An indefinite intermission

Dear SF Guerrilla Opera and friends,

Though the Company has been inactive for two months now, we announce today the indefinite intermission of the SF Guerrilla Opera project. It has been a beautiful and illuminating nine acts. Perhaps there will be more. Perhaps the form will evolve into something else. Currently, there are no plans to continue as a company.

We thank all of the singers who have graced our stages. We are forever grateful to Rod Roland, David Krasprzak, and Katie Hood-Morgan who invited us to stage our first opera at Adobe Bookstore. Without this invitation, none of this would have been possible.

As we continue to master our archives, audio and other documentation will become available on A video recording of G.O. No.9 (the final guerrilla opera) can be found on litseen. Many thanks go out to Evan Karp for his video and written documentation of this event.

With bravado,

SF Guerrilla Opera

G.O. No.8: SOPAterno and PIPA Longstocking in THE MAGIC FLUTE-MUTE

Dear Cantistadores,

SF Guerrilla Opera invites you to sing with us in our 8th opera TOMORROW January 18th. We will sing beside the reddit-led and widely-supported Internet Blackout.

Here’s the score:


On January 18, 2012, for 24 hours, livestream no audio and no video from wherever you are.

As always, you are invited to sing as feels right in the moment. There’s no need to practice beforehand and costuming is up to you.

We will broadcast live from SF GO headquarters (link to our channel) for the full 24 hours.

If you choose to join us, set up a free livestream channel yourself and paste your link into the comments section here. We will then share your livestream on this blog, Twitter, and Facebook.

Until tomorrow!

With bravado,

SF Guerrilla Opera

Happy Hour

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While taking an “intermission”, SF Guerrilla Opera shares the above score for our potential opera Happy Hour.

Like most of our recent operas, this score can be performed anywhere–in any bar of your choice.

If you happen to perform it before we do, please send documentation to

Also, check out the publishing house for publications of The Leant Walrus Jolter (mp3), Open Source Guerrilla Opera (as an editable text file), and other non-guerrilla-opera-related writing!

Until soon,

SF Guerrilla Opera

G.O. No.7: Documentation

As expected, Wednesday’s non-site-specific opera took place in a variety of manners and locations. We received reports of four enactments of the score: “On October 26, 2011, sing the USA PATRIOT ACT to your nearest surveillance.” Below you will find documentation of three performances presented in the order we received them.


1. scan the USA PATRIOT ACT by Samantha Boudrot

Link to the 84-page pdf book (download highly recommended: it’s 34 MB)

Link to the book as an animated gif

Link to a jpeg of all 84 pages superimposed

For this opera, intermedia poet and musician Samantha Boudrot opted for vocal silence. First, she printed and cut up the libretto into 1″ x 2″ sheets. Then, for one hour, she scanned-sang the sheets repeatedly–as often as she could–rearranging the panels between each scan-song. The result is an 84-page visual sound poem–a subliminal scansion of the scan-songs, if you wilt–best understood by concrete poet Décio Pignatari’s dictum:  O olhouvido ouvê (The eyear hearsees).

Boudrot’s piece runs parallel to her current project minor catastrophe. Check out her two first editions, minor catastrophe 1 and minor catastrophe 2, at (link to the soft release–check back on 11/11/11 for full release w/ more works uploaded).


2. Underture of The Déjà Vu Chorus

Wednesday night Tom Comitta was invited as a guest artist to Kota Ezawa’s undergraduate film course Déjà Vu. At the end of his presentation, Comitta invited the class to join him for a 10-minute interpretation of the day’s score. Together they divvied up the 140-page libretto and decided on their “nearest surveillance”: one of the many cameras monitoring California College of the Arts’ San Francisco campus.

The Déjà Vu Chorus

(in alphabetical order)

Kevin Cho

Tom Comitta

Kota Ezawa

Lina Katano

Kathryn Kolouch

Andy Sandoval


3. The Emergency Non-Performance by Ashley Brim and Daniel Ishofsky

On Wednesday, at 9:20 pm, Tom Comitta received this text from Ashley Brim:

Shit is about to go down. Police are lining up to board buses to go stop some protesters. Spread the word. I don’t know who to tell or how, but the vibe here is crazy. I see lots of clubs and guns. If you are at any of the Occupys–watch out and post this on Twitter with #.

Comitta immediately called Brim to learn that she and Daniel Ishofsky, while searching Potrero Hill for the right ATM at which to sing, had stumbled upon the SFPD taking formation to raid Occupy San Francisco. The text was followed by these images:

Fortunately, the raid never happened. For now, Occupy San Francisco continues.


That’s all for today!





