Venus Bites the Big Apple!

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Raised by 56 people in 8 months
Help Conspiracy of Venus Get to NYC!
We need $10,000 to ensure that all our singers can go on tour to NYC, May 18-21, 2018!

Conspiracy of Venus is a vocal ensemble made up of 30 women (women-identifying people) based in San Francisco that explores the creative frontiers of music under the artistic direction of Joyce Todd McBride. We interpret Joyce’s daring and inventive arrangements of beloved songs, ranging from popular classics (Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi” and David Bowie’s “Life On Mars”) to edgy contemporary pieces (Bjork’s “Possibly Maybe”), as well as original compositions by Joyce, with dazzling technical verve and tons of personality. Drawing inspiration from medieval music, jazz, funk, and new music, Conspiracy of Venus takes vocal music into territories not often explored by more traditional choirs or a cappella groups; think of us as an alt-choir, the punk ladies of choral music, if you will.

Our first album, Muse Ecology, was released in February, 2016. The album was recorded at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, showcasing Joyce’s intricate arrangements and the group’s diverse voices. 


What are we doing?

Following right on the heels of our album release, we went on tour to New York City for the first time in May 2016. It was a roaring success, and we have been urged to return by old friends and new fans alike. With two dates already set in Manhattan in May and a third being confirmed in Brooklyn, we are ready to go, but some of our sisters in song need your help to get there!

Why do we need your help?

While many of our sisters in song are able to self-fund this trip, others need some support to get there.  All donations to this GoFundMe drive will be used to cover travel and lodging costs for members.

Conspiracy of Venus is part of the nonprofit charitable 501(c)3 organization, the Conspiracy of Beards. All donations are tax deductible, and are eligible for most workplace charitable matching programs!

We plan to leave for the tour on May 17, but we'd like to have all members fully funded by the end of March in order to purchase flights, the sooner the better! The funds will be used to provide scholarships to those choir members who demonstrate financial hardship.  Each choir member will benefit from your help, because we are a community that thrives when we all participate. As we grow as musicians and performers, the ability to go on tours and engage in other projects allows us to continue to evolve and reach a wider audience. And now, more than ever, the world needs brave art and music that pushes boundaries; supporting Conspiracy of Venus is supporting your local music community as well as a community choir. What's not to love? 

Further tidbits and material of interest...

 Since our formation in 2007 as the sister group to the all-male Conspiracy of Beards, we have delighted sold out crowds at many San Francisco venues, including The Great American Music Hall, The Palace of Fine Arts, The Independent, The Swedish American Hall, The Rickshaw Stop, The Make-Out Room, and others, sharing bills with John Vanderslice, The Mountain Goats, The Mother Hips, Blame Sally, Emily Jane White, and Rupa and the April Fishes, to name a few. We have performed twice on the radio show West Coast Live, and we participated in Undercover Presents’ full album cover of The Pixies’ Doolittle in 2011. In spring of 2012, we participated in the San Francisco Music Video Race.

After David Bowie's untimely passing we rocked his "Life on Mars" at a tribute show at the Castro Theater. Check it out!

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Thank you so much to all of our generous donors for Conspiracy of Venus' 2018 NYC tour! We had a very successful tour, and no Venus was left behind, thanks to your generous support of local, community music! You, our fans, friends, and family, are our heroes!
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Spotlight on Natalie!
Raised in the South Bay and proud resident of the Excelsior District in San Francisco, Natalie Hopner joined Conspiracy of Venus in September 2011 as an Alto 2, serving as the choir President for 2 years, and is currently the Conspiracy of Beards Board President. You can find her music elsewhere as one of the backing vocalist Rituelles for Jordan and the RituaL, and singing and playing keyboards with her own band, Captain Flapjack. After an 11 year career at a small nonprofit where she finished as the Interim Executive Director, Natalie is currently taking some down time, doing project-based work and planning some travels, while she works on her own endeavors. She has a BA in Environmental Studies and Anthropology from UC Santa Cruz.
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Spotlight on Cat!
Cat Brewer is a local bay area designer with a love of singing that spans back through childhood. She studied classical voice throughout high school, and toured Bulgaria with Superdevoiche, UCLA’s Balkan Women’s Choir, while in college. Most recently, she was a member of the Oakland Soft Rock Choir, and now is a proud new member of Conspiracy of Venus. You may find her crooning jazz standards at Martuni’s occasionally, if you’re lucky.
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Spotlight on Sylvia!
Before Conspiracy of Venus Sylvia Kratins’ performing life was centered on acting. Her parents were enthusiastic choristers, and there was lots of music in her home, but she never sang much. Sylvia fell in love with Conspiracy of Venus in May of 2007. When she saw thirty dressed up women get on the tiny stage at Amnesia and break into “I’m Your Man.” That was it. She’s been wailing away in the Soprano 1 section ever since. Sylvia is an inventive cook, an indifferent housekeeper, and likes to sleep late. When she’s not engaged in those important pursuits, she’s happily finding a little trouble to get into with her wonderful husband.
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Raised by 56 people in 8 months
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