YASSOU, a six-piece, post-pop band from San Francisco that got its start at Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School, is collaborating with the Louisville Ballet in celebration of the Kentucky company’s 65th anniversary. The band scored an original composition for artistic director Robert Curran’s new piece, “How They Fade,” an exploration of nostalgia. Curran tapped the band after seeing one of their videos, “To Sink.” This is the first original ballet for Curran since joining the company in 2014.
The band features alumni Lilie Bytheway Hoy ’09, James Jackson ‘09 and Theo Quimby ’11, as well as drummer Patrick Aguirre (Sierra Waldorf School alum), bassist A.J Krumholz, and guitarist Van Jackson Weaver.
Another HVWS alumnus and cellist, Julian Muller is co-composer of “How They Fade.” Muller studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music for his undergraduate degree and currently attends the Mannes School of Music in New York City.
The ballet premiered at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville on September 9th and 10th. The band performed its 20-minute piece live with Hoy singing on stage with the dancers performing around her. The other members of the band joined the Louisville Orchestra in the pit, performing their original composition for Curran’s premiere. The program also includes works by Balanchine, Philip Glass and Twyla Tharp.