DeAnna Pellecchia and musician Ed Broms make worked together under the name SAVAGE AMUSEMENTS. Their artistic convergence produced site-specific performance pieces that were equal parts live music, dance, performance art, theatrics, spoken word, improvisational spontaneity, provocative costuming, original set design, vocalization and everything unexpected. More accurately described as ‘live art installations’, their sets were presented at night clubs, bars, art galleries, and performance spaces throughout Boston.
red charlie a live performance installation directed, staged & choreographed by DeAnna Pellecchia music arranged, composed and performed by Ed Broms dance/movement created & performed by Mary McCarthy, Michael Jahoda, DeAnna Pellecchia and Ingrid Schatz
In this collaboratively created program, Ed plays a multi-instrumental “mutant rig” of his own design – basically all the instruments of a rock band played by one person. DeAnna showcases her unique choreographic style influenced by her studies in traditional dance technique, Hip-Hop, Tae Kwon Do, Capoeria, and Performance Theater. RED CHARLIE features “The Musettes”, wearing wigs, platform-shoes and fish-net stockings. The Musettes execute a series of vignettesaddressing cultural and social connotations associated with the idea of “femininity” (think Cyd Charisse meets Uma Thurman in KILL BILL) which punctuate Ed’s sets. The program also features special guest performer Michael Jahoda as PHILLIP - super hero, prince and spoken word commentator.
RED CHARLIE premiered in 2008 at The Charles Playhouse. DJ Fraction of Paris premiered several electronica compositions as part of the these performances. Each evening featured a different guest vocalist including Eleonora Bianchini (Latin Vocals), Katherine Growdon (Renaissance Vocals), and Patrice Williamson (Jazz Vocals).
la loba in memory of Doris Evelyn choreographed & performed by DeAna Pellecchia music composed and performed by Ed Broms
LA LOBA, collaboratively conceptualized by DeAnna Pellecchia & musician Ed Broms, incorporates an original music score performed live on piano, which serves not only as instrument, but also active set. This piece was inspired by passages from Clarissa Pinkola Estes’ book “Women Who Run With the Wolves” and was made in memory of DeAnna’s grandmother, Doris Evelyn.
animals | mess up a music and dance score created collaboratively by DeAnna Pellecchia & Ed Broms performed by a revolving cast of musicians and dancers Mary McCarthy, Danielle DiVito and DeAnna Pellecchia presented at Nazarene Collge by The Order of The Artists
This score is based on the electronica explorations of DJ Fraction (aka Eric Raynaud, composer) from Paris, France, who has released two completely improvised electronica albums, Animals and Mess Up, each about 45 minutes in length. ANIMALS explores themes of following "instinctual orders" over conventional artistic intentions, and MESS UP explores aspects of the quintessential performance nightmare: arriving to perform completely unprepared and without any of the proper equipment -- a scenario which actually played itself out at a Fraction show, which in turn generated this ingenious recording. Musicians including Ed Broms, perform live additions to, and improvisations based on, DJ Fraction's pre-recorded electronica compositions. DeAnna Pellecchia created original choreography for the pieces, danced by herself, Mary McCarthy and Danielle DiVito. She also designed and directed the staging for the 8 cast members, crafting a seamless integration of live narrative, music and dance.
ed broms | singer, musician, composer Ed Broms, dubbed a true ‘Renaissance Man’ by The Boston Globe, has been a mainstay of the Boston and NYC music scenes for the past 25 years. He is currently the Music Director, Organist, and Choir Director at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul where he leads an eclectic program of world sacred music. He can be heard every Sunday morning from 730-800AM on WCRB 99.5 Waltham, as part of Sunday Morning at the Cathedral, one of the country’s longest running radio programs. He is also Artist-in-Residence at Eastern Nazarene College, where he is a featured performer in the Musica Eclectica series. He was a musician with Grammy-Nominated Blue Man Group from 1998-2005. A multi-instrumentalist, he performs on electric and acoustic bass, voice, Hammond organ, pipe organ, piano, keyboards, guitar, and percussion. He has performed and recorded with an extensive list of the world's leading rock, jazz, classical and world-music musicians, including musicians as diverse as Chuck Berry and John Zorn. He leads several of his own ensembles including The Broms Organ Trio (jazz), BROMS (rock), Rooster (blues), and Michael’s Daughter (celtic). In 2005 he founded and The Order of the Artists (multimedia) which in turn led to founding the world music group Nagbansi (ACM Records) featuring Nandlal Nayak of India and DJ Fraction of Paris, France. He is active as a composer and concert organist with upcoming recitals at Harvard, Trinity Church, Copley, Methuen Music Hall, and King’s Chapel. His debut Pipe organ CD of his own Organ Symphony #1 “Ainulindale” and the accompanying score are set to be released this fall on the Zimbel label. Also active as an author he has written several books on philosophy and music, including “An Encyclopedia of Polyrhythm”, and “The Book of the Artist”.