Harlem Voices is a 1920s-era musical that explores present-day issues of racism, LGBTQ issues, inept leadership, African-American military service in WWI, and racial profiling (among many other issues). It is about a brilliant young black vocalist who was traumatized by the Rosewood, FL massacre of her family members by the KKK. She is conflicted by falling in love with a white patron of the racially segregated club where she works in Harlem called the Black Jay Club. I am presently writing the “book” (play), libretto, and music... the entire creative product. The video shown below describes the main story of the piece. It should give you a good idea of the way I envision the look and feel of the musical to be. I created all the 3d modeled figures and music in the movie.
Harlem Voices appeared, fully-formed, as a response to the racial tensions in the United States heightened by the current administration. After reexamining the abbreviated cantata form, it became clear that the piece required a deeper expression. This piece feels immediate and important as a way to answer the resurgence of the KKK, white supremacy, and Nazi groups plaguing the United States.
Clicking on the button below will take you to the special website devoted totally to Harlem Voices. There, you will learn everything there is to know about the piece (MP3 recordings, scores, about the book, interviews, etc.) and how it is progressing.