A big huge wet sloppy thank you to all the supporters who donated to Dithyrambalina through our recent Kickstarter Campaign. It is an incredible feeling to have strangers give you money for something we so passionately believe in because they believe in it too!
Pay day! Neighborhood band, The Bywater Boys, with their loot after performing with NY punk band Japanther at The Music Box last spring. Your support will spread across our community in so many ways!
Swoon was in New Orleans recently to spend time with our new collaborators, Master Blacksmith Darryl Reeves and Master Plasterer Jeff Poree. These men, and generations of their families before them, have built and continue to maintain the very architecture that inspires this project. Historian and founder of the New Orleans Master Crafts Guild, John Hankins, is informing the meaning of this collaboration with his endless knowledge and insight about our city. Swoon and Airlift will be working with all of them to build one of our new musical houses. Imagine Swoon’s designs rendered in wrought iron by Darryl who is full of ideas for how to make metal sing!
Swoon and Master Blacksmith Darryl
We had an incredible weekend exploring Shreveport, Louisiana. We will be building an Outpost of Musical Architecture there next Spring with the UNSCENE! Residency.
The musical house we build will spend time in Shreveport before returning to New Orleans to become part of Dithyrambalina. We will be building with salvage from an amazingly beautiful settlement of blighted shotgun houses dating to roughly the 1910′s and most likely built by the people who lived in them. We are already thinking of ways to honor this gift!
Thanks to Josh, Brandon, Gregory and Pam – our amazing hosts from the Shreveport Arts Council. We even got to meet one of the founders of the obscure, but all the more legendary band The Residents at the first UNSCENE event! Dying of fandom!!
Here are some images from our trip
YOUR SUPPORT HELPS TO BUILD THE FIRST FIVE FOUNDING STRUCTURES OF THIS MUSICAL VILLAGE!
Dithyrambalina will be a sonic playground, performance venue and laboratory for musical architecture in New Orleans.
Your funding will go towards the creation of first five musical structures that will become part of Dithyrambalina’s growing musical village – including materials and fees for our artists and collaborating partners. The new musical houses will begin making public appearances in May of 2014 while the goal of this Kickstarter campaign will be met when all five of these structures are built by Fall of 2014.
We will use these inaugural structures to form a roving village that will visit neighborhoods around New Orleans, and the country, sharing the wonder and possibility of musical architecture with new audiences as we continue to grow our village and work towards securing a perfect and permanent site for Dithyrambalina in New Orleans.
We are building towards the creation of a unique space unlike any other in the country and these first five houses will help us get there. Donations exceeding our goal will allow us to continue building this village of wonder, imagination and innovation one musical house at a time!
Lead Sound Artist Taylor Shepherd, Master Blacksmith Darryl Reeves, Project Manager Tori Bush, and Director of New Orleans Master Crafts Guild John Hankins in Reeves blacksmith shop
In the coming months we are going to start building the musical houses that will become part of Dithyrambalina's evolving musical village. A town is not built in day. It is built over time by many hands, many ideas, and many influences and that is how we intend to proceed! We are excited to announce the first of many new partnerships with local and national community groups who will be collaborating with our artists.
The New Orleans Master Crafts Guild seeks to revive the building trade traditions of New Orleans families and provide apprenticeship training for new generations of Master Craftsmen. This partnership will provide our artists the amazing opportunity to collaborate with New Orleans Master Craftsmen, such as master plasterer Jeff Poree and master blacksmith Darryl Reeves. Together they will create a musical house that brings to bear these craftsmens' skills, along with the resounding and important history of their trades, traced back through generations of craftsmen who have artistically contributed to and literally built New Orleans' famed architecture. Guild members will use centuries old traditional building arts techniques to imbue the structure with the legacies of generations of the legendary artisans who built New Orleans.
We are so excited about what this partnership will bring to the Dithyrambalina project! We will be announcing more partnerships like this soon. Relationships like these are continuing the spirit of inclusive collaboration which has been the key to this project's success!
New Orleans Airlift is please to announce our new partnership with:
Born in the aftermath of catastrophic flooding in the Lower Ninth Ward caused by the failure of the federal levee system following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development(CSED) provides community-based support to residents of the Lower Ninth Ward – from “River to Bayou” – in all aspects of sustainability for area neighborhoods as part of long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts.
New Orleans Airlift is partnering with CSED on a number of initiatives as we explore the possibility of locating Dithyrambalina in the historic Lower 9th Ward. We are honored to have CSED staff and board involved with our efforts to connect to the community, to develop sustainable building and operating principles for Dithyrambalina, and to determine the best site for our campus of musical architecture.
In the coming months Airlift and CSED will cooperate on programming throughout the Lower 9th ward that helps to introduce our project to the neighborhood and to highlight our shared interests in creativity, environment, and community.
Recently Dithyrambalina's lead sound artist, Taylor Shepherd, competed in the prestigious Margaret Guthman Musical Instrument Competition at Georgia Tech University. This amazing competition brought together instrument inventors from around the world and featured incredibly creative applications of computer technology and ideas of what an instrument could be.
Delaney Martin, Dithyrambalina's Artistic Director, joined Taylor and had the opportunity to meet all the contestants in what turned out to be an amazing research trip for the project. We also met Judge and personal hero Laurie Anderson (pictured below with Taylor). Thanks to Georgia Tech and the Guthman Family for putting on this amazing event. See what the NY times has to say about it by clicking here.