Visceral is an original, multimedia performance, created by Hammer and her brother David Beck, that is making its debut at John Ascuaga's Nugget Wednesday at 8 p.m.
Visceral will take the Celebrity Showroom stage with a successive series of vignettes that depict positive and negative aspects of the human experience revolving around the themes of love, war, religion, birth and death.
"These themes can occur simultaneously in our lives and our feelings about them can overlap in single experiences," Hammer said. "and they do on stage."
Video and visual imagery will combine with live musicians, professional choreographers, dancers and classically trained singers to create endless visual and audio layers overtop a pre-recorded soundtrack. All of this will happen with a cast of only 12 people.
The soundtrack was composed by Beck who recorded the entire thing using only a guitar and a guitar synthesizer.
"It's really a head-on collision of David's and my style," Hammer said. "He is rooted in heavy rock and roll, but has a lot of appreciation for melody and I am a classically trained singer who has done Jazz improvisation."
Both Hammer and Beck hail from north Lake Tahoe.
The combination of styles will be eclectic with a range that affects the whole audience, albeit with subtle differences.
In addition to affecting the audience, the brother and sister pair have decided to divide the proceeds of their debut between two non-profit organizations: Artown and the Note-Ables.
The Note-Ables is an organization with the primary purpose of providing music programs and music therapy services for children and adults with disabilities. All of their programs are grounded in the philosophy that participating in music is both liberating and empowering for those who traditionally have had no voice in society.
"There's something in it for everyone," Hammer said.
Visceral will perform at 8 p.m. on Wednesday. Tickets are $14 and can be purchased online at www.janugget.com or by calling 356-3300 or 1-800-648-1177.
Artown is Reno’s largest arts and culture festival, flooding the area with arts events every day throughout July.