Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
A collection of rare and new music for two very common string instruments, composed by North, Central, and South American composers!
26 backers pledged $2,413 to help bring this project to life.

About

New American Music for Violin and Viola project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

$2,413

26

The world of traditional "classical" music has little repertoire written for the combination of Violin and Viola even though those instruments are the most widely used in combination with other instruments in groups such as string quartets, piano quartets, orchestras, etc.  Violinists and Violists make up the greatest percentage of string players at any musical institution, making the duo an easy and logical choice for frequent performance.  Unfortunately the same few pieces from the 18-19th century are performed over and over, lessening the impact of this beautiful and extremely suitable combination.

We collaborated with composers from the United States, Belize, and Argentina to create new works for this combination, which we performed across America, then recorded onto a single CD. Also included is a rarely heard duo by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos. The reason we chose these composers is that all of them have a link to "pop" music and culture in some way or another, whether by quoting pop songs in their music, playing in bands on the side, writing music for popular artists, or even just being well-known singer-songwriters in their own right.  We feel that there should be no barriers between performers and audience, and that these works all speak very clearly to listeners of all ages and backgrounds.The living composers on the CD are:  Errollyn Wallen,  Libby Larsen, and Mario Diaz Gavier.We have been fortunate enough to receive a Vince Coffin grant from the University of Hartford that helped with the costs of recording the works, and now we are just seeking the remaining funds  to put the CD into physical production and be ready for streaming and downloading on the internet.We discovered many things along the way, from the wonderful people to whom we introduced "classical" music, to exactly how portable and flexible our combination is.  Drive-by duos, anyone?-Anton and Rita

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    a complimentary download of one track from the CD!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    5 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $15 or more About $15

    a first edition of CD

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    8 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    a signed first edition of the CD by the artists

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    7 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    the above, PLUS selected "making of" DVDs

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    the above, PLUS 2 tickets to any event (concerts or masterclasses) on our 2011-12 season

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    the above, PLUS a 1/2 hour Skype class on "how to learn new music" OR a 1/2 hour Skype coaching on violin or viola playing fundamentals OR a 1/2 hr Skype chamber music coaching

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    the above, PLUS a private live 1 hour lesson on violin or viola, or a 1 hour chamber music coaching (must travel to Connecticut)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,500 or more About $1,500

    an in-house/private concert featuring selections from the repertoire (with geographical limitations, i.e Tri-State area. yes; N.E corridor, maybe; any other locations in the same cities as our published concerts, also possible on a case by case basis) plus up to 10 signed first edition CDs for your guests, dates to mutually agreed upon-

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (41 days)