STRETCH GOAL!! If we can make $16k - we can bring a hometown talent from New Orleans out to a tour stop!! Spreading the love & opportunities across America...
It’s a summer of big firsts for Airlift and we’re bringing our new musical house Porch Life on tour!
Some places on our route include Jazz Fest 2018 in our hometown of New Orleans, the Eaux Claires Festival in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, locations in Detroit and New York City, and more pop-ups and shows along the way - maybe in your town! With your help, we can bring this project to life.
Since 2011, New Orleans Airlift has been making local, national and international iterations of their world-famous explorable and performable “musical architecture,”or houses that can be played as instruments, including the 2016 opening of the permanent Music Box Village in New Orleans, and temporary outposts in Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Tennessee, Massachusetts and the Ukraine. The Music Box is the brainchild of Airlift's Delaney Martin, Jay Pennington and Taylor Shepherd in collaboration with Swoon. It is the flagship project of New Orleans Airlift's decade of creating community-based collaborative large-scale art projects.
Porch Life is Airlift’s first time bringing this large-scale public artwork concept on the road!
Porch Life is an explorable, multi-level structure featuring nine new instrumental works of art -- the most of any of our houses. Porch Life is about gathering places between the indoors and outdoors, twilight hours spent together between daytime and nighttime, and the evolutionary life of a house from genesis to ruin. Sitting on stoops, swinging on porch swings and other natural gestures will sonically bring this structure to life.
It is going to be magical to turn up in new neighborhoods, bringing explorable fun and incredible performances to new friends. Once we return home, Porch Life can make outings and guest appearances around our own city, and maybe hit the road again next year!
The Music Box Village is designed to grow and evolve - bringing in more artists and collaborators to expand the physical and sonic capabilities of our permanent site, and to surprise and challenge our performers and visitors with new ideas. After the tour, this structure and other new artworks will come home to New Orleans, to be incorporated into the Village - adding a whole new dimension to the range of sounds you can make. Locals, families, and hundreds of schoolchildren will be able to visit Porch Life throughout the year.
The house is being created by the Airlift team-- Alita Edgar, Christian Repaal, Delaney Martin, Marshall Hawks, and Taylor Shepherd with assistance from Jacque Groves, Leah Hennessy, Mankh Smith, Jay Pennington and Steven Ma, and additional instrumentation by Quintron, Meschiya Lake, and Lindsay Karty.
At Jazz Fest, and later on the tour, stop by and catch surprise cameo appearances from Airlift’s artistic and musical friends and family around the country, or tune into the Instagram: neworleans.airlift for announcements and hints.
Among the new instrumentation, Airlift is excited to debut the Quintronics Weather Panel, a large analog synthesizer controlled via a set of sensors by the changes in weather. The circuitry employs sun, rain, wind, temperature, moon, and lightning to affect a chordal drone. You can hear a 24/7 live stream at www.weatherfortheblind.com. Quintron is an inventor of instruments, frequent collaborator, and musical director/conductor of large-scale shows since the inception of the Music Box project. Other sonic interventions by contributors Delaney Martin, Taylor Shepherd, Christian Repaal, Meschiya Lake, Marshall Hawks and our Detroit collaborator Lindsay Karty include harp, chime and reverb balustrades, triggered steps, bim bap and marimba railings, and an Electric Curtain.
A 16-foot, 6000 lb. musical house is quite an endeavor to haul across America -- not to mention our team of artists, musicians, builders, kids and dogs. Our $14,000 goal represents only about 1/5th the cost of creating and presenting this tour, with the rest of the support earned through events, appearances, and partnerships. Without this vital support from you, we won't be able to sustain the travel, rentals, fuel, and other costs that come with an ambitious project like this one.
The Kickstarter community has been a vital part of the growth of the Music Box and other Airlift projects since 2011, most recently by supporting the buildout of our permanent location in New Orleans. We can't wait to bring a little of the magic with us to your town this summer, with surprise pop-ups and new encounters!
Got a great festival, site, or opportunity to partner? Please get in touch! Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
TOUR DATES SO FAR:
June 15- July 7: landing at Eaux Claires Festival, Eau Claire WI.
July 9-19: arrival & performances in Detroit, MI.
July 20-August 15: arrival & performances in NYC to be announced soon.
August 15: back on the road to New Orleans!
Risks and challenges
Airlift regularly accomplishes the impossible and the ridiculously complicated - working with hundreds of dedicated collaborators and our team of artists, builders and inventors.
Anything can happen on the road - from mechanical blowouts or accidents, to weather cancellations and delays, injuries or sickness. We pledge to address challenges and deliver as much as possible, given such constraints. We have successfully completed many major campaigns and projects, and currently operate a 2-acre outdoor performance and art site - we feel confident in our experienced decision-making and dedication to our supporters in the face of unexpected issues.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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