On Thursday, Nov. 7, for one night only, Tapp's Art Center in downtown Columbia will be transformed into a magical space. A soundscape, an installation and performance of live music composed specifically for the event by Paddy Dover, based on poems by Ed Madden. On the walls, visual art addressing family, ritual, grief, and memory. Around you, the sound of thunder, wind chimes, darkness. Above and all around you, filling the spaces of the building, aleatory and haunting music. A chorus of 16 voices, an orchestra of 40 musicians. Choral hymns, songs about a father and a son. When you walk into Tapp's on Nov. 7, you will walk into a soundscape of art, music, memory.
My Father's House will be a multidisciplinary performance of original music, poetry, and visual art at Tapp's Art Center on Nov. 7, 2013. The poetry comes from My Father's House, a chapbook of poems by Ed Madden based on the 13 weeks he spent in Arkansas helping with his dying father's home hospice care. Paddy Dover has set many of the poems to music for a site-specific performance at Tapp's Art Center, incorporating multiple areas of the building for performances, both live and recorded, a soundscape that will culminate with a choral performance in the main theater.
But we need your help. We are asking your help to pay for all the things that go into a production like this, but especially to help us to pay our performers. We have an ambitious ensemble of 40 musicians, 16 choristers, a couple of conductors (not to mention a videographer, a photographer, and a sound technician), and we would like to pay them for their work. (If we just pay the performers, we're looking at over $4000.)
We are also paying to reserve exhibit space at Tapp's to include artists whose work extends and amplifies the themes of the performance--family, ritual, grief, healing.
Taking place on the evening of Columbia's popular monthly arts and gallery event, First Thursdays on Main, the performance will also celebrate the second anniversary of Tapp's opening as a community arts center. This project brings new and original music, poetry, and visual art to public spaces during one of the most exciting nights for Columbia art.
THE PEOPLE, THE PLACE, THE STORY
In spring 2011, Ed moved home to rural Arkansas to help care for his father. Later that year, as he was writing about that experience, he saw Lee Monts' art show at City Art, many of his paintings responding to the death of his own father. One of those paintings appears on the book cover. The book was published by Seven Kitchens Press in April 2013.
In early 2013, Ed met Paddy at Tedx Columbia, where Paddy had provided music for the closing. Paddy suggested they collaborate, and all this year they have been working together to make this performance, this night, an event to remember.
When you walk into Tapp's on Nov. 7, you will walk into an inter-arts collaboration, an immersive experience of sound, memory, and image. We hope that you will find this experience transformative--as we have.
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We are deeply grateful to the Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties for a mini-grant they provided to get this work started. (This grant was provided by the Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC.) This small grant gets us going, but we need your help to make this event a success and to pay our incredible musical performers! THANK YOU!
Risks and challenges
This is the first Kickstarter project either of us have created, and we are so excited about this project. We've got the space reserved, the musicians confirmed, the crew at work, some collaborating visual artists on board -- oh, and wind chimes. This show is going to happen and it is going to be amazing, but we absolutely need your help to pay our musicians and make this the moving and powerful community performance it can be.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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