As a contemporary guitar ensemble whose primary dedication is to the creation of new music, the following upcoming collaborations are perhaps the most exciting information we have to share. Return to this page frequently, we make many updates to each project’s details as they are discovered and there are always more on the way!
In Aaron Gervais’s own words: Prescription Drug Nation is a six-part series that explores how society’s ever-increasing reliance on prescription drugs affects our daily lives. Each segment portrays the effects of a particular drug, starting with Adderall. I’ve been developing Prescription Drug Nation in tandem with San Francisco’s in-demand Mobius Trio since 2013. They’ll be premiering each of the six segments separately over the course of the next year or so, then putting them all together for a production with Here Now Dance.
This first installment aims to capture the mental experience of taking Adderall, including obsessive focus, increased energy, and feelings of euphoria. The end result is an upbeat, energetic piece that drives forward relentlessly and cheerfully. (For the music nerds out there, it also features an extended stretch of quartertone harmonies played with staccato string bends, which sound really amazing.)
Mobius is very excited to commission a new work by composer Luciano Chessa. The work, approximately 15 minutes long and tentatively titled Blind Date, will seek to expose wider audiences to the life and times of author Victor Banis (who is also a relative of Mobius Trio’s Robert Nance). The piece will be premiered in Fall of 2015 as a part of the composer’s retrospective at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
Banis, 77, is best known as “the godfather of modern gay pulp fiction”, having spent a significant portion of his career creating works which formed the foundation of this genre. While writing under numerous pseudonyms throughout the 1960s and 70s, Banis and fellow gay erotica authors came under heavy scrutiny from law officials. Several of his works were labeled “too pornographic” and “too obscene” and he often found himself the target of manhunts lead by the CIA and the FBI – none of which were successful. Banis can be credited for writing nearly 70 gay fiction stories, including the legendary The Man from C.A.M.P., featuring the character Jackie Holmes as a gay spin off of Ian Fleming’s James Bond.
One of our most exciting upcoming projects! So exciting and new, in fact, that we are still speechless about the whole idea! Check back soon as we collect ourselves and offer a more specific description.