album cover of octavia of earth, the documusical inspired by the life of octavia e. butler

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Uncaged Library Arts & Information lifts up stories that sustain the hearts and minds of social change workers. In particular, we produce collaborative music, theater, film, and data projects that highlight the struggles and victories of LGBTQ people, people living with HIV, and people of color in our ongoing fights for dignity, existence, and liberation.

From 2016-2018, we developed and staged Octavia of Earth, a biographical musical inspired by the life of science fiction writer Octavia E. Butler. In 2019, we recorded and released a studio album with the music from the show. For the last couple of years, we've been building a working relationship with barnstormer Bay Area band Skip the Needle, and we're thrilled to be collaborating with them on six new songs for Octavia of Earth, Volume 2! On May 7th, 2023, Skip The Needle will present a live concert and conversation with Dr. Ayana Jamieson as part of the 26th annual National Queer Arts Festival. Stay tuned for more info coming soon!

 Tender, funny, and magical, Octavia of Earth presents the human side of the mysterious founding mother of Afrofuturism. The live show incorporates documentary film components in place of spoken dialogue. Octavia of Earth focuses on Butler’s early years as a child and adolescent in Southern California, as a young adult struggling to find a path forward for her creative aspirations, and as an established author of critical renown but limited commercial success. The production features original music by Itoro Udofia, T. Carlis Roberts, and Anand J.K. Kalra, with dance from award-winning choreographer Joslynn Mathis Reed and performances from longtime Bay Area artists Adrian Applin and Vera Hannush.

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Our studio album from the 2018 workshop production of Octavia of Earth is ready for you! A little camp, a little drama, a lot of love.

Octavia of Earth, Vol. 1

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The Octavia of Earth studio album includes 9 original songs from the 2018 staged workshop production. Featuring Adrian Jazz Applin, Melanie DeMore, Anand JK Kalra, Erica Dunkle, & Edie Irons on vocals. Produced by James Earley (Jae-E). Music by Itoro Udofia, T. Carlis Roberts, & Anand JK Kalra. Lyrics by Anand JK Kalra. Mastered by Piper Payne.

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Octavia of Earth (2017 Demos)

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Demo recordings of Patterns and Devil Girl from Mars made in 2017. Featuring Adrian Jazz Applin and Woodrow Thompson. Music by T. Carlis Roberts, Lyrics by Anand JK Kalra. Accompaniment & mixing: Jaren Feeley. Recorded at Ghost Cat Studios in San Francisco, California.

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