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Snap, Crackle, Pop: The music of the Fringe Festival 2017

Close Music for Bodies at Fringe Fest 2017 | photo courtesy of the artist
Close Music for Bodies at Fringe Fest 2017 | photo courtesy of the artist

Tell Nick Stuccio, the president and producing director of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, that for this – his 21st fest – the topic of our discussion is “music” and he all but busts like a hot water pipe. “

Great great idea; no one’s ever focused on the music of the Fringe. Whether separate events, concerts or as part of the productions, music has always been so crucial to the Fringe.”

For Stuccio, the rich wellspring of music that is the soundtrack to the Fringe has always been a most “excellent through line” from show to show. “And there’s a deep, diverse wellspring of music to speak of, most particularly this year,” says Stuccio, remarking on everything from Martha Graham Cracker’s vocal soul Olympics to the accordions pumped by none other than alterna-musician Elvis Perkins who composed for, and collaborates on stage, for Geoff Sobelle’s apt-titled HOME production.

“I’ve been friends with Elvis for years, since high school, and he was really anxious to be part of this production after we talked about it forever,” says Sobelle, stating that the music for HOME, an impressionistic brand of folk, is “exactly the sort-of mash-up for which he’s known.” Continue reading →