Words & Music
I am currently composing the music and libretto for a new American opera, RIZZO. inspired by Joseph R. Daughen and Peter Binzen’s book The Cop Who Would Be King. And the book, music, and lyrics to a new musical, Suddenly.
Live at Farmers Alley Theatre
Jeremiah Downes & Friends: Live at Farmers Alley Theatre was presented in January 2019 at Farmers Alley Theatre in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The production included a catalog of my words and music from almost thirty songs, spanning two decades. The evening featured performances by Madge Dietrich, Logan Dolence, Joriah (Kwamé) Fleming, Evan Gallagher-Frace, Matthew Lanyi, Alyssa Meeuwsen, and Cara Palombo.
One Simple Part
My song “One Simple Part” was commissioned for a new album and online benefit concert in the fall of 2020 to support Donate Life: Connecticut. Other featured artists include Tony Award winner Alice Ripley, Vance Gilbert, and Jill Sobule. You can purchase the full album, proceeds benefit Donate Life: Connecticut.
Radio Flyer: The Demo Tapes
Songs inspired by the 1992 major motion picture Radio Flyer have been in my trunk for almost a decade. Demo tapes of these original words and music will be released online soon with future plans to develop a new American musical based on the film starring Lorraine Bracco and a young Elijah Wood. Radio Flyer is the inspiring and fantastical story of two young brothers who discover the true power and potential in kinship and imagination.