G.O. No.7: Sing the USA PATRIOT ACT

Dear Cantistadores,

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the still-active USA PATRIOT ACT (link to the full doc) THIS Wednesday, October 26, 2011, SF Guerrilla Opera invites you to sing in its 7th opera.

The opera’s as simple as this:

the score:


On October 26, 2011, sing the USA PATRIOT ACT to your nearest surveillance.



[end score]

This is the 2nd guerrilla opera you can perform anywhere, anytime–before work, between classes, after dinner, etc.

Here’s our operatic direction:

1. You are invited to sing as feels right in the moment (from belch to monotone to whisper to …).

2. Will you sing the entire USA PATRIOT ACT? A fragment? Your favorite moment? Something else? It’s up to you.

3. Will you sing to a surveillance camera? Your smartphone? Your parent? Your partner? The heavens? It’s up to you.

4. Costuming is up to you.

5. Documentation is up to you.


All documentation–be it video, audio, textual, or other–submitted to will be published on this blog.


Looking forward to singing with you, wherever you are, THIS Wednesday!


With bravado,

SF Guerrilla Opera




The Leant Walrus Jolter in NYC

On Monday The Leant Walrus Jolter, SF Guerrilla Opera’s adaptation of The Wall Street Journal, premiered on both sides of the continent. Here in San Francisco we staged the opera in Union Square. Simultaneously and 3,000 miles away, poet Erin Morrill sang with us in Liberty Square (formerly Zuccotti Park), NYC. Together we interpreted this score: “Sing The Wall Street Journal until you can’t sing anymore.” We are elated to share the below 9’31” clip of Morrill’s impressive incantation of a front-page article.

We’ve also added the video to our new  Video section–a collection of video documentation of every opera.

Now, fer yer eyear pleasure…


Erin Morrill in The Leant Walrus Jolter:


Erin Morrill is a poet, publisher, and filmmaker living in Chicago. She runs Trafficker Press with Andrew Kenower. Check out this great essay-interview featuring Morrill’s publishing practices and philosophy.





Today we released audio and video footage of yesterday’s guerrilla opera, an adaptation of The Wall Street Journal titled The Leant Walrus Jolter. The following poem is presented as further documentation of the opera, as well as an elegy from the future.

“Elegy” is the fourth addition to the new Text section. Here you will find literary and theoretical texts relevant to guerrilla opera, contextual writing, and sound poetry. Stay tuned for more releases very soon.






