Playwright, Lyricist, Librettist
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Swell is a new multi-disciplinary collaboration between Melisa Tien and Jeff Tang.

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a new music-theatre work

by Melisa Tien +

a bevy of talented composers

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I’m collaborating with composers Carolyn Chen, Joshua Cerdenia, Izzi Ramkissoon, Tamar Muskal, Polina Nazaykinskaya, Or Matias, Jorge Sosa, Kamala Sankaram, Deepali Gupta, & Justine F. Chen on a contemporary music-theatre work about immigrants+children of immigrants, written by immigrants+children of immigrants.

Over 25 artists are working together to bring a workshop presentation of SWELL to HERE on July 13-14, 2019.

The piece will engage the talents of soprano Jenna Zhu, countertenor Jonathan May, tenor Kannan Vasudevan, pianist Mila Henry, violinist Naomi Florin, and cellist Jennifer Shaw, and features music direction by Mila Henry, projection design by Jeanette Yew, and direction by Elena Araoz.