Garth Edwin Sunderland (Executive Producer & Artistic Director) is a composer and interdisciplinary artist, whose work encompasses the fields of music, dance, and theater. His music has been performed nation-wide, and as a performer, he has wide-ranging experience, in ballet and modern dance, Butoh, and contemporary Commedia del’Arte technique, performing on BAM’s Next Wave Festival, at Dance Theatre Workshop, and the New York Butoh Festival, among others. As director of the Lost Dog New Music Ensemble he has overseen a revival of Peter Maxwell Davies’ Vesalii Icones, the NY Premiere of Michael Hersch’s epic The Vanishing Pavilions, and the U.S. premiere of Robert Simpson’s Horn Quartet, and produced Lost Dog’s upcoming CD, Chamber Music of Philippe Bodin.
Sunderland serves as Vice President of Project Development and Senior Music Editor for the Leonard Bernstein Office, in which capacity he has overseen productions of Bernstein’s work on Broadway, and with such performing organizations as the New York Philharmonic, New York City Opera, Bayerisches Staatsoper, San Francisco Ballet, and Tokyo’s Shiki Theatre Company. As dramaturg and orchestrator, he has created created a chamber adaptation of the opera A Quiet Place, premiered in 2013 at the Konzerthaus in Berlin by Ensemble Modern and Kent Nagano; the first theatrical performing edition of Peter Pan; a reduced orchestration of Trouble In Tahiti; and new editions of many of Bernstein’s concert works. Recently, he restored and adapted the film scores of West Side Story and On The Waterfront for live performance with screenings of the film, projects that have been performed to great acclaim by major orchestras around the world. Mr. Sunderland lives in New York City.