Exploring the Ancestral Soundscape was conceived as a three-part learning series which will incorporate elements of music, ceramic arts, oral history, and live storytelling. This project is a cross-cultural collaboration, drawing on the talents and expertise of Colombian master musician, instrument-maker, and ethnomusicologist, Lucas Rodas.
Each of the components in this "Teaching Triptych" will be a unique experience and will connect modern audiences with the rich history of human creative tradition in a totally unique way. The sections may be taken independently and will also work in concert with one another:
- PART I - The Ocarina Workshop - A Hands-on Music History Lesson
- PART II -“Cuentos y Canciones” - A Musical Storytelling Hour
- PART III - The Exposition - A Lecture Presentation and Instrument Demo
The initial GOAL is to develop a laboratory version of Part I of the Triptych for the Tucson and Arcosanti, AZ communities.
The Workshop is the PERFECT place to start! It's SIMPLE, it's FUN, and it illustrates SO MUCH of what the larger project will be about!
PART I - The Ceramic Ocarina Workshop:
A Hands-on Music History Lesson
The Ocarina, or vessel flute, is what we might call an Ancestral Instrument.This not only means that our human ancestors created it and played it, but also that the Instrument itself spawned a great many descendants throughout the world.
This Workshop will be MUCH more than just a ceramics class!
This will be a chance for participants to dig down to the root of our musical family tree and gain an intimate knowledge of one of the world’s oldest and most widespread musical instruments. Lucas will lead the class through the step-by-step process of forming their very own clay ocarina and share enlightening historical insights along the way.
We will also discuss the common threads found throughout the world's ancient cultural traditions and explore the ways in which we can draw on this ancestral wisdom in our daily lives.
Workshops will be open to all skill levels and bilingual - (held in Spanish with informal English translation)
When is this happening?
Lucas arrived on the 17th of September! (YES.THAT MEANS THIS MONTH!) We're working to have everything in place by the time this campaign ends so that as soon as the money is there we can start holding preview Workshops.
Events will be happening October through November and I will be keeping everyone posted in the Updates. Lucas will be leaving just before the holidays and I'm giving myself until December to get all of the rewards shipped out. Many of the Pickup-only rewards will be available just after the campaign closes.
At the moment I'm working on the final details as far as dates and locations for the workshops. I've already laid the groundwork but the schedule is TIGHT and there will be LOTS TO DO now that Lucas is here!
Where will your money go?
Again, the initial GOAL amount is just set to cover research, development, and production/materials costs for the Tucson and Arcosanti laboratory Ocarina Workshops.
Thanks to a grant from his home state of Antioquia, Lucas's travel expenses and living costs will be covered for his two-month stay in Arizona. Neither he nor I will be receiving stipends, but I will need to pay for technical assistants.
By the end of next year, we hope to take the Triptych on the road, so this GOAL also includes the cost of documenting this first part of the process. Professional video and photos will allow us to begin developing a high-quality press package to promote the project to schools, festivals, cultural centers, and other places of learning across the country!
Our expenses include:
- Clay and Tools
- Kiln and Workspace rentals
- Additional research materials
- Translation and Graphics help for course materials
- Printing costs
- Filming/Editing fees
- Rewards + Shipping
- Platform Fees
Months of hard work and logistical preparation have already gone into this. My collaborators and I are ready to throw our time and skill and energy, our love and sweat and tears into this, but really, It’s up to YOU to decide how big it will become and how many people it can reach!
Only with YOUR support can we bring this vision into the world!
Thank you for being a part of this story!
Risks and challenges
TIME is going to be a big challenge.
Again, Lucas is due to arrive on the 17th of September. That means this campaign will still be underway when he arrives!
We will be facing a very tight schedule during the two months he’s here.
MONEY is another big one.
Maybe that’s obvious, but it’s very true- this project CANNOT happen if we don’t make our goal!
On our side: Decades of working in theatre have given me the ability to work under pressure and a tight budget. It has also connected me with a host of talented people that want to see this project succeed!
Lucas speaks very little English and, although I am becoming more and more proficient, it can make communication a bit difficult. However, once we are in person this will be less of a factor than it has been over the phone.
THE LEARNING CURVE.
Doing my very first Kickstarter project has already been quite a challenge. I have put months of planning and research into this, but I realize there may be glitches in the process that I simply cannot foresee. Please know that I consider every pledge an act of trust and I will do all I can to be worthy of that.
As much as I would prefer not to entertain the worst case scenarios, one other factor that I’m very much aware of is that this project (including many of the rewards) are dependent on a Colombian man ENTERING the US. While Lucas has made certain to have all his ducks in a row, the nature of international travel does present us with some risks. You can be sure that backers will be kept up-to-date on this and informed/consulted if anything (heaven forbid) goes awry.
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