My name is Brin Solomon and I'm a composer and bassoonist working in Los Angeles. “Rotational Games”, my first major work since moving out here, is a lyrical, playful, and intense new piece I’ve written for bassoon and piano, and I want its premiere — in the beautiful Community Room of the South Pasadena Public Library — to be a memorable one. The recital will also feature works by John Steinmetz, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Peter Schickele that I've been working on while putting the finishing touches on my own sonata.
As I move beyond the premiere’s planning phases, I am nervous but excited about the challenges of booking spaces, finding artists, paying audio engineers, and maintaining a general sense of financial and emotional stability — which is why I’m turning to you, lovers of music on the internet, to help make my dream a reality! Covering these practical costs feels like a daunting hurdle, but I know that with even just a little bit of your help, I can reach my goal of $900.
I’ve outlined a cost breakdown below and will continually 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!
Composer & Bassoonist
The costs for this are pretty simple:
- $250 is for the pianist
- $240 is for our recording engineer
- $300 is for reserving the performance space — the beautiful Community Room at the South Pasadena Public Library
- $50 is for our graphic designer (for posters and other promotional materials)
- The remainder of the money goes to Kickstarter's processing fees
The performance will take place at 3:00pm on the afternoon of Saturday, September 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.
About the Performers:
Brin Solomon is a Los-Angeles-based composer and bassoonist with an interest in music theatre. A recent graduate from Yale University — where he studied with Kathryn Alexander and Joshua Rosenblum, among others — his works have been performed by the Yale Concert Band, the Harkness Tower Guild of Carillonneurs, and members of Chicago's Fifth House Ensemble. His original full-length musical, Window Full of Moths, has been hailed by reviews as full of "extraordinary soul stirring songs" that "add magic to otherwise common lives". He currently works as an assistant to Michael Feinstein, and has arranged several American standards for Mr Feinstein to sing in concert in Carnegie Hall.
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, L.A.’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, and this goes double when one of the pieces is one you wrote. 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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