About this project
We’re asking for your help in creating a musical and visual experience with concerts and recordings. The experience is based on the poem, Paterson, by Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Dr. William Carlos Williams. You’ll bring his rhythms of American speech to hundreds of people in music, images, video and words.
We need your support to bring this to life both in New Jersey, where the original Williams’ work was born, and in California, home of the composer.
Imagine music and imagery reflecting both the speech and thoughts of the people of Paterson and resonating the Great Falls of the Passaic, where the waters thunder down, their sight and sound accompanying the daily lives of the people of Paterson.
- “No ideas but in things”…. (William Carlos Williams)
Here's an excerpt from Fred's Paterson Symphony
Williams said: “The Falls let out a roar as it crashed upon the rocks at its base. In the imagination this roar is a speech or a voice, a speech in particular; it is the poem itself that is the answer. “
From the imaginations of Frederick Adler, composer, and Jonathan Sinagub, visual artist, starting from the words of the poet and the life of the place itself come other “answers” in music and photography. We hope you will help give us the chance to present these and inspire you to give your own answers.
Imagine the sound and images of the 72 foot high, Great Falls of the Passaic, and the people of Paterson, a diverse immigrant community both when Williams wrote of them in the mid-twentieth century and now.
Our goal is to bring this experience to you in live performances, live streaming of the concerts, downloads and cd’s of our favorite performances.
You’re joining us in paying homage to an iconic Pulitzer Prize winning poet who added new poetic form to our heritage as Americans. William Carlos Williams sought to capture the rhythm of the American speech surrounding him in the rhythms of his poetry, influencing the “Beat Generation” and poets beyond.
Paterson, NJ and the Great Falls are the tangible level of William’s poem. The city has a rich history, stemming from founding in 1791 by a corporation headed by Alexander Hamilton.
It’s the Paterson not only of William Carlos Williams but home of Allen Ginsberg, where Jack Kerouac as Sal Paradise searches for his aunt, and of Junot Diaz’s Oscar Wao. It's the location of Jim Jarmusch's 2016 film, Paterson, starring Adam Driver as a bus driver-poet. It's the home of the mills of the Industrial Revolution, of the 72 foot high Passaic falls, of great Peruvian, Jamaican, Dominican, Lebanese, and Syrian restaurants, of artists and of a vibrant immigrant community from the late 19th century through today.
Williams' 5-book poem, Paterson, features "Dr. Paterson", the man and "Paterson", the city, thus contrasting the individual and the crowd. Alongside this are the Great Falls of the Passaic and the course of the Passaic River, especially represented in "The Run to the Sea", Book 4 of Paterson. This book speaks of the flow of the river, the passage of time and the inevitability of mortality. It will be featured in the premiere of the chamber work, "The Run to the Sea", a new trio for clarinet, cello and piano by Fred Adler with visual imagery by Jonathan Sinagub.
Will you be willing to help us bring the poem Paterson to life in modern classical music, with images from it and around it? Every contribution helps.
“...head near the thunder of the waters filling his dreams…” (William Carlos Williams)
- Review from Beatdom regarding the excerpt from the Paterson Symphony featured on our website:
“The News from Poems” the Sixth Biennial Conference of the William Carlos Williams Society at William Paterson University ended on a majestic note with a stunning video featuring the music of Frederick Adler, M.D., black-and-white images by the architect and visual artist Jonathan Sinagub, and the words of William Carlos Williams from his epic poem “Paterson,” in a combined work titled “Paterson Project.” www.patersonproject.com
The Concerts and Recording
The plan is to present and record a series of chamber music concerts, primarily of recent works by Adler, many of which are inspired by his admiration for William Carlos Williams.
This is to be a serious artistic event in itself and hopefully also a means to promote Adler's orchestral work, Paterson, completed in 2008 and still awaiting its premiere with visual imagery by Jonathan Sinagub.
A trio for clarinet, cello and trio based on the 4th book of William Carlos Williams’ poem Paterson, “The Run to the Sea” will be premiered with imagery by Jonathan Sinagub complementing the music.
There will also be songs from the Williams volume, "The Descent of Winter".
We’ll be performing a workshop in San Francisco and 2-3 concerts in and around Paterson, NJ.
By contributing to this Kickstarter campaign, you’ll also help to bring the concerts to children studying music. We’ll invite and provide free tickets to groups of children learning to play music, because going forward they are the musicians, composers and poets of the future. This will be accomplished through a developing relationship with "The Paterson Music Project".
