There is much more to Vernon J. than him being just a musician.  His work can be heard on television, in theater productions, in dance studios and on the radio.

Here are a few of the things that Vernon J. has been working on:


 

In Between -  Television Series

(Written and Produced by Emmanuel Todorov)
INBETWEEN is an original web-series set in Los Angeles about a week in the lives of four seemingly unrelated characters, working for a larger than life Greek female owner of a prestigious restaurant in West Hollywood. Stuck in between their dreams and reality, waiting on chance and the colorful clientele of the rich, famous and peculiar, the choices all of the protagonists decide to make, will turn their world upside down and change their lives forever. INBETWEEN bridges the style of ENTOURAGE and SEINFELD and was conceived as a follow up and homage to the popular romantic comedy 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding'.


Click here to check out an episode
 (You can search for more on line)
 

The Island - Theatrical Presentation

The Island tells of two political prisoners on Robben Island. They labor by day, but at night, they rehearse for a prison performance of the Greek tragedy Antigone. In their portrayal of Antigone's courage, they give voice to their own dissent.  Original rhythmic score by Vernon J.
2016 & 2017
 
 
 
 

What Lies Within: Dancing with Race and Identity

Samuels Theater, Cedar Crest College

These performances unpack the complex issue of racial identity and by association, racial injustice. The show will involve a mix of improvisational movement/dance and poetry that arises from our process. The action will be accompanied by live percussionists and live vocals from cast members.
 
Original score written by Vernon J. & Moe Jerant

 

Picture of Deidre Johnson by Marco Calderon
 
 
 
 
 

Vernon J. performs original composition

Speigel to accompany the dance ensemble piece entitled "Blister" by

Choreographer Angela Sigley-Grossman

DeSales University Dance Ensemble Concert

Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University

 
 
The Body Keeps the Score

Bethlehem Ice House, Bethlehem, PA

Review for Body Keeps the Score

The Body Keeps the Score is a collaboration between choreographer, Sarah Carlson and composer, Vernon J. Mobley  which will explore how trauma gets lodged in the body and prevents individual & communal well-being. This production will use movement, music and text to unpack how the trauma caused by historical & systemic oppression must be addressed on a body level first before greater communal (or “big body”) change can follow.  This new show is scheduled for March 2018 at the Bethlehem Ice House.

Original Dance Compositions

Creativity is sparked from the soul and what we have inside of us.   Our life experiences provide a foundation for the music we create.  The right musical accompaniment can add colorful layers to any performance.  

Here are a few examples of compositions that have been featured in plays and dance performances.  If you are interested in hearing other pieces for potential purchase or considering having a piece written specifically for your needs please contact Vernon J. via the contact page.

Working to create an original piece of music to accompany choreography is not an easy task.  Both choreographer and composer must have an understanding of each other and a good working relationship to be able to produce a presentation that is supportive of each part as well as pleasing to the eyes and ears.  Here is what some choreographers have to say about their experiences working with Vernon J.

 

 

Sarah Calrson - Founder & Artistic Director of DanceLink

(Collaboration on 2 dance shows)

What Lies Within:
"Vern created a vivid soundscape to accompany "What Lies Within", a dance/poetry collaboration unpacking race and identity.  Using a combination of sounds, rhythm and melody, Vern was able to capture the complexity of the subject matter in his music. His score not only supported the emotion of each section but also helped add another layer to the richness to the production."
 
The Body Keeps the Score:
"This production explores how trauma gets lodged in the body/mind and Vern willingly joined the cast as he called upon his own experiences to drive his creativity.  Vern is incredibly easy to collaborate with and seems to possess a natural ability to feel out each movement.  Vern's music consistently sweeps me away with it's dramatic edge and undercurrent of passion.  He uses layers of sound to create a dynamic flow that speaks as loudly as the movement."