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Jim Bauer: Bio

Jim Bauer is a Boston-based writer, composer, lyricist, songwriter, arranger, orchestrator and performing musician. He is affiliated with SESAC  as both writer (James Watson Bauer) and publisher (Kokovoko Music)


DAGMAR, started in New York City in 2005, is the collaboration of singer/songwriter JIM BAUER and singer/actor MEGHAN McGEARY.  Having met when McGeary joined the cast of Bauer's then-nascent, now fully-developed musical theater extravaganza THE BLUE FLOWER, they set out together on a trip from "here to wherever" to create and perform a "meta-folk" song cycle about a guy who can't get out of bed in the morning and an insect goddess who plunges through the ether to rescue him.  After releasing three albums ("Door No. 1" (2006), "Door No. 2" (2009), and "Door No. 3" (2010) and performing in the clubs, streets and subways of New York City and Boston, MA for, as they call them, "people in motion", they are now collaborating with U.K. producer ROBBIE BRONNIMAN and drummer/percussionist DAVID ROZENBLATT on a "folktronica" setting of the songs that will be the foundation for a full multi-media theatrical show called "DAGMAR:  EXO", with the first developmental production of the show planned for early 2012.  The roughly 90-minute stage show will morph organically from comedy, tragedy, love, loss and redemption to an ecstatic dance party for audience and cast alike, also fueled by DAGMAR folktronica tracks and a VJ.


THE BLUE FLOWER, award-winning multi-media musical created by Jim Bauer (music, lyrics, orchestration, script & videography) and his wife, visual artist Ruth Bauer (artwork, story, videography). The most recent production was in December 2010 at THE AMERICAN REPERTORY THEATER in Cambridge, MA for which it won two Elliot Norton Awards (Boston Theater Critics Association), including Best Musical, and six IRNE (Independent Reviewers of New England) Awards, including Best Musical.  Since 2000, the piece has been developed in New York City under the auspices of The Public Theater's "New Work Now" Festival (2001), The HERE Art Center Artists Residency Program (2002-03), The ASCAP Foundation Musical Theatre Workshop program, and the New York Musical Theatre Festival (2004). An off-off Broadway production was presented by THE PROSPECT THEATER COMPANY in Feb/March 2008 at New York's West End Theater.


Keane (writer/director Lodge Kerrigan, exec producer Steven Soderbergh) world premiere at TELLURIDE 2004; screened at Directors Fortnight at Festival de Cannes 2005; released in the US by MAGNOLIA PICTURES in fall Sept 2005 * Armageddon (anime; dir Hyun Sae Lee) * Claire Dolan (writer/dir Lodge Kerrigan)


A&E HISTORY * Founding Mothers, A&E BIOGRAPHY * Federico Fellini * Barbara Walters (2 hr) * Dr. Phil * Julia Louis Dreyfus * Phil Spector * Home Depot * Sears Roebuck DISCOVERY CHANNEL * Afghan Burn Survivor * The Reagan Letters PBS: NOVA VH1: BEHINDTHE MUSIC * Aaliyah * Anthrax * Mary J. Blige * Lindsey Buckingham * Eric Burdon & the Animals * Cher * Creed * David Crosby * Goo Goo Dolls * Hair * Hootie & the Blowfish * Billy Idol * Megadeth * Stevie Nicks * Rick Springfield VH1: SPECIALS / OTHER * Divas Christmas * BTM 1987 * BTM 1994 * American Vampires (pilot) * Bubblegum Babylon SHORT FILMS * Circus Lives (dir Susan McIntosh) * Foto Fandango (dir James Canniffe) * Interrogation (dir Gene Cernilli) * Guardian (dir Mark Belhumeur)


and THE WEIMARBAND:   singer, songwriter, piano, guitar


2011 NORTON AWARDS (Boston Theater Critics Association); 2 awards for The Blue Flower, incl Best Musical
2011 IRNE AWARDS (Boston-area theater); 6 Awards for The Blue Flower, including Best Musical)
ASCAP PLUS AWARD for performing musicians, 2003, 2004, 2005 , 2006
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ARTS & LETTERS Richard Rodgers Award, finalist 2005


Dallas, TX: piano instruction from age 6
Dartmouth College: music composition major; piano studies w/ Gabriel Chodos
Haverford College: theory and composition studies with composers Harold Boatrite and John Davison; BA degree in music theory & composition