... How do I put together a non-pocket-busting concert in
on what amounts to virtually no notice? Fundraisers-on-a-dime, rest assured, there's
For the better part of a year, I've been playing, in that fantasy-land sort of way, with the idea of bringing the Eva Quartet
to the U.S. for a concert in Boston. They're an elite subgroup of the internationally-renowned Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares
, who require virtually no introduction to folks who are savvy with "world music" and the like.
On a lark, I e-mailed their manager about setting up a show a few weeks ago. "Not a problem," he said, "the whole choir will be in the U.S. in November." I sat on the idea for about two weeks, figuring there was (probably) no way on earth I could pull together a full show containing that many Bulgarians in three months. Because they may just be the greatest musical thing on Earth, however (and because I'm a life-and-limb-risking bastard that way), now I want to try.
I have a background in music-industry networking, promo, advertising, events coordination, etc., so I'm not afraid of getting media coverage, dealing with radio, getting CDs out to the right people, staffing the venue, and working the circuit with the community to spread the word. That part's a piece of cake.
In terms of finding an audience for this particular group, the Bulgares are still regarded as one of the most transcendent musical experiences extant and, as such, still command an impressive international following. They could easily fill one of Boston's medium-sized venues (e.g., the Tsai Performance Center). Although they played New York in March, even Google can't recall the last time they set foot in Boston.
And, amazingly, their tech rider
is remarkably economical.
I'm doing this entirely by myself. And what I'm not great at, personally, is raising a cool (let's just overpitch) $40,000 to mount, from the ground up, a show that will land in Boston sometime just after Thanksgiving. The two biggest challenges, as I see them:
- Finding a venue large enough to hold the entire Mystere Des Voix Bulgares (approx. 50-70 women), that isn't already booked through the next two years; and
- Landing commercial, university, media, corporate, cultural, and/or individual sponsors who haven't already given away their kitty for the fiscal year.
I can imagine all sorts of interest once a show like this gets rolling, but I don't have the trust fund or the high-net-worth sponsor to lean on for ground-level cash in the meantime.
What say you, money-savvy MeFites? Too long of a shot?