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Presenting values of our culture~a catalyst of thought and emotion~saxophone sound conveying a universal language~now ready to share.
Presenting values of our culture~a catalyst of thought and emotion~saxophone sound conveying a universal language~now ready to share.
Presenting values of our culture~a catalyst of thought and emotion~saxophone sound conveying a universal language~now ready to share.
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Rushing Past Willow: Nick Zoulek's Debut Album and Project

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The Project

“…it's the way we process memories…certain memories that repeat over and over, seemingly insignificant, but…they define us. Imagine sharing those personal memories, and reflecting on the deeply rooted emotions that are attached…”

Rushing Past Willow is the culmination of introspection, research, improvisation, and composition. It is a project that will result in my debut album, which will comprise original compositions that reflect on cultural values and stem from authentic and compassionate experiences, repetitive thought patterns, and meditation.

I have performed some of these compositions on programs over the past few years, and there has been an overwhelming amount of support! This has conjured the courage to ask for help with the one essential resource that I cannot provide on my own: funding. Every contribution counts, and I wish I could convey more of my awesome gratitude for your help!

Your financial contribution will help: 

  • complete the recording, mixing, mastering, and distribution process
  • fund collaborative opportunities with diverse and talented artists 
  • create repertoire to share with the musical community
  • create the CD release event

I aim to release the album by March 2016

The Music

“…sounds radiate from the instrument in all directions, and each one is unique. Your individual experiences further dictate a unique paradigm. Ask yourself, if you captured those individual paradigms, what kind of beautiful product could you create by mixing them together? We’re attempting to combine and enhance individual paradigms for a greater product.”

The saxophone is simply a tool for musical communication. With any instrumental performance, the emotion invested and the resulting ideas that are communicated transcend the instrument itself. On this album, the diverse sounds of the saxophone will be recorded using an array of 13 microphones. Composer and sound artist Jason Charney will then mix these sounds artistically, creating a composite acoustic image of the solo saxophone's diverse sound.

Already, eight tracks have been recorded in conjunction with Bowling Green State University’s recording studio, with four more pieces ready to be recorded. All of these compositions are inspired by friends, family, deep love, crippling heartbreak, numbing recovery, experience, learning, cherished memories; all experienced in the modern world of discovery, chaos, and advancement.

The works included on this album were composed through the saxophone, channeling deep, heartfelt connections in audiences, with hopes of inspiring introspection and compassion. These visceral pieces have grown with me over many years, and they are ready to share. You can help share these pieces with the world. 

Collaboration

“It's an age of connectivity, and collaboration is crucial.”

Rushing Past Willow extends past the recording of an album. In fact, it is just the beginning of a much larger project. Cross-disciplinary collaboration is the next step, and its already happening. By combining these compositions with the endeavors of other talented artist. With your help, we’ll create a product far greater than our individual pursuits. Imagine how much more this project can grow! 

Here's a list of the collaborations already in motion:

A dance film by cinematographer Cody Laplant, featuring the movement of Mauriah Kraker.

A 3D animation  by composer and animator Josh Simmons.

In collaboration with Jason Charney, we modified Erwin Redl's 25-foot-LED installation, “Benchmark,” creating a responsive sound installation that responds to the live performance of compositions featured on this album. Additional film of the project will be captured and produced by videographer and pianist Michiko Saiki

Visual artist Tim Zoulek will be creating the album artwork for the project. Digital documentation of the work will then be carried out by photographer and graphic designer Andrew Von Haden.

Sharing the Music

“finding ways to share our innermost emotions and inspiring compassion…”

Notation of these works is underway; attempting to capture the improvisatory spirit of the pieces and affect the meditative thought process that inspired them. The goal is to share these works, giving others a chance to perform the pieces and express themselves.

Traditions

“…presenting views and values of our culture; a catalyst of thought and emotion, employing saxophone sound to communicate in a universal language.” 

These pieces exhibit repetitive, spectral, and minimalistic qualities. They reflect on the views and values of our culture, including network connectivity and advances in science. At their core, however, they are meditations on some of my most sincere memories that spin with the gamut of my deepest, heartfelt emotions.

The vocabulary in these pieces stems from the idiomatic use of the saxophone, and uses sound that has resonated with me for over a decade. The compositions elaborate on traditions established by artists including Anthony Braxton, Evan Parker, John Zorn, Mats Gustaffson, Ned Rothenberg, composers such as François Rossé, Christian Lauba, Gérard Grisey, and an array of saxophonists in the contemporary classical tradition.

Recording

The goal is to complete a 12-track album. The experimental recording process has developed over months of research, during which I investigated the placement of the unique microphone array and a methodology for creating a unique sound image. Recording continues to take place at Bowling Green State University recording studios, with engineering by Jason Charney and myself. The editing process will involve the abstraction of the saxophone’s sound, which will be a collaborative process between Jason Charney and I.

Timeline

It is my goal to finish the recording and mixing by November, leaving time for detailed mixing and mastering. I aim to release the CD before March, 2016. I also aim to have at least four of the pieces notated and ready for publication by this time.

Risks and challenges

Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing model. If we don't meet the funding goal, this project won't be possible.

I am confident in the success of the multiple interdisciplinary collaborations involved in this project. Already, these projects are moving along quite well! These artists are people who I sincerely trust. I couldn't ask for a better team.

The mixing process is already happening, but there could be delays with the mastering and production of the CD. I am hoping to release the CD in February. However, unforeseen issues might arise, delaying the release.

The process of notating the pieces will take the most time. My goal is to have at least four of the pieces notated and ready to be published by the CD release.

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