TRAVIS SULLIVAN/THE PILGRIMAGE PROJECT
The Pilgrimage Project is a performance piece for a six piece jazz ensemble to accompany a presentation of Kevin's photo documentary "Pilgrimage: Looking at Ground Zero" (Powerhouse Books 2002, used by permission from Kevin Bubriski). This work will be presented in September 2011 to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
The "Pilgrimage" photographs focus on the faces of people looking at the World Trade Center disaster site in the months following the 9/11 attacks. These images are a powerful commentary on humanity and collective consciousness in the aftermath of tragedy. Jazz, in part, came out of struggle and communion in the face of adversity. The musical component of this presentation will pay homage to that legacy and utilize the improvisational and stylistic elements of modern jazz to provide a context for audiences to reflect upon the photographs, and to serve as a metaphor for the complexity of human emotion in the face of suffering.
The photographs will be presented in sequence on a large projection screen above the stage as the musicians perform the piece. There are 75 photographs, and the entire presentation will be approximately 60 minutes in length. The overall structure of the work will be a multi-movement suite that will correspond to a programmatic categorization of the photographs and will musically reflect the presented subjects. The premiere performance of this work will be recorded live for release as an audio recording for both physical and digital distribution. The compact disc and digital download format will include reproductions of the Pilgrimage photographs.
Kevin Bubriski has exhibited worldwide; his work is in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the International Center of Photography, all in New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven; the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson; and the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris. He is a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Asian Cultural Council, and is the author of "Portrait of Nepal," which won the 1993 Golden Light Documentary Book Award, and "Power Places of Kathmandu" (Inner Traditions).
The music component of The Pilgrimage Project will be written for and performed by a six piece jazz ensemble which will include myself on alto saxophone and conducting, and additional musicians on tenor saxophone, trumpet, cello, piano, bass, and drums. Performing artists that have expressed interest in taking part in The Pilgrimage Project include pianist Rachel Z, who has toured and recorded with Peter Gabriel and Wayne Shorter , Grammy-nominated tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin, and drummer Dan Weiss, whose collaborations have included Lee Konitz, Vijay Iyer, and Miguel Zenon.
This project will attract both a national and global audience, particularly those who have a personal connection with the 9-11 tragedy such as New York City residents who were living in NYC during the 9-11 attacks, visitors to the Ground Zero site, families of victims of the disaster, and New York City firefighters. Additionally, audiences with an interest in modern jazz will be attracted to this project, and the success of my current project Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra will serve to generate interest amongst fans specifically interested in my career and music. Moreover, those already familiar Kevin Bubriski's with "Pilgrimage: Looking at Ground Zero" and his additional body of work will be attracted to The Pilgrimage Project.
Promotion and advertising of The Pilgrimage Project will be implemented through the development of a website, the hiring of a publicist, and in-house publicity teams for the venues hosting the performances. I will also utilize social networking sites such as Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter, and advertise on the www.travissullivan.com and www.kevinbubriski.com websites.
PERFORMANCES & VENUES
The Pilgrimage Project's premiere will be scheduled for 5 or more back-to-back performances in New York City, debuting on September 11, 2011. Additional performances will be scheduled in the Northeast U.S. for September through December 2011. My agent, Entourage Talent, will approach several performance venues for interest in hosting the premiere of the Pilgrimage Project, including MOMA, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Le Poisson Rouge. Northeastern U.S. performance venues to be considered will include Mass MoCA (North Adams, MA), The Portsmouth Music Hall (Portsmouth, NH), and college/university performance centers. The Strathmore Center in North Bethesda, MD has also expressed interest in hosting a performance of this work. Special consideration will also be given to performance venues in Washington D.C. and Somerset County, Pennsylvania, whose communities were also directly affected by the tragic events of 9/11.