The forthcoming studio project entitled Embers is set for release on the Centaur label and features contemporary chamber music for saxophone, piano, and electronics. Saxophonist Richard Schwartz, along with pianists Kenneth Boulton and Philip Schuessler, perform the works of Kari Besharse, Ray Pizzi, Schuessler, and Stephen Suber. This collection represents a diversity of styles and approaches to saxophone composition and performance practice.
1. Combat Zone for solo alto saxophone - Ray Pizzi
2. Intervals I for alto saxophone and piano - Philip Schuessler
3. Angels for alto saxophone and piano - Stephen Suber
4. Interruptions III for alto saxophone and electronics - Schuessler
5. Driftwood Box Puzzle for alto saxophone, piano, and electronics - Schuessler
6. Embers for alto saxophone and piano - Kari Besharse
This project is a result of close artistic collaborations between saxophonist Dr. Richard Schwartz and the composers over the past decade. Several of the works are commissions (Embers, Intervals I, Interruptions III, and Driftwood Box Puzzle). The idea for the project germinated in southern Louisiana, where Dr. Schwartz has spent the last nine years as a professional saxophonist and pedagogue.
All works have been recorded in the professional recording studios of Louisiana State University under the supervision of recording engineer William Kelley. We are currently in the process of editing the tracks that will then be sent to the record label for production and distribution later this year.
This album represents the hard work and creative efforts of all of the performers and composers represented. This is a collaborative venture that has so far been paid directly out of pocket by the performers and composers. We need your support to help share the final costs of getting this music produced and shared to an international market! The amount we are requesting via Kickstarter is not intended to cover the entire costs of the album, but it will be used to help complete the final costs of recording, mastering, production and distribution of the album.
Thank you for your support!
Risks and challenges
Getting an album of modern music off the ground can be a challenging experience; however, this project is very far along in development, as the works have been recorded, and the mastering is underway. The contracts have been signed, so the final challenge, really, is to get the album funded.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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