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A CD devoted to world-premiere piano chamber music works of American composer Gabriela Lena Frank

We are trying to complete our recording of a fabulous CD which features world-premiere, never recorded chamber music works by the brilliant composer Gabriela Lena Frank. So far we have recorded a portion of the disc, thanks to generous contributions from the Copland Recording Grant and our donors. However, we need your help in order to complete this CD!  Please watch our video, where you will see Molly and Gabi in person, and sample a little bit of the beautiful music on this disc, performed by Barry and Molly live.

Our story began with Molly, our pianist, who met Gabi, a wonderful composer at the John Harbison/Dawn Upshaw Workshop at Carnegie Hall in 2004. They bonded both musically and on their views of life and living over rehearsals and meals shared during those weeks. A strong friendship ensued. And during a sushi meal in Berkeley a few years back, this recording project was born.

The works on this CD include: Tres Homenajes: Compadrazgo (For Piano Quintet), Sueños de Chambi: Snapshots for an Andean Album (For Flute and Piano), Canto de Harawi:Amadeoso (For Flute, Clarinet, and Piano), Sonata Andina (For Solo Piano), and a brand new work for piano four hands that Gabi will join in with Molly!  

Gabi has received and continues to gain attention of the music world, including numerous commissions from major orchestras & chamber ensembles (one was a 2012 Grammy nominee for a CD of Gabi's works). In 2009, Gabi was awarded a Latin Grammy for Best Contemporary Classical Composition, and  in 2010 the prestigious USA Artist Fellowship. 

We are thrilled and truly honored to have Judith Sherman on board as our producer! A leading producer in the classical recording industry, she has garnered many awards and distinctions, including being nominated ten times and winning three times as Grammy awards' Producer of the Year. Our recording will take place at the new, state of the art Recording Studio at Lehman College. We are very grateful to be hosted by this superb space and to be in partnership with such exceptional talents. 

Even though our ensemble members have already released CDs with major labels, this is the first time we are recording together as a group! We are fully committed to make this a CD of the highest caliber that will reflect our passion and dedication to working with composers and artists of diverse mediums on creative ventures. 

With your support, we will make this wonderful recording project come to fruition!

THANK YOU!

-Ensemble Meme

For more detailed description of each composition, please check out our site HERE.

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