NEW STRETCH GOALS
What a great moment! We have reached our funding goal of $15,000! Thank you so much to everyone who has helped to make this project a reality.
Remember that the more we raise, the more we can share this fantastic program with a wide audience. Please continue to support the project, and your pledges from here on will be used as follows:
If we make it to $16000: Cover an extra day in the recording studio to make for an even better final CD
If we make it to $17000: Hire a professional publicist to promote the performances and the CD, to ensure that as many people as possible get to enjoy this music.
And with each $1000 beyond that point, we can add another city (or more) to the tour. Current contenders include Toronto, Montreal, Chicago, Houston, and Albuquerque. Want to see your city on this list? Please send a note, give generously, and encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same in the last few days of the campaign.
About the project:
Kodály's Cello Sonata: An Evening of Scordatura
One hundred years ago, Zoltán Kodály composed his Sonata for Solo Cello, one of the most significant works written for the instrument since the Bach Suites. In celebration of this centenary, cellist Hannah Addario-Berry has created a program that showcases the 1915 Sonata alongside companion works created a century later by the dynamic young composers Lisa Renée Coons, Brent Miller, Eric KM Clark, and Alisa Rose. The program will be presented in a solo concert tour around the United States and Canada.
Zoltán Kodály is one of the most revered composers in the history of Hungary. Together with his friend and countryman Béla Bartok, he helped pioneer the field of ethnomusicology, traveling to remote villages and recording their songs as early as 1905. In addition, Kodály made significant contributions to the field of music education, to the extent of developing a unique approach known as the Kodály Method, still in use today. The work poses immense technical and musical challenges to the performer, using the extreme extent of the cello's range and changing the tuning of the lower strings to deepen the tone. This deliberately altered tuning, or "scordatura", enables rich harmonic possibilities. The piece is at times dramatic, melancholy, exuberant, and haunting. The cello often doubles as soloist and orchestra, bowing long melodic lines while simultaneously plucking rhythmical accompaniments. These technicalities are not an end unto themselves, simply the means for carrying the listener on a musical journey to the heart of historical Hungary.
Four talented composers are creating new works inspired by the 1915 Kodály Sonata. While each composer has a unique style and musical language, the main similarity is that they will all score their pieces for the same altered tuning used by Kodály. Collectively, these pieces form a complete and eclectic solo recital.
Lisa Renée Coons is a composer/sound artistwith a special affinity to collaboration and experimentation. Presently an assistant professor of composition at Western Michigan University, Lisa Renée received her Phd in Composition from Princeton University, with additional studies at SUNY Stony Brook and UMKC. Recent collaborators include the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the American Composers Orchestra, The California E.A.R. Unit, Iktus Percussion Ensemble, and Dither Quartet. She is a member of the composers collective called, simply, The Collected.
Los Angeles-based violinist and composer Eric Kenneth Malcolm Clark is a specialist in new and experimental music. He has recorded and performed an eclectic range of music around the world, while his compositions have been noted as “an exhilarating and occasionally confounding exercise in divergence (and) confluence...” (Signal to Noise). Eric's compositions have been featured at many venues and festivals, including Western Front, REDCAT and the Bang On A Can Marathon. He co-founded and co-directs the experimental music ensemble Southland Ensemble; and co-founded the wulf, a successful arts venue located in downtown Los Angeles.
Composer, violinist, and improviser Alisa Rose is a modern musician who easily navigates between many musical styles. With roots in classical music as well as American traditional music, Alisa is a member of the genre-bending Real Vocal String Quartet, funk/bluegrass band Supermule, and the silent film scoring Club Foot Orchestra. Alisa studies with San Francisco Conservatory of Music composer David Garner, and her compositions have been performed by Quartet San Francisco, 49 Special, and San Francisco City Church in addition to her current groups, as well as published by String Letter Publishing, and recently recorded by Sqwonk.
Brent Miller is a composer, performer, and arts administrator based in San Francisco, CA. He studied composition at the University of Arkansas and University of Missouri-Kansas City. Recent projects include works for Rova Saxophone Quartet, violinist Eric KM Clark (EAR Unit), Dither Electric Guitar Quartet, and Sqwonk. Brent has been the featured guest composer at the Cape Fear New Music Festival and a guest lecturer at Central Michigan University and Western Michigan University.
As a soloist and chamber musician, cellist Hannah Addario-Berry has focused her career on contemporary music, collaborating with emerging composers as well as some of the most respected senior composers of our time. In 2006 she performed the American premiere of Brian Cherney's cello concerto "Apparitions", as part of the Blueprint New Music series in San Francisco. Later, as a member of the renowned Del Sol String Quartet, Hannah collaborated with Wu Man and Tan Dun in a performance of Mr. Tan's "Ghost Opera" with the Santa Fe Opera. In October 2014, Gramophone Magazine reviewed her CD of new works for solo cello by Victoria composer Stephen Brown.
Performances will span from July through December 2015, including venues in San Francisco, Berkeley, Victoria, Salt Spring Island, Montreal, Kalamazoo, Louisville, Los Angeles, and others.
At the end of the tour, the complete program will be recorded as a solo cello album, titled Scordatura. Recording is scheduled to take place in January, 2016 in Marin County, CA, with producer Jason O'Connell. Mr. O'Connell is Director of Sound Recording at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has recorded for Naxos, BIS, Polytone and EMI record labels as well as working for the Aspen, Tanglewood and Banff Centre music festivals. His projects have received numerous honors from the Audio Engineering Society and his work is frequently heard on NPR and CBC radio programs
The total costs of this project will be over $20,000. Thanks to concert fees and grant funding, we are already partway to that goal. Through Kickstarter, we need to raise another $15,000 to bring the Scordatura program to life. Your donation will help us to:
- Pay the composers for their new works
- Cover travel/accommodations for the out of town composers to attend the world premiere performance on July 31st in San Francisco.
- Rent our recording venue
- Pay the Audio Engineer and Producer
- Cover audio post-production costs
- Hire a graphic designer to create the album artwork
- Press the CDs that we will be sending your way!
This project is fiscally sponsored by the Center for New Music, a registered 501-c3 non-profit organization. Your donation is tax-deductible except for the value of rewards received. Please let us know if you require an official receipt for tax purposes.
Risks and challenges
Staying on schedule: Circumstances could delay the completion of any of the new compositions, however we have built in plenty of time at each stage of the schedule, so we feel confident there will be time for the pieces to be completed and learned for the July premiere. The composers are all well underway with their new compositions, and we have been exchanging ideas, sketches, and iPhone videos, so this collaboration has begun!
Cost: commissioning music and self-producing an album is an expensive endeavor. We have created a detailed budget to cover all the necessary costs. We are partway to our goal between confirmed concert fees and grants. Since Kickstarter funding is all-or-nothing, a successful campaign means we will have the means to bring this project to life and share it with the world! Thank you for pledging your support.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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