Noah Diggs is currently in the 4th year of his undergraduate at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music at National University of Singapore, majoring in composition under Profs. Peter Ivan Edwards, Ho Chee Kong, and Dr. Nick Omiccioli. He has had his pieces performed internationally in Singapore, Germany, and the US by ensembles such as Ensemble Handwerk and Trio Surplus.
In addition to composing, he is deeply interested in theatre and collaborative work, and incorporates elements of theatre, performance art, and drama into his compositions. These interests take him to places outside of composition as well, acting in a student-run jukebox musical “Fix, The Musical”, and co-creating and performing in a multi-sensory music theatre project specially curated for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, “Enchanted Garden”.
In his musical travels, he has participated in the 2017 NAIP Master’s Intensive Program hosted at Iceland Academy of the Arts. He was also selected to attend a 2-week intensive in Ubud, Indonesia to learn various configurations of gamelan and traditional Balinese dance and music. Most recently, he and a group of 5 other students organized and conducted a 1-week workshop at the National Lao Music and Dance School in Vientiane, Laos, focusing on playing technique and performing large-scale orchestral works.
Outside of music and theatre, Noah is an avid film-goer and aspiring filmmaker. He wishes he had more time to play video games and more money to buy audio gear.
About the Piece:
4 Performers (preferably who don’t freeze up when asked to speak onstage)
1 Concert Hall (black box theatre, performance studio, or old warehouse also acceptable)
5 Music stands
Assorted hit-able objects
Dash of audience (optional)
- Take 4 performers and 4 scores and put into bowl. You can stir all you want but they won’t really start mixing until about a week before when you want to serve the dish.
- In the meantime, begin gathering fresh, assorted, hit-able objects. Any old thing will do, glass bottles, old pieces of plywood, your laptop with your pirated copy of a notation program that keeps crashing, backs of politician’s heads, just anything.
- At the same time, begin searching for at least a dash of audience. They’re out there…somewhere.
- Take your 5 chairs and 5 music stands (one chair and one stand will be broken. Having an extra of each is compulsory), 1 podium, and place them all inside of the concert hall (or black box theatre or studio or old warehouse).
- Bring your fresh assorted hit-able objects and throw them in with the scores and performers (make sure they’re at least reasonably assimilated at this point).
- Frantically search last minute to find that dash of audience (it really makes the dish much better).
- Can’t find it.
- Oh well.
- Pour 4-performer-4-score-assorted-hit-able-objects mixture into the concert-hall-5-chair-5-music-stand-1-podium base.
- Plate and serve.