Brian McCorkle

Brian McCorkle (King Hrothgar/ Piano) is a composer, sound artist, and musician. He is the Co-Director of the Panoply Performance Laboratory (, creating interdisciplinary work that operates in the performance art, music, and experimental theatre fields. With PPL, Brian has composed the operas On the Cranial Nerves of Barbarians (Dixon Place, ABC No Rio, The Manhattan Theatre Source and elsewhere), The Last Dreams of Helene Weigel or How to Get Rid of The Feminism Once and For All (ABC No Rio, Surreal Estate, Cabinet Magazine Event Space and over PostTV), Institute_Institut (LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, the cell), NATURE FETISH (University Settlement, City Reliquary, Grace Exhibition Space, and in Berlin at: KuLe Theater, ACUD, BLO Ateliers, Sucked Orange Gallery) and incidental and interactive music, sound design, and technological set-ups for other projects like The Silviculture Museum (chashama installation with Pine Thumbs sound software) and Calmly Engaged (Flux Factory and Wilderness Gallery). Brian and PPL also collaborated with new music ensemble thingNY to create TIME: A Complete Explanation in Three Parts (The Brick Theater) and Brian's projects with PPL have been a part of SUPERFRONT's Public Summer at Industry City, BOB the Pavilion at Columbia University, the BABEL exhibition in a QMAD pop-up gallery, IV Soldiers Gallery, the Delancey, Vaudeville Park, BARTERTOWN, and FIGMENT on Governor's Island. With PPL, he has been the beneficiary of Swing Space from LMCC (14 Wall Street for Workforce/Forced Work), two residencies through chashama, the LAB Residency at LPAC, and a residency through the Performance Project at University Settlement. Brian's works, collaborations, and compositions have been covered by the New York Times, the Freize Magazine, Time Out New York, the Village Voice, L Magazine, the Detroit News, New York Arts, Flavorpill,, the Guardian UK, online music blogs, and elsewhere.