The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective has been together since 2006 and in that time all we've ever done is perform the best new choral music around. We are a little different than your normal choir; we don't have a director or any single leader. Instead we all work together as a collective group because we love new music. Nearly everyone in our group is a multi-talented combination of singer, composer, and conductor, and they all volunteer many hours of every week for the sake of the group.
When I say we love new music, I mean really new and we really love it. C4 only performs music from the last 25 years with a special emphasis on premiers. We have had over 70 world premiers since the group started, and many more New York, East Coast, and North American premiers. We strive to help composers by performing their works, hosting composition contests, and creating commissions. As far as we know, we are the only ensemble of our kind in the country.
At the end of 2012 C4 is planning on the next big step of its evolution: a professional recording. We are starting simple, with a straightforward 4-song EP that highlights the best of what we do. Even something as simple as a choral recording has major expenses including a studio space, engineer, mixing, mastering, and making the CDs. Thankfully, our singers believe in our mission enough to donate days of their time to extra rehearsals and recording time; no one is getting paid for this project. We are doing it because we think it's an important part of keeping new music alive and well.
This recording will help us promote the group to bigger and more exciting venues and increase the exposure of our mission outside of New York. Our composers are also excited about this recording. Without it music is confined to notes on a page and the concert hall, but with this CD our creative work can be shared with a much larger audience.
Here's what we need: for you to believe in what we do too, enough to make a small donation towards the project. Anything at all helps us reach this milestone for our group. The whole project, all in all, will cost us about $7000, and we are asking you, our friends, family, colleagues, and fellow music lovers to help us with a part of that.
Please support us in anyway you, come to our concerts, join Friends of C4, or make a donation to our kickstarter project. A little help goes a long way.
C4: The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective
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