Funeral Doom Spiritual
About the show
New York Premiere / Multi-Media Concert
Funeral Doom Spiritual: For Male Soprano, Piano, and Electronics is a song of mourning for what Antony Paul Farley calls “the motionless movement of death through slavery, segregation, and neo-segregation.” Drawing on themes of apocalypse, end times, and rapture found in Negro Spirituals, this new performance featuring M. Lamar and composed by Lamar and Hunter Hunt-Hendrix explores radical historical expressions and futuristic longings for destruction of the white supremacist world order. Taking place a century in the future, this new monodrama focuses on a protagonist forever “carrying carrying carrying” the coffins of the fallen and forever mourning. Evoking Negro Spirituals that call for the end times, what Lamar calls “Doom Spirituals,” this music-theatre work exhumes legacies of racial violence while longing for the forthcoming destruction of the white supremacy world.
Funeral Doom Spiritual is a part of our fifth annual PROTOTYPE Festival, co-produced with Beth Morrison Projects. For more information on the artists, works and events in this year's festival please visit the PROTOTYPE website.
Composers: M. Lamar and Hunter Hunt-Hendrix
Librettists: M. Lamar and Tucker Culbertson
Voice and Piano: M. Lamar
Electronics: Hunter Hunt-Hendrix
Art Director: Sabin Michael Calvert
String Arrangements: The James Ilgenfritz Ensemble
Costume Designer: Erik Bergrin
Co-presented with National Sawdust
Photo credit M. Lamar