We also are working in cooperation with the Hamilton Partnership for Paterson, with whose help we hope to do an outdoor performance at the Paterson Great Falls National Park.
We'll keep you updated on everything as we progress together!
Will you be willing to make a contribution, and become a member of this experience? Every penny will help.
One of us is a modern classical music composer, with a great love for the poetry of William Carlos Williams. The other is a visual artist with a great love for the town of Paterson and the Great Falls. We started the Paterson Project of music and images some years ago. Three very talented musicians have joined us, creating the musical and visual experience you can enjoy as contributor to this Kickstarter campaign.
Greetings! I’m Dr. Fred Adler, composer, pianist and medical doctor, living in San Francisco. I’ve long been inspired by William Carlos Williams both personally and professionally. Like Williams I am a generalist physician working to try and care for patients with limited resources. As an artist, a composer since age 15 and pianist since age 10, I’ve been inspired by the example of William Carlos Williams and his combination of the work of an artist and of a medical doctor.
At age fifteen I saw a televised documentary about Dr. Williams, and from it carried images with me throughout my life. It has given me hope that one could develop as an artist amid the controlled chaos of a generalist clinician’s life, a concrete example of what the physician-artist must do.
Hello. I’m Jonathan Sinagub, visual artist, New York City. I'm a Member of the American Institute of Architects and hold a Master of Architecture from MIT and a B.A. in Art/Architectural History from Columbia University.
My fascination with the town of Paterson, NJ has been long-lasting; I wrote my Masters thesis on the urban redevelopment of Paterson. In later years I’ve been fascinated by creating art as imagery in Paterson and the Great Falls. My still images and video are featured throughout the performances as a visual interpretation of the music, and the music as an auditory interpretation of the images.
Samsun van Loon
Hello. I’m Samsun Van Loon, cellist, San Francisco. I began my studies at CMC with Noriko Kishi and continued at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with Jean-Michel Fonteneau. There I studied as a quartet cellist with the Alexander, Miro and Takacs string quartets. During that time I received the M. Alan Neys Award for first prize at the Pacific Musical Society’s annual competition, as well as first prize in CMC’s own concerto competition, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Chamber Music Honors Award.
I’ve recorded for the Phoenix Spring Ensemble as well as the Arcos Chamber Orchestra’s Portrait of Anders Eliasson on the Neos label, and have been critically praised by the San Francisco Chronicle as a “promising talent” with “the rhetorical polish of a skilled storyteller.” I’m a founding member of the Chamber Music Society of San Francisco.
Julia Sarah Bonomo (purposefully initialed after J.S. Bach)
Hi there! I’m Sarah Bonomo, clarinetist, San Francisco. I have a Master of Music, Clarinet Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Bachelor of Music, Clarinet Performance plus a Bachelor of Science, Economics from Florida State University.
I'm a founding member of The Collective and of One Found Sound, an un-conducted collaborative chamber orchestra in the Bay Area committed to changing the face of classical music. I gave my Carnegie Hall debut May 2, 2011, as a founding member of the award-winning woodwind quintet Terpsichore Winds.
Hi! I’m Katie Sundstrom, soprano, I hold a Masters Degree in Music from William Paterson University, Winner of the Music Graduate Award from William Paterson University, The Billings Performance Award in Music from Wellesley College Music Department, and am Adjunct Faculty in Women's and Gender Studies, William Paterson University of New Jersey.
Will you be willing to become a member of this experience by contributing and getting some cool rewards? Every penny will help. Thank you from all of us!
How It Works
Kickstarter is an all or nothing deal. We have 30 days to raise the entirety of our goal or we get $0. Any amount you commit to will not be deducted until the end of our campaign.
- Will you make a contribution, and become a member of this experience?
- Every penny will help.
- We’ll say a personal thank you on Kickstarter, our website and Facebook page.
- You’ll get lots of free tickets and downloads.
- Please join us!
Risks and challenges
Challenges, Experience, and Budget
Here are the logistics. 3 of us live in San Francisco, 2 in New York and New Jersey, creating a bi-coastal experience. Good audio and video equipment aren't cheap, so are both a challenge and a goal.
However, we're all experienced in concert travel and in coordinating recording. Sarah and Sam are active performers involved in both the artistic and organizational aspects of their own groups which perform frequently in the San Francisco Bay Area. Fred has put together concerts as far away as Ghent, Belgium.
Plane fares, accommodations, and transportation.
Audio and video equipment rental for live recording, streaming and visual synchronization.
CD pressing and cover art.
Kickstarter fees and Stripe transaction fees. (7% to 10% combined)
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