The Lateral Unrest Jowl
The Lateral Tuners Jowl
The Lateral Tuner Jowls
The Seawall Jolter Turn
The Seawall Jolter Runt
The Seawall Return Jolt
The Seawall Turner Jolt
The Arsenal Turtle Jowl
The Narrate Tulles Jowl
The Narrate Tulle Jowls
The Erratas Unwell Jolt
The Errata Unwell Jolts
The Ajar Swollen Turtle
The Raja Swollen Turtle
The Natural Sweller Jot
The Natural Jell Towers
The Natural Jello Strew
The Natural Jello Wrest
The Natural Jells Tower
The Natural Jells Wrote
The Natural Jolter Slew
The Austral Relent Jowl
The Warrant Jell Tousle
The Warrant Jell Solute
The Warrant Jello Lutes
The Warrant Jellos Lute
The Warrant Joules Tell
The Warrant Joule Tells
The Attars Jewel Unroll
The Strata Jewel Unroll
The Attar Jewels Unroll
The Attar Jewel Unrolls
The Learner Tallows Jut
The Learner Tallow Juts
The Learner Tallow Just
The Relearn Tallows Jut
The Relearn Tallow Juts
The Relearn Tallow Just
The Eternal Ultras Jowl
The Eternal Walrus Jolt
The Eternal Ultra Jowls
The Renewal Ultras Jolt
The Renewal Ultra Jolts
The Realer Walnuts Jolt
The Realer Walnut Jolts
The Relater Sultan Jowl
The Jean Tallow Rustler
The Stellar Nature Jowl
The Stellar Journal Wet
The Stellar Junta Lower
The Stellar Junta Rowel
The Stellar Jaunt Lower
The Stellar Jaunt Rowel
The Allures Natter Jowl
The Allures Lawn Jotter
The Allures Want Jolter
The Laurels Natter Jowl
The Laurels Lawn Jotter
The Laurels Want Jolter
The Taller Saunter Jowl
The Taller Natures Jowl
The Taller Nature Jowls
The Taller Journal Wets
The Taller Journal West
The Taller Journal Stew
The Taller Juntas Lower
The Taller Juntas Rowel
The Taller Jaunts Lower
The Taller Jaunts Rowel
The Taller Junta Lowers
The Taller Junta Rowels
The Taller Junta Slower
The Taller Jaunt Lowers
The Taller Jaunt Rowels
The Taller Jaunt Slower
The Taller Lawn Jouster
The Allure Natters Jowl
The Allure Natter Jowls
The Allure Lawns Jotter
The Allure Lawn Jotters
The Allure Wants Jolter
The Allure Want Jolters
The Laurel Natters Jowl
The Laurel Natter Jowls
The Laurel Lawns Jotter
The Laurel Lawn Jotters
The Laurel Wants Jolter
The Laurel Want Jolters
The Wallets Leant Juror
The Wallet Leant Jurors
The Wallet Journal Erst
The Wallet Journal Rest
The Wallet Junta Sorrel
The Wallet Jaunt Sorrel
The Renal Tallow Juster
The Learn Tallow Juster
The Rentals Trawl Joule
The Antlers Trawl Joule
The Rental Allow Juster
The Rental Wall Jouster
The Rental Trawls Joule
The Rental Trawl Joules
The Antler Allow Juster
The Antler Wall Jouster
The Antler Trawls Joule
The Antler Trawl Joules
The Learnt Allow Juster
The Learnt Wall Jouster
The Learnt Trawls Joule
The Learnt Trawl Joules
The Neutral Alerts Jowl
The Neutral Staler Jowl
The Neutral Salter Jowl
The Neutral Alters Jowl
The Neutral Alter Jowls
The Neutral Later Jowls
The Neutral Alert Jowls
The Neutral Laws Jolter
The Neutral Slaw Jolter
The Neutral Awls Jolter
The Neutral Awl Jolters
The Neutral Law Jolters
The Neutral Warts Jello
The Neutral Straw Jello
The Neutral Wart Jellos
The Unreal Rattles Jowl
The Unreal Starlet Jowl
The Unreal Startle Jowl
The Unreal Latters Jowl
The Unreal Wastrel Jolt
The Unreal Rattle Jowls
The Unreal Latter Jowls
The Unreal Walls Jotter
The Unreal Wall Jotters
The Unreal Trawl Jostle
The Neural Rattles Jowl
The Neural Starlet Jowl
The Neural Startle Jowl
The Neural Latters Jowl
The Neural Wastrel Jolt
The Neural Rattle Jowls
The Neural Latter Jowls
The Neural Walls Jotter
The Neural Wall Jotters
The Neural Trawl Jostle
The Unseal Rattler Jowl
The Unseal Trawler Jolt
The Unseal Trawl Jolter
The Leant Walrus Jolter
The Talent Surreal Jowl
The Latent Surreal Jowl
The Ulnae Rattler Jowls
The Ulnae Trawler Jolts
The Ulnae Trawls Jolter
The Ulnae Trawl Jolters
The Realtor Juntas Well
The Realtor Jaunts Well
The Realtor Junta Swell
The Realtor Junta Wells
The Realtor Jaunt Swell
The Realtor Jaunt Wells
The Real Walnuts Jolter
The Real Walnut Jolters
The Earl Walnuts Jolter
The Earl Walnut Jolters
The Rattler Lawns Joule
The Rattler Lawn Joules
The Trawler Jato Sullen
The Trawler Llano Jutes
The Trawler Llanos Jute
The Trawler Slant Joule
The Trawler Ulna Jostle
The Trawler Aunts Jello
The Trawler Tunas Jello
The Trawler Aunt Jellos
The Trawler Tuna Jellos
The Laser Walnut Jolter
The Earls Walnut Jolter
The Alerts Journal Welt
The Staler Journal Welt
The Salter Journal Welt
The Alters Journal Welt
The Wastrel Journal Let
The Wastrel Ulna Jolter
The Wastrel Outran Jell
The Alter Journal Welts
The Later Journal Welts
The Alert Journal Welts
The Rattle Journal Slew
The Latter Journal Slew
The Ranters Outlaw Jell
The Ranter Outlaws Jell
The Ranter Outlaw Jells
The Errant Outlaws Jell
The Errant Outlaw Jells
The Warren Outlast Jell
The Saunter Wall Jolter
The Saunter Trawl Jello
The Natures Wall Jolter
The Natures Trawl Jello
The Natter Walrus Jello
The Nature Walls Jolter
The Nature Wall Jolters
The Nature Trawls Jello
The Nature Trawl Jellos
The Roaster Walnut Jell
The Arrest Walnut Jello
The Rarest Walnut Jello
The Raters Walnut Jello
The Starer Walnut Jello
The Rater Walnuts Jello
The Rater Walnut Jellos
The Treats Journal Well
The Taster Journal Well
The Tetras Journal Well
The Taters Journal Well
The Swatter Journal Ell
The Swatter Lunar Jello
The Swatter Ulnar Jello
The Waster Journal Tell
The Waters Journal Tell
The Rawest Journal Tell
The Tater Journal Swell
The Tater Journal Wells
The Treat Journal Swell
The Treat Journal Wells
The Tetra Journal Swell
The Tetra Journal Wells
The Water Journal Tells
The Journal All Wetters
The Journal Alls Wetter
The Journal Wall Setter
The Journal Wall Tester
The Journal Wall Street
The Journal Wall Retest
The Journal Trawl Sleet
The Journal Trawl Steel
The Journal Slat Welter
The Journal Salt Welter
The Journal Last Welter
The Journal Laws Letter
The Journal Slaw Letter
The Journal Awls Letter
The Journal Awl Letters
The Journal Awl Settler
The Journal Awl Trestle
The Journal Law Letters
The Journal Law Settler
The Journal Law Trestle
The Journal Swat Retell
The Journal Swat Teller
The Journal Twas Retell
The Journal Twas Teller
The Journal Wast Retell
The Journal Wast Teller
The Journal Tat Sweller
The Journal Watt Seller
The Journal Watt Resell
The Tallow Lunar Jester
The Tallow Ulnar Jester



