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The New Nocturnes is a beautiful set of new solo piano pieces commissioned and collected by Allison Lovejoy.
The New Nocturnes is a beautiful set of new solo piano pieces commissioned and collected by Allison Lovejoy.
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The goal is to produce  high-quality recording on a Fazioli grand piano. This set of original and beautiful music reflects the tonal variety of the piano and different musical influences, and will be enjoyed by many.

The costs of recording at Stillwater Sound Studios, renting the piano, editing and mastering, CD artwork and design, printing, producer, preparation of scores, licensing and distribution are included in this Kickstarter campaign.

THE MUSIC: The Nocturnes project began over a decade ago, when I began to see that music for piano could provide the transformation we all need to survive these times. Nocturnes provided some of the most expressive, mysterious and beautiful music in the piano repertoire. It was time to make a recording of pieces that speak to the soul, and I discovered so many poetic gems, that I decided in 2002 to make a series of recordings of this genre.

The Nocturnes I was presented in a series of vigil-concerts promoting peace during the Gulf War, and the second represents the power and beauty of collaboration of musicians from different cultures and backgrounds. Many of them reflect the richness of talent and creativity in the musical world of San Francisco Bay Area.

The New Nocturnes is a COLLABORATION between pianist and composers from San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles,and Argentina that I have met in my musical life. The Community Music Center of San Francisco granted me funds to commission Marcus Shelby and Chus Alonso, whose music I know and admire. This presented me with the challenge of learning pieces in their respective languages of jazz and flamenco and classical. Their rich pieces are a pleasure to play and hear, and are truly tone poems for the piano.

Soon after, many other innovative works were discovered by or presented to me by local composers from varied backgrounds. Dino Saluzzi, Argentine composer and bandoneonist, presented me with some of his music when we met in Switzerland.

I had discovered Diane Goolkasian Rahbee's poignant Nocturne years ago, and Colin Farish composed Allison's Nocturne for this project in December 2012. Doug Morton presented me a set of pieces inspired by Stravinsky, Debussy and Satie. Michael Glenn Williams met me at a William Bolcom concert, and I wrote him after a few years, and he responded to me with a set of Nocturnes for Piano! USC professor Veronika Krausas was recommended by a colleague, and her piece evokes mysterious movements of the nocturnal creatures. Last year I had the great fortune of discovering Kirke Mechem's Nocturne from his Suite for Piano. George Rubissow had published a set of Nocturnes in 1971, which was given to me by his son at a concert. I fell in love with a piece by Rob Reich called Lengthening Shadows, which seemed to be the perfect way to "enter into the Nocturnal world, and he transcribed this for piano solo.I have also included my own Homage to Chopin on this CD.

I am already exploring and learning pieces presented to me by more composers, and plan to record  these on Nocturnes III....

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge here is the enormous amount of research, practice and commitment required to record and release a CD that is accessible to many listeners that is very high quality. It requires a lot of time, personal inspiration and funding to create such a work of art.

I'm quite positive about the outcome- this music sets a tone that is both calming and inspiring, and listeners and friends understand how much it takes to produce a recording like the New Nocturnes.

My hope is that once we reach our goal, that more people will share the music with their friends, families and colleagues.

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    A digital download of NOCTURNES I for Piano.

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    *A signed copy of NEW NOCTURNES..
    **A signed copy of Allison Lovejoy's first CD of NOCTURNES for PIANO, with compositions by Chopin, Field, Bizet, Debussy, Poulenc, Barber and others.

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    ***ENTRANCE FOR 2 to the CD RELEASE CONCERT and RECEPTION on JANUARY 11, 2014 at the COMMUNITY MUSIC CENTER of SF at 8 pm with pianists ALLISON LOVEJOY and COLIN FARISH.

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    A SIGNED COPY of the NEW NOCTURNES and a 30 minute private piano coaching with Allison Lovejoy.

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    An 11 x 14 print of the front cover photo from New Nocturnes (photography by David Rozelle) and a signed copy of the CD New Nocturnes.

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    A SIGNED COPY of NEW NOCTURNES

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    ***2 TICKETS TO THE CD RELEASE CONCERT on Saturday, JANUARY 11 at Community Music Center in San Francisco

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    A signed copy of New Nocturnes and a private 45 minute PIANO RECITAL for you and your guests at your home (or my studio) by Allison Lovejoy.

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    *Entrance for 2 to a PRIVATE SALON CONCERT with pianists Allison Lovejoy and Colin Farish with Artist's RECEPTION at ENSO GALLERY in HALF MOON BAY in January/ February 2014

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    2 signed copies of the New Nocturnes and a piano NOCTURNE composed for you by Allison Lovejoy.

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