November 5, 2016, 8:00 pm
The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street New York, NY 10011
"he looked up at me and had the most intense, aggressive face... it looks like a demon.”
M. Lamar’s new composition (for male soprano, piano, and projections) is in part inspired by the grand jury testimony of Darren Wilson (the white police officer who murdered unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.) The Demon Rising embraces and incarnates white fantasies of blackness as oversized, superhuman, a supernatural menace. At the same time, it charts the black subject's psychic and mythic odyssey from dehumanizing rituals of death toward a self-made re-membering. M. Lamar sings, “trying to put ourselves back together we’re in pieces.” From these pieces, Lamar imagines a new subject emerging.
Piano and Voice: M. Lamar
Music composed by M. Lamar
Libretto by M. Lamar and Tucker Culbertson
Art Direction and projection by Sabin Michael Calvert
Read more information on The Kitchen website.