Lo Marie stretches her wings with Pursuit
If you missed the first performance of Pursuit at the Overture Center, you still have two chances to catch it: May 14th at Monona Grove High School Auditorium and May 27th at Sauk Prairie River Arts Center.
Read a review of Lo Marie’s album “Solid Ground“ here.
Pursuit is a very ambitious undertaking that fuses dance with original music. The cast features many locals including its producers and creators Lo Marie (real name Lauren Homburg) and Valerie Homburg. The two young women are sisters, Lo Marie being a musician in a jazz-pop vein and Valerie who is an accomplished dancer on a professional path. They have joined forces to create Pursuit, a story of “one young woman on her fantastical journey to enlightenment while fighting her own inner demons along a dark and twisted path.” Co-producing is Kallie Tierney, a recent Sauk Prairie High graduate who has been dancing for fourteen years and who is making her debut as a choreographer and producer.
Musically, Lo Marie has enlisted Madison native 1nvisible Man (Andrew Traverse) to add modern electronic and hip-hop elements to her more stylized jazz leanings. “1nvisible Man grew up in Madison and is a well-known piano and trumpet player in addition to his work as a producer of computer music. He received a scholarship to study Jazz Trumpet at NIU where he helped found the Latin Jazz Ensemble. After traveling to New York and Japan, he returned to Madison and now performs with groups including Grupo Candela, Nuggernaut, Que Flavor, The Mustache, and People Brothers Band.” Nashville violinist Melanie Joy is also a prominent musical contributor who appeared on Lo Marie’s “Solid Ground” recording.
Here is a promotional trailer for the production:
There are tentative plans to take Pursuit out to other locales in the fall.