The Living Earth Show

Lordship & Bondage: The Birth of the Negro Superman

10TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON PERFORMANCE: ODC Theater, March 6, 2020

The theatrical male soprano, pianist, and composer M. Lamar—whose quasi-operatic creations grapple with issues of race, violence, desire, and liberation—collaborates with the San Francisco-based guitar-and-percussion duo the Living Earth Show in a new song cycle, “Lordship and Bondage: The Birth of the Negro Superman.” Almost entirely without words, it is a visceral response to notions drawn from Hegel, Nietzsche, and Sun Ra. The music conjures the ghostly plaint of rural blues and gospel singers, Diamanda Galás’s thunderous end-times arias, and the nihilistic menace of Scandinavian black metal—often all at once. (Steve Smith, New Yorker)

Photo by Johnny Q. Studio, costumes by Frank Tell.

Press

"While I therefore cannot confirm or deny whether a Negro Superman was indeed born on Friday night, I can say I’ll likely never forget Lamar’s challenging attempt."

San Francisco Classical Voice The Living Earth Show November 2, 2018

Collaborators

M. Lamar

M. Lamar

M. Lamar is a composer who works across opera, metal, performance, video, sculpture and installation to craft sprawling narratives of radical becomings that “plumb the depth of all-American trauma with visionary verve” (The New York Times). Lamar holds a BFA from The San Francisco Art Institute and attended the Yale School of Art, sculpture program, before dropping out to pursue music. Lamar’s work has been presented internationally, most recently at The Meet Factory in Prague, The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, National Sawdust New York, The Kitchen New York, MoMa PS1’s Greater New York, Merkin Hall, New York, Issue Project Room New York, The Walter and McBean Galleries, San Francisco; Human resources, Los Angeles;Wesleyan University; Participant Inc., New York; New Museum, New York; Södra Teatern, Stockholm; Warehouse9, Copenhagen; WWDIS Fest, Gothenburg and Stockholm; The International Theater Festival, Donzdorf, Germany; Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, New York; Performance Space 122, New York; and African American Art & Culture Complex, San Francisco; among others. Mr. Lamar continues to study classical and bel canto technique with Ira Siff, and is a recipient of a 2016 NYFA Fellowship in Music and Sound and grants from the Rema Hort Mann Foundation (2015), Harpo Foundation (2014-2015), and Franklin Furnace Fund (2013–14).

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