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Bach’s Suites for Solo Cello represent the beginning and end of my relationship with music. They were among the first pieces I played as a child and the rest of my life will be spent working toward their mastery. Generations of cellists have considered mastery of the Suites a pinnacle of artistic achievement and a rite of passage. A life spent in pursuit of such a singular goal is like a pilgrimage; it is endless and requires extreme effort, daily commitment, and absolute resolve.
I have decided to combine my musical pilgrimage with a physical one. In May I will walk nearly 600 miles on the Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage route beginning in France and crossing Spain to the Atlantic Ocean. I will carry my cello, performing and recording Bach’s Suites in ancient churches along the way.
Filming and Recording:
Walking with me, a team of brilliant, award-winning filmmakers and a three-time Grammy Award winning music producer will create a visually stunning documentary exploring pilgrimage through the Camino de Santiago and my ongoing musical pilgrimage with Bach’s Suites for Solo Cello. We will produce a beautiful recording of the suites in 36 different Camino churches and will endeavor to create ‘sonic maps’ of each church so that we can recreate the sound of those churches in live performances and film screenings following the journey.
Music is a language that speaks to everyone and I will be using Bach's music to communicate with people in Spain. Many Spanish communities are suffering; in 2014 unemployment reached a record 57.7 percent for youth aged 18-25, now referred to as “the lost generation.” My team and I are eager to meet these young Spaniards and document their stories. I have been invited to mentor young cellists in schools along the Camino and look forward to exchanging ideas and engaging with them through the universal language of music. I hope my musical pilgrimage will inspire a new generation of young Spaniards to struggle against the statistics; to use their time, talents and creativity to forge a hopeful future for themselves, for Spain, and for the World.
How You Can Help:
For me, life is a pilgrimage and it is best lived waking up every day and committing our best efforts to the realization of our dreams. The success of this idea depends on the generosity of concerned individuals. We need to raise $30,000 dollars by May 13th in order to transport our team to Spain, capture the beautiful footage and sound for our film, and inspire a new generation of young Spaniards to pursue their dreams.
Dane Johansen - Cellist:
Alaskan cellist Dane Johansen performs throughout the world as a soloist and chamber musician. He performs frequently as an Artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and made his Lincoln Center debut performing Elliott Carter’s Cello Concerto with James Levine in celebration of the composer’s centennial. The performance was “brave and virtuosic” and “played with staggering aplomb” as described by the New York Times and New York Magazine. Dane made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2012, performing a program of his own design entitled Lightness, which explored philosophical lightness in music of the 20th century.
Risks and challenges
There are many challenges to be faced throughout the realization of this project. Our first challenge is raising the money we need to take the trip. Your donation along with that of many others will guarantee that we overcome that hurdle and that all of our efforts have not been in vain! Absolutely central to our success is the strength of our team. We are confident that the talents, perseverance, work ethic and absolute commitment of each team member will ensure the successful realization of our goals in Spain and beyond as we edit, market, and distribute the film and recording. A project of this scale requires long-term dedication, but we have been pursuing this dream since 2008 and are resolved to see it through to completion, no matter what challenges we encounter along the way.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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