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This musical journey on cello will be recorded & produced in Michigan, featuring a world premiere composition and original album art!

 

Welcome to "Pieces of the World," my debut album Kickstarter page! 

I have been playing the cello for 20 years and I think it's about time to record a CD! It's very important for me to create not just any debut album, but an album that involves living art and music. Please check out the video and read some of the information below! 

...one of my first concerts in 1992.
...one of my first concerts in 1992.

This CD will be a musical journey of works written within the span of the last 300 years - earliest being Jean Barriere's (1700-1747) duo for two cellos and the latest being Vache Sharafyan's (b. 1966) piece, which I don't know the name yet - how exciting!!!! Some were not originally written for cello while others are staples among classical cello repertoire. The title, "Pieces of the World," was inspired by the album's overall theme involving pieces written by composers from different countries. It is also kind of a double entendre because in classical music, we like to call the music we play 'pieces' and these 'pieces' are written by composers from all over the world! 

...with original album art

The cover and inside art will be designed by Zac Brunell. He will also design three original works inspired by three pieces of music from the album. After being drawn to his works around MSU's College of Music, I knew our collaboration was a match made in heaven! More about Zac in his own words:

"I'm an artist. Often, this fact puts me behind a marimba or drums, but I find many of my most fulfilling times as an artist on my Macbook. There are possibilities in the digital medium that are unthinkable when working with physical materials - I have complete control over each pixel on my screen and can feel free to experiment and make mistakes that are solvable with the undo button. Digital art acts as another facet of expression that compliments what I do musically and otherwise artistically"

I am also very proud to say that this is a made-in-Michigan product! 

After spending half of my life and my most formative years in Michigan, I want to pay tribute by utilizing and working with its local musical resources. Blue Griffin Recording of Lansing, will be the recording, producing and mastering site. Printing will be done by an Ann Arbor based company. Local artists and musicians will play an important part in the creation of the album. While the product is made in Michigan, (the Mitten) the influences that shape the album are drawn from World - a true marriage of local and global.

...on a bridge behind the Arboretum in Ann Arbor, MI.
...on a bridge behind the Arboretum in Ann Arbor, MI.

...featuring a world premiere recording of a piece for solo cello + obbligato voice by Vache Sharafyan

I became familiar with Sharafyan's music since the premiere of his Cello Concerto at Michigan State University in 2005. Recently, I recorded two of Sharafyan's duets with my father, cellist Suren Bagratuni, for a CD titled "Armenian Premieres." In March of 2012, I was very fortunate to perform Sharafyan's work "On the Wings of the Hymn" in Weill Recital Hall for the 30th Annual Musical Armenia Concert. Mr. Sharafyan has generously offered to write a piece for this project and I am very excited to share it with you! 

...after the Musical Armenia concert
...after the Musical Armenia concert

Here is a list of the tentative CD tracks

  • ITALY - Giaochino Rossini's Une Larme
  • ESTONIA - Arvo Pärt's Fratres
  • ARMENIA - Vache Sharafyan's TBD 
  • AUSTRIA - Franz Schubert's Adagio (with special guest Natalia Khoma)
  • LATVIA - Pēteris Vasks' Grāmata čellam
  • POLAND - Frederick Chopin's Polonaise Brilliante OR Nocturne
  • SPAIN - Gaspar Cassado's Serenade
  • RUSSIA - Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky's Pezzo Cappricioso or Sentimental Waltz
  • UKRAINE - Mykola Lysenko's Sym (pronounced Soom)
  • UNITED STATES - Mark Summer's Julie-O
  • FRANCE - Jean Barriere's Sonata for 2 cellos in G major (with special guest Suren Bagratuni)

A budget breakdown

The money for this project is going to pay for: recording/producing/mastering costs, pianist fees, graphic design, CD printing ($1,200 to print 500 CDs), licensing fees and publicity. For a more comprehensive breakdown, feel free to send me a message or e-mail (martabagratuni@gmail.com) and I will happily provide you a PDF of the comprehensive budget estimate. Please know that I will be a careful steward of your generous gift. 

A big THANK YOU for taking the time to get to know "Pieces of the World" and supporting classical music! Please feel free to share this project with your friends and family.

x,

marta

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We have to consider some obstacles that may come occur just like any living, breathing artistic endeavor. Rather than thinking of them as obstacles, we will quickly approach solutions to make it work because in music, the show must go on!

Those involved with Pieces of the World are extremely committed to this project. The idea started in June 2012 and, just like any musical endeavor, has since been growing. Potential Challenge #1 - Production delays: Blue Griffin heads many projects and production delays may occur, therefore the estimated release date will be June of 2013 (could happen sooner, though!). Potential Challenge #2 - Time constraints: There is a certain amount of recording time allowed with the budget so we will try and stay true to that in order to create some beautiful music!

We are committed to stay true to the project and appreciate all of your support! THANK YOU! <3

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