Many of you have asked me after concerts if I have an album, or when my debut album will be out. Well, the time is now! I am about to record my debut album, Cavatine, and I need your help to raise $12,000 (or more) and make it happen! This project represents a culmination of my years of study abroad in Paris and the opportunity to capture a unique moment in my life. I want to take advantage of the incredible opportunity of having the ca. 1696 “Bonjour” Stradivarius on loan from the Canada Council for the Arts Instrument Bank and share both its incredible sound and some music that I love playing with all of you!
Claude DEBUSSY — Sonate
Charles KŒCHLIN — Chansons Bretonnes
Olivier MESSIEAN — Louange à l'éternité de Jésus
Jean FRANÇAIX — Variations de Concert
Francis POULENC — Sonate
For this first album, I have chosen to record French music for cello and piano, but with a bit of a twist. Cavatine explores the wonderful world of French music in the first half of the 20th century. Framed by the great Sonatas of Debussy and Poulenc, the programme includes perhaps lesser-known works by Messiaen, Koechlin, and Françaix. Together, they paint a vivid picture of the multitude of styles — from the impressionist to the surrealist — that defined the era. Below, you can listen to a performance of the Debussy Sonata from earlier this year in Paris. I first learned this piece when I was 13, and it has remained one of my favourite pieces to play!
A little bit about me
Many of you already know me and my background, but for those who don't, here is the CliffsNotes version! I started playing cello when I was 7 in Calgary before moving to Ontario where I studied with Paul Pulford. In 2012, I left for Paris to study at the world-renowned National Conservatory with Michel Strauss and Guillaume Paoletti. In Paris I had many incredible experiences participating in festivals around Europe, working with and premiering new works by composers, and playing concerts in some of world's most prestigious concert halls, including the Paris and Berlin Philharmonie. In 2015, I was fortunate to receive the loan of the incredible ca. 1696 "Bonjour" Stradivarius cello from the Canada Council for the Arts Instrument Bank and last year, I was one of 6 participants in Gautier Capuçon's Classe d'Excellence at the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris. My performances have been broadcast on CBC Radio, Radio France, and Medici.tv.
I am thrilled to have two amazing people helping me with this project. One of them is Philip Chiu, an amazingly talented pianist. We have collaborated a number of times in the past, and always had a fantastic time working together! Philip is one of Canada's most sought-after chamber musicians, playing with the likes of James Ehnes, Jonathan Crow, Raphael Wallfisch, or Matt Haimovitz. Described as a “… a pianist-painter who turns every musical idea into a beautiful array of colors.” (La Presse), I am so happy that he will be embarking on this journey with me!
Of course, the person who really makes an album come together is the engineer and producer, and I am absolutely thrilled and very fortunate to have one of Canada's great producers, Carl Talbot, fulfilling this role. With over 20 years of experience, his productions have received nominations, honours, and awards across the globe: Grammy, Juno, Felix, Gramophone Critics’ choice awards, Diapason d’Or, and many more. He has worked on albums for eminent musicians including violinist James Ehnes, pianists Anton Kuerti, André Laplante and Jan Lisecki, and ensembles including the Gryphon Trio, the Cecelia String Quartet, Kent Nagano and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and Alexander Shelley and the National Arts Centre Orchestra. It is amazing to have someone of this experience on board for my project.
How will the funds be used?
A recording project is an expensive venture, and there are a lot of costs to take into account. I will be releasing the album independently, which will give me freedom and control over the entire process, but also means that I am responsable for all of these costs. In addition to my collaborators, there is the rental of the space for the recording (beautiful St. Augustin church outside of Montreal), rental and care of the piano (a 9 foot Steinway provided by Piano Bolduc), as well as the CD art design and manufacturing. The total cost of the project will be close to $20,000, which is why every donation counts! Any surplus will go towards promotion and marketing. I will be so grateful for your support and I can't wait for you to listen to this album!
Risks and challenges
Of course every project comes with it's risks and challenges, but I'm not going to let anything get in the way of making this album! All of the agreements are in place for this recording to take place from Oct 25-27 and the release is planned for Spring 2018. I'm looking forward to tackling this challenge and make this project a reality!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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