TORRINGTON (press release) – The John Brown Project, a community arts initiative of Culture 4 A Cause, received generous funding from the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts (which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency) through two separate grants. A Supporting Arts grant and an Artists Respond grant were awarded respectively to Culture 4 A Cause and Dan Morrison.
“We are delighted that the artistic leaders of the state and the region see the same treasure of community value in this project that we see and that they have decided to invest in it,” said Daniel Morrison, board member of administration of Culture 4 A Cause and executive producer. of the project.
The funding will guarantee the completion of a multimedia community art project launched last spring. “His Truth Is Marching On” will feature a 20-minute song and audio podcast exploring the history of American music from 1619 to hip hop, told through the Civil War song, John Brown’s Body. He explores how music has historically brought blacks and whites together, typically children.
The project will record primarily at the Red Room Sound Studio, bringing in local artists for the performances. “We even put the local photographer in place of the drummer during the rock and roll portion of the song,” says Morrison, of Torrington’s Jamie J. Tilley who played in a rock band much of his youth. .
“In addition to Jamie, we are delighted to work with some of Torrington’s musical titans, including the Torrington High School Marching Band and Chorus Angelicus, but also banjo legend Guy Wolff, piano maestro Johnny Davis and music legends. rock Lucinda and Michael of Red Room Sound Studio / Flying Key Entertainment, ”adds Jacque Williams, co-founder of Culture 4A Cause and co-producer of the project, before pointing out that a few non-professional local artists also contribute.
Beginning with Native American and African percussion, the song cuts through the early 19th century banjo, Civil War style marching band, acoustic blues, swing, gospel and rock and roll, before the crescendo of hip-hop. The voiceover in the 20-minute podcast version will weave these musical pieces together, explaining how and why each style developed. C4C started the project using crowdfunding donations from 19 people in four states. “We are extremely grateful to the donors who have embarked on the project and are delighted that the CT Office of the Arts agrees with them,” adds Morrison.