As I sit down with my Great Lakes Christmas Ale (that's right, I had to slip away from the beautiful Chicago to visit my hometown of Cleveland for a minute...but I'll be back tomorrow--don't worry!) I am thinking about how much information we've hit you with in the last few months.
Between our personal endeavors, careers, and BPP's many nutty Sunday and Monday night extravaganzas, we can't believe you're still following this shit.
The New Year is a great time to reflect on what we have done and what we hope for the future. Ian and I would like to do the same. Since you're here already...err....
First off, we want to thank you, our supporters, listeners, artist friends and present and future patrons. We can't do it without you.
Here's what we've done in the last year:
-decided to randomly write a song cycle [grossing nearly $5K and launching the company]
-applied for a grant
-won that grant application
-booked concerts in 5 new venues
-produced a concert series [that manages to cover its musicians' bar tabs]
-started working on a libretto for a new work
-dreamt up a crazy experimental work for voice [TBD 2017]
Who knows what we'll do next? We have so much coming up, along with the balancing of finishing our masters' degrees and working in the industry. We're just happy to contribute artistically, culturally and alcoholically to whatever we can.
We look forward to goofing off and making more art in 2017. Stay posted for Adult Fairy Tales and Musicians Who Brunch III, as well as our Michigan Premiere of Dried Tobacco Project on January 11th and our Hard Premiere of DT at Roosevelt University on February 8th!
Brunch on, friends. Have one on us...er...figuratively speaking. Unless you see us, in which case we'll probably have a drink with you.
All the best, and happy New Year,
Today we ventured to Kalamazoo, Michigan to record snippets of Dried Tobacco and take an interview to prepare our listeners for an upcoming performance at Kalamazoo College on January 11th, 2017.
We had fun wining and dining around Kalamazoo after our work was over.
We can't wait to share this very important work with west Michigan! If you are in the area and interested in it please join us/tune in for the following:
[all times in eastern standard time]
January 10th: Radio broadcast on WMUK (102.1) in Kalamazoo!
5 P.M. Workshop @ the Arcus Center for Social Justice
6 P.M. Free dinner/open talk with Ian and Cassandra
7:30 P.M. Michigan premiere of Dried Tobacco Project at the Arcus Social Justice Center at Kalamazoo College
[Please RSVP if you plan to attend the workshop or dinner]
As always, happy brunching!
We raise a glass to you for being patient with us during this long strech after our last event.
We apologize for the delay in reports on our artistic progress. We're not taking a break. We are just planning and plotting for the future!
So, what's next on the docket for BPP? Ian is hard at work, reinvigorating classic opera works for contemporary aesthetic and cultural climate via his "Adult Fairy Tales" Project. I'm planning our next Musicians Who Brunch event, which, by the way, is going super well!
I was so moved and appreciative of the turnout at the most recent MWB event. We doubled our profit from the last two events (which entirely went back to the composers and performers involved in the evening--we're gonna keep Chicago artists working in Chicago), and we can't wait for the next one in February. I really think we're building something!
We are looking forward to our radio interview with WMUK in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in preparation for our January 11th concert at Kalamzoo College. We'll be headed to Michigan on December 19th to take our message outside of Chicago, and are so pumped to keep our art moving forward!
If you want to get invovled with us, shoot us an email or text or message, or just show up at our favorite and regular Edgewater bars for a great hangout. As always, we appreciate your support and enthusiasm.
Lots of love, wine and art,