Slow but steady progress + Censorship & Information Control project
Dear friends and supporters of Sassafrass,
We are happy to report that we are making progress (although slowly) on finishing the "Trickster and King" album. We have recorded several new pieces, but are grateful for everyone's patience as we take our time doing things right. The project has been slowed by (in turn) the fire and reconstruction disrupting our recording space, then Ada's long illness, and the tummults of tenure. But the new recordings are coming through bit by bit, and we promise the long wait will be worth-it!
We also have news: we've started recording on another new project that we're not quite ready to announce yet (we hope they may be ready around the same time as each other), but it involves the Renaissance music which we have always enjoyed performing on the side between our Viking pieces. And we have a new arrangement of an old favorite song in the works as well. And as a treat, we hope to be able to share some rough recordings with our backers very soon!
Meanwhile, we thought you might be interested to see Ada Palmer's new project, now launching on Kickstarter, not music this time but a something else exciting, a collaboration with Cory Doctorow:
The idea: Revolutions in information technology always trigger innovations in censorship and information control, so we’re bringing together 25 experts on information revolutions past and present to create a filmed series of discussions (which we will post online for all to enjoy!) which we hope will help people understand the new forms of censorship and information control that are developing as a result of the digital revolution. We have experts on the Inquisition, digital music, ditto machines, censorship of theater, Google, wartime censorship, destruction of Jewish books, the birth of copyright, tons of amazing people. And we’ve put together a museum exhibit on the history of censorship, a printed catalog with 200+ pages of full color images of banned and censored books, which you can get as a Kickstarter reward. More publications will follow.
Thank you again for all your support, enthusiasm, and patience. Ad Astra!