Thank you for visiting us, and welcome to our project: the premiere and recording of Ashfall: Music Unearthed, an original composition by Rusty Banks (www.rustybanks.org) performed by the Nebraska Chamber Players (www.nebraskachamberplayers.org).
Composer Rusty Banks has long been impressed by the scenic landscape and the ancient history of the Ashfall fossil beds, and when the Nebraska Chamber Players asked him to create a work for their 15th anniversary, he drew inspiration from this treasured natural landmark and began composing Ashfall. It is a large-scale chamber work befitting its muse, with instrumentation comprised of a string quartet, woodwind quintet, double bass, piano, harp and marimba.
In the video you met Rusty Banks and many of the Nebraska Chamber Players. You were the first to hear segments of the new work: echoes of the bones (played by strings), the vast grassland savannahs of Nebraska (played by winds), and the reflective melody (represented by the music box). Rusty pulls all of these ideas together into a 20-minute piece of music, a sonic reconstruction of events that occurred 12 million years ago at Ashfall Fossil Beds in northern Nebraska.
Rusty will join the Nebraska Chamber Players for the premiere of Ashfall in April 2012, and again in the summer when they do a studio recording of this work. The Players will also record three former collaborations with Rusty on a CD to be released in December, 2012. The Kickstarter project will fund the studio recordings and the CD.
This is crunch time...there is a 30-day window for the project to be fully funded. It's an all-or-nothing effort: if we raise more than our goal we are in the black; if we fall short, the project will not be funded and all donations will be returned.
Ashfall will premiere live in concert in Lincoln, Nebraska, on April 13, and worldwide on April 15 via live streaming on NET Radio, 1:30 pm CDT (www.netnebraska.org/radio).
We want to thank the technical support for this project: Luis Peon-Casanova, filming and editing; Angel Peon-Casanova, graphics; and the audio crew at NET Radio for recording and engineering both the broadcast and the CD. For a transcript of the audio portion of this video, click here.
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