Storyville Mosquito





Storyville Mosquito is a story about a young mosquito who leaves his family in Hillville to pursue a dream of playing in one of the greatest jazz bands of all time, the Sid Villa Hot Seven. But the rugged grind of the big city shows him there’s more to music – and to life –than going through the motions. Sometimes, you’ve just got to play offbook.

Storyville Mosquito is a multi-platform project, adapted from Kid Koala's story of the same name.

Beginning with the book experience, the story of our protagonist, the ambitious Mosquito, is told in 425 pages of full-colour photographs.  

There are two accompanying musical albums which help to tell the story.  One is a soundtrack.  The other is an album recorded by "The Hot Seven" - the band that is featured in the book.  Both albums are heavily influenced by and contain elements of New Orleans jazz, as well as Kid Koala's signature contemporary sound.  

In collaboration with the National Film Board of Canada, Envision is co-developing A 7-1/2 minute stop-motion animated film using the sets and the characters of the book. 

The live show brings all of these elements together.  Kid Koala assembles a performance combining his storytelling with musical performances including the line-up from The Hot Seven (piano, bass, drums, horn section, animated sequences (expanded on from the film version of the story), and audience participation.







Tour

November 27 to December 8, 2019:  World premiere at Place des Arts (Montreal)

BIOS

Kid Koala
 
Eric San, a.k.a Kid Koala, is a world-renowned scratch DJ, music producer, and award winning graphic novelist. He has released 6 solo albums, 4 on Ninja Tune: Carpal
Tunnel Syndrome (2000), Some of My Best Friends Are DJs (2003), Your Mom’s Favorite DJ (2006) and 12 bit Blues (2012) and 2 on Arts & Crafts. He has pubished 2
graphic novels: Nufonia Must Fall (2003) and Space Cadet (2011). He has been involved in collaborations such as Gorillaz, Deltron 3030, and The Slew. Kid Koala has toured with Radiohead, the Beastie Boys, Mone Mark, A Tribe Called Quest, DJ Shadow, and The Preservation.
 
Corinne Merrell
 
Corinne creates work as a production designer for film, stop motion animation and theatre. Her handcrafted sets create environments and spaces for storytelling. She was
head stop motion art director on the animated feature The Little Prince, directed by Mark Osborne. She was also production designer on the National Film Board’s The Fruit Hunters by award winning director Yung Chang.
 
Her collaborations with director Kara Blake continue to explore the use of miniatures in film, and ‘Illusions,’ a 2015 commission for the Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal and Gryphon Trio brought their film work to the stage. She worked on Wong Kar Wai’s My Blueberry Nights and Mary Stewart Masterson’s The Cake Eaters. Theatre credits include Broadway Design for Stage and Film from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She is a faculty member in the Department of Theatre at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.
 
Patrick Martel
 
Patrick has been working as a puppeteer as well as puppet and set designer for over 20
years now. His work was seen in many theatre plays, including À nous deux!, with
Théâtre de l’Avant-Pays, for which he won a commendation from the Arylen Award
Society, recognizing excellence in puppet design around the world, He collaborated
with Atlanta’s Center for Puppetry Arts, designing the sets, costumes and puppets
for the production Don Quixote. He created puppets for a number of television
programs (like 1, 2, 3... Géant!), as for a variety of shows that toured the world In
2000, he started teaching classes at Université du Québec à Montréal. In 2012 and
2013, he was head of the postgraduate diploma in Puppetry, at the same institution.
He recently designed and directed a puppet performance for a multimedia installation
created by Victor Pilon and Michel Lemieux, that is to open in 2017, for Montreal’s
375th anniversary. He is now designing the puppets for a large scale touring show for
Cirque du Soleil.
 
