Swarmius Meets Opera II

Fri, November 9, 2018

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 9:30 pm

The Cutting Room

New York, NY

$20.00 - $25.00

Tickets at the Door

$20 Advanced Sales/ $25 Day of Show

There is a $20 food & beverage minimum per person.

The Cutting Room presents SWARMIUS Meets Opera II, featuring selections from El Colibrí Mágico (The Magic Hummingbird) - A California Story, a magical realistic tale set in modern day San Diego & Tijuana.

Invoking the edgy youthful angst and jubilation of Bernstein’s West Side Story, El Colibrí Magicó (The Magic Hummingbird) - A California Story is the tale of three So Cal teenage rockers who end up in Tijuana after a night of clubbing takes a surreal turn and transplants them amongst a group of stranded Honduran refugees with connections to ancient Mayan rituals and secrets. Together they embark on a perilous journey. The result is an explosive cultural confrontation between protagonists of the contemporary US/Mexican border: coyotes, border guards, refugees, vigilantes, in violence and transcendence, with mystical intervention from living spirits of the pre-Columbian past.



Swarmius is a collective of virtuoso performers and composer, a kind of hybrid of a rock band and a classical chamber ensemble by design. Everybody contributes ideas, and these coalesce into ever evolving responses in the form of musical works. Nothing is off limits, and everything about the band is iconoclastic: The music belongs to no genre (or all) & the band follows it's own multi-generational, multicultural band of muses.

Founded in 2006 by composer Joseph Martin Waters and saxophone virtuoso Todd Rewoldt, Swarmius has evolved over 12 years into a sextet straddling both coasts, with members united in a fascination with exploring musical combinations from around the globe, often within the same piece. And in performing intricate chamber music demanding the highest technique.

The music is catchy and melodic. An example would be "Kali Karsilama”, the band's perennial theme song, whose melodies are woven from ancient Romani scales and rhythms, with lead instruments racing around each other in a heterophonic swirl, landing and taking off with the precision of the blue angels.


Nina Deering - soprano voice;

Rudy Alexander Giron - countertenor voice;

Charles Coleman - baritone voice

Todd Rewoldt - Alto saxophone;

Ian Buss - Tenor Saxophone;

Geoffrey Burleson – piano & accordion

Daniel Pate – percussion;

Joseph Martin Waters – composer and laptop.


SD CITY Opera is spearheaded by Artistic Director, Cynthia Stokes. With a site-specific focus, champions new and contemporary works in English and Spanish, including works by American composers, non-traditional repertoire, and the fundamental reconceptualization of standard operas. SD CITY Opera is dedicated to building community by turning beautiful music into stunning theatre - contributing to the dynamic reimagining of opera in America for the 21st century.
Venue Information:
The Cutting Room
44 E. 32nd St.
New York, NY, 10016