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About

Symphony No. 4 (Biodiversity) Recording Project:

"Glaciers (Rivers of Ice)," "The Great Swamp," "Starving Angels," "The Year of the Reef"

[Produced by Mystery Park Arts Company / SoBe Institute of the Arts (SoBe Arts), a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit arts organization. All donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.]

This project will enable recording of Symphony No. 4 (Biodiversity), a four-movement reflection on biodiversity and the plight of our worldwide ecosystems. The symphony conveys a vision of the grandeur and fragility of the natural world.  Discover many more details about the project by watching the video above and reviewing the information below.

Recent Press:  SoBe Arts' Carson Kievman Creates An Ecologically Relevent Symphony - Miami New Times; Composer’s Kickstarter project seeks to record ecologically minded symphony - Knight Arts. 

Ke Chung Kim, Professor Emeritus at Penn State University commented on the project, [This recording] "representing beautiful sounds of life and sum of all those sounds of our cohorts in the world could produce a symphony of biodiversity that is the foundation of life and primary natural resources for humans and all other life forms, and all together keeps us going for perpetual future of our soul."

As a composer, I have followed an independent course that has blended new music with the theatrical, visual and literary arts. My works have been performed worldwide, including the Pennsylvania Ballet, The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival, the Rote Fabrik in Zurich, the Tanglewood Music Festival and the Nationaltheater in Mannheim. 

Two symphonies of mine have previously been recorded, earning radiant notices. Symphony No. 2(42) was commissioned by the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra in 1991 to honor the 200th anniversary of Mozart's death. It was recorded by the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice and the Polish Radio Choir of Krakow, with Delta David Gier, conductor (New Albion Records, NA081). Music reviews called it "a truly original and artistically sensitive work" (All-Music Guide Review, 1999), “visionary” (All-Classical Guide, 1998), “kaleidoscopic” (Denver Post, 1996) “Top Classical CD” (LA Times, 1996) and “one of the most powerful musical experiences I have had in recent times” (Spoleto Today, 1996). Symphony No. 3 (Hurricane) was inspired by my experience living through the unprecedented destruction and power of Hurricane Andrew, and was also recorded with the NPRSO (Mystery Park Arts Records, MPA01). A CD of Symphony No. 2(42) is available for contributors to this project (see and hear example below).

The conductor for this recording project will once more be Delta David Gier, recording with the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra during the Winter/Spring of 2014.  Maestro Gier is a dynamic voice on the American music scene, recognized widely for his penetrating interpretations of the standard repertoire and his passionate commitment to new music. In addition, he has served as a juror for the Pulitzer Prize in music and the ASCAP’s Rudolf Nissim Composition Prize. In 2011, Maestro Gier debuted with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as well as the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Gier, Kievman and Jankowska in Symphony No. 2(42) editing session (1996)
Gier, Kievman and Jankowska in Symphony No. 2(42) editing session (1996)

AUDIO: Passage (excerpt), Movement 3 and Resurrection (excerpt), Movement 4 from Symphony No. 2(42)

VIDEO: Aftershock, Movement 3 from Symphony No. 3 (Hurricane)

Symphony No. 4 (Biodiversity) was motivated by a suggestion in 1998 from Dr. Robert Ginsburg, a renowned Professor Emeritus of marine geology and geophysics. Dr. Ginsburg was actively involved in preparations for the International Year of the Reef, and he believed that a musical piece could help to draw global awareness of coral reefs and ecosystems and perhaps persuade people to take simple actions that benefit the reefs. I became thoroughly inspired and began work on what would ultimately become an hour-long symphony.

The full symphony, revised and completed in 2012, is a four-part reflection on biodiversity and the plight of our worldwide ecosystems

Movement 1, Glaciers (Rivers of Ice)
(please watch the video for a description of each movement)

Movement 2, The Great Swamp

Movement 3, Starving Angels

Movement 4, The Year of the Reef

Your support of this project will allow the recording of Symphony No. 4 (Biodiversity) during the Winter/Spring of 2014. The release of a CD & Digital distribution is planned for early 2014

Please join with us and support this project with a tax deductible donation ($5 or more) so that we may finalize our recording strategies. The funds that are raised will be used to hire this magnificent recording orchestra, engage Maestro Gier, hire our superb audio engineer, Beata Jankowska, book the recording hall and pay for associated travel and transportation costs.  Sharing the project with others and sending us your thoughts are also very valuable ways to show your support:

In the event that you, my supporters, generously over fund the project we will also record my new Symphony No. 5. By recording both symphonies the cost of the second recording will be significantly reduced by avoiding repetitive production expenses.

"Artists and musicians often lead the way to create awareness about climate change and the (mostly man-made) degradation of our environment.  For Carson Kievman, one of the most lucid contemporary classical composers, this awareness is compellingly conveyed through the medium he knows best - music."  Ishrat Ansari, The Listening Room at Caffe Vivaldi, NYC

All proceeds from the sale of the recording (CD) will go directly to benefit SoBe Institute of the Arts (SoBe Arts), a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit arts organization. [All donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law]. 

Thank you for your support!

Risks and challenges

The only challenge after funding the project is scheduling our very busy conductor and our in-demand orchestra for the recording session itself. However, once funded we will schedule the recording for the earliest possible date available for all parties. Due to the complexities of recording with orchestra, we are projecting that the recording sessions will take place by February 2014 (give or take a few months) with a release date of September 2014.

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