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A multimedia event, showcasing original & live reinterpreted music/images sent into space 40 years ago on the Voyager. #ProjectsofEarth
A multimedia event, showcasing original & live reinterpreted music/images sent into space 40 years ago on the Voyager. #ProjectsofEarth
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The Golden Record was sent into space on the Voyager in 1977
The Golden Record was sent into space on the Voyager in 1977

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THE DISCOVERY OF VOYAGER

A Multimedia Performance at the Music Box Village in New Orleans Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the 1977 Launch of Voyager

SHOW SYNOPSIS: In 1977, a team chaired by Carl Sagan compiled music, sounds, and images that were intended to be emblematic of life on Earth, placed them on golden phonographic records, and launched them into space on the Voyager spacecraft with the hopes that they would one day reach intelligent extraterrestrial life. In honor of the 40th anniversary of the Voyager launch, Blato Zlato in partnership with New Orleans Airlift and other performers will develop a multimedia performance that depicts the discovery of the Voyager record. Using dance, visual projection, sampled sounds, and live musical performance, the artists will tell an abstract story of the alien life forms who discover the record and try to make sense of it—and their “record player” is the Music Box Village itself. The resulting sounds and music will be both foreign and familiar, terrifying and beautiful, and distorted with moments of clarity. With a diverse cast of performers from New Orleans and beyond, the project pays tribute to this ambitious scientific endeavor.

Blato Zlato filming "Izlel e Delyo Haidutin" with El Jinete films for the upcoming Golden Tracks documentary.
Blato Zlato filming "Izlel e Delyo Haidutin" with El Jinete films for the upcoming Golden Tracks documentary.

WHO WE ARE AND WHY WE WANT TO CREATE THIS SHOW: In honor of the 40th Anniversary, earlier this year Blato Zlato recorded a reinterpretation of one of the songs on the Golden Record, "Izlel e Delyo Haydutin" (a traditional Bulgarian folk song recorded by Valya Balkanska), and we'll be releasing a special golden vinyl with this song and our first original song ("Doncho I Stenata) at the show! But in learning more about the Golden Record, recording just one track was simply not enough.

The Golden Record embodies the idea of both musical diversity and unity the world over. As a New Orleans-based band that plays re-interpreted Balkan folk music, we have strong ties to many different kinds of music. Blato Zlato's members each come to the band from vastly different backgrounds. Drummer Boyanna Trayanova is originally from Bulgaria (where "Izlel e Delyo Haydutin" is a point of national pride) and immigrated to the United States as a child, growing up studying percussion with musical masters in New Orleans and then rediscovering her roots through the tupan and doumbek as an adult. Other members are American with roots to Europe, with vocalist Annalisa Kelly having grown up in the USSR, Yugoslavia, Turkey, and other European countries, and accordionist/vocalist Lou Carrig growing up a dual citizen of both the United States and Ireland. Others, in addition to studying Balkan music for years, have trained in the jazz, klezmer, and world polyphony traditions. 

New Orleans Airlift's Music Box Village is the perfect venue for an array of world musicians to experiment with sound and create new music together in a unique, other-worldly environment.  The work of over 80 collaborating artists, the Village is comprised of various musical houses that are playable as instruments themselves.  Created entirely from recycled materials, each house allows the musician to play with tone and rhythm, experiment with timbre and distortion, and create music in a way that is not possible on traditional western instruments.  Performing at the Music Box Village requires the artists to think creatively and spatially, approaching music with a beginner's mind.  Each performance at the venue includes, by definition, elements of experimentation, playfulness, collaboration, and wonder.  Putting on a show here requires utter passion, love, and most importantly, a great leap of faith - much like the scientists and musicologists of the Voyager project took 40 years ago today.

The Voyager Golden Record is an inspiration, honoring musical traditions from all over the world. We want to educate and inspire others by bringing together musicians from New Orleans and beyond to play and re-interpret music from it, and honor what it means to be from Earth.


Photo from a New Orleans Airlift production
Photo from a New Orleans Airlift production

BUDGET NEEDS: A large, involved, multimedia, multidisciplinary project such as this requires a large budget. From costumes, to lighting, to projection equipment rental, to talent compensation, every small but important piece comes at a cost. Although many performers and organizers will be donating some or all of their time spent in creating this show, and New Orleans Airlift Productions will be helping to offset some of our costs, we still need your help to make up the difference and make this a reality.  We will have 15-20 performers involved on site, and want to compensate them for time and creative energy spent in creating, rehearsing and performing the show.  Any funds we raise above our initial goal will mean we can involve more performers and pay them more appropriately for their time and talent!!

A few of the performers who will be involved in the show
A few of the performers who will be involved in the show

HOW YOU CAN HELP, AND WHAT YOU CAN GET: Any donation amount is sincerely appreciated! For any donation you will get our immense gratitude, but check out our donation tiers and list of rewards on the side to see what else you can get for helping us make this show a reality. :)

BZ's limited edition golden vinyl album "Voyage", which will be released at the show, features our version of one of the songs sent into space on the Golden Record. Pick up a special signed copy of the album for a $35 donation!
BZ's limited edition golden vinyl album "Voyage", which will be released at the show, features our version of one of the songs sent into space on the Golden Record. Pick up a special signed copy of the album for a $35 donation!

 

Risks and challenges

This project will take a lot of coordinating and creativity. Having worked with New Orleans Airlift and the Music Box Village before, collaborated with other bands on all kinds of different music and shows, and having several members with backgrounds in creating and producing theater, we are confident we will rise to the challenge.

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