ISLANDER is a music and movement suite scored for various keyboards, kulintang instruments (indigenous Philippine gongs), and electronics. From the lens of a second generation Filipino American, the work examines the residue colonialism has left behind through centuries and generations, and explores the tension that exists within one’s identity. Vendil’s longtime collaborator, composer Trevor Gureckis, will design electronic elements. Performed by Vendil and collaborators: pianists Melinda Faylor and Mary Prescott, and weaver Cynthia Alberto of Weaving Hand. Cage piece by Heather Huey. 

 

Test Site 2: Study Within Sculptures
Directed and Edited by Sugar Vendil
Composed by Trevor Gureckis, Hajnal Pivnick & Sugar Vendil
Performers: Hajnal Pivnick, violin; Sugar Vendil, performer
Sculptures: Sonambient Sculptures by Harry Bertoia
Costumes by Atelier de Geste
Special thanks to Museum of Arts and Design (MAD)
Recorded at MAD's exhibition, "Atmosphere for Enjoyment: Harry Bertoia’s Environment for Sound"

We went in with a single 12-tone melody composed by Trevor and planned as we went along. I edited an hour of footage into this video, assembling clips of what we had recorded according to what made sense sonically. 


Test Site 1: In)Habit
Created in collaboration by Coco Karol and Sugar Vendil
Music: Trevor Gureckis
Choreographer: Coco Karol

A project that began with my stay at the A-Z West wagon station encampment in Joshua Tree, CA, “Test Site” is an experiment in process, revolving around the body, nature, urban life, and obligation (in this case, the piano), drawing connections as well as acknowledging the tension between these elements. I created movement in collaboration with choreographer Coco Karol and will improvise sparse notes on top of an electronic track by composer Trevor Gureckis. The video is comprised shots of the desert and city that I display from a handheld projector, which I carry with me in various parts of the performance. 


Sacred-Profanea theatrical concert featuring Sororatorio: a Cuntata, a song cycle by Vincent Calianno, music by Marina Kifferstein, Johannes Ockeghem, Sarah Kirkland Snyder, and Nina C. Young. Fashion by NOT. Performed by The Nouveau Classical Project.
Role: Director, Pianist, Producer
Premiere: April 9, 2015


Potential Energies, a ballet for musicians and dancers. Music by Trevor Gureckis, Choreography by Barbie Diewald, Costumes by Atelier de Geste. Performed by The Nouveau Classical Project and TrioDance Collective.
Role: Director, Pianist, Producer
Premiere: May 29, 2014


Sweet Lost Pierrota multimedia concert. Music by Trevor Gureckis, David Lang, and Arnold Schoenberg. Video projection and set design by Caroline Pham. Fashion by Gemma Khang, styled by Zon Chu. Performed by The Nouveau Classical Project.
Role: Director, Pianist, Producer
Premiere: December 7, 2012