DESTRUCTION is a song of mourning for what Anthony Paul Farley calls “the “motionless movement of death through slavery, segregation and neo-segregation.’ It is this black death that has inspired M. Lamar’s newest music theater piece for male soprano and piano DESTRUCTION. Drawing from the apocalyptic/end times/ rapture themes in Negro Spirituals to explore the most radical of US negro’s long held and continued call for an end to the current world order which is synonymous with white supremacy. DESTRUCTION is a is a futuristic salvaging of the negro spirit in a destroyed western world in flames.
Written and performed by M. Lamar
Voice and piano by M. Lamar
Sound design by Bryce Hackford
Art Direction by Sabin Calvert
Research consultant Tucker Culbertson
Mr. Lamar plumbs the depths of all-American trauma with visionary verve.
The New York Times
Through his music, he has commented on the legacies of slavery, Jim Crow, slave ships, and lynching.
M. Lamar, performs songs that are a cross stylistically between operatic excess, old-fashioned Negro spirituals and demonic possession
M. Lamar works across opera, metal, performance, video, and sculpture to craft sprawling narratives of racial and sexual transformation. 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 Participant Inc., New York; New Museum, New York; Sodra 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. Lamar has had many years of classical vocal study with Ira Siff, among others; and is a recipient of the Franklin Furnace Fund Grant 2013-2014 and a Harpo Foundation grant 2014-15.
Tickets are available from the Marlborough, in cash, with no booking fee.