Please support Arc Iris as they create their most ambitious project to date: iTMRW
Art pop trio, Arc Iris has always embraced theatricality. Displaying an array of costumes, flare, and light rigs, enhanced by choreographed dance moves, an Arc Iris live performance is a proper spectacle that matches the group’s manifest musical abilities and talents. In May 2019, Jocie Adams, lead singer and songwriter of the group, set out to make their most ambitious project to date: iTMRW, a 90-minute multimedia science fiction production that combines the music of Arc Iris’ upcoming futuristic concept album with videography and the contemporary dance theater of HDC Dance Ensemble. It premiered through the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, MA with two sold out nights and was received with rave reviews. Then on March 13th, the night of their final performance of iTMRW, the pandemic swallowed the project.
About Arc Iris: Arc Iris fuses story-based songs with dense electronic and orchestral arrangements. The group, which began as the solo project of Jocie Adams, formerly of The Low Anthem, includes keyboardist and sample artist Zach Tenorio-Miller and drummer Ray Belli. Arc Iris released its acclaimed self-titled debut in 2014 on ANTI/Bella Union. Subsequently, the band toured with artists such as St. Vincent, Jeff Tweedy, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. In late 2017, Arc Iris teamed up with Guster’s lead singer, Ryan Miller to form the offshoot band, Bwahaha, and in early 2018, Arc Iris joined Kimbra on her North American tour. Later that year, the trio released back to back records, “Icon of Ego”, on Brooklyn label Ba Da Bing Records, and “Foggy Lullaby”, their re-imagining of Mitchell’s ‘Blue. Their latest project, iTMRW is a dance-theater piece that satirizes a utopian/dystopian future.
iTMRW: The year is 2080. iTMRW, the love story of Robert and his android partner, Jenny, unfolds against the backdrop of a world where advanced technology is both a source of and a “cure” for human alienation: advertisements come in the form of “pop-up thoughts,” entire cities float on islands of trash, female forms are purchased and discarded at will, and aristocrats live in a state of debauchery and despair. The piece takes its title from iTMRW, the mega-corporation that produces and sells every single product known to man. Despite societal chaos, the human spirit persists in its quest for love.