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A staged song cycle for 7 musicians & 1 actress written by Carla Kihlstedt & Rafael Oses, inspired by Borges’ Book of Imaginary Beings.
328 backers pledged $29,741 to help bring this project to life.

Dragons & Rabbits

Posted by Carla Kihlstedt (Creator)


2012 is the year of the dragon... the world's favorite necessary monster of all. Thank you all for making 2011 such a rewarding year for Necessary Monsters!

Speaking of rewards, I am borrowing a team of elves from the North Pole - now that their seasonal work has all dried up - to help me put together all of your packages this weekend. It will be a big job, but a satisfying one. Once again, I thank you all for your patience.

As you may know, we had a fantastic recording session at Fantasy Studios in Oakland, CA in November and got some great work done on the first few Necessary Monsters songs. Now that I live on the East Coast, and almost everyone else lives in California, we're chipping away at it a few days at a time, a few songs at a time. I will be quite pleased if we get the recording done and out to you in 2012. As always, you will be the first people to know about our progress!

RABBIT RABBIT RADIO: Matthias Bossi (who played the Hochigan, and with whom I have a family and a musical duo) and I are launching Rabbit Rabbit Radio on February 1st. All of you are automatically signed up for lifetime subscriptions ('lifetime' really means for as long as we continue RRR). You will be our first official subscribers and our core RRR members. It would be wonderful if you could help us build an audience by sending it on to 5 other people you know who might enjoy our monthly musical offerings. Once the site is fully launched, you can even give RRR gift subscriptions to your friends and favorites.

Below is a short video we made that explains what the term "Rabbit Rabbit" means, what RRR is, and how it works. (Watch for cameos by Matthias' father, brother-in-law and niece.) 

The RRR SITE is still under construction, but we are on target for our February 1st launch. (Thank you to artist Mariko Ando for donating her gorgeous etching of 2 rabbits as our logo!)


Carla Kihlstedt


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    1. judith on

      Thanks for the update on RRR. Any update on the other rewards? In this post you'd mentioned shipping them in early January.

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      atomtengeralattjaro on

      oh nevermind, just got the email about Update #18 :)

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      atomtengeralattjaro on

      I don't mean to sound impatient, but now that the first RRR offering is (almost?) ready, I'm curious as to when do I actually receive my RRR subscription that comes with my "An animal dreamed by C.S. Lewis" package? As for the other parts of the package, I can wait of course :)
      Cheers and thank you for all the wonderful noise you make! :P

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      karen on

      Will be wonderful to receive the goodies...continued success! pledge of 150