About this project
Update: Stretch Goal #1 - $7110
Hooray! We've met our goal amount to enable us to release Five Piece Combo! Since there's still some time left, we want you to know that if you still want to pledge, we will put your money to good use. An extra $250 will allow us to increase our run of CDs from 500 to 1000. Any pledges beyond $7110 will establish a fund for a commissioning project that we've been wanting to do for a long time, but haven't yet had the money for. Thank you for your support!
Madera Wind Quintet: Five Piece Combo
Amy Thiemann, flute
Jason Paschall, oboe
Rachel Yoder, clarinet
Jorge Cruz, Jr., bassoon
Angela Winter, horn
We’re the Madera Wind Quintet and we’ve got a compelling new project that we need your help to complete! Since our first record Five at Play, we have been working on an album titled Five Piece Combo, featuring the woodwind quintets of Don Gillis.
Here's a recent live performance of the jazzy Suite No. 3, "Gone with the Woodwinds" from our Texas Tour:
And here's a taste of his Suite No. 1, "The Fable of the Tortoise and the Hare." In this first movement "They're Off," Gillis really brings the characters of the Tortoise and Hare to life!
These are live performances, but the Five Piece Combo release will feature the versions from our recording sessions in Voertman Hall at the University of North Texas (currently in the editing phase).
Here’s a little background about the project:
Don Gillis was a well-known American musical figure of the 20th century that history has in many ways forgotten. He was born on June 17, 1912 in small town Missouri, but by the age of 18, the burgeoning young musician found his way to Texas, where he studied composition at both Texas Christian University and the University of North Texas. It was during these formative years of his career that we see some of his earliest compositions, including his three Suites for Woodwind Quintet written from 1938-39.
Gillis’ career would flourish as he eventually became the producer and script writer for the NBC Symphony Orchestra and served as assistant to conductor Arturo Toscanini. He also later helped found the Symphony of the Air, an important fledgling ensemble of the time that was led by both established and rising maestros in the 1950s such as Bruno Walter, Leonard Bernstein and Daniel Barenboim.
What sets Don Gillis’ music apart from other composers of his time was that rather than pushing the boundaries of form and tonality with ground-breaking modern works, he captured the musical vernacular of the U.S. by writing in already established forms: the woodwind quintet, tone poem, symphony, etc. He drew inspiration from popular, folk and jazz music to write impeccably orchestrated, accessible, melodically driven music, with a distinctly American flair.
It is Madera’s wish to not only share with you these largely forgotten and previously unrecorded woodwind quintets that bring such vitality to the quintet repertoire, but to also shed light on the genius of a legendary but often overlooked man.
We need YOUR help to finance the production of Five Piece Combo, so that we may make this project a reality. We are excited to be working with the PARMA Records team to ensure the highest artistic standards and worldwide distribution of Five Piece Combo. Your donation will be used for recording, mixing, mastering, manufacture, publicity and other production costs.
Don Gillis – Suites for Wind Quintet
Suite No. 1 for Woodwind Quintet, “The Fable of the Tortoise and the Hare” (11:00)
I. Bre’er Rabbit Dreams
II. They’re Off
III. Mr. Tortoise Wins the Race
Suite No. 2 for Woodwind Quintet, “Three Sketches” (13:00)
I. Self Portrait
Suite No. 3 for Woodwind Quintet, “Gone with the Woodwinds” (13:00)
I. Take Five Blues
II. Five Piece Combo
III. Frolic in B-Bop Major
-Amy, Jason, Rachel, Jorge, and Angela
Risks and challenges
We finished recording Five Piece Combo in July of 2014, and are currently putting the finishing touches on editing and post production. Our previous campaign, Five at Play was successfully funded and released, and we are confident in our ability to complete this latest amazing project. Our main challenge will be getting the word out so that we can meet our goal.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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