What is this thing we're doing?
James Sturm‘s graphic novel Market Day tells the story of Mendleman, a visionary rug maker in turn-of-the-century Europe who, over the course of a single day, comes to the realization that he can no longer support his family making the art he loves, pursuing the beauty he understands. This poignant story, portrayed lovingly by Sturm with his stark but warm illustrations, has eerie resonance with today’s ecology of art-making in American society. Composer Lainie Fefferman, JACK Quartet, director/videographer Steve Taylor, author James Sturm, and animator Patrick Pohl team up to create an evening-length multimedia performance/meditation on the changing economy of art-making and its impact on the artist.
Our theatrical realization of “Market Day” is a live-played string quartet score to a projected video realization of the novel. Filmmaker Steve Taylor and animator Patrick Pohl, in collaboration with Sturm, are creating a lightly animated video realization of the novel itself for this purpose. In concert, the audience will have the experience of reading a motion-enhanced version of the projected novel while seeing JACK play Fefferman’s score live. The urgency and anguish of the story are complemented in this way by meditations on the beauty in everyday experience and an immersive sense of walking in the protagonist’s shoes as he considers the fundamental question of how to exist as an artist.
How much of it is already done?
The first phase of this project was completed over the course of Fefferman’s LABA fellowship at the 14th Street Y in New York City. During her fellowship in the 2015/2016 season, Taylor and Pohl created a 20-minute animation to the score that she composed to accompany the beginning of the novel. JACK’s recorded performance of that score confirmed the efficacy of the string quartet as actor, relating Mendleman’s emotional landscape with depth and tenderness. This initial phase of the project was performed on June 2nd, 2016 at the 14th Street Y, to warm and helpful audience reaction: artists and non-artists alike strongly identified with the protagonist and left expressing a connection to the emotional landscape of the piece – it inspired and reenergized the creative team in our production of Market Day.
What do we need to get it finished?
We need YOU to help us finish Market Day! With the funds raised through Kickstarter, Taylor and Pohl will complete the animated realization of the novel with help from James Sturm while Fefferman and JACK workshop and complete the score. We plan to premiere this piece in the spring/early summer of 2019.
What will you get if you support us?
You'll get the undying gratitude of some Brooklyn art-makers and beauty-pursuers! And if you support us at a level that receives a JACK CD/DVD as a reward, you can pick from the following glorious albums (separated by four slashes):
George Edwards, String Quartet No. 2 //// Helmut Lachenmann, complete string quartets //// Huck Hodge, Life is Endless Like our Field of Vision //// Amy Williams, Cineshape & Duos //// Amy Williams, Crossings //// Iannis Xenakis, Works with Piano //// Chaya Czernowin, Hidden //// Lei Liang, Bamboo Lights //// Richard Karpen, Aperture II // Elliptic //// Matthew Barnson, Sibyl Tones //// Horatiu Radulescu, Piano Sonatas & String Quartets I Ha-Yang Kim, Threadsuns //// Elliott Sharp, Tranzience //// Elliott Sharp, The Boreal //// Zack Browning, Secret Pulse //// Simon Holt, String Quartet No. 3 //// Marc Sabat, Harmony
or... the Iannis Xenakis, complete string quartets on DVD!!
THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
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