Biography

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About Arthur

Arthur Solari, awarded the 2015 Drama Desk for "Outstanding Music in a Play", and principle collaborator on the 2016 Lortel Award for "Most Unique Theatrical Experience" is a NYC based percussionist-composer, music director, and sound artist.

Current Projects

  • TBD, in develpment with Director and Chorepgrapher Martha Clarke and Writer Fanny Howe on a new work about the life of St. Francis of Assisi

Awards & Grants

  • Drama Desk for "Outstanding Music in a Play", Tamburlaine the Great
  • Lortel for "Most Unique Theatrical Experience, Angel Reapers
  • Nominated Henry Hewes Design Awards
  • Recipient of NEA, Meet the Composer, and Mary Flagler music grants

Recent Works

  • Angel Reapers, Signature Theater by Alfred Uhry and Martha Clarke; directed by Martha Clarke; Music Director and Sound Designer (collaborator on overall presentation and content)
  • Tempest, Public Theater, Shakespeare in the Park; directed by Michael Grief; Summer 2015; On-stage percussionist, percussion composer and arranger in collaboration with composer Michael Friedman.
  • Tamburlaine The Great, directed by Michael Boyd; produced by Theater for a New Audience, NYC. Polonsky Shakespeare Theater, Brooklyn, NY 2014: Composer/Percussionist; Drama Desk winner 2015 for "Outstanding Music in a Play".
  • Beijing Central Academy of Drama & Beijing Dance Academy: Composer & Lecturer-in-Residence,2014
  • Chéri, (Signature Residency Five), Signature's Diamond Theater, 2013, Collaborator, Sound Designer (additional dates in Ravenna, Italy, Buenos Aires, Argentina & the Kennedy Center, Washington, DC 2014)
  • Dorian C (Cannes Film Festival Selection’13); Additional Composition in collaboration with Sam Crawford, Composer
  • Martha Clarke’s In the Night, 2012: Composer, Sound Designer
  • A Rite, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and SITI, 2013, BAM Howard Gilman Opera House: Percussion-Studio Musician
  • Martha Clarke and Alfred Uhry’s Angel Reapers, (New Yorker Top Ten Show of Year, 2011), Joyce Theater, NYC; Majestic Theater, Boston, 75 performances: Music Director/Collaborator
    Garden of Earthly Delights, Martha Clarke (NY Times Top Ten of Year, 2009), Minetta Lane Theater, 224 performances: Music Director & Percussionist; Lortel nomination
  • The Ultimate Wish (Academy submission ’12), 2 week cinema run nationwide: Composer with Sam Sadigursky; Sound Design, Mixing and Recording Engineer in collaboration with Sam Crawford
  • Veal, Harrison Atelier (’13), Invisible Dog Performance Space: Percussionist, Mixing & Recording Engineer
  • LeftExit, Sean Curran Dance Company(’11), DeBartolo Performing Arts Center: Percussionist
  • The Piano Upstairs, Alessandro Ferri, Spoleto Festival, Italy, 2013: Music Coordinator & Sound Designer
  • Georgy (Long Island Film Festival’11): Sound Designer

Past work & Regional Theater

  • Hamlet, opening of the newly designed Hofstra University Globe Theater designed by David Henderson, Directed by Chris Dippell (2017): Composer and Music Director.
  • New Jersey Percussion Ensemble, New Jersey New Music Ensemble, international touring chamber percussion group, 1994-2002: Percussionist, Conductor
  • Broadway: Evita, 1999, National Tour: Percussion, Drum Set
  • Jesus Christ Superstar, 2000, Ford Theater: Drum Set
  • A Winter’s Tale; Midsummer’s Night Dream; Much Ado About Nothing; Seven Against Thebes, and The Good Woman of Szechuan, 2002-2006, The Playhouse, Hempstead, NY: Composer & Music Director
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Background

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Mr. Solari began his career early. At the age of 14 he was playing for various jazz and progressive rock groups: making his way into the NYC professional recording scene by age 17. Until, through a bandmate and close friend, he was introduced to pioneer percussionist Raymond DesRoches. From there, he was introduced to chamber and art music with Mr. DesRoches as his mentor. This unexpected progression by chance lead Mr. Solari to a deeper relationship with music and an appetite for new ideas. Whilst studying with Mr. DesRoches and performing with the esteemed New Jersey Percussion Ensemble, he was also fortunate to be guided by many great artists and teachers including Peter Jarvis, Gary Van Dyke and John Ferrari; and composers such as George Crumb, Charles Wuorinen, and Steve Reich. During this time Mr. Solari also became nearly obsessed with the music and writings of John Cage. This lead him to not only more exploration of musical artists but also the exploration of experimental theater and dance to add to an already established love for traditional theater and dance. Since then over the last almost 20 years, Mr. Solari has been dedicated to interdisciplinary collaboration.
 
Most prominent and dearest to him has been his work with Director and Choreographer, Martha Clarke, a visionary artist making unique original stage pieces.
 
Additionally, Mr. Solari has premiered commissioned works at the American Dance Festival; Symphony Space; The Kitchen, NYC; the University of California at Berkeley; Chisenhale Dance Space of London; Holland State Museum of Amsterdam; the Trenton State Museum; Frascati Theater of Amsterdam; and the Taos Dance Festival.
 
Faculty positions have included: Montclair State University, Rutgers University, and Princeton University. Currently, Mr. Solari is Music Director and Composer for Hofstra University's Drama and Dance Department.
 
Lastly, Mr. Solari owns in partnership with Jerome Begin and Sam Crawford, Silent Sound Studios, a project based audio recording and post-production studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

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Mr. Solari began his career early. At the age of 14 he was playing for various jazz and progressive rock groups: making his way into the NYC professional recording scene by age 17. Until, through a bandmate and close friend, he was introduced to pioneer percussionist Raymond DesRoches. From there, he was introduced to chamber and art music with Mr. DesRoches as his mentor. This unexpected progression by chance lead Mr. Solari to a deeper relationship with music and an appetite for new ideas. Whilst studying with Mr. DesRoches and performing with the esteemed New Jersey Percussion Ensemble, he was also fortunate to be guided by many great artists and teachers including Peter Jarvis, Gary Van Dyke and John Ferrari; and composers such as George Crumb, Charles Wuorinen, and Steve Reich. During this time Mr. Solari also became nearly obsessed with the music and writings of John Cage. This lead him to not only more exploration of musical artists but also the exploration of experimental theater and dance to add to an already established love for traditional theater and dance. Since then over the last almost 20 years, Mr. Solari has been dedicated to interdisciplinary collaboration.
 
Most prominent and dearest to him has been his work with Director and Choreographer, Martha Clarke, a visionary artist making unique original stage pieces.
 
Additionally, Mr. Solari has premiered commissioned works at the American Dance Festival; Symphony Space; The Kitchen, NYC; the University of California at Berkeley; Chisenhale Dance Space of London; Holland State Museum of Amsterdam; the Trenton State Museum; Frascati Theater of Amsterdam; and the Taos Dance Festival.
 
Faculty positions have included: Montclair State University, Rutgers University, and Princeton University. Currently, Mr. Solari is Music Director and Composer for Hofstra University's Drama and Dance Department.
 
Lastly, Mr. Solari owns in partnership with Jerome Begin and Sam Crawford, Silent Sound Studios, a project based audio recording and post-production studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.