AJ Korkidakis
 
AJ is a Montreal based digital media artist who finds himself constantly jumping between
filmmaking, photography, animation, design and any other medium a project might call for. This multi-tasking style keeps his work fresh and gives him access to a wide range of techniques to create rich visual worlds within other words, he prefers to dream up images first and figure out how to create them after. His films have played international
festivals including TIFF and Just for Laughs, have won him awards at the Youngcuts Film festival, and have been broadcast across North America. He is an oft collaborator of
many noted Montreal musicians on video and animation projects. His design work
ranges from poster design to creating organizations' entire visual identities, and has led
to him illustrating a cover for the New Internationalist. He has begun creating work with
a focus on interaction, whether it be through physical installations, or digital
applications. He loves to explore the blurring lines between traditional and new media.
He is truly in his element when working in multidisciplinary environments that challenge
him to learn new skills to complete a project.
 
Vid Cousins
 
Vid Cousins has had the privilege of composing, arranging, producing and recording for some astounding ensembles over the years, notably Afiara Quartet (Young Canadians Musicians Award winners), Kronos Quartet (Grammy Award winners), Bell Orchestre (Juno Award winners), and the ever evolving Sevens Project Ensemble including members of Arcade Fire, Stars, and The Patrick Watson Band. The acclaim has been broad for the works with which Vid has been involved. These include a GAMIQ award for Best Electronic Album with Kid Koala’s “12 bit Blues”; an IPPY Gold Medal for “Space Cadet” and; an Oscar- with Kid Koala’s “12 bit Blues”; an IPPY Gold Medal for “Space Cadet” and; an Oscar- shortlisting for the film “Requiem For Romance” by Jonathan Ng. Vid utilizes his Monkey Puzzle Studio facility for his various composition, recording and mix projects. This has also proven to be a great environment to produce cinematic remixes for a diverse range of artists, including Grammy nominated Beast, Trixie Whitley and Bell Orchestre.
 
Ryhna Thompson
 
For 17 years, Envision Management & Production has remained dedicated to giving back to the global artistic community by disseminating artistically and culturally relevant projects to a wide range of receptive audiences worldwide. Our skilled team has proudly worked with over 40 internationally acclaimed artists and partners,and productions, and worked on various films, video games, graphic novels and soundtracks. More than just artist management, Envision works with artists to develop, fund and produce innovative,
immersive, and genre-defying shows such as Amon Tobin’s 7.1 Surround Sound Tour,
and several Kid Koala projects including: the Space Cadet Headphone Experience,
Nufonia Must Fall Live, The Vinyl Vaudeville Show, and The Satellite Turntable Orchestra.
 
We have toured these productions ton 5 continents, including stops at renowned venues
like: Walt Disney Theatre, Biosphere Museum, Canada Space and Aviation Museum,
Mass MoCA, The Banff Centre and in partnership with internationally acclaimed
organizations and festivals such as: Luminato Festival (Toronto), Jiading Cultural Centre
(China), NYUAD Arts Centre (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates), Santiago a Mil
(Santiago,Chile), and Place des Arts (Montreal).
 
Our productions encompass many moving parts and often involve new technologies,
new methods of storytelling, and require new ways of looking at all aspects of a
production. Over the last 17 years, Envision has gained invaluable experience
overseeing these projects and carries that knowledge over to all future endeavours and
partnerships.

Team

Creator, Director, Musical Score: Kid Koala

Art Director: Corinne Merrell

Puppet Designer: Patrick Martel

Director of Photography: AJ Korkidakis

Musical Director: Vid Cousins

Producer: Ryhna Thompson

Tour Manager: Brian Neuman

Contact

Booking Inquiries:

Ryhna Thompson: ryhna@envisionmanagement.com

Lesya Nakoneczny: lesya@envisionmanagement.com 

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Tickets for Kid Koala's Storyville Mosquito are now on sale

A young mosquito leaves his small town in the country to seek fame and fortune in the big city and fulfill his dream of playing in one of the greatest jazz bands of all time at Sid Villa’s Music Hall…

Tickets for Kid Koala's latest production, Storyville Mosquito, on sale now

The show takes place from November 27, 2019 to December 8 2019 at Place Des Arts.


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Storyville Mosquito pitched at the ISPA Congress in Montreal

On May 25th,2017, Storyville Mosquito, Kid Koala's new four hour interactive experience, was invited to pitch at the 100th ISPA Congress.