Amy X Neuburg & the Paul Dresher Ensemble are commissioning 10 composers to write songs for Amy to perform with the Ensemble.
We have reached our $6000 goal! Thanks so much to all our supporters! But we welcome further pledges up until our funding deadline of July 31 -- we've got plenty of gifts left, including tickets to the July 29 concert, and we have many many more thousands of dollars to raise to make this full project a reality. This is just the first phase of a long fundraising effort.
Thank you again -- xx!
Please help support Amy X Neuburg’s new collaboration with the Paul Dresher Ensemble!
They will have been so beautiful: Songs and images of now is the working title of a collaboration between singer/composer Amy X Neuburg and The Paul Dresher Ensemble that will result in a concert of new photography-inspired songs by 10 diverse composers. The concert will take place over several nights in the 2013/2014 season -- at an SF Bay Area location to be announced -- and eventually at venues around the U.S.
In addition to performing the songs (on both voice and electronics) with the ensemble, Amy will compose a 15-20 minute piece for the group and collaborate on lyric-writing with the other commissioned composers, who as of now include Paul Dresher, Lisa Bielawa, Jay Cloidt, Conrad Cummings, Fred Frith, Guillermo Galindo, Carla Kihlstedt, and Pamela Z. The Paul Dresher Ensemble Electro-Acoustic Band features Karen Bentley Pollick, Joel Davel, Marja Mutru, Gene Reffkin, Jeff Anderle, and special guest John Schott.
The project concept was inspired by photographer Diane Arbus’ stunningly poetic 1963 Guggenheim grant application titled American Rites, Manners and Customs, in which she proposes to photograph the everyday people, places and routines of contemporary society, which to generations of the future “will have been so beautiful.” Thus, each composer will find or create a photograph or series of images that speaks to him or her in this regard, and use the images as inspiration for the music. We envision a concert of 10 engagingly diverse musical and visual portraits of our current world.
How your donation will be used
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that we hope you will support! For Amy’s role in this project she recently received a $9000 grant from the East Bay Community Foundation. But this grant is contingent on matching funds of an additional $9000 from our donors. So far $3,000 of the match has been received or pledged. We’re hoping to raise the remaining $6,000 through this Kickstarter campaign. If we raise the funds to match the EBCF grant, then each of your dollars is like two dollars! If we don't.... no grant. So please help out with any amount. A little or a lot -- we appreciate all of it.
We're in the initial funding and planning phase of this ambitious project, and we promise to keep you posted as all the details fall into place. Thank you! for helping bring brand new adventurous music to life.
The Paul Dresher Ensemble is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and contributions to PDE are generally tax-deductible. See reward descriptions for specific information about the deductibility of your contributions.
For the $25 level, here are the MinMax CDs from which you are welcome to choose one(1) as your gift. Please indicate your choice in the message field when you make your online donation.
▪ Jay Cloidt & Amanda Moody: D'Arc - Woman on Fire
▪ Jay Cloidt: Spectral Evidence
▪ Paul Dresher: Cage Machine
▪ Paul Dresher: Dark Blue Circumstance
▪ Amy X Neuburg: The Secret Language of Subways
For more info about these recordings, go to minmaxmusic.com.
For the $50 and $100 levels, please note that we have changed the date and place of our donor concert/party -- it is now at the Hillside Club on July 29, 6 PM. (Our original gift descriptions at those levels now show as Sold Out, and we added the new ones above them.)
For the $250 level, click HERE for a list of upcoming Paul Dresher Ensemble performances.
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A neato-looking thank-you card designed by Amy and signed by Amy and Paul. (All subsequent levels also receive a signed neato thank-you card.)Estimated delivery:
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Choose 1 of 5 CDs on the MinMax Music label featuring music of Paul, Amy, and Jay Cloidt -- see "About this project" for full list of CDs... AND your name in our concert program. (All subsequent levels receive name in concert program.) [$10 of your gift is tax-deductible.]Estimated delivery:
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1 ticket to our special benefit concert and party (with casual dinner) at the Berkeley Repertory's new Harrison Campus rehearsal facility in west Berkeley, June 30, 2012, 7:00 PM. Works by Paul, Amy, Jay Cloidt with Amanda Moody, and Pamela Z. [$25 of your gift is tax-deductible.]Estimated delivery:
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2 tickets to our benefit concert/party at the Hillside Club on Sunday July 29, 2012... AND 2 tickets to any upcoming Bay Area performance by the Paul Dresher Ensemble -- see "About this project" for a link to upcoming performances. [$150 of your gift is tax-deductible.]Estimated delivery:
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A special invitation to attend a dress rehearsal of "They will have been so beautiful," with reception afterwards for the performers, composers and donors. (Date TBA, fall 2013 / spring 2014.) [Fully tax-deductible.]Estimated delivery:
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A private concert at your home or event (in SF Bay Area) by either Amy X Neuburg or the Paul Dresher / Joel Davel duo. Any time through 2014, per artist availability. [$600 of your gift is tax-deductible.]Estimated delivery:
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A private concert at your home or event (in SF Bay Area) by both Amy X Neuburg and the Paul Dresher / Joel Davel duo (1 concert, 2 acts). Any time through 2014, per artist availability. [$900 of your gift is tax-deductible.]Estimated delivery:
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