Composer Joseph Bertolozzi brings the sounds of the Eiffel Tower together into a world class piece of music. Read more
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For over 100 years the Eiffel Tower has been enjoyed as an architectural landmark, a monument, and a destination, and an engineering feat. Now, for the first time in history, it will reveal its music.
Composer Joseph Bertolozzi will harvest the Eiffel Tower’s sounds with microphones placed on its surfaces and record a work entitled Tower Music or “Musique de la Tour,” using only the natural sounds of the Tower itself. Bertolozzi was granted permission to pursue “Musique de la Tour” by the Eiffel Tower’s administration after proving the care he took with his previous project Bridge Music, using techniques that would not damage structural integrity and providing safe conditions for the musicians. Tower Music will reach its climax with an album release (and potential live performance) coinciding with the 125th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower in 2014.
American composer Joseph Bertolozzi is forging a unique identity as a 21st century musician with works including full symphony orchestral, solo gongs, the Mid Hudson Bridge, and now the Eiffel Tower. Not only is his music is frequently featured in concert halls and conservatories across the US and Europe, but he has also performed his music at iconic venues such as The Vatican and The US Tennis Open. His latest explorations in sound have brought him to ‘Tower Music,’ using the Eiffel Tower in Paris itself as his instrument for its 125th anniversary in 2014. This project builds upon ‘Bridge Music,’ his “audacious plan” (New York Times) to compose music solely using audio samples from the New York’s Mid Hudson Bridge. These works have brought Bertolozzi sustained international attention. In 2009 his CD “Bridge Music” (Delos) reached #18 on the Billboard Classical Crossover Music Chart. His concert music and theatrical scores have also enjoyed particular success, including “The Contemplation of Bravery,” an official 2002 Bicentennial commission for The United States Military Academy at West Point and his incidental score to “Waiting for Godot” at the 1991 Festival Internationale de Café Theatre in Nancy, France. He also has a large body of liturgical music for use in both Christian and Jewish worship. Many of his compositions can be heard at www.JosephBertolozzi.com and The American Music Center www.amc.net/josephbertolozzi.
Skilled as a concert organist, he’s performed his own compositions as well as those of the classical literature in the US and in Italy, Poland, Portugal (for the US State Dept.), and Spain on some of the finest and oldest organs in the world, including St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. He is Organist and Choirmaster at Vassar Temple in Poughkeepsie, NY and The Church of St. Joseph in Middletown NY. He also performs and composes for his percussion project “The Bronze Collection,” a unique collection of over 60 gongs and cymbals from around the world.
NY Times video on Bridge Music: http://www.nytimes.com/video/2007/06/28/arts/1194817108663/celebrating-the-bridge.html
Listen to the Bridge Music Album on Spotify or by clicking the link below.
Listen to Bridge Music Here:
Risks and challenges
$60,000 covers not just going to Paris to record the Eiffel Tower, but recording studio expenses in post-production to catalog and organize the samples as well as costs to mix and master the finished music. As always, there is the risk of the process going over budget. In order to hedge this risk there are buffers built into the budget and everyone involved is very budget conscious.
We are confident that with this funding we will be able to bring Joseph's vision to fruition. This project has been in the works for many years and the leg work is already done.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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