A View of Arizona from an Irishman: "Place"

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Christopher Norby is a composer from Derry, Northern Ireland. He has been working on a professional freelance basis since 2007 as a composer of concert music, theatre music and videogame music. Norby has been commissioned by some of the UK and Ireland’s leading organisations and performing groups, including BBC Radio 3 (Ulster Orchestra), Vanbrugh Quartet, Brodsky Quartet, Concorde, NI Opera, Echo Echo Dance Theatre and the Verbal Arts Centre. His music has been performed across Ireland and the UK, Slovenia, Japan and the USA. He has produced original scores for numerous apps and games on iOS and android.

Christopher now makes his home in Tempe, Arizona, and is currently composer in residence with the AZ Pro Arte Ensemble. He chats with Sterling Beeaff about his newest collaboration, inspired by his new home,"Place".


Place is a fascinating new theatrical production that combines original music composition, live musicians, film, visual art, set design and acting to tell a story of the Valley of the Sun. 

Created collaboratively by local and international artists, this dark, humorous and satirical show looks to the past and present to create an artistic interpretation of our place in the desert. Watch a re-imagined 1950’s television host present a tale from the old west, see the sunrise over the White Tank mountains, travel through a cutout desert and join a junkie for a sing-along outside Circle K.  This modern, eclectic, integrative production will inspire you to rethink your own surroundings in our desert home. For details, visit Az Pro Arte.