A unique audio-visual journey through a Jewish-Iraqi family’s memories of their lost homeland, this is an exciting new genre called a motion comic. Animated pages from the graphic memoir The Wolf of Baghdad are accompanied by 3yin, a London-based ensemble of musicians who play a repertoire of Judeo-Arabic tunes and Iraqi folk songs. Included in the soundtrack are songs from the 1930’s and 40’s written by Saleh Al Kuwaiti, a well-known Iraqi-Jewish composer of the time. It is a little-known fact that in the first half of the 20th century Iraqi Jews wrote, performed and recorded most of the Iraqi music that still remains popular throughout the Arab world today.
Our aim is to record the music soundtrack for the motion comic. With your pledges we can bring this repertoire, along with the animation that tells the unknown story of one of the world's most ancient Jewish communities, to a much wider audience.
The motion comic has already been performed with live musical accompaniment a few times in the UK to sold-out venues and to great acclaim. It never fails to bring audiences together no matter where they are from. We have found that combining the visuals with the music not only to be a unique and powerful experience but also a bridge-building opportunity between different communities, showing that we have much more in common than divides us.
WHO WE ARE
The 3yin band
Daniel Jonas (founder): cumbus, vocals
- Daniel founded 3yin (pronounced "ayin" and meaning eye in Hebrew) to perform the music of the Jewish communities of the Middle East & North Africa. He is also known as the founder of the critically-acclaimed JudeoSpanish music group Los Desterrados.
Keith Clouston: oud
- Keith studied oud (Arab lute) at the Rachidia Institute in Tunis and later with Egyptian & Iraqi teachers in London. He has toured internationally with world music diva Natacha Atlas and composed theatre music for productions at the RSC, the National Theatre, the Barbican, and the Old Vic.
Sass Hoory: percussion
- Sass is one of London’s leading world music percussionists. A graduate from the Academy of Contemporary Music, he has played and recorded in various styles and genres with a number of acclaimed artists.
Carol Isaacs: accordion (& cartoonist)
- A classically trained pianist, Carol works as a keyboard player & accordionist in the pop and world music fields. She has recorded and toured worldwide with many international artists including Sinéad O’Connor (Ireland), The Indigo Girls (US), Ahmed Mukhtar (Iraq). Also known as cartoonist The Surreal McCoy she drew The Wolf of Baghdad graphic memoir based on her own family’s memories.
Shirley Smart: cello
- One of the UK’s most versatile and creative cellists, & a rare exponent of jazz cello, Shirley draws on a unique background that incorporates classical music, jazz & world music from North Africa, Middle East, Balkans, & South America as well as original compositions.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE WOLF OF BAGHDAD
"The Wolf of Baghdad is a 'tour de force' - the moving story of the destruction of a community seen through the eyes of an Iraqi Jew - and a wolf. The most exciting animated audio-visual experience since ‘Persepolis’." Lyn Julius, Harif
"An enthralling and moving combination of art and music. It is magical.” Claudia Roden, Cultural Anthropologist and Food Writer
“A masterful artistic production capturing the essence of a 2,600 sojourn in Mesopotamia through visuals and sound. I cannot wait to watch it again and again.” Edwin Shuker, protagonist of the documentary film Remember Baghdad
“The Surreal McCoy’s silent comic history of her family’s experiences in Iraq is moving, exhilarating and powerful, and the musical accompaniment fits the visuals perfectly. The Wolf of Baghdad is a terrific addition to the newly emerging form of the live motion comic, following in the footsteps of other recent examples such as Dave McKean’s Black Dog: The Dreams of Paul Nash, and Neil Gaiman and Eddie Campbell’s The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains.” Alex Fitch, Panel Borders, Resonance FM
WHAT YOU CAN DO
By you funding our project we will be able to:
- Record the repertoire in a professional studio over three days with a highly experienced producer.
- Mix, master and match it up with the visuals to produce a soundtrack for the motion comic.
- Pay for the manufacture of DVDs and CDs. (Digital downloads will also be available.)
SOME OF THE REWARDS ON OFFER
1) DVD of the motion comic & CD of the music soundtrack
2) Limited-edition signed prints from the book (only 5 prints of each)
Dawn Over Baghdad
The Carpet Story
THANK YOU! شكرا لكم
As an audience you make everything we do meaningful and for that we are grateful. We wouldn't be here doing this without our fans, friends, family and fellow musicians and artists. Now we’d like you to be even more involved in this artistic partnership and bring this exciting and original new work to life. We really can’t do it without your support because if the project is not fully funded by the end of Kickstarter's 30-day window it doesn’t go ahead. So we thank you for your consideration and really hope you’ll be part of our story!
Risks and challenges
The animation is completed, the repertoire rehearsed and ready to be recorded. Although we've given ourselves until December to deliver the DVDs and CDs, there is a very slim chance that the studio we want to record in, the producer and the musicians may not have the same availability time-wise (everyone is in such high-demand!). This may push back printing of DVDs and CDs to a slightly later date. Of course we will do our best to deliver to the timeline but will keep you informed of any possible delays.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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