Archive for July, 2013

We did it!!! From Darkness funded!

Reposted from Kickstarter

We reached our funding goal!!!! Together we will bring the Dead Superheroes Orchestra to Las Vegas, New Mexico!

It’s been inspiring to see such a widespread community work together to reach the funding goal for this campaign. Pledges have come from all over. They have come from friends, family, and fans from all eras of our time on planet earth. Thank you all so much for your support.

I can’t wait to see some of you on August 9 in Las Vegas. I also can’t wait to send rewards to others. The zombie, too, is ravenous with excitement…or it is simply ravenous. Thank you for being here with us. You give us a reason to perform, to compose, to write existentialist poetry and gothic stories, and to keep going.

Thank you once again for your support!

 

-Mark

The Death Card and the origins of “Beyond the farthest star”

Reposted from Kickstarter

Roughly 5 years ago, I had a dream about a fire.  The dream centered around a married couple whose daughter who died in the fire.  The tragedy led to the couple to drift apart, both overcome by grief.  The man became obsessed with reviving his daughter from the dead.

At one point in my dream, the man had a dream of his own, in which he was walking through a mannequin factory.  Suddenly, the mannequins all came to life, singing a melody.  One of these mannequins was giant and covered in burns.

Ultimately, I decided to use this dream as a starting point for my opera, “Beyond the farthest star.”  I named the central character Violet, the girl brought back to life as a monster.

I wrote several short stories about Violet and drew many sketches of what I imagined she might look like.  This is the last sketch I finished.

I will adapt this image to the traditional themes of the Death Card from the tarot deck.  The final product will be used in our Death Card reward.

Positively Beautiful – A fight song.

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I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to this Kickstarter campaign thus far.  Your generosity and support has inspired me.  I have completed a song entitled “Positively Beautiful.”  It is a song about love and living without fear.  I posted a recording of it on Youtube this morning:

Thank you for your support.  Together we can do amazing things.

Please share this video and this campaign with everyone.

Also, please memorize these lyrics:

I will tie my soul to yours
And build a barricade around our hearts
To stand against all attempts to pull us apart.

I will breathe each breath with yours
And exhale the breath of the universe
that lifted bones from the sands of the planet earth.

I will add my scars to yours
To build a thicker skin to defend
When my arms have no more strength in them.

I will raise my voice with yours
And scream ten thousand thousand things
Until there are no more words for us to speak.

We know the odds are stacked against us.
Even so, we’ll take our chances.
We’ll never look back,
Never turn back.
So positively beautiful.

Meet Beth Alderete Meyer, Pianist

Reposted from Kickstarter

Darklings,

We have a pianist!  Meet Beth Alderete Meyer from Las Vegas, New Mexico.  Beth will be playing piano with DSO on August 9 in Las Vegas, NM.

Here’s a video of Beth practicing Debussy’s “Doctor Gradus Ad Parnassum.”

Beth Alderete Meyer is a pianist, singer, and clarinetist from Las Vegas, New Mexico.  She began playing piano at the age of 6, studyingwith Mary Edith Johnson and later with Linda King.  As a pianist, she has performed for classical music festivals in Las Vegas including Bach Marathon, Mozart Marathon, and Moveable Music. While studying at New Mexico State University, Beth played clarinet with the Pride Marching Band, Roadrunner Revue, and Symphonic Concert Band. Beth is currently a senior at New Mexico Highlands University where she is studying Early Childhood and Multicultural Education. She is a member of the NMHU Performing Arts Club, with which she recently performed in a musical review of “Wicked.” In her spare time, Beth plays piano and sings for her two year old son’s entertainment and welcomes opportunities to learn and perform new music.

Meet Julietta Rabens-Moore, harpist and composer from Albuquerque, NM

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On August 9, harpist and composer Julietta Rabens-Moore, from Albuquerque, New Mexico, will perform with DSO for the Meadow City Music Festival.  Julietta writes intensely beautiful, often dark, songs for harp, piano, voice, and many other instruments. She has some very impressive credentials, having a doctorate degree in Music Composition, and a master’s degree in Harp performance.  She’s also had works commissioned and performed by members of the Chicago Lyric Opera, Chicago Symphony, and the Minnesota Orchestra.

After exchanging a few emails about music with Julietta, she told me she had composed a cycle of songs based on text from Stephen King’s novel “Carrie.”  Obviously, I was very intrigued by this.  I am always happy to hear music with such interesting, dark origins.  These songs are abstract, haunting pieces for piano and voice that explore the psychological breakdown depicted in “Carrie.”  You can listen to these pieces, entitled “Dirty Pillows,” and more of her music on her Reverbnation page.

Julietta received her Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition from University of Nebraska in Lincoln. She received her master’s in harp from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. She has had works commissioned and performed by members of the Chicago Lyric Opera, Chicago Symphony, and the Minnesota Orchestra. She teaches at the New Mexico School of Music where she is chair of the theory and composition department. She teaches composition, harp, and piano to students, including those with special needs. Julietta is a harpist for the Arts-in-Medicine program and is the Executive Director of Healing Harps, Inc. She is a freelance performer and is harpist for the Bellissima duo with flutist Cathy Hawthorne-Perez.

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