Blackhorse Lowe's new film features music by Matthew Aucoin—his first return to LA Opera since Eurydice—and poetry by Jake Skeets.
Two mystical beings emerge from the rugged New Mexico landscape. They come together to explore the city of Gallup—the ceremonial capital of Native America, known as Na'nízhoozhí in the Navajo language. As night falls, they melt back into the desert under a star-filled sky.
Filmmaker Blackhorse Lowe's new Digital Short features music by Matthew Aucoin and poetry by Jake Skeets. A Navajo artist (like Lowe) who grew up in Gallup, Skeets gives his hometown a leading role in his poetry. Lowe's film is an unflinching yet tender portrait of the city in 2021, seen through the eyes of the supernatural.
Co-Produced by AMOC (American Modern Opera Company)
Performed by members of AMOC
Jonny Allen, percussion
Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor
Miranda Cuckson, violin
Emi Ferguson, flutes
Conor Hanick, piano
Coleman Itzkoff, cello
Davóne Tines, bass-baritone
Recording produced by Adam Abeshouse
This project is generously supported by a consortium of donors to LA Opera's Contemporary Opera Initiative, chaired by Nancy and Barry Sanders, and by a special gift from Dr. Stephen Erhart.
Matthew Aucoin's music is published by Associated Music Publishers (part of Wise Music Group).
"Blackhorse Lowe's work often features striking imagery cut with an equally ethereal, psychotic pacing that rightfully put him on Filmmaker's 25 New Faces of Independent Film."
"Revelatory . . . By turns elegiac and erotic, [Jake Skeets' poetry] is lush with language whose music evokes the landscape."