Refuge - the latest collaborative effort of David Berger and Joyce Rosenzweig, is an ambitious recording project answering our troubled times with magnificent music of the past.
The composers whose music we have included in the CD all came to the United States as refugees fleeing antisemitism. On these shores they found refuge, and their contributions to American Jewish music (and American music more generally) are manifold.
Recorded on this CD are many incredible compositions that have never before been recorded, and it is our honor to make them available to you now. These songs deserve to be heard rather than to languish in file cabinets and archives. Refuge brings them to life.
With this CD, we hope to support today's refugees and are partnering with HIAS (www.hias.org), the Jewish community's most powerful refugee support organization, to help raise awareness of their mission, and money for their ongoing work. When you support Refuge - you are supporting HIAS. By lovingly recording a sampling of the artistic output of this small number of refugees, we hope to spread the understanding that far from being a burden, refugees can become the pillars of America's cultural creativity.
Finally - we have made this CD as one more piece in our musical collaboration. Each of us is individually recognized around the country as experts and leaders in our fields, and together we bring our commitments to artistic excellence, to programmatic originality, and to musical inspiration to the highest levels. Making music together is, for us, an experience of the ultimate, and we hope you hear in this CD that true chevruta (partnership) we feel so deeply,
Making this CD is expensive! We have been recording at Transient Sound in Chicago, necessitating frequent air travel for Joyce, and all of its associated expenses. The studio has been wonderful, and carefully recording, mixing, and mastering the CD takes many hours of work from us and from the studio technicians. Once we have finished with all of that, there is the graphic design, the costs of duplication, and, of course, some expenses for promotion that we hope to cover. Without your support in covering these expenses and promoting this wonderful album of music to your friends, we won't be able to accomplish our goals, and this divine music will remain an obscure footnote to history.
Join us in telling the stories of these incredible Jewish American Refugee composers so that we can, together, support those new refugees coming to our shores.
Risks and challenges
The challenges of producing a Jewish classical art song CD are many! We need your help so that Refuge can find its proper audiences both inside the Jewish world, and in the general classical world. We believe in this music and in this message - and we believe that there are many people who want to hear it, but will need support to get this music to those people.
The money we raise through this kickstarter will allow us to not only complete the recording and production of the CD itself, but will enable us to work with industry professionals who can help us accomplish those goals. Help us get there!
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