Song of

the Ambassadors

reimagines opera

as a musical ritual

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We developed the visual identity for Song of the Ambassadors working closely with K Allado-McDowell. The Opera, a work in progress, was previewed at Lincoln Center October 25th, 2022.

Conceived by K Allado-McDowell, Song of the Ambassadors reimagines opera as a musical ritual producing scientific understanding about the effects of music on the body and mind.

It is first and foremost an opera. It is also a meditation and a neuroscience experiment. The music is by composer Derrick Skye, whose work draws from classical traditions spanning the world, and integrates advanced electronics and instrumental techniques. The libretto is a hymn to the sun, space, and life written by K Allado-McDowell using the AI language model GPT-3, performed by three vocalists representing the opera's titular ambassadors.

The neuroscience experiments are performed by a team of scientists from UCSD, who record and analyze brainwaves, heart rate and subjective feedback of subjects in the audience. An EEG cap worn by Lincoln Center's Chief Artistic Officer, Shanta Thake, will create AI-generated projections during the performance, provided by visual artist Refik Anadol, complimented by set designs from Marcos Lutyens.


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Graphic designer: Elena Foraker

Song of the Ambassadors
Composer: Derrick Skye
Libretto: K Allado-McDowell
Stage Direction: Mary Birnbaum
Projections: Refik Anadol
Set Design: Marcos Lutyens
Costume Design: Oana Botez
Sound Design: Ian Smith
Neuroscience Research: Ying Wu and Alexander K. Khalil (UCSD)
Conceived by: Allado-McDowell
Produced by: KAM Studio, Ben Newman, and Lincoln Center
Event Photography: Vincent Tullo via the NYT


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