Christopher Peifer

Musician, Producer, Sound Designer

Christopher Peifer, New York-based musician, songwriter, sound designer and producer

SOUND DESIGN

RECENT:

THE IMMIGRANT @ GEORGE STREET PLAYHOUSE, NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ
Reviews: HISTORY NEWS NETWORK / OUT IN JERSEY / BROADWAY WORLD /
BIO / COLLECTED /

LOVE IS A BLUE TICK HOUND @ BMCC / CUNY, NYC

FINAL FOLLIES @ PRIMARY STAGES @ CHERRY LANE THEATRE, NYC

THE TRIAL OF DONNA CAINE @ GEORGE STREET PLAYHOUSE, NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ
Reviews: COLLECTED /

LOST LAKE @ BERKSHIRE THEATRE GROUP, STOCKBRIDGE, MA
Reviews:  BERKSHIRE EAGLE / CRITICS AT LARGE / BERKSHIRE BRIGHT FOCUS / BERKSHIRE ON STAGE /

INTIMATE APPAREL  @  SHAKESPEARE & COMPANY, LENOX, MA
Reviews:  BERKSHIRE ON STAGE / THE ALT / THE VALLEY ADVOCATE / THE WALL STREET JOURNAL / ATTICUS REVIEW / BERKSHIRE FINE ARTS / HISTORY NEWS NETWORK / BROADWAY WORLD / CURTAIN UP / THE BERKSHIRE EDGE /   

SELECTED THEATRICAL sound design:

2019

The Immigrant                         Jim Jack / with Scott Killian             George St Playhouse, New Brunswick, NJ
Marisol Alkis Papoutsis                                               BMCC, Tribeca Performing Arts Ctr, NYC

2018

Final Follies                             David Saint / with Scott Killian                         Primary Stages, Cherry Lane Theatre, NYC
The Trial of Donna Caine         David Saint / with Scott Killian                        George St Playhouse, New Brunswick, NJ
Love is a Blue Tick Hound Keith Winsted BMCC / CUNY, NYC

2017

Lost Lake                                  Daisy Walker / assistant to Scott Killian         Berkshire Theatre Group, Stockbridge, MA
Intimate Apparel                       Daniela Varon                                                Shakespeare & Company, Lenox, MA
The Arsonists                           Alkis Papoutsis                                               BMCC, Tribeca Performing Arts Ctr, NYC

2016

Almost, Maine                           Katherine Kavanagh                                       Borough of Manhattan Community College
Mama's Boy                              David Saint / with Scott Killian                        George St Playhouse, New Brunswick, NJ
What the Butler Saw                 John Tillinger / assistant to Scott Killian         Westport Country Playhouse, CT
Sex with Strangers                    David Saint / assistant to Scott Killian            Philadelphia Theatre Company
Sex with Strangers                    David Saint / assistant to Scott Killian            George St Playhouse, New Brunswick, NJ
Measure for Measure                Diane Dowling                                               BMCC, Tribeca Performing Arts Ctr, NYC

2015

DNA                                           Lori Kee                                                         Borough of Manhattan Community College
Bedroom Farce                         John Tillinger / assistant to Scott Killian        Westport Country Playhouse, CT
The Legion                                David Kinniburgh                                           The Orphans, Gene Frankel Theatre, NYC
The Fairy Tale Project                Lori Kee                                                         BMCC, Tribeca Performing Arts Ctr, NYC 

2014

In Thunder, Lighting, in Rain      Kristina Birk                                                   The Orphans, Players Theatre, NYC
Things We Do For Love             John Tillinger / assistant to Scott Killian        Westport Country Playhouse, CT
A Doll’s House                           Diane Dowling                                               BMCC, Tribeca Performing Arts Ctr, NYC

2013

The Misanthrope                       Alkis Papoutsis                                               BMCC, Tribeca Performing Arts Ctr, NYC

2012

Dark Hollow                              Alkis Papoutsis                                               NY Int’l Fringe Fest / Theatre 80, NYC
Life’s a Dream                           Diane Dowling                                                BMCC, Tribeca Performing Arts Ctr, NYC

