About the Grant

$20,000 to support Thirteen Near-Death Experiences (MAP 2008), an art-pop song cycle written by composer/singer Corey Dargel and performed by Dargel with the International Contemporary Ensemble (flute/piccolo, clarinet/bass clarinet, trombone, violin, viola, cello, piano/toy pianos, mandolin, and percussion). Each of the thirteen songs is about a different kind of psychiatric delusion ranging from common cases, like hypochondria, to rare and extreme cases, like Chagris Delusion – the belief that a loved one has been replaced with an imposter.

About the Project

Musically, Thirteen Near-Death Experiences represents a drastic shift for Dargel from his signature electro-pop sounds to the classical chamber ensemble. Lyrically and thematically, Thirteen Near-Death Experiences offers an empathetic alternative to Western psychology’s emphasis on conformity and surveillance. Psychiatric case studies masquerade as love songs, embracing a mix of humor, tenderness, and pathos, celebrating the ways in which abnormal behavior leads to more diverse ways of interacting with the world, new approaches to creativity, and unconventional ideas about what it means to be normal.

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