Living Paper Song Project
Thank you for stopping by our campaign. We've got a wonderful show, but we need your help to make it happen!
Living Paper Song Project is a vocal performance company specializing in entertaining, professional performances of solo song. Our productions put sung poetry in beautiful, thought-provoking contexts. Incorporating visual art, multimedia, and narrative, Living Paper's programs are produced with the highest standards for first-rate artistry and original research, but they are also designed to appeal to audiences of all backgrounds and experience levels.
About this program:
"I, too" is Living Paper's sung tribute to iconic American poet Langston Hughes. Hughes' far-reaching imagination and vibrant, incisive style drew the blueprint for modern African-American literature. His poems depict American characters and voices with verve, charm, and simplicity. They address this country's continuing racial struggles with an unflinching eye and a fearless mind.
Hughes' poetry is closely linked with music; he embraced jazz and blues forms, creating fresh new approaches to American poetry grounded in African-American tradition. The results have appealed to composers from Hughes' own generation to the present. "I, too" features musical settings by Margaret Bonds, Hall Johnson, Florence B. Price, Ricky Ian Gordon, John Musto, Robert Owens, and Rosephanye Powell, among others.
The music is paired with original stories, poems, and insights by poet and Langston Hughes scholar Philip Bryant as well as recordings of Hughes reading his own poems.
The entire performance takes place against the backdrop of a projected visual program including Hughes' original manuscripts, typescripts, and photographs, as well as the art of Harlem Renaissance artists Archibald Motley and Aaron Douglas.
Philip Bryant - Poet & Narrator
Anitra Coulter Blunt - soprano
Katherine Altobello - mezzo-soprano
Tim O'Brien - baritone
Donnie Ray Albert - baritone
Chien-Lin Lu - piano
How we will use funds from this campaign:
1) We will pay our musicians and our poet!!
2) Research costs
3) Image licenses (we try to do things by the book!)
4) Travel and housing expenses
5) Promotional Materials
7)) Non-profit status process costs
Thank you so much for your help!