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SØNAR is a project curated by American creative director, patron and artist,

Alicia Maria Fantozzi. It is based on the work of composer Alice Orpheus

An ongoing project since 2012, SØNAR is an international underground project that produces extended musical structures,  aiming to share the creative journey and perception of its founders, both on the field of music (by challenging structures, arrangements and ideas), and on the topic of nature, which in today’s world, deals with awareness and protection of living ecosystems.

Since 2020,  one of Sønar’s goals in term of music production is to be able to record different natural environments such as forests, mountains, seas etc.,  and to use those recording as part of the musical composition itself, allowing every composition  itself.

 

Animalism is an ongoing ten parts music cycle constructed by Alice Orpheus. Based on lyrics written and performed by Alicia Maria Fantozzi and music composed and recorded by Alice Orpheus, Animalism explores the notions of animality, violence, danger, death and spirituality and beauty.

 

Animalism is  also a  project aiming to raise sensibility about our natural habitat by recording  specific places at specific times as a reminder of what has beeen, what is, and what will be.

The world “animality” means according to the Webster dictionary: “physical, instinctive behavior or qualities”. For Alice, the notion of instinct is heavily related to the  concept of environment (which is the point that the field of sociology makes). In that matter the concept of violence mainly exists as a “reaction”, sometimes building a vocabulary of violence that leads to a certain determinism. Many studies have been achieved in that topic both in the fields of social sciences.

Now what about violence as an action, or a choice. It is harder to study. But what strikes Alice, is what we see when we stop focusing on the individual and start looking at the history of our human race. Who could accurately tell this story without the concept of violence?

What strikes many today is that this violence has consumed us as a race to the point where we started destroying our own environment. Of course, we put ourselves in frames where the determinism was so strong that we would need a revolution to change everything…

With Animalism, Alice wanted to explore the energy of a group, a race that leads to darker times, death danger and eventually the one of spirituality as guidance.

Animalism II focuses on the less threatening version of animal reign.  Imagine a moment at the heart of forest,  a mountain etc., where suddenly  you witnesses a bird singing, a deer passing by, rabbits, foxes or antelope (where ever you’ve imagined yourself). It is a simple moment in which you are a witness to something beautiful removed from everything else.

GOALS FOR ANIMALISM

Animalism ought to be a 10 piece cycle. To achieve this cycle, we need to send Alice Orpheus to record different forests and Animals in Europe . If Animalism I, II are based on music by Alice Orpheus and poems read by Alicia Maria commencing with Animalism III,  Sønar’s goal is to integrate within the music, sounds in order to highlight a different from of life and process. 

Animalism III  Pyrénée Mountains (Fr)

Animalism IV  Norfolk in Winter (Uk)

Animalism V Sweden Forest

Animalism VI  Amorgos Islande (Gr)

Animalism VII Finland Forest

Animalism VIII Fontainbleau Forest (Fr)

Animalism IX Austrian Alpens

Anilmalism X Moroccan  Desert

PERFORMING ANIMALISM

Animalism is based on recorded music, piano, a string quartet and Spoken words and drums.

Spoken words

String quartet

Piano

Recorded music

Drums

Our goal is to be able to produce 2 concerts a year with Sønar by hiring musicians, venues and working on developing its audience.

It’s probably clear to most of us, that we are already on a path where our ecosystem will drastically affect the way we live in the next 50 years and more.  To some, the fact that humanity was not able to protect its own habitat and the beauty of it seems incoherent. One of the biggest symb ol of this climatic change is of course the artic and the way water will reform.

As we might be the last one to witness the beauty and the existence of the Artica as it is, Alice within Sønar wants to keep working on the same process of recording the environement, this time in Artica in order to work on an orchestral piece shaped as a Requiem.

GOALS FOR REQUIEM ARTICUS

In order for Requiem Articus to exist, Alice Orpheus has to actually go to Artica to record sounds

Requiem Antarticus also aims to work with a youth orchestra and a choir leading to at least 2 performances.

Requiem Antarticus finally aims to record the final orchestra piece.

Outdoors recording equipement:

The full gear for the necessary outdoor recording equipement (Zoom Fn8 / Zoom Fn8 Sony PCM -D1OO / Rhode NTG 3 / Rhode Blimp MK2 / Seinheiser EW 112 P G4 E band / Rode boompole bag / Case Power acoustic)  /  2 hardrives

3263 euors (3, 661 $)

Cost for Animalism

Animalism  like all Sønar projects is based on recording places.

To do so we need to send Alice to record specific sounds.

Each trip is a 3 days wildlife trip.

the prices are approximative

Animalism III  Pyrénée Mountains (Fr) 1000 euros ( $ 1,224 )

Animalism IV  Norfolk in Winter (Uk) 1200 euros ( $ 1,346 )

Anillmalism V Sweden Forest 2500 euros ($ 2.805 )

Animalism VI  Amorgos Islande (Gr) 2000 euros ($  2.250  )

Animalism VII Finland Forest 2500 euros ($ 2.805  )

Animalism VIII Fontainbleau Forest (Fr) 1000 euros ( $ 1,224 )

Animalism IX Austrian Alpens 2000 euros ( $  2.250  )

Anilmalism X Maroocan  Desert. 2500 euros ($ 2.805  )

For each composition Alice also needs a month of work that you can support by contributing starting

1500 euros ($. 1,685 = studio, composition)

Animalism full production cost is 26,700 euros ($ 29,964 )

Cost for Requiem Articus

Requiem Articus  like all Sønar projects is based on recording places. 

To do so we need to send Alice to record specific sounds in the Artic

Trip cost 7,000 euros  ( $ 7.880 )

Music production and composition ( 4 monts) 6,000 euros ( $ 6, 746 )

The full price of Requiem Articus production is 13, 000 euros ($ 14,617)

The first thing Sønar needs is to cover the cost for the recording equipement. Once this is adressed,  you can support Sønar for the project of your choice:

 

  – Animalism III

 

a/ 1000 euros ( $ 1,224  = trip),

 

b 1500 euros ($. 1,685= studio, composition)

 

full 2,500 euros ($ 2.805)

 

 

– Animalism IV

 

a/ 1200 euros ( $ 1,346  = trip),

 

b 1500 euros ($. 1,685= studio, composition)

 

full 2,700 euros ($ 3,030)

 

 

– Animalism V

 

a/2500 euros ($ 2.805 = trip),

 

b 1500 euros ($. 1,685= studio, composition)

 

full 4,000 euros ($ 4,489)

 

 

 – Animalism VI

 

a/2000 euros ($ 2.225 = trip),

 

b 1500 euros ($. 1,685= studio, composition)

 

full 3,500 ($ 3,927)

 

 

Animalism VII

 

a/2500 euros ($ 2.805 = trip),

 

b 1500 euros ($. 1,685= studio, composition)

 

full 4,000 euros ($ 4,489)

 

 

– Animalism VIII

 

a/ 1000 euros ( $ 1,224  = trip),

 

b 1500 euros ($. 1,685= studio, composition)

 

full 2,500 euros ($ 2.805)

 

 

– Animalism IX

 

a/2000 euros ($ 2.225 = trip),

 

b 1500 euros ($. 1,685= studio, composition)

 

full 3,500 ($ 3,927)

 

– Animalism X

 

a/2500 euros ($ 2.805 = trip),

 

b 1500 euros ($. 1,685= studio, composition)

 

full 4,000 euros ($ 4,489)

 

 

– Requiem Articus

 

a/ Trip cost 7,000 euros  ( $ 7.880 )

 

b/ Music production and composition 6,000 euros ( $ 6, 746 )

 

full 13, 000 euros ($ 14,617)

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