About this project
FOR ONE WEEK ONLY STREAM THE ENTIRE PANGAEA ALBUM
Pangaea: When The Continents Were One is a multi-media opera presented by Philadelphia based label and music collective, earSnake. The music and story for the opera were written by composer and sound artist Mike McDermott (Mikronesia) over the past 15 years.
Pangaea: When The Continents Were One will be premiered on November 11, 2011 (11/11/11) at The Rotunda in Philadelphia, PA. The multi-media opera will be presented by a 17 piece ensemble of strings, horns, flute, percussion, piano, electronics, guitars and voice. Sets, costumes, life sized puppets and masks are being designed by Liza Goodell of Spiral Q Puppet Theater and Tigre Bailando. In addition to the ensemble of musicians, singers and human puppets, Nico Dominguez (of Klip Collective) will be presenting images from the story that will be digitally projected and manipulated on stage. Pangaea's mix of world, chamber, electronic and rock music plus the blend of real life and digital visuals will make this premiere a truly modern spectacle of sight and sound. Plus the following musicians and vocalists:
Lillie Ruth Bussey (voice), Megan Cauley (voice), Jimmy Coleman (percussion), Maura Diberardinis (violin), Heather Fortune (flute), Adam Hershberger (trumpet), Steven Heitlinger (viola), Johnell Lawrence (viola), Christine Mello (cello), John Morrison (voice), Brian McDermott (voice), Steve Quaranta (voice), Christian Rabin (voice), Carlos Santiago (violin), Jalima Shani (voice) and Larry Toft (trombone)
Pangaea is a new mythology about the first humans who lived on the super continent Pangaea. On one giant continent the first tribes of man lived a simple life style. Over time the tribes began to embrace technology and turn away from their natural animal like ways. Recently the super continent of Pangaea is undergoing tumultuous environmental change as the continents begin to split into the continents we know today. Floods, volcanic eruptions, storms, changing seasons, wild fires and other ecological disasters begin to plague the simple people of Pangaea. The tribes begin to blame each other for displeasing the gods who have brought about these tumultuous changes. As tensions between the tribes increases the people of Pangaea are on the brink of an all out war.
This Kick Starter campaign is to pay for the premiere. The money will go directly to the musicians, designers, video artists and to pay for physical items like printing scores and renting the space. Like a public television pledge drive those who pledge certain amounts of money will get gifts from the opera in return!
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