Jon Crispin's Notebook

Willard Suitcases / Julianne Wick Davis

Posted in Music, Uncategorized, Willard Asylum, Willard Suitcases by joncrispin on 07/01/2017


I flew up to New York City on Wednesday to sit in on an early rehearsal of a song cycle that Julianne Wick Davis is composing.  She came across the suitcases project a couple of years ago and asked permission to use my photographs as inspiration.  She hopes to end up with 20 songs, and had nine ready for the run through.  This was the first time she had heard them with voices other than her own.


Julianne put together an amazing group of six actors and four musicians to perform the songs in a rehearsal room at NYU.


Here she is working with Xander Rovang who was musical director for the day.

I was so pleased to be included, and came away feeling super excited about collaborating with her.  It is always a bit humbling to inspire creativity in others.  I am very excited about where this will end up.

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  1. Barbara Garner said, on 07/01/2017 at 12:13 pm


  2. Katharine said, on 08/01/2017 at 12:45 pm

    This is marvelous! How wonderful to be the impetus for more creativity!

  3. Julie said, on 08/01/2017 at 11:18 pm

    Wow, what a hauntingly beautiful idea –
    like your photographs! I hope you will keep us updated on the music project.

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