About this project
This will be the first CD of Sparr’s music.
Ensembles New Music Raleigh & Hexnut, flutist Donna Shin, conductor Timothy Myers, mixing-mastering guru David v.R. Bowles, and graphic designer Stephanie Moore have teamed up to create 21207, a recording of chamber music written by D.J. Sparr. D.J.’s music has been described as “pop-Romantic… iridescent and wondrous” (Mercury News) and “suits the boundary erasing spirit of today’s new-music world” (New York Times).
We have nickel and dimed our grants and the support of a few precious individuals to get to this final...last...integral...moment...and we are so very close. The back-end of the operation is complete: The New Music Raleigh sessions took place in September 2012. Weeks later in November, flutist Donna Shin flew from Seattle to Richmond to record her track. Hexnut went into the studio in Amsterdam in mid-December. Finally, Karen Strittmatter Galvin and D. J. recorded their duo in January, 2013 in Durham, NC. Over the past year, the recorded material was edited, mixed, and mastered with the services of David v.R. Bowles at Swineshead Productions, LLC. Now, we are looking for the final momentum that will make it possible to release the CD next year.
About the performers:
New Music Raleigh, founded in 2009, has become the Southeast's leading voice for the presentation of contemporary music. NMR is a collective of dynamic musicians that presents cutting-edge new works and collaborations.
Blurring the line between band and new music ensemble, Hexnut plays composed, improvised and theatrical repertoire which makes good use of prepared instruments, electronics, virtuosity and intense communication and timing between the players.
Flutist Donna Shin has been praised for her beautifully-spun phrases, seductive sound, sterling technique, and charismatic exchanges with the audience.
Karen Strittmatter Galvin maintains a multi-hued presence as a classical violinist. Serving principally as Assistant Concertmaster of the North Carolina Symphony, she also serves as Curator/Violinist of New Music Raleigh, through which she showcases her dedication to new classical music.
With a diverse and adventurous repertoire of symphonic and ensemble works as well as more than 60 operas, TIMOTHY MYERS has proven himself as an intrepid young conductor with his finger on the pulse of today's musical world.
“One of last night’s highlights was an explosive set by Hexnut, an Amsterdam-based quintet that might be a heavy metal band concocted by Louis Andriessen and Bartók in some chilly garage.”(Monotous Forest.com)
“This is wild stuff...If you like the music of the Bang On a Can All-Stars, I urge you to investigate the music of Hexnut...Their music-making is witty and entertaining, and the musicianship is brilliant.”(American Recorder Magazine)
“Imaginative and intrepid, the composers whose works were performed at the Cary Arts Center are young (well, mostly) promising composers. New Music Raleigh brought their works to a receptive, enthusiastic audience at the Cary Arts Center as part of the Cary Cross Currents Chamber Music Arts Festival.” (Classical Voice North Carolina)
“The curtain raiser was D. J. Sparr’s “Dacca: Decca: GaFfA” (2008), a bright, cheerfully tonal piece in which attractive melodies shared among bells, a xylophone and a pair of antiphonally placed steel-string acoustic guitars dance around a bed of languid string chords. This pop-inflected piece might have seemed out of place in an orchestral program a decade ago, but it suits the boundary-erasing spirit of today’s new-music world.” (New York Times)
For more information on the artists, please visit their websites.
Risks and challenges
The risk of recording this CD is a tremendous undertaking that crosses two continents. Seattle to Richmond - Amsterdam to Berkeley. With this final source of funding, we will put the finishing touches on the product, prepare for its release, and make sure that all of the performers get the attention they deserve for their artistic efforts.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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