Dan Plonsey’s Bar Mitzvah

Dan Plonsey is a multi-talented composer and instrumentalist living in El Cerrito CA since 1978. He has written more than 200 works for large and small ensembles. His latest piece, Dan Plonsey’s Bar Mitzvah, will have its world premiere performances July 8th and 11th at the SF Contemporary Jewish Museum as part of the Jewish Music Festival.

Music by Dan Plonsey, Libretto by Mantra Plonsey and others, Choreography and Direction by Eric Kupers. Featuring members of Daniel Popsicle, Eric Kupers and members of Dandelion DanceTheater.

Inspired by music from many times and places, Plonsey’s compositions often embody a conflict of two ideas: one rational and one not so much. Plonsey’s process of composition involves the invention of imaginary societies in which imperfection is not only accepted but celebrated. He considers his works the natural result of being out of step with nearly everything: “My music fails to meet the rigid standards of jazz, classical, or traditional music worlds, as established by their respective authorities. It draws upon all of my weaknesses as much as upon my strengths.”