Give me your pain and sorrow


Film, 11 mins


Jacob Elkin
Robert Morton



Give me your pain and sorrow was composed using digital feedback as a representation of the emotional trauma resulting from a year of the Covid-19 pandemic. Frustration at the inept response of government and the individual suffering which resulted are focal points of this work.


Jacob Elkin is a musician, composer and educator based in NYC. Through the integration of space, noise and microtonality, his compositions seek an abstract expression of contemporary concerns. His compositions have been heard around the world including recent performances in Moscow, London and Bucharest. Mr. Elkin is on faculty as brass instructor at the United Nations International School.

Robert Morton (videographer) is happy to work with Jacob Elkin on Give Me Your Pain and Sorrow and is excited about sharing his video in Unfix 2021.
Bob collaborates with many artists to create contextual settings with photography, video, and interactive projections for live performances. New York City productions include: Voyage de Ouf, Dziewczyna, Satie’s Birthday Party, Folie Pure, Age of Pain(e), Coq tôt, Anna Strong’s Laundry, Voices of Justice and Consanguinity…, Un Lieu de Vie, 4 Wars, 1776 A Fresh Start, Johari Mayfield’s Recovery, and A/K/A Benjamin (Franklin’s Women) performed at venues including: University Settlement, The Consulate General of Poland in New York, Here Arts Center, Fraunces Tavern Museum, The Old Stone House, Clemente Soto Velez, Theater for a New City, the 92nd St. Y, Gallery MC, and Manhattan School of Music.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, Bob collaborated with Concrete Timbre artists to create two online video series: Co-videos and Pieces of 8. Currently, he is working with Paris-based playwright Sylvaine Hinglais and composer Ann Warren to create a series of poetry videos. His photographs have been published in several books, publications, and internet sites.
A transplant from California, Bob moved to New York in 2007 after teaching elementary school for 33 years. He likes to bend a guitar string every now and then, and is a big fan of Jimmy Thackery and Jerry Garcia. In 2019 he performed with Tilted Axes, music for mobile electric guitars.