Music for Theater vol 1: Crooked House

by Radio Eris



Radio Eris has always tended to collaborate with a variety of artists, not always musicians - other poets, dancers, painters, magicians, and performance artists have all looped through the Radio Erisian orbit over the years.

In 2008, for example, dramaturg/performance artist/fortuneteller Liz Zimmerman, aka LizZ (and currently the lethal half of “Piano & A Cocktail Murderess” a cover-song project featuring Matt on keyboard), collaborated with the band on some dance and poetry pieces for a few performances. In 2009, she enlisted the band to contribute soundtrack material for CROOKED HOUSE, her one-woman show in that year’s Fringe Festival, . Tracks 1 thru 9 are culled from the material produced in those recording sessions. The pieces, whipped up in studio under direction from Liz, hit a few nice places and overall showcase a variety of Radio Eris’ improvisation styes.

The final track on the album finds its way to listeners for the first time. Before CROOKED HOUSE, Liz had planned on an audio-walk installation at the Edgar Allan Poe residence, a historical site in Philadelphia. As she conceived it, patrons would enter in pairs, each issued an mp3 player which would lead them on a short tour of the house while Poe stories played in their ears. Narration and direction would be included in the soundtrack, with each mp3 player having a slightly different set of instructions for each listener. Each succeeding location would engage them in a new story and tableau, with props, lighting cues and, in some pieces, silent actors.

As it turned out, the idea proved far too interesting and potentially entertaining for the National Park Service to allow Poe House to be involved. Due to bureaucratic inertia, the project was scrapped and Liz produced CROOKED HOUSE instead. Oval Portrait, assembled as part of the proposal materials, makes its debut for the first time outside the recording studio or federal government office


released May 1, 2011

Dan Baker - guitars
Lora Bloom - vox, guitars
Kenny Brown - Synths, theremin, harmonica
Brad Rothman - drums
Matt Stevenson - keys, bass, vox

Special Guest: LizzZ - direction.



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Radio Eris Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“I believe God’s been doing experiments on me”

Radio ERIS began as an ambient spoken- word project in 1999, but mutated rapidly into "Philadelphia's post-everything band." (a.d.amorosi) From poetry readings to, open mics to rock clubs, afterhours bars, stages and strip clubs, to Dutch churches, book stores and basements, Radio ERIS continues to surf the chaos. ... more

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