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The Unconventional Empire is a critically acclaimed, and award winning multi-platform creative agency and production company. Founded on the principles of conceptual collaboration and community engagement by Creative Director Matthew Marcum and Production Manager Shannon J. Spencer, it acts as an incubator for big ideas and a launching pad for unique artistic endeavors. The Unconventional Empire has successfully produced 7 nationally recognized stage shows, 2 touring productions, 5 Albums, 1 book, and a string of successful live event showcases. Select titles include: The Guardian: I am Edward Snowden, Surreal Estate, Noted, Bathing Suit, The Existential Emporium, Pollock: A Frequency Parable, and most recently Hymns & Oscillations.

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"The closest thing to a breakout star that the American performance sect has seen in decades."    -The New York Journal

"Marcum...part maverick and part mystic"

-Activeman.com

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St. Louis Fringe Festival
2017
 
Artistic 
innovATION
AwARD
FRINGIEST OF
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ENCORE
PRODUCER'S
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2018
 
ASHEVILLE FRINGE FESTIVAL
 
HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL
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2018

Official Album Release

 

BIO

Hymns & Oscillations is an energetic exploration of the Chakra System through songs, chants, and activated frequencies. By paying homage to various multi-cultural emanations, this piece represents a modern manifestation rooted in transcendental sound practices. By combining Solfeggio sound healing frequencies with multimedia projections and an eclectic sound catalogue this show uses intention, innovation, and the human voice as the primary catalyst for energetic exchange.

As a follow up to Matthew Marcum's award-winning, smash hit, Pollock: A Frequency Parable, which received The Artistic Innovation Award at the 2017 St. Louis Fringe Festival, the Fringiest of the Fringe Award at the 2018 Asheville Fringe Festival, and the Encore Producer's Award at the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival, culminating in an acclaimed Off-Broadway run at The Soho Playhouse in New York City, Hymns & Oscillations continues to explore the experimental world of sound frequency and it's effect on the human experience. 

Hymns and Oscillations is produced by The Unconventional Empire, helmed by Artistic Director Matthew Marcum and Production Manager Shannon J. Spencer, and will make it's world debut at the St. Louis Fringe Festival in August of 2019. The performance debut will coincide with the Hymns & Oscillations album release, which will feature studio cuts of all music featured in the stage show. 

THE HYMNS & OSCILLATIONS TOUR