FOLKFIRE: INSPIRED BY SONG AND DANCE.
I am thrilled to be recording works by the first classical composers to try to authentically capture a folk tradition in their work. Bartok, De Falla, Vaughan Williams and Piazzolla were the first "crossover" musicians who bridged the art tradition with their own regional traditions.
I will be collaborating with fantastic pianist Azusa Komiyama this summer in Boston MA.
WHY THIS REPERTOIRE? Building on many successful years of touring, I have decided to record a CD of songs and dances from around the world. From the flamenco influenced De Falla songs, to Tangos and English jigs, I feel this project would be especially exciting approached as a "crossover" project with an attempt to capture the regional traditions as authentically as possible. These pieces have been recorded before, but often with a romantic rather than folk sensibility. I want to change that!
I am a country girl at heart, and relate to how these composers felt connected to their local mostly rural traditional folk musics. I also love reaching across boundaries, cultures and classes with my art. Last year I performed in Vietnam, and felt the power of this form to build alliances beyond words.
WHY FUND RAISE? Recording is more expensive than you might think. With acoustic (in this case classical) music it is important to use a hall to get a live concert sound. So in addition to hiring an engineer, I have to find a hall with an excellent concert piano. Luckily as a Boston University College of Fine Arts graduate I can use the concert hall for a good price. However, for 60 minutes of recorded music, I will need to record probably 25-30 hours of myself playing. Classical recordings are expected to be flawless, and in addition to practicing for months in advance, I will need to get just the right take for the final project.
WHY RECORD? I have had a highly successful year of performance. Among other activities was a three week tour of Southeast Asia. As a soloist in Vietnam I connected to the local culture, performing in the United States Embassy in Hanoi as well as in a local music school. Sharing the common language of music, I was able to move audiences in a culture, who, a generation ago, were enemies of the USA. In Thailand I worked with young musicians and performed in Bangkok as a soloist. Video of my performances will appear in a 2010 PBS documentary following our "Good Will and Friendship Tour of Southeast Asia". Recording a debut CD will expand my performance possibilities and allow people in many parts of the world access to my music. I am passionate about sharing this beautiful art form, and am excited to reach people who may not necessarily make it out to a live performance.
WHAT IS THE MONEY FOR? My recording engineer costs $50 per hour, and that is the best rate out there!! But at 30 hours plus mixing and mastering, well, it adds up. Additional costs include the cost of actually pressing and printing the CDs, and the album cover design.
FOR LARGE DONATIONS I WILL OFFER TAX DEDUCTION:
The Montana Arts organization has extended Fiscal Sponsorship for another year to support this project, so that I can accept tax deductible donations using their 501(c) 3 status. They also formalize the process by collecting receipts for expenses, and offering assurance that the money is used for express purposes of the stated project. In order to take advantage of tax deduction, checks need to be made out to Montana Arts, with my name in the memo area.
If you have any questions please feel free to call John Barsness (406) 585-9551. Their address is:
Montana Arts PO Box 1872 Bozeman, MT 59771-1872
I would be happy to send a detailed budget to those considering large donations. http://www.rebeccahartka.com
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