Words&Music, Inc. has commissioned an original, multi-movement work for vocal quartet, piano and optional chorus by nationally recognized, award-winning American Indian composer Jerod Tate. According to The Washington Post “Tate’s connection to nature and the human experience was quite apparent...rarer still is his ability to eﬀectively infuse classical music with American Indian nationalism.”
Found Again features settings of poems by award winning American Indian poet Joy Harjo. Ms. Harjo was recently awarded the Wallace Stevens Lifetime Achievement Award in Poetry.
This 20 minute work will be performed using an interactive format that encourages discussion among the composer, audience and performing artists in multiple settings. The public premiere is planned for Park View High School in Sterling, Virginia, featuring the Park View High School Chorus. Additional performances are scheduled at the Creative Cauldron in Falls Church, Virginia and at a private home in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
This project evolved from the Words&Music 2013-2014 composition competition when the poetry selection committee considered several American Indian poems for use in that competition. The committee concluded that the poetry might offer a compelling framework for a more structured commissioning project. Subsequently, we have expanded the project concept to include an educational outreach component that will be transferrable to multiple schools. It is our hope that this project will result in an ongoing musical dialogue with the Native American community, both locally and nationally.
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenges we face in completing this project are funding and building an audience. We have launched a campaign on social media as well as with traditional media outlets in hope of creating enough interest to draw in a significant audience. Funding is a concern as we are prohibited from charging admission to the program at Park View High School. Through grants and donors, we have raised sufficient funds to cover two-thirds to three-quarters of the project expenses. If we are successful with this Kickstarter campaign, we will not need borrow funds from our operating budget, limiting the available funds for the remainder of our season.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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