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I am currently raising funds to begin the Composing Phase of
One Death in Seven Doorways
My New Spoken-Sung Opera about grief, loss, and the unity of human experience
Raised SO far: $2650
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One Death in Seven Doorways is a spoken-sung opera about the fracturing of ourselves that happens when someone we love suddenly dies. It has one character who speaks (played by seven different actors—representing that inside one of us, is all of us) and one character who sings (because she is dead), and eight on-stage solo musicians each expressing our deepest emotions. The Libretto (written text) took 2 years to write and is finished. It's a beautiful 100 pages of language, life, and love.
Now, it's time to compose the music. This is the MOST important phase. Once the Opera is composed—I can send it to arts organizations around the world for them to perform. So far, I've raised $9,400 in grants and donations for this phase. I also want to create a documentary video to help with fundraising, and so you can see what we're doing! The budget for the this phase of this opera is $20,710. (To put that in context, my first album, One Girl Town, cost $22,000 to record—so yes, this is normal). We need to raise roughly 11,000 more.
I am asking my wonderful community (you) to raise just $5000 of this amount.
You know me, so you know I am creating a unique process. I am leading a team of a beautiful and talented collaborating composers and actors working with me to each create a segment of the whole score, while I compose the vocals, guitar, ensembles, arias and arioso. Your donation will allow us to work together to create a truly unique opera experience that is breaking genres, pushing boundaries, and touching hearts. You also know that I believe in paying artists. This time, I'm even paying myself! (yep, this is the first project I am paying myself for my work). Your donation supports the Opera and supports me.
Plus...you can say you helped compose an OPERA!!
Everyone I talk to is excited about this Opera.
"Brava! to you for pushing the boundaries!" —Opera America's Grant Administrator
"This project is brilliant." —Third Angle New Music
EVERYONE WHO DONATES gets a hand-written thank you note from me and a signed page from the first aria.
One Death in Seven Doorways is written and funded in part during a 2023 Black Art/Ists artist residency at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. Funding and workshop/development support is supplied in part by a 2024 Artist Facilitator Residency at the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center (IFCC) in Portland, Oregon. Additional support for the writing and composing comes from individual donors, like you.