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A Prophet’s Tale by 7 Names: Marjani & Everett Saunders

The Project : an Update

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We are 7NMS| Marjani Forté-Saunders + Everett Saunders, radical experimenters in art, sound, and performance. Last Fall we commenced development on our eighth collaboration A Prophet’s Tale  a multi-year, iterative Film, Literary, Music, and Performance Project,  discussing the life-journey’s of the Emcee/Lyricist, an alchemist and minister of Hip Hop culture whose pivotal journey share a timely, personal, and universal story of transcendence, ingenuity, and wisdom. We’re telling these stories through a potent weave of movement, music, rhymin’, poetry, and visual imagery with an incredible team of performers and designers!

COVID19 has wrecked havoc in our field of artists and innovators. And yes , we moved quickly from a year of engagements to an empty calendar. But we are emerging with a tighter focus  on incubating and developing this work, where we are currently sheltering #atHome, providing new and renewed opportunities for partnership, online engagement, and the rigorous integration of our creative process with our lives. 

We are asking your help to directly support our ability to rise and develop A Prophets Tale in the age of COVID19.  Make a tax deductible donation here: http://igfn.us/form/kllvIA

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Sincerely,Marjani & Everett–

A Note about The Collaboration of Marjani & Everett Saunders

The work centers composer Everett Saunders narratives, references, and sonic impulses as an Emcee and Sound designer to examine and exalt the lives of Hip Hop architects and Emcees. Everett is one of his names, yet as “Mental” he is also an Emcee. Marjani is serving as a choreographer and director in the project. This is an ongoing collaboration, that marks our eighth collaboration, with Everett serving as Composer and Sound Designer on all of Marjani’s choreographic works, dating back to Marjani’s first mainstage presentation of EGO, as part of Dance Theatre Workshop’s Fresh Tracks Performance Series and Artist Residency.

For Marjani’s trilogy of works examining the intersections mental illness, addiction, and systemic oppression, Everett received a New Music USA Grant to develop a 3-Dimensional aural experience for audiences during the performance. He continued this journey for a Sound Installation paired with video, at MoCADA Museum during Marjani’s Curatorial Residency and Exhibit “being Here… In Memory”. Our last work Memoirs of a… Unicorn received two NY Dance and Performance/Bessie Awards for Outstanding Production and Outstanding Visual Design. Inspired by the contemporary presence of friends and mentors, Okwui Okpokwasili and Peter Born, 7 Names is our public emergence as a collaborative team, with both artists working at the visioning helm of this project. 

Bailey’s Café (www.baileyscafe.org), a Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn based non-profit is honored to serve as the fiscal sponsor for The Prophet’s Tale’s multimedia arts residency at Baryshnikov Art Center October 28th- November 16th.

Marjani Forte-Saunders
Everette Saunders