"Season after season, the twentieth century comes to life in Jacaranda's programs." — Alex Ross, The New Yorker, author The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century
Jacaranda has worked its audacious magic for over 15 years by collaborating with many of the finest musicians in Los Angeles, which is to say the world. Living composers such as John Adams, Veronika Krausas, Philip Glass, William Kraft, Julia Wolfe, Tobias Picker and Kaija Saariaho sing Jacaranda’s praises for championing the new. Among twentieth century masters, the Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera (1916-83) is treated like the towering figure he is, and Californian heroes Lou Harrison and Chinary Ung are accorded the special attention they deserve – just to scratch the surface.
Jacaranda is fearless in the eyes and ears of critics and audiences. In naming Jacaranda Best Contemporary Classical Series in 2016, LA Weekly wrote: “Wonderfully un-stodgy curation by Jacaranda founders Patrick Scott and Mark Alan Hilt and performances by acclaimed and expert musicians make for ear-cleansing dives into bracingly new music composed largely by living composers, as well as unplayed-to-death music of the past century." Our vast archive of superb recordings reflects a commitment to excellence – but it has never been available to the public.
Now, at last we present Jacaranda Live Recordings! Artistic Director & Producer Patrick Scott carefully selected this first release of up to seven albums from our growing archive. His curation is often challenging and surprising, yet always accessible and appealing. Each disc will have a new set of liner notes, replete with Scott's analysis and anecdotes that humanize the music, and illuminate cultural and historical crosscurrents. This initial slate will be available as CDs, digital downloads, and also as a subscription service.
"The program notes...can be so absorbing that you don’t want to pry your eyes away… plenty of context for an adventuresome concertgoer.” — North American Classical Voice
Jacaranda has earned an international reputation for cultivating one of the most receptive audiences for cutting edge music in the world. Support Jacaranda Live Recordings and join of this vibrant community.
THE FIRST SLATE
Engineered by Benjamin Maas of the Emmy & Grammy-winning Fifth Circle Audio since Jacaranda’s 2006 groundbreaking, eight-hour Pan American Music Marathon, every Jacaranda concert has been preserved and mastered with extraordinary and consistent care. The initial slate of albums selectively spans 2006 to 2017. Seven world premiere recordings join over a dozen recorded performances of such freshness and immediacy they will rival any competition. At an average of 72 minutes in length, these are very generous albums to which you will often return.
For future Jacaranda Live Recordings, Patrick Scott will draw from the whole Jacaranda archive – currently over 110 concert programs – to create albums exclusive to this label. The first slate:
THREAD: LYRIS QUARTET & JACARANDA
Including their electrifying debut performance, this survey features rarities from Finland and Russia, as well as a highlight from John Adams at 70 at the CSUN Younes & Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts.
Phillip Glass String Quartet No. 5 (1991)
Kaija Saariaho Terra Memoria (2006) — World Premiere Recording
Sofia Gubaidulina String Quartets Nos. 2 & 4 (1987, 1993)
John Adams John’s Book of Alleged Dances (1994, selections)
Alyssa Park & Shalini Vijayan, violins; Luke Maurer, viola; Timothy Loo, cello
A CHARGED EMBRACE: NEW AMERICAN CHAMBER MUSIC
Cellists and bass players wrap their bodies around their instruments. Such soulful intimacy gives this program its name. The delicate tracery of new music for harpsichord dramatizes the point.
William Kraft Quillery (2013) for solo harpsichord — World Premiere Recording
Bruce Broughton Sonata for Cello & Piano (2013) — World Premiere Recording
Veronika Krausas Sillages (2013) for double bass quartet — World Premiere Recording
Broughton Concerto for Cello and 10 Instruments (2014) — World Premiere Recording
Gloria Cheng, harpsichord; Andrew Shulman, cello; Robert Thies, piano; Nico Abondolo, Steve Dress, Christian Kollgaard & Dennis Trembly, double bass; Andrew Shulman, cello; Jacaranda Chamber Ensemble; Benjamin Wallfisch, conductor
“A rare communal spirit was achieved. It was a moving, important occasion.” — Los Angeles Times
PERILOUS BALANCE: THREE SPIRITUAL SEEKERS
Three composers known for their humanism, compassion and solidarity venture out into coldly beautiful worlds where hope shines brightly against harsh realities.
