Dear friends, family, and new music enthusiasts:
The Post-Haste Reed Duo seeks your support to help make our debut album a reality!
To increase the amount of quality chamber music literature for saxophone and bassoon duo, we have collaborated with several of our composer friends to create our first album Beneath a canopy of angels… a river of stars. This album is comprised of four commissions and one arrangement specifically created for PHRD.
THE PROJECT: We recorded Beneath a canopy of angels…a river of stars at Cal State Monterey Bay with Lanier Sammons as recording engineer and producer. The CD was mastered by George Horn. The album will be released on the Aerocade Music Label on January 29, 2016.
THE MUSIC: The title of the album comes from Ethan Wickman’s powerful work Confluences. Ethan masterfully interweaves our first names as melodic ideas throughout the piece.
Simon Hutchinson’s bioMechanics for saxophones, bassoon, and electronics was our first commission and the beginning of our journey as PHRD. The electronic portion of this piece is still us; Simon manipulated acoustic recordings of us to make his electronic track.
In live performance, Some thoughts about time by Lanier Sammons, would have an indeterminate movement order. As the producer of the album, Lanier encourages you to shuffle the tracks.
John Steinmetz made a special adaptation of Songs and Dances for us after we joined the consortium that commissioned the original version for oboe and bassoon. Using influences from Bach to African drumming patterns, John creates a rich palate of colors for soprano saxophone and bassoon.
A few years ago, we discovered a wonderful work for bassoon duo by well-known composer Louis Andriessen, so we asked our friend Jeff Chambers to make a version for alto saxophone and bassoon. This arrangement of Andriessen's work Lacrimosa is a microtonal exploration of the Dies Irae.
We've been sharing some of these works with audiences - please check out our live performances of Confluences, Some thoughts about time, and bioMechanics on our Media Page.
WHAT WE NEED TO DO IT: We need your help to raise $8,000 in 30 days to cover our costs for the physical and digital distribution of the album. This includes mastering, pressing the physical CDs and securing mechanical licenses, album package design, and distribution.
WHAT HAPPENS IF WE DON'T MEET OUR GOAL OF $8,000? Kickstarter doesn’t charge your pledge, and you don’t get any of the awesome rewards we are offering. The project will not get funded and we get to keep our one reference CD. How sad would that be?
WHAT IF WE MEET OUR GOAL? With a successful campaign, our debut album titled Beneath a canopy of angels…a river of stars will be available on January 29, 2016 on the Aerocade Music Label. In celebration, we throw an amazing album release party celebrating all of you in Portland, OR that night!
WHY SHOULD YOU HELP? If you’ve clicked on this link, you probably already care about us and/or the future of new music. Thank you for becoming a continued sponsor in our ongoing chamber music advocacy. By donating, you are eligible for rewards like bassoon reeds, arranged holiday tunes (‘tis the season!), and your choice of a workshop or live concert.
MORE ABOUT PHRD: There aren’t many saxophone and bassoon duos. We first met as students at Louisiana State University. After graduating and losing touch for a few years, the magic of social media and LSU sports brought us together first as friends, then musical colleagues. When we remembered watching our teachers perform together on one particular concert, we were inspired by our non-traditional combination of instruments to perform together. Frustrated by the lack of existing works for our ensemble, we began to arrange existing pieces, and also turned to our composer friends and colleagues and challenged them to write new works for the newly formed Post-Haste Reed Duo.
Our mission is two-fold: to increase the amount of quality chamber music literature for saxophone and bassoon duo, and to encourage young musicians to experiment performing in non-traditional chamber ensembles. We do this when we collaborate with composers towards new works for us that highlight the capabilities of our two instruments individually and together.
We want to continue bridging composers with audiences by motivating young people to participate in new chamber music, either as musicians or as audience members. And we hope that inspiration comes from our efforts to create new music.
Risks and challenges
Keeping on track with our schedule is the big challenge with album release projects. Ensuring attention to detail means many steps in the process to produce a CD funding campaign. But we are very passionate about this project, and can't wait to share our work with you (and holiday tunes and bassoon reeds!). Please consider joining us in making this album a success!
Thank you all for your generosity and support!
-Javier and SeanLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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