dried tobacco & concert promotion

It’s been a while since I have blogged. Well, in a few days I have a concert to produce, and it’s not my own!

On January 11 at 7:30 pm, anyone in or near Kalamazoo can come hear the Michigan premier of the Dried Tobacco Project at the Kalamazoo College Arcus Center for Social Justice and Leadership. The space is not your traditional concert hall, and it will be beautiful. Just look at these pictures!

The Dried Tobacco Project is not to be missed. At 5 pm there is a workshop, “Queering the Canon: Turning Text into Music into Justice” by our artists, Cassandra and Ian. After that you can stay for the  6 pm Dinner, followed by the 7:30 pm concert. If you want to take part of dinner and all the offerings, it’s best to RSVP to acsjl@kzoo.edu.

The Dried Tobacco Project is a song cycle with a message. Composed and performed by Cassandra Kaczor with baritone Ian McGuffin, with poetry by author Will Brooks.The work is a message of hope and a way to understand “particularly oppressed persons who have experienced or are currently experiencing situations of bullying, abandonment, and depression.”

The songs-which masterfully shift between spoken word, whistling, and expressionistic vocals delivered by the emotive Ian McGuffin-teeter on the edge of a breakdown or soothe you like a warm cup of soup, or somewhere in between those ranges of emotion. The music is contemporary with hints of southern blues and gospel, and always evoking the sensations and imagery set up by the poets words.

The 7:30 program will last about 45 minutes and this is our stage:

To hear an interview with myself, Cassandra, and Ian, tune in to WMUK 102.1 FM at 10 am EST on Tuesday, January 10. The program will also include selections of the song cycle performed live in WMUK’s Takeda Studio.

Dr. Lisa Brock, academic director of the Arcus Center, will also appear with me on the Lori Moore Show this Monday, January 9, sometime around 4 pm EST.

We hope to see you there.

-Adam Schumaker