Jeff Young & Paul Pinto

“Jeff Young and Paul Pinto, Patriots, Run for Public Office on a Platform of Swift and Righteous Immigration Reform, Lots of Jobs, and a Healthy Environment: An Opera by Paul Pinto and Jeffrey Young” was created in 2011 as a parody of contemporary politics and politicians. The half-hour piece focuses on issues of immigration and national identity. Jeffrey Young and Paul Pinto collaboratively created the text, music, and staging, scoring the piece for their own voices, violin, percussion, a turntable, and lots of cardboard boxes. In “…Patriots…,” instrumental music alternates with sung and spoken words, zany and humorous topical quips alternate with personal, pointed critiques of the political zeitgeist, fully notated sections merge into structured musical and textual improvisations, and tonal harmonies mix with less traditional musical effects. The piece has been performed principally on three tours of the US, including seven West Coast performances in 2011, 17 cities in 17 days in 2013, and four more West Coast performances in 2016.