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"You rarely see Joni Mitchell invoked as a reference point...because her music is so uniquely individual that few can follow her. But in Shana Tucker, we have a worthy successor. The Durham (NC) singer/cellist calls what she does "ChamberSoul," and her debut album "SHiNE" is a delectable combination of folksy acoustic pop and in-the-pocket jazz, topped off with her easy croon. It's an impressive record..."
— David Menconi, THE NEWS & OBSERVER
Southern trees bear a strange fruit
Blood on the leaves, and blood at the root
Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.
Pastoral scene of the Galant South
The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth
Scent of magnolia, sweet and fresh
And the sudden smell of burning flesh
Here is the fruit for the crows to pluck
For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck
For the sun to rot, for the trees to drop --
Here is a strange and bitter crop.
Published as poem, "Bitter Fruit" (1937) by Abel Meeropol
Lyrics & Melody as "Strange Fruit" by Lewis Allen (pseudonym)
"SURRENDER" FOR SUDDENLY I SEE BY KRISTIN TAYLOR
THE PROJECT: Compose a 5-minute piece, separated into three "phases" (movements): i - Discovery; ii - Engagement; iii - Surrender. Execute creation process in different time zones (Kristin & Okorie: EST; Shana: PST). Create entire score without seeing the choreography.
"No dancer can match Kristin Taylor, Simoneau's senior company member for purely joyful movement in her self-choreographed solo, Suddenly I See, Taylor uses her powerful, compact body to explore and carve her way through space in curves and explosions. She too uses original music, this one composed by Shana Tucker (and Okorie Johnson)." – Lynne Felder, WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL
tHE aMAZING aDVENTURES OF gRACE mAY b. bROWN
by Andrea E. Woods/SOULOWORKS
"The Amazing Adventures of Grace May B. Brown,” features dance, music, singing, narration, folk art and photographic images. “I call the work a contemporary praise dance/folk performance because it uses dance, song, spirituality, music and narration as multilayered storytelling,” Woods writes."
– Susan Broili, THE HERALD-SUN
THE PROJECT: Utilizing text and lyrics provided by the writer, compose a sound tapestry to be woven into the storytelling quilt representing characters of different generations and life experiences. Influences - folk and roots music, spirituals, childhood stomp-cheers and hand games. Use video footage and descriptions of scene, tone, atmosphere to create soundtrack remotely (Vegas to Durham).
I LOVE MY HAIR WHEN IT'S GOOD: & THEN AGAIN WHEN IT'S DEFIANT AND IMPRESSIVE BY CHAUNESTI WEBB
THE PROJECT: Compose an original soundscape reminiscent of black radio (record players, tape decks, 8-tracks) spanning the 1970's - mid-1990's. Create interludes which expose palpable emotion and serve as conduits from one scene/circumstance to the next. Create motifs for different characters which express generation, spirit, confidence, timidity, and other attributes that will present themselves throughout the course of the script.
Genevieve and Moni grew up together in a family of African American women – playing double-dutch, chasing fireflies, sharing the pain of the hot comb – attempting to make sense of the world through the complicated relationship they have with their hair. The 2012 smash hit returns to Manbites Dog for a special encore presentation.
“Five Stars” – Indy Week
"Economics, domestic violence and education will all play a part in this. But the largest agents will include a double bind hardly limited to African-American families of a recent era in the South, in which the young are expected to make their family and community proud, but still not "get above their raising." Webb's characters are also subject to generation-spanning—but still dysfunctional—gender roles in which a woman's worth is measured mostly by her self-sacrifice, if not her outright martyrdom."
– Byron Woods, INDY WEEK
background image photography:
Chris Charles for C R E A T I V E S I L E N C E