Genesis of a Song: Composer Tom Kitt on Creating “Drum Circle” for The Visitor

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Genesis of a song: Composer Tom Kitt on creating ‘Drum Circle’ for The visitor

Craft Recordings and Concord Theatricals released the original cast recording of the Off-Broadway musical on June 24.

The visitorbased on the 2007 film by Tom McCarthy, had its world premiere at the Public Theater last fall, with music from the Pulitzer Prize, Tom Kitt, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Emmy and Grammy, lyrics from the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony winner Brian Yorkey, and a book by Yorkey and Kwame Kwei-Armah.

In this episode of Genesis of a song, composer Kitt details the creation of The visitor“Circle of drums”. “I was looking for music that was going to feel open, that landed in something that felt like a discovery,” he says. Watch the video above to hear the inspiration behind the song.

Craft Recordings and Concord Theatricals have dropped the original cast recording of The visitor June 24. The 21-track album is available for streaming on digital platforms.

The album features the voices of Jacqueline Antaramian, Robert Ariza, Anthony Chan, Alysha Deslorieux, Delius Doherty, CK Edwards, Will Erat, Brandon Espinoza, Sean Ewing, Albert Guerzon, Crystal Joy, Marla Louissaint, Ahmad Maksoud, Sahar Milani, Dimitri Joseph Moïse, Ariel Neydavoud, Takafumi Nikaido, David Hyde Pierce, Pauli Pontrelli and Katie Terza.

The group includes Inna Dudukina, Greg Joseph, Harvey Valdes, Alexanda Eckhardt, Alan Hewitt and Hajnal Pivnick. Sean Patrick Flahaven and Kitt served as the album’s producers. It was recorded, edited and mixed by Ian Kagey and mastered by Oscar Zambrano.

Read: Tom Kitt, Brian Yorkey and Kwame Kwei-Armah Musical The Visitor Drops Original Cast Album on June 24

The musical follows Walter, a white college professor, who meets Tarek, a Syrian drummer, and Zainab, a Senegalese jeweler. Tarek and Zainab struggle to stay in America, highlighting the experiences of undocumented immigrants seeking to make the United States their new home.

The Visitor features orchestrations by Tony winner Jamshied Sharifi, musical supervision by Meg Zervoulis, musical direction by Rick Edinger and associate musical direction by Emily Whitaker. The public production was directed by Tony winner Daniel Sullivan.

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