“The Ballad of Pip” is the middle section of a forthcoming, large-form communal theater event based on Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. Scored for piano and voice, this through-composed, ambient song cycle tells the story of Pip, a young boy aboard the Pequod who goes insane after a harrowing encounter with the indifferent infinity of the ocean. Musically pulling from early American folk ballads, Indian raga, and the solo piano concerts of Keith Jarrett, "The Ballad of Pip" is a hypnotic meditation on madness, smallness, and awe.
Dave Malloy is a composer/performer/sound designer. He is the winner of two OBIE Awards, a Richard Rodgers Award and a Jonathan Larson Grant. His shows include Black Wizard / Blue Wizard; Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812; All Hands; Three Pianos; Beardo; Beowulf - A Thousand Years of Baggage; The Sewers; Sandwich; Clown Bible; and (The 99-cent) Miss Saigon. He lives in Brooklyn.