Tom Comitta, 10.18





The Leant Walrus Jolter

SF Guerrilla Opera is excited to share footage from our sixth guerrilla opera performed yesterday in New York City and San Francisco. The opera score: “Sing The Wall Street Journal until you can’t sing anymore.” The title of the opera is one of many anagrams created by the Internet Anagram Server.

Below you will find three video clips taken on-site during the San Francisco opera. (Footage from NYC is coming soon.) We present these videos as previews for the documentation we’re most excited about: the entire audio recording of The Leant Walrus Jolter (mp3 for download or online listening).

The Leant Walrus Jolter was performed by Samantha Boudrot, Tom Comitta, Jesus Landin-Torres III, Erin Morrill, Cassie Thronton, Alex Wang, and The Anonymous.

For your eye+ear pleasure, here are three clips:

Boots Riley and Gabby La La at #OccupyOakland

photo courtesy

Gearing up for Guerrilla Opera 6 THIS Monday, SF Guerrilla Opera is excited to share the below footage taken at #OccupyOakland on Thursday. Performing that night were MC Lovelle, Boots Riley (of the Coup) and Gabby La La, Jabari and Ras Ceylon, 40 Thieves, and others.

Here we have footage of Boots Riley and Gabby La La performing “Ghetto Blaster” and “5 Million Ways to Kill a CEO”. Boots gives a far better introduction than we could. So we’ll let him do the talking (transcribed from the “Ghetto Blaster” footage):

Boots Riley: Many of you–not just here, but across the country–are taking up a call.  A call that’s been being made for decades and… and centuries even.  To change the way the system is working. And I think that a lot of folks are looking to y’all to see, you know, where to go. There are a lot of people that aren’t here today that are checking in on y’all. Checking it up to see what they should do. And I’m just here to encourage you to, however you gotta do it, to get that message clear. To get something out there that people can walk away with. Something out there that helps them understand the system. Something out there that helps some. Some, some campaign demand, slogan, or whatever that helps people easily figure out that they gotta join you. And easily figure out that it’s their mess gotta change it. No just y’all. Y’all need more people to come. Anyway, this is a song that actually is from one of my groups called Street Sweeper Social Club. So this is a song from that. From their group. It’s about… it’s about y’all. It’s about people who are dedicating their lives to destroying the system that creates ghettos.


Ghetto Blaster


5 Million Ways to Kill a CEO




Guerrilla Opera 6: Sing The Wall Street Journal

In solidarity with #OccupyWallStreet, #OccupySanFrancisco, #OccupyOakland, and all other occupations, SF Guerrilla Opera invites you to sing with us in Union Square, San Francisco THIS Monday, October 17th.

Starting at 12 noon we will perform this score:


[begin score:]



Sing from The Wall Street Journal until you can’t sing anymore.



[end score]


As always, you are invited to sing however you’d like and for as long as you’d like. Not being able to sing anymore can mean anything from losing your voice to having to go to work to getting bored to…?

Although we will collectively perform in Union Square, we invite you to perform this score anywhere in San Francisco, the Bay Area, or elsewhere. If you do join us in Union Square, feel free to come whenever–we’ll sing for hours.

Please send video, audio, textual, and other documentation to and we’ll consider posting it on our blog!


Also, this Sunday, there’s an open-mic-style reading at #OccupyOakland. All are invited to read a favorite revolutionary poem (not your own, but someone else’s). Here are details:


Poetry of the People

12 noon Sunday

Oscar Grant Plaza (corner of 14th and Broadway)

Read revolutionary poetry from the radical traditions

Open to all


Maybe see you at one or both of these events!


SF Guerrilla Opera