New Music MN

Bee-sharp Honeybee by composer Rae Howell is a brand new music work currently in development. Working with musicians, animators, filmmakers, bee researchers and beekeepers in Minnesota, it is an independent art-science creation project, inspired by, and directly derived from the research of bees, with a focus on bee buzz frequencies. The initial music sketches (composed by Rae Howell) and short documentary of the initial research process (directed by Deacon Warner) are hot off the press!! Bee-Sharp Honeybee will culminate in a live string orchestra work, to be performed with a live stream of bees and animated visuals, derived from hand-illustrated graphic scores, based on the way a beehive functions.

Bee-Sharp Honeybee is an ambitious project with a lot of heart: Save the Bees!! It’s going to be big, it’s going to be great, and your support will make it happen!

All financial contributions go directly to the musicians and animators in developing the project for live performance. There’s an abundance of perks for contributors, including the immediate delivery of the initial music sketches for string quartet, there’s the documentary film, free concert tickets, VIP access to rehearsals & performances.. the list goes on!

If you’re a lover of bees and/or have connections with beekeepers, or honey lovers, please contribute, share, and spread the word. It’s a project with an important and topical subject, and with your generous support we can make it come to life.


Rae Howell is an Australian composer and multi-instrumentalist. She works across a broad range of genres in collaboration with performing and visual artists, in theatre, film, dance, concert hall, and multimedia productions.

She is founding director of Sunwrae: an ensemble, label and sheet music publisher in Australia, has a BMus (Hons) from Melbourne University, and an MMus from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London. Her list of works is flourishing, from solo to orchestral pieces, sound design for installations, film and theatre soundtracks, and special event commissions.

Rae’s fellowships include Composer in Residence posts at Yaddo, and The Millay Colony in New York, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida, USA; The Banff Centre in Canada; the ARENA International Theatre Festival in Erlangen, Germany; Instituto Sacatar in Bahia, Brazil; The Visby International Centre for Composers in Sweden; Ho Chi Minh City Opera House Vietnam, ECCO International in The Gambia West Africa; La Sonora in Argentina; The Edward Said National Conservatoire of Music in Palestine; and Backspace Arts in Australia.

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