Musically influenced by avant-garde improv, Buddhist chants, salsa, South African piano jazz, and individual composers, from the Impressionists to Allen Sherman and Ornette Coleman to Sweet Honey in the Rock, Post Pardon: The Opera sings from the complexity of the human spirit.
Post Pardon: The Opera is a collaborative musical production by Oakland-based playwright and poet Arisa White with tenor saxophonist and composer Jessica Jones, who lives in New York City.
The libretto is an adaptation of the poetry collection, Post Pardon, written by Arisa, which, through the use of Caribbean and Greek mythologies, explores the interior landscape of an African American woman who contemplates life: the taking of her own and that of her only child.
We are raising money to cover theater rental costs (including lighting, sound, security, insurance), artist fees, and videotaping associated with our first concert of songs at The Marion E. Greene Theater in Oakland on July 13, 2014. This will be a showcase of what our collaboration has yielded so far. A post-performance Q&A will be moderated by Ellen Sebastian Chang, who is a Bay Area-based creative consultant, writer, and director. We will have drummer Vijay Anderson, bassist Lisa Mezzacappa, Mark Wright on trumpet, and Jessica Jones on piano. Mezzo Jeannine Anderson, altos Larena S. Burno and Amber McZeal, and sopranos Phoebe Anne Thomas Sorgen and Cynthia Webster will be our featured vocalists.
Any donations that exceed the needs of the sneak preview will be seed money for a full-scale production.
Click below to watch vocalists and musicians (minus the bassist) rehearse the song "Post Pardon." It was our third day of rehearsals.
Risks and challenges
We can foresee very little risks and challenges, except for natural events outside of our control. We're confident, with the support that we'll receive to meet our fundraising goal, we will produce the concert. We have an understudy who can step in to replace a vocalist, and with Jessica Jones' connections to musicians in the Bay Area, if someone couldn't follow through, she knows someone who knows someone. This opera is being made with the help and energy of a community of artists, and we believe the community will help us navigate potential obstacles.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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