We had the good fortune of connecting with Luke Rothschild and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Luke, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I’m from the Boston suburbs, and ended up going to high school at a small private arts school called Walnut Hill. The existent ethos on campus was really a formative environment for me. I focused on painting and drawing, and really stretched to grow as fast and fully as my fantastic teachers and mentors were able to help me realize. That discipline followed with me to The School of The Art Institute of Chicago where I continued with painting and drawing, and then expanded out into printmaking, photo extensions & manipulations, and also sonic sculpture. All along from my mid teens I’d been playing music as well, and now as SAIC, the musical and fine art forms began to merge. Some fiends and I began exploring new ways to perform live music with invented and experimental instruments, and also incorporating different immersive mediums like dance and projections into the mix. Eventually, after years of growth and permutations, String Theory emerged from that process.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
With String Theory, the performance ensemble my wife Holly and I founded 20 years ago, I have the creative privilege to collaborate with many amazing musicians, dancers and artists. String Theory is a hybrid performance ensemble combining signature architectural harp installations, original music, dance, and projections. It is String Theory’s mission to continue to transfix audiences in the US and abroad with long-string harp installations where architecture is transformed into giant musical instruments, spaces become resonators, and audiences are enveloped in an expansive site-specific canopy of golden musical brass wire and sound. Rock, classical, and cutting edge digital styles converge in a lush and compelling soundtrack supporting kinetic contemporary movement, with stunning costumes and projections, creating an immersive multi-sensory environment. Holly is lauded choreographer, and adds stunning theatrical imagery and movement to the performances. There are many diverse performers and writers that bring their impressive quiver of talents to the group. String Theory collaborates on dance and theater scores, and produces music for film and TV. I am honored to be a Sundance Composer alum, and bring this experience to the group as well. It’s a privilege to be able to work with such talented and inspiring artists to create disciplinary work in Los Angeles and abroad.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My cousin Pip was visiting from Maine, and we did a simple little Venice hang… We got lunch at Gjelina, and then went to Venice Beach and walked around barefoot in the cool sand. That was a fun and easy thing to do since I live right around there. When my Mom comes to visit we often go the The Getty, then for a hike at Will Rogers state park.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to Shoutout to the amazing, generous, dedicated, talented crew at String Theory! Every member / collaborator is a true and unique artist with so much creative energy and so many ideas that they bring to every project we embark on.