January is an exciting project that unites my double life as a historically-informed performer and a new music composer; given my birthday on the ides of January, I suppose it's symbolic that I find my musical center at the intersection of past and present.
The cast of performers includes world-renowned countertenor Drew Minter, lauded Baritone Randall Scarlata, viola da gambist Donna Fournier and harpsichordist Tracy Richardson of the new/early music ensemble Mélomanie, innovative electric guitarist/composer Van Stiefel, virtuoso pianist Carl Cranmer, acclaimed pianist/composer David Alpher, and me, Mark Rimple, countertenor and archlute.
January will be released on the Innova label through Furious Artisans Recordings. Engineering by Jeremy Tressler. Production by Jeremy Tressler, Mark Rimple, William Anderson, and Drew Minter.
My budget for the entire project is $16,568. I have received or have been promised $13,625 in funding from the following sources:
- American Composers Forum, Philadelphia Subito grant: $1500
- Roger Shapiro Fund for New Music: $5000 promise of support
- 2013 West Chester University (WCU) School of Music Grant: $1500
- 2013 WCU Departmental support: $1125
- 2014 WCU School of Music Grant: $1500
- I will contribute $1500 of my income from a teaching workshop this June towards the project.
- I will apply to allocate $1500 in funds for my 2015 WCU School of Music Grant.
The funding gap that remains after this income is $2943. This kickstarter campaign will complete my budget.
I have already recorded the works for early instruments (see below). The final recording sessions are set for this March, 2015.
Track Listing (order may change):
DisOrders for archlute solo (8’ - recorded and edited)
2. Il Principe
3. Primum Mobile
Sonata Circumdederunt Me (15’ - recorded and edited)
4. Tastar de corde
6. Run Aground
7. Gygges and Squeakings
Five Songs on Romantic Poems (14’)
8. Tristesse (Alfred de Muset)
9. Theoretikos (Oscar Wilde)
10. La musique (Charles Baudelaire)
11. Arioso: If by dull rhymes (John Keats)
12. Chanson d’automme (Paul Verlaine)
Three Songs for Baritone and Piano (12’)
Fathom Five (William Shakespeare)
14. O Suße Leier (Friedrich Nietzsche)
15. Sulla Riva (Mauro Luzzi transl. Dana Gioia)
Lute Suite no. 1 “Noematique” (6' - recorded and edited)
18. Basse Danse “Ma mieulx amée”
20. Basse Danse “La dulce amour”
To Golias for Countertenor and Electric Guitar (7’ - recorded)
21. Intoxication (Carmina Burana)
22. Dangers of the City (Archpoet of Cologne)
23. La petite mort (Gaudavan)
24. IV.Will you shrink from me? (Catullus)
Piano Sonata Malcontento (13')
Risks and challenges
If my budget is completed, I may still run over in production costs at the back end - depending on how well my budgeting matches up with the time used for recording and editing. So far we are on track. However, I can apply for funding to cover this shortfall through my university, $1500 annually.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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