Two years ago, Les Bostonades campaigned on Kickstarter for our first-ever CD release, in honor of our 10th anniversary season. That CD, featuring the whole band and some soloists who’ve been with us since day one, was a huge success. Now we’re back for another! We want to bring one of our very favorite genres of music, the French baroque cantata, to you.
For this special project we enlisted wonderful tenor Zachary Wilder, a true star of the early music scene. Zach has lived and worked extensively in France, and we think you’ll agree that his beautiful voice and unsurpassed expressivity are perfect for these musical tales of excitement, heartbreak, and romance. Joining him are four of Les Bostonades’ talented instrumentalists: Teddie Hwang on traverso, Sarah Darling on violin, Emily Walhout on viola da gamba, and director Akiko Sato on harpsichord. This brilliant crew’s love of music and love of playing together shines through every minute of the recording! And last but not least, our top-flight production team consists of audio engineer Angus Lansing and producer Michael Beattie.
All this talent is put to work on some of the most beautiful, touching, and joyful music ever composed. Clérambault and Rameau knew how to get straight to the heart of what matters most: love, loss, and great storytelling, all wrapped up in lush instrumental sounds and toe-tapping tunes. The CD will include:
Louis-Nicolas Clérambault: Orphée and Pirame et Tisbé
Jean-Philippe Rameau: L’Impatience and Cinquième concert from Pièces de clavecin en concerts
We want to share this music that we love with everyone! Please help—any amount will bring us closer to our goal.
Risks and challenges
Our team completed recording in June 2016, and we are on track for a June 2017 release. However, Clérambault and Rameau won’t foot the bill—they long ago went to their well-earned rest—and we need to fund the last steps of production and manufacturing. We have the team in place, but we need to provide for the producer’s and engineer’s editing and mastering work, the design and printing of the packaging materials, the replication of the discs, putting everything together, shipping, and more. We can’t do it without you!
Les Bostonades is a nonprofit organization and your donation is tax-deductible minus the value of any goods received. Please consider pitching in on a project that means a lot to us. Thank you for your support!
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