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Music by Paddy Dover, poetry by Ed Madden, a son helps care for his dying father, a site-specific performance at Tapp's on Nov 7, 2013.
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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.

THE PROJECT

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.

Poster for My Father's House and the Tapp's anniversary, image by Daniel Richardson, poster design by Brian Harmon.
Poster for My Father's House and the Tapp's anniversary, image by Daniel Richardson, poster design by Brian Harmon.

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

Paddy Dover, composer (photograph by Thomas Hammond)
Paddy Dover, composer (photograph by Thomas Hammond)
Ed Madden, poet (photograph by Thomas Hammond)
Ed Madden, poet (photograph by Thomas Hammond)

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.

My Father's House by Ed Madden, with cover art by Lee Monts (published by Seven Kitchens Press)
My Father's House by Ed Madden, with cover art by Lee Monts (published by Seven Kitchens Press)

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.

Ed and Paddy at Tapp's Art Center (video still by Brian Harmon)
Ed and Paddy at Tapp's Art Center (video still by Brian Harmon)

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.

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    For any donation between $1 and $9, you can say you supported the supported the production of My Father's House. Thank you!

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    You will receive a personal thank you from Ed or Paddy, on a postcard designed for the performance. Please also allow us to express our gratitude on Facebook and on our event webpage.

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    Along with the postcard, online acknowledgment, a copy of the book and the CD, you will receive a framed page from Paddy's handwritten score.

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    Along with the the postcard, online acknowledgment, and a copy of the book and the CD, you will receive a DVD with video highlights of the evening's performance! (All backers at $70 and above will receive the DVD.)

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    Reserved second-row seating at the event for 10 early donors and their guests (1 guest each). Along with the the postcard, online acknowledgment, and a copy of the book and the CD, you will have reserved seating at the performance on Nov. 7.

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    Prime front-row seating at the event for 5 early donors and their guests (1 guest each).

    Along with the the postcard, online acknowledgment, and a copy of the book and the CD, you will have reserved seating at the performance on Nov. 7. Also, all donors at $100 and above will be listed in the performance program.

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    A limited edition copy of My Father's House, hand-assembled at Seven Kitchens Press.

    Along with the the postcard, online acknowledgment, and the CD, you will receive a special limited-edition version of My Father's House, with vellum cover, limited to 26 copies (numbered A to Z). Also, all donors at $100 and above will be listed in the performance program.

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    Along with the postcard, online acknowledgment, and a copy of the book and the CD, you and a guest will be invited to a special private evening of music and heavy hors d'oeuvres, hosted by Ed at his home, with music provided by Paddy, and a SNEAK PREVIEW of something from the performance! Also, all donors at $100 and above will be listed in the performance program, and all donors at $250 and above will be invited to join the performers afterward in the VIP room (the Fountain Room).

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    Along with the postcard, online acknowledgment, a copy of the book and the CD, Paddy will compose a site-specific musical piece for your home (or the site of your choice) and arrange for a performance within the next year. This incentive is limited to SC donors. Also, all donors at $100 and above will be listed in the performance program, and all donors at $250 and above will be invited to join the performers afterward in the VIP room (the Fountain Room).

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