Sofia Gubaidulina Light and Darkness (1976) for solo organ
David Lang Little Match Girl Passion (2007) for vocal quartet with percussion
Henryk Górecki Kleines Requiem für eine Polka Op. 66 (1993) for chamber orchestra
Mark Alan Hilt, organ; Grant Gershon, tenor/leader; Elissa Johnston, soprano; Adriana Manfredi, alto; Cedric Berry, bass Mark Robson, piano; Jacaranda Chamber Ensemble; Hilt, conductor
"I have great memories of that special evening of music and poetry and the magic of Jacaranda. Ginastera, Borges, Piazzolla, Ferrer, are creative towers that make the soul of Argentina. These are "big shoes" for anyone attempting to deliver such rich material. And that evening just proved that with passion and care, it is possible to bridge the gap and reach an audience." — Càstulo Guerra
MAGIC REALISM: TRIBUTE TO ALBERTO GINASTERA
With poetry by Borges and Ferrer, and music by Ginastera’s student Astor Piazzolla for good measure, a wide range of compelling performances spans three decades.
Alberto Ginastera “Malambo” from Estancia (1942) for orchestra
Ginastera Piano Sonata No. 1 (1952)
Ginastera Cantata Para America Magica (1960) for soprano & large percussion ensemble
Ginastera Puneña No. 2: Hommage a Paul Sacher (1976) for solo cello
Jorge Luis Borges El Tango (1965) for speaker
Horatio Ferrer Balada para un Loco (1969) for speaker
Astor Piazzolla Chiquilin de Bachin (1969) for narrator and string ensemble
Eduardo Delgado, piano; Lucy Shelton, soprano; Jacaranda Percussions; Eric Byers, cello; Castulo Guerra, speaker; Joel Pargman, violin; Alma Lisa Fernandez, viola; Timothy Loo, cello; Nico Abondolo, bass; Jacaranda Festival Orchestra; Mark Alan Hilt, conductor
"It’s hard to imagine the Southern California music scene without Jacaranda shaping and defining it." — Huffington Post
RING AROUND THE MOON: CALIFORNIANS OF THE PACIFIC RIM
Musical cultures from India, Indonesia, Cambodia, and from around the Rim of Fire coalesced in California through the lifelong work of the late master teachers and original thinkers Harrison and Bergamo, whose global lead is now advanced by Chinary Ung in San Diego.
John Bergamo Piru Bole (1980) for percussion group — World Premiere Recording
Lou Harrison Varied Quintet (1987) — World Premiere Recording
Chinary Ung Aura (2006) for two sopranos and chamber ensemble
M.B. Gordy, Ray McNamara, Butch Norton, percussion/vocals; Shalini Vijayan, violin; Aron Kallay, harpsichord; Yuri Inoo, T.J. Troy, percussion; Alison Bjorkedal, harp; Elissa Johnston, Kathleen Roland, soprano; Jacaranda Chamber Ensemble; Mark Alan Hilt, conductor
"The audience went wild. What else? This was riveting music that crept into every crevice of human perception.” — LA Observed
THE SUBSCRIPTION PLAN
For $5/month, only $60/year, Jacaranda Live Recordings subscribers will access:
· Free digital downloads of each album as released
· Unlimited streaming
· Discounted prices on CDs
· More perks in the works
Proceeds will support subsequent releases.
This project has a head start since all of the material for the series was recorded at our concerts, subsequently mastered, and archived. Original program notes will be revised, and an artist waiver database was established. Remaining costs include:
· Initial duplication runs of 200 for each of the three-panel CD albums
· Promotion, reward fulfillment, and web hosting fees
· Graphic Design
· Remixing and remastering as needed
This projected budget covers five releases detailed above, but our full slate includes seven. Our stretch goals— any money we raise above and beyond our fundraising threshold — will allow us to release the remaining two.
$15,540 - release five albums
$18,040 - release six albums
$20,540 - release seven albums
THE SKY'S THE LIMIT!
Risks and challenges
Virtually every classical music organization in America faces daunting risks and challenges in a changing media market, volatile economy, and from shifting demographics/values. With the rise of streaming platforms that afford customers easy access to the entire history of recorded music, the traditional market for smaller releases is dwindling. YouTube now hosts many recordings from major labels for free. The relationship between music makers and audiences is under enormous stress. While some recent metrics in the UK show an encouraging and robust uptick in CD sales and streaming revenue for classical music, this is not a trend.Although this campaign will help Jacaranda release great music and strengthen our brand recognition, there is always the possibility of unforeseen challenges. Regardless of the series’ stellar critical standing, the challenge of sustainability in a changing environment remains.
Innovative programming and knock-your-socks-off virtuosity has long been Jacaranda's hallmark. This project will allow you to take home some of the finest moments from our history, and help grow and sustain Jacaranda in a global community.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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