Shyly courting the limelight, Edward Ficklin focuses his creative energy on the various forms of media and music-theater. He has realized his works in a number of unusual venues, like a store window near Grand Central Station and a vacant bank lobby near the World Trade Center (with the support of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the September 11th Fund). His work has also been presented by American Opera Projects (Brooklyn, NY), Opera Company of Astoria (Astoria, NY), Little Opera Theatre of New York, the Spring Fever Festival (New York, NY), David Parker/The Bang Group (a collaboration with choreographer Lise Brenner) and Opera Vista (Houston, TX). Internationally, his work has been presented by the Novi Sad Cultural Center (Novi Sad, Serbia) and the Staatstheater Kassel (Kassel, Germany). A selection of songs from his one-act opera Context of Love Lives was released on Rapport a compilation disc from Navona Records.
In addition to music theater, Edward has published articles and guides for composers for the American Music Center and Meet The Composer (now New Music USA). His media work includes soundbiting, an audio blog about queer urban existence in NYC, a hefty dose of electronics in his operas The Context of Love Lives and Flash of Recognition, and the newly emerging media project Song of the Rain dealing with climate change.
Trained in classical composition and English literature at the University of Denver, he finds inspiration in the small details and sounds of everyday life. Since 2003 he has been actively involved in the composers collective The South Oxford Six, a group of six composers dedicated to presenting new works, collaboration, and training new generations of composers. Edward also served on the Artists Advisory Council of Fractured Atlas, a national service organization for independent and self-producing artists. Edward is currently Technology Manager and Developer for New Music USA and teaches intro programming courses in NYU's Center for Advanced Digital Applications (part of the School of Professional Studies).
A talent to be watched
An act of operatic intervention
Photo by Gerald Lavar