EVERY DOLLAR PLEDGED ABOVE THE ORIGINAL GOAL GOES TOWARDS THESE ADDITIONAL EXPENSES!
We have till 9/6/17, 11pm PDT before it's all over.
Cancer is frightening, but we can become familiar with the process of diagnosis, treatment, the feelings that arise, coming together of friends and family for cancer patients, the transformation of patients themselves.
We are more than a diagnosis, a job, or our appearance. We are in this life together, and unexpected generosity arises when we reveal ourselves. We become connected.
It’s said that everyone has a book in them. 1 in 8 is mine. More than that, it has become a vehicle for opening hearts and minds to the many ways that cancer can occur in our lives. Dealing with cancer creates humor as well as tears, extreme love and terrible anger, connection and rejection — in short, a tidal wave of emotion and feeling that we are unable to ignore and must ride to its conclusion.
I couldn’t have found a better companion for this artistic journey than Mimi Fox. A sister survivor and consummate improvisational artist, she drives my songs into arrangements that take my breath away. Constantly reaching for higher quality, striving for true expression of each song’s meaning through her arrangements and guitar artistry, and demanding the best of me while praising what I bring to her, she draws out what I didn’t hear and makes these songs truly shine. I rely completely on her production values.
And this recording is only the beginning. This music accompanies a stage show, 70 minutes long, with personal stories of realization and transformation throughout. The songs span a variety of genres – jazz, funk, country, New Orleans second line – but all lend themselves to improvisation, making each performance unique. We reach out, through music and stories, to touch each audience member, seeking to expand their compassion and understanding through the experience of one cancer patient: me.
In a lifetime of musical creation and expression this is the most important and personal work I’ve ever done. Right now we need to get this music recorded. . We are applying for a summer workshop residency at the Berkeley Rep and that deadline is 11/1/17. The recording will be part of the application and undertaking the workshop will bring our stage show to greater readiness for touring performances.
I welcome your participation in its creation!
The goal amount will pay for studio time & engineer, the producer & guitarist, the bassist & percussionist, and the mastering.
Personnel on the recording are:
Deborah Hamouris, voice & dulcimer
Mimi Fox, guitar, arranger & producer
Dan Feiszli, bass & recording engineer
Percussion, vocal harmonies, pedal steel guitar to be determined