My name is Brin Solomon and I'm a composer and bassoonist living and working in Los Angeles. This fall I’m going off to grad school in New York, and I want to play one last recital before I leave to say goodbye to all of my West Coast friends and give back to the musical community that welcomed me so generously. I'll be playing some pieces that are new to me as well as some old favorites, including William Hurlstone's sonata, which was the first real solo piece I ever worked on.
As excited as I am about this concert, I'm also a little nervous — putting together a recital has many challenges, from booking spaces and artists to paying audio engineers and maintaining some semblance of financial and emotional security, and that's where you come in. I’m turning to you, lovers of music on the internet, to help make my dream a reality! Having run a successful Kickstarter for a recital last fall, I know that with even a little bit of your help, I can reach my goal of $1050.
I’ve outlined a cost breakdown below and will update this page as progress is made. I hope to see you in concert! Thank you in advance for your consideration, and remember, every little bit helps!
-Brin Solomon Composer & Bassoonist, Los Angeles
The costs for this are pretty simple:
$350 is for the pianist
$290 is for our recording engineer
$240 is for reserving the performance space — the beautiful Community Room at the South Pasadena Public Library
$60 is for our graphic designer (for posters and other promotional materials)
The remainder of the money goes to Kickstarter's processing fees, with any left over going to getting fancier snacks for the reception
Nancy Galbraith: Bassoon Sonata
Paul Hindemith: Bassoon Sonata
Anne LeBaron: After a Dammit to Hell
William Hurlstone: Bassoon Sonata
The performance will take place at 3:00pm on the afternoon of Sunday, June 26th in the Community Room of the South Pasadena Public Library. The concert will last approximately one hour, and it will be followed by a reception with light refreshments. (This activity is not sponsored by the City of South Pasadena or the South Pasadena Public Library.)
About the Performers:
A recent graduate from Yale University — where they studied with Joshua Rosenblum and Kathryn Alexander, among others — Brin Solomon writes music full of metric vigor, open harmonies, and flowing, lyrical melodies. Their original full–length musical, Window Full of Moths, has been praised by reviewers for its “extraordinary soul stirring songs” that “add magic to otherwise common lives”. They are an active believer in the ideal of the performer–composer, and recently gave the première of their bassoon sonata, Rotational Games, in a concert made possible by a successful Kickstarter campaign. Their works have been performed by the Yale Concert Band, the Harkness Tower Guild of Carillonneurs, and members of Chicago’s Fifth House Ensemble, among others. They currently work as an archivist and assistant to Michael Feinstein in Los Angeles, and have arranged several American standards for Mr Feinstein to sing in concert at Carnegie Hall. In the fall of 2016, they will be enrolling in the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU/Tisch.
Pianist Nic Gerpe, a Los Angeles native, has been hailed as “dashing” and “appropriately spacy and far-out”. A dedicated proponent of new music, Nic has worked with composers including Steve Reich, Gernot Wolfgang, Michael Gordon, and Don Crockett, recorded for Erica Muhl, and given numerous premieres in the United States and abroad. As a concerto soloist, Nic’s most recent performances have included composer Thomas Demenga’s “Relations”, a double concerto for two cellos, percussion and prepared piano, premiered at the 2012 Piatigorsky International CelloFest, and composer Dale Trumbore’s piano concerto with the USC Thornton Symphony. Nic has performed at Walt Disney Concert Hall as part of the Green Umbrella Series, played for Microfest, LA’s festival dedicated to microtonal music, and performed with the LA based ensembleGREEN and Midnight Winds. Nic is the co-founder of Panic Duo, a Los Angeles–based violin and piano group dedicated to the performance of the music of our time. Nic earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern Califonia in 2012, and has been on the piano faculty of the Pasadena Conservatory of Music since 2006.
Risks and challenges
Fortunately (or not, if you're one of the performers!), the biggest risks of a recital like this are artistic, rather than financial. It's always a risk to put yourself in front of an audience in the open, vulnerable way that genuine performance demands. Still, since Nic Gerpe (who's playing piano) and I are both experienced performers, we are fully prepared to meet this challenge head on and deliver the best, most compelling performance we can.
Beyond the artistic demands, this is a low-risk project. Should one of us have a chance injury or illness, we may have to postpone the date of the recital, but since we will have already worked up the repertoire, we will be able to get back up on our feet quickly as soon as we've recovered.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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