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Rising Stars: Meet Hope Littwin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Hope Littwin.

Hope, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
TROUBADOR. SONG DOULA. COMPOSER. CREATIVE.

I am a working composer and musician who has a habit of starting most sentences with “I wonder if….”

My love of dance, theater, meditation and yoga has encouraged my excavations in sound/music to realms of ecstatic spectacle, trance-inducing mantra and various forms of multi-media musical storytelling (including records, opera, musicals and film).

When I am working with ensembles as a composer, producer and/or bandleader, I rely heavily on my philosophy of and deep passion for collaboration and communication. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts but all will be invited and encouraged to be fully present.

I am happiest when I am in the studio or on the dance floor or with my people (creative minds and generous hearts), discussing and creating work that is or seeks transcendent states of consciousness even if we land at mere self-expression!

This is my life’s work.

Also, currently a PhD candidate in Music Composition at Princeton University.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I started as a dancer before finding my way to music. This has been a key element in how I experience and approach music as a creator. Visceral experience and expression is everything for me. I’m chasing movement, always through my music.

Translating languages of dance and music has proven to be an interesting crossroads that has given me much to navigate. The seemingly soundless art and the art where people (often) forget they have bodies… Merging the seen and unseen worlds, the silent and the sonic worlds. This is a beautiful crossroads that I have spent a lot of time translating and exploring.

Making my way to composer and producer from performer was also a tricky road to navigate philosophically, though a natural one. I think figuring out where my unique skill set was best suited was a bit of a journey. Turns out musical renaissance woman is a complex and enormous undertaking…

Then of course all the classic things like no money, no space, no time, anxiety, overwhelmed at the all-encompassing nature of the creative process and terrified to see and show my true self through my art but deciding to do it anyway… 

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a composer, producer, songwriter and performing musician. I work in electronic music, chamber/choral/orchestral music and have a profound love for bands and songs.

I’ve released a few albums of my own songwriting with my band and well as writing and producing albums/project for other artists and creatives. I’ve also written for film and theater.

I’m most proud of the relationships I have built with some of my longtime collaborators, mostly choreographers who have entrusted me to create the sound world for their ballets/dance theater works. I am also extremely proud of my albums that I wrote, arranged/orchestrated, produced and mixed.

I have had the great blessing of studying a breadth of musical skills from composing to music production to songwriting to orchestration to studying instruments (piano, guitar, various string instruments and electronics) and voice with some phenomenal teachers and mentors and while it has been a time consuming, sometimes overwhelming venture, I feel very proud of my continued skill building in all of these areas. It fits my insatiable quest for knowledge and makes me a better collaborator, I feel.

If we knew you growing up, how would we have described you?
I don’t think much has changed. I loooved dance and music. I had more energy than people knew what to do with. Intense emotional life. Vibrant inner life. Spent a lot of time in my own creativity and inner worlds – also most of my waking moments were spent in black box theaters or dance studios or getting lost in nature/riding bikes in the neighborhood… I was pretty athletic and liked dark and mystical stories.

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All photos by Matthew Gregory Hollis

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