I'm Nick Photinos, founding cellist of Eighth Blackbird, and I'm raising funds to finish my first solo recording: Petits Artéfacts.
The idea for this recording began to take shape soon after a concert at the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival, an annual festival of new chamber music held every year in North Adams, MA and run by Bang on a Can where I have taught for a number of years. In 2015, I premiered a work by bassist Florent Ghys, whose own recent and amazing Télévision inspired me to reach out to him. The piece he wrote for me: Petits Artéfacts, for cello, electronics and video, got me thinking about all the great yet small (sub 10-minutes) pieces I've performed over the years, most of which had never been recorded. These are works by some of the most acclaimed names in new music--David Lang, Andrew Norman, Bryce Dessner, David T. Little--but also a newer generation of groundbreaking composers like Angélica Negrón, Florent Ghys, Molly Joyce, and Pascal Le Boeuf, who are quickly gaining notoriety for themselves. The music runs the gamut from quirky and hilarious to profound and ethereal, and is brought to life with the help of two of my favorite collaborators, pianist Vicki Ray and percussionist Doug Perkins. Doug is also serving as Producer on this effort, with Todd Reynolds as co-producer.
Here's the full recording lineup:
- Florent Ghys: Petits Artéfacts
- Bryce Dessner: Lewisburg
- David Lang: undanceable and stuttered chant
- Andrew Norman: Sonnets
- David T. Little: ..and the sky was still there
- Pascal LeBoeuf: Alpha
- Angélica Negrón: Panorama
- Molly Joyce: Sit and Dance
To be clear about why I'm raising funds: I have already recorded the works for the album, which has prompted some to ask whether I am raising funds to reimburse myself, or even to pay myself. Far from it. As many of you know, there are considerable costs beyond studio time and editing, and include mixing, mastering, PR costs, photography, album art, and physical album production, to name a few. New Amsterdam has agreed to pick up the album, with a release scheduled for the Fall of 2017, but their involvement and amazing help, including PR, requires money. It is to help cover these costs that I am launching this campaign, and any money raised above the target amount will increase the amount given to individuals that have largely given their time pro-bono to this recording.
This is an exciting, gripping album with music that deserves to be heard, and I'm deeply committed to bring it to life. Thank you for considering to be a part of its creation!
Risks and challenges
While I've released many records as a founding member of Eighth Blackbird, this is the first time I've done everything myself, and so there are some inherent risks in that. As I mentioned above, I'm navigating numerous costs including mixing, mastering, PR costs, photography, album art, and album production.
Nonetheless, I am firmly committed to bringing this project to life, I have the help of many amazing people and New Amsterdam, and am confident this recording will come out into the world.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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