The Edwina PROJECT

A Pioneer In Substance Abuse Treatment for Women

Brockton resident Edwina L. Martin was a long-time volunteer and activist  for local alcohol and drug programs. She ran an information and referral center  and provided personal assistance and advocacy for the sick and suffering. Her  years of effort culminated in the establishment in 1982 of the women’s recovery  house which bears her name - The Edwina Martin House. Catholic Charities of Boston operated the House before turning it over to the non-profit EMH Recovery, Inc. in 2004.  Read more about the Edwina Martin House on their web site located here: http://www.emhouse.org

Who are The ANABASIS?

We are a group of musicians who have a shared love for the style of music originally pioneered by such luminaries as King Crimson, Genesis, Yes, Rush. We're also very fond of the more modern progressive rock bands like Porcupine Tree, The Flower Kings, Dream Theater and the mighty Spock's Beard, from which the keyboardist on our first album, Ryo Okumoto, was borrowed. We are a 100% studio project, which is a dying breed in today's mass-media, instant-gratification world of music. Our goal raise awareness and funds for causes dear to our founder, Barry Thompson.   It is what we refer to as "Music That Matters" in that our music is generally uplifting and our lyrics tend to be plugged in to the collective social conscience of our fans and members and we accept no personal profits from it - all profits are handed over to beneficiaries such as The Edwina Martin House.

How We GOT Here

The Edwina Project is what we have decided to dedicate our next album to.  Not too long after our first album, "Back From Being Gone" was released, our former record label, 10T Records, collapsed and we went on hiatus for about 7 years until writing began for our sophomore release a couple of years ago. This album was always going to be about drug addiction, but as the writing continued and the songs began to develop it became more and more apparent that we had the makings of a true rock opera unfolding before our...ears.  Once the decision was made to officially move in that direction, things began to take shape rather quickly and now we've completed the writing and the recording process under way.  That's where "The Edwina Project" begins.

The Edwina Project's goal is to make a $10,000 donation to The Edwina Martin House (EMH) in Brockton, MA.  The EMH is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility for women, specifically focusing on the needs of women who are struggling to maintain sobriety while either pregnant or after having recently given birth.  We are hoping to sell as many copies of our new album as possible and we will be donating 100% of the profits to the EMH.