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Whisper Rapture: A Bonfire Madigan Suite
visionary music and mental health doc-opera
cellist-vocalist Madigan Shive's journey
from traumatized youth to virtuoso musician
and pioneering mental health activist.
Her childhood conversations with a fantasy
companion named 'Whisper' and her adult experiences
with hearing voices and suicidal despair
are channeled into
avant-garde pop, punk-influenced chamber music,
and a progressive healing culture
that transcends the restrictive pathologies
of mainstream psychiatry.
Images from natural and urban environments
illuminate six of Madigan's original compositions.
Each song is interspersed with her radical views on
managing madness and her path
towards wellness through making music