We had a great time performing the Cirque du Soleil ice-skating show Crystal in Oslo, Norway! Great audiences and I was able to see many of my relatives as well. Six shows at the Spektrum Arena in Oslo, Norway. Here are photos from our Oslo performances. Photos by Mike Hillingseter
Photos by Hugo Cortes of Crystal by Cirque du Soleil in Malaga, Spain in December 2022. This is in the middle of our European Tour of Cirque du Soleil’s only ice-skating touring show “Crystal”. A couple shots in here of me playing accordion on stage during the Malaga, Spain run. Thank you Hugo Cortes for the wonderful live photos of our Cirque du Soleil performance!
Thank you so much to our German audiences for being so much fun. It has been a thrill to play with the musicians on the wonderful Cirque du Soleil music score to Crystal (Music by Maxim Lepage). The ice skaters and acrobats never cease to amaze me with their beautiful ice skating and circus stunts
My musical of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet has been translated to Chinese! This work was done by a Chinese student majoring in Linguistics who goes by the handle “CocoKissh”. We did some Zoom meetings preparing for the project and that was really fun working between Seattle, WA and Beijing, China. Read more for additional info and link to the Chinese language subtitles to my Romeo and Juliet musical.
I’m loving our tour so far through Europe as I perform music with the Cirque du Soleil show “Crystal”. Here are some live show photography from our performances in Nuremberg, Germany. Photos by Florian Stangl (Click images to view full size)
Witches the musical will have its online premiere starting October 24, 2021 at 5pm PDT. Watch on my YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BC59dIPKHWw
Witches was my first original full length musical and its topic is the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. The show incorporate a lot of the historical record surrounding the trials and also mixes in a lot of musical theater fantasy to the mix.
This is a free event but also a fundraiser for the Historic Lincoln Theatre in Mount Vernon, WA which has been operating since 1926. In the video description is a link to donate directly to the Lincoln. 100% of all donations go directly to the Lincoln Theatre. Designate “Witches the Musical” in the donation box.
June 2021 – It’s safe to say that Conrad Askland is not your average artist and composer. His creativity transcends “traditional” music release formats, in favor of a broader approach, which touches so many different genres and influences. From pop and uptempo folk-inspired dance music, down to musical theatre and plays, anything goes. Conrad has recently released a brand new project, Romeo and Juliet (The Musical). Any theatre enthusiast will tell you that tacking a Willam Shakespeare work is not easy, especially when it comes to turning such a well-known classic into a musical with a different twist! Thankfully, Conrad really managed to accomplish something amazing with this one, and listeners won’t be disappointed, even those who might not be familiar with the original version of Romeo and Juliet! If anything, this adaptation could be a great incentive for someone to go and pick up the collected works of The Bard! This happens to be Conrad’s third full-length musical theater project, and it still stands out as one of his most distinctive achievements. Although the musical play premiered in 2015, it was released as a full-length Youtube Video over at the artist’s official channel, linked at the bottom of this article.
This amazing project is a perfect example of what it’s like to produce great musical theatre pieces with a focus on great scoring inspired by neoclassical music composers.
I ascribe by the motto of “What was funny in third grade will always be funny.” This is MAYBE the silliest song I’ve ever written, and I’ve written a LOT of very silly songs.
I almost never write a song “just to write a song.” There’s always a reason for a song when I write it. I’m very utilitarian, or practical, in that way. “I Like Chocolate” was written for a very specific reason: to make third-graders laugh. And here’s the story all about that…