The Living Earth Show

Lordship and Bondage: The Birth of the Negro Superman

With a libretto that draws from G.W.F Hegel’s “Lordship and Bondage” from Phenomenology of the Spirit, Friedrich Nietzsche’s “Übermensch” from Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Cornel West writing on Music and Sun Ra’s interviews and writings on discipline and freedom, this piece engages African Americans’ experiences of enslaved and liberated consciousness. It is a melodramatic epic expressing and enacting a becoming of Black mind, body, and soul beyond the violence of both slavery and liberty.
Unfolding in nine movements, this piece continues M. Lamar’s juxtapositions of: a sub-genre among Negro spirituals which he call Doom Spirituals; sub- genres of black and doom metal; and contemporary opera and classical music. This work continues the rich investigations and compositions from his recent collaboration with Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, the theorist and composer of Transcendental Black Metal. The underground aesthetics of Goth and metal subculture are also central to the look and feel of this piece.Lamar is guided in this work by a desire for a new existential philosophy on, for, and from Black consciousness, which partakes of what Fred Moten calls “the black Radical tradition,” but which distinctively rejects and seeks a world beyond Christianity alongside and inseparable from white supremacist liberal capitalism.

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released February 15, 2019

Composed By M. Lamar & The Living Earth Show

M. Lamar-Piano and Voice
Travis John Andrews- Guitar
Andy Meyerson- Percussion