About this project
Listen to Tesla's Pigeon:
My name is Melissa Dunphy, and I'm a composer; a couple of years ago, I wrote a song cycle for soprano and piano about Nikola Tesla, called Tesla's Pigeon. It's been performed all over the place, but sadly, never in New York City, Nikola Tesla's adopted hometown and the place where the song cycle is set. However, the East Coast chapter of the National Association of Composers, USA, recently proposed to have Tesla's Pigeon performed at their Spring 2013 concert at Christ & St. Stephen's Church on 69th Street on April 22. Exciting!
One hurdle: I have to bring the performers.
Jessica Lennick and Tim Ribchester have not only performed Tesla's Pigeon live before, they've made a studio recording (available on Bandcamp). They really love the piece, and I'm so lucky to have them as champions. But they are also professional musicians, and asking them to work for free isn't something I'm comfortable doing. Unfortunately, as a lowly grad student/emerging composer, I don't have the means to give them what they deserve. That's where you come in.
Make a pledge, and I have fancy handmade Tesla's Pigeon merch to give away as rewards, featuring gorgeous artwork by Robinson Smith, and we'll autograph everything before we send it out.
Any extra funds raised will go toward hiring Tim and Jess to perform my next composition: an opera about the sex life of Ayn Rand. I'm working on it right now. It's going to be pretty boss, and also the biggest project I've ever taken on, so I promise none of that money will go to waste.
Risks and challenges
Everything about this concert is worked out, except for the performing artists' income. I'll be shuttling Jess and Tim to NYC in my tiny little car, and NACUSA is all ready to receive them. This fund drive is the last step!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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