2011

1936 Project                              Alkis Papoutsis                                               Borough of Manhattan Community College
Side Effects  (premiere)             David Auburn / with Scott Killian                    MCC, Lucille Lortel Theatre, NYC
The Gogol Project                     Shawna Lucey                                               Borough of Manhattan Community College
Las Meninas                              Daniela Varon / assistant to Scott Killian       Barnard College (Columbia U), NYC

2010

Woyzeck                                    Alkis Papoutsis                                              BMCC, Tribeca Performing Arts Ctr, NYC

2009

Children                                    John Tillinger / assistant to Scott Killian         Westport Country Playhouse, CT
Children                                    John Tillinger / assistant to Scott Killian         Williamstown Theatre Festival, MA
How the Other Half Love          John Tillinger / assistant to Scott Killian         Westport Country Playhouse, CT

2008

Steve and Idi                             Eleanor Holdridge /assistant to Scott Killian  Rattlestick Theatre, NYC
The Time of My Life                  John Tillinger / assistant to Scott Killian         Westport Country Playhouse, CT

2007

Edward the Second                  Jesse Berger                                                 Red Bull Theatre, Playwrights Horizons NYC
The Wars                                  assistant to Scott Killian                                 Theatre Calgary, AB, Canada
Relatively Speaking                  John Tillinger / assistant to Scott Killian        Westport Country Playhouse, CT

2006

A Doll’s House                          assistant to Scott Killian                                Juilliard at Lincoln Center, NYC
Hamlet                                      assistant to Scott Killian                                Berkshire Theatre Fest, Lenox, MA
Drawer Boy                               John Tillinger / assistant to Scott Killian       Westport Country Playhouse, CT
Defiance (premiere)                  Doug Hughes/assist. to David Van Tieghem Manhattan Theatre Club, NYC

2005

The Other Side (premiere)        Lynne Meadow / assistant to Scott Killian     Manhattan Theatre Club, NYC

2003

Humble Boy                              assistant to Christopher Shutt                       Manhattan Theatre Club, NYC

2002

Yellowman                                Blanka Ziska / Elliot Sharp, composer           Manhattan Theatre Club, NYC

PROJECTS:

New York Botanical Gardens, self-guided audio tour app.
NYC House Concerts, showcasing some of NYC’s top classical soloists and ensembles.
Raids of New York, an investigative documentary, featured on The Nation.
Chris is a contributing member of FreeSound.org, an international community of sound artists and researchers, creating, capturing and sharing a vast database of recorded sound.
Chris contributes sound to The Nod, a new podcast from Gimlet Media, co-hosted by Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings who gleefully explore all the beautiful, complicated dimensions of Black life.
Sound design and audio post for "Harv", WINNER, Greenwich Village Portraits category, 2017 Greenwich Village Film Festival.   WINNER, Best Documentary, 2018 Inwood Film Festival.

SOUND DESIGN SAMPLES & ORIGINAL MUSIC FOR THEATRE:

Anatomy of a sound design: Process and samples from “The Immigrant” @ George Street Playhouse, Spring 2019, directed by Jim Jack, co-sound design with Scott Killian. Click photos for description:

Prologue to George Street Playhouse’s production of “The Immigrant”: Of course context is everything, from the staging with live actors, to the space, surrounded by speakers. This audio sample is an approximation of the opening sequence, before a single word is uttered, heard onstage alongside projections, lighting, and live action, consisting of 25 different sounds (original music, voice overs, sound effects … ), spread out over a dozen called sound cues. We follow the journey of our protagonist from persecution in the pogroms, to his escape, and arduous voyage to America. Bookended by plucked string instruments, the balalaika evokes the old world, while the guitar represents the new. These voices wrestle and intermingle throughout the play.

Original transistion music, co-written and performed with Todd Giudice, for the Fall 2018 production of “Love is a Blue Tick Hound” @ BMCC / CUNY, directed by Keith Winsted, evoking love, loss, longing, and hope on the Mississippi Delta:

Original music for "Dark Hollow: An Appalachian Woyzeck", adapted by Elizabeth Chaney, directed by Alkis Papoutsis, at the 16th NY International Fringe Fest, this all-acoustic cinematic journey conjures Appalachia, and channels the ghosts of The Civil War; at times reveling, pensive, mournful, drunken and romantic; a murder ballad come to life ...

Listen to versions of these songs with vocals, accompanied by production stills ...