shirt Waist Factory Fire. The puppets are based on archival photos of immigrants and garment workers of the time, and the buildings and on historic street scenes of Baltimore.

Musical motifs for the characters were adapted from songs written in Baltimore by immigrant composers of the period. These fragments have been developed into set pieces that play through the performance. A series of audio collages provide atmospheric backing. These are crafted by a custom software that stitches together recordings of small domestic objects in realtime.

On Saturday, August 10th, the show was played again at the Fringe stage of the National Puppetry Festival in Swarthmore, PA.

Impatience Machine EP

My band, Impatience Machine, recorded a thirty minute EP in preparation for a tour of the northeastern US. In late April of 2013, we visited Philadelphia, Princeton, New Haven, and Brooklyn, before playing a CD release in Baltimore. You can preview and purchase the EP using the widget to the side of this text, or visit our website for more information.

Here are a few videos of us playing around Baltimore:

Beam Shrank

City Paper debuted a rough version of a song from my nascent collaboration with Michael Shank on its “Big Music Issue: Big Baltimore Playlist.” We’re the seventh track on the fourth side; you can stream it here (select “Beam Shrank - Rough”).