The Original Music of Redwood
November 13, 2019
A world premiere like Redwood deserves some world premiere music. Derek A. Graham, composer and assistant sound designer for Redwood, created an original score for Brittany K. Allen's sharp, compassionate comedy about DNA, dancing, and dark truths. By turns electric, haunting, and joyful, Graham's music enriches a world of hip hop dance choruses, ancestral ghosts, and modern characters wrestling with the traumatic legacy of American racism.
Graham also went on to write another song, Bloodlines, inspired by the show. You can listen to both below.
Please note: some of this music contains mature language.
"Bloodline" (song inspired by Redwood)
Graham is a sound designer, composer, and audio engineer based in North Carolina. Born and raised in Queens, New Yok, Derek holds a M.F.A. in Sound Design from Ohio University. His sound design works include: Your Healing is Killing Me and Bewilderness (PlayMakers Repertory Company: PRC2 Series); The Passion of Teresa Rae King, A Raisin in the Sun, and Beautiful Star (Triad Stage); Believe in Cleveland (Karamu House); and An Octoroon (Dobama Theatre). Derek has recently co-founded a multi-media design company with his wife, Jessica called Life by Design Media & Productions. He also works with Vibehouse405 as the head mix engineer for recording artists in the North Carolina triad area under the moniker Rekadon.
Portland Center Stage at The Armory is committed to identifying & interrupting instances of racism & all forms of oppression, through the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, & accessibility (IDEA).