It's all about the guitars.
John Monteleone (www.monteleone.net) is widely acknowledged as the dean of American luthiers. He specializes in the acoustic arched-top guitar, and with his recent quartet of instruments "The 4-Seasons" (http://blog.metmuseum.org/guitarheroes/archtop-guitars-the-four-seasons/) he reaches the pinnacle of his art.
During the process of building The 4-Seasons, Monteleone asked guitarist Anthony Wilson (www.anthonywilsonmusic.com) to compose a piece that could appropriately showcase the purity of sound, dynamic range, and wide stylistic potential of these instruments. The result is "4 Seasons," an original suite in four movements that will be premiered -- by guitarists Anthony Wilson, Julian Lage, Steve Cardenas, and Chico Pinheiro -- in a concert at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC on April 10th, 2011, an event connected to the Met's "Guitar Heroes" exhibition (www.metmuseum.org), which opens on February 9 and features the work of John Monteleone, as well as the work of his esteemed predecessors James D'Aquisto and John D'Angelico.
We are launching this campaign to raise the funds to produce and manufacture a recording and video (combination CD/DVD) of the world premiere performance of the "4 Seasons" suite. The performance will also feature Anthony Wilson's quartet arrangement of Joni Mitchell's seasons-based song "The Circle Game," plus solo features by each participating guitarist.
Speaking of participating guitarists: Chico Pinheiro (www.chicopinheiro.com.br), Steve Cardenas (www.stevecardenasmusic.com), and Julian Lage (www.julianlage.com) are three of the most acclaimed players working today. Composing with the talents of this ensemble in mind, Wilson has created musical settings that range from jazz, to American roots music, to traditional Brazilian samba.
Funds raised in this campaign will be used to compile the technical "kit" and team (including grammy award winning engineer Todd Whitelock) necessary for audio and video recording, mixing and mastering; to cover musician fees and costs; for photography and package design work by artist Ian Gittler (www.iangittler.com); for printing of the package by Stumptown Printers in Portland, Oregon (www.stumptownprinters.com); and for final manufacturing of the CD/DVD.
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