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A new album of contemporary-classical chamber music for clarinet, trombone, cello, & piano from Poland, Russia, Germany, and N. America
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gnarwhallaby 

:: a triple-portmanteau naming a mythical beast – the gnarly-narwhal-wallaby hybrid

:: a contemporary-classical chamber ensemble of clarinet, trombone, cello, and piano

:: the only known, currently active ensemble of this particular instrumentation in the Americas

the music

There is a surprisingly large amount of preëxisting music from the late-1960s to the early-2000s composed for this fascinating combination of instruments: about 50 pieces!  gnarwhallaby is not only adding to this body of repertoire through composer commissions and compositions by its own members, but they have been actively reviving and performing a lot of this music since their formation in 2011.

Below are some sample recordings from a concert gnarwhallaby performed on the Dog Star Orchestra summer concert series in August 2013.  gnarwhallaby's album will be the first commercial release of these and other works (if you can't see the audio player widgets for some reason, you can listen on the website audio page here: http://www.gnarwhallaby.com/audio.html)

  • Włodzimierz Kotoński :: pour quatre (1968)
  • Zygmunt Krauze :: Polychromie (1968)
  • Henryk Górecki :: Muzyczka IV (1970)

THE ALBUM

gnarwhallaby's first ensemble album project, called Exhibit A, will be a full-length CD and digital album featuring some of the original, formative repertoire written for this particular instrumentation (commissioned by the now-defunct quartets Musical Workshop and Quartett Avance). The album will be comprised of original works (not arrangements) by such well-known contemporary composers as Henryk Górecki, Morton Feldman, and Edison Denisov; some lesser-known composers Włodzimierz Kotoński, Steffen Schleiermacher, and Zygmunt Krauze; as well as a couple composers whom the ensemble knows personally: Marc Sabat and LA's own Nicholas Deyoe.

our request

"We are really excited about recording this music, most of which has never been recorded or released in any format!  But we need your help.  Recording a proper album takes a substantial sum of money, of course.  gnarwhallaby is very lucky to have the use of Scott Fraser’s state-of-the-art studio as well the ears, artistry, and experience of amazing audio engineer Nick Tipp, so you can be sure that the recording quality will be second-to-none.  By helping fund this project, you are pre-ordering your own copy of this album of unique music for a unique combination of instruments." ~ gnarwhallaby

thank you already...

to DanRae Wilson for the exceptionally thoughtful and generous donation of time and skills in making our fundraising video

to Carey Gallagher and Marge Dean for allowing gnarwhallaby to invade their home and its constituent bathrooms

to Dingo and Hari for their fine canine thespian and oratory talents

Risks and challenges

We have scheduled our recording dates for October 22nd and 23rd. All parties to be involved are available and ready!

Obviously, with all the recording, editing, mixing, mastering, art direction and design, printing, producing, etc that must occur for an album like this to be produced, all those moving parts could potentially go awry. But the totality of this funding goal will go towards studio rental, engineering fees, and album printing. If we're funded, there's no stopping us!

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    A music video greeting on the holiday of your choice from gnarwhallaby. Must be redeemed between October 2013 - December 2014.

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    NEW: gnarwhalLANTERN!! A pair of tickets to our concert at ArtShareLA on October 25 PLUS your own Jack-O-Lantern hand-carved by gnarwhallaby's very own Matt Barbier. Also, you receive a copy of the album with your name thanked and a digital download.

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    A 20-minute concert in your bathroom. Other bathrooms negotiable. Only available to performances in the greater Los Angeles area. Except if we happen to find ourselves in your city (like New York in November 2013) – then we'll drop in and blast your toilet. Includes a custom arrangement of your favorite song. Must occur before January 1, 2015.

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    New FLUFF based on your name! [bathroom edition] Nick Deyoe writes a new piece for the collection known as FLUFF (heard in the video). This FLUFF will be composed using a musical cryptogram based on the letters of your name (or someone you choose). Then we perform YOUR FLUFF at a private bathroom concert in your house and present you with a copy of the score. Also, you receive 1 pair of tickets to a concert, a copy of the album with your name thanked, and a digital download.

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    A full private concert of music from the album in your home (having a piano is a plus, but not required). Other locations and programs negotiable. Only available to performances in the greater Los Angeles area. Must occur before January 1, 2015.

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    New FLUFF based on your name! [house concert edition] Nick Deyoe writes a new piece for the collection known as FLUFF (heard in the video). This FLUFF will be composed using a musical cryptogram based on the letters of your name (or someone you choose). Then we perform YOUR FLUFF at a private home concert in your house and present you with a copy of the score. Also, you receive all of the above: the bathroom concert, 2 pairs of tickets to concerts, a holiday greeting, a copy of the album with your name thanked, and a digital download

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    GNARWHALLA-BOAT!!! gnarwhallaby will show up at your house on a BOAT (yes, a boat) and we will perform a private concert for you on said boat. Includes all of the above (obviously): bathroom concert, 2 pairs of tickets to gnarwhallaby season concerts, holiday greeting, a copy of the album with your name thanked, and a digital download.

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Funding period

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