The da Vinci sound
Leonardo da Vinci in 1480s invented a musical instrument called Viola Organista. However he never built it. For 500 years very few attempts were made to bring this project to life, moreover none of them fully succeeded. Until now. In 2013, after 4-years-long work, Sławomir Zubrzycki, Polish pianist and constructor, built the first concert Viola Organista and started a new chapter of its history. Now with your help we would like to release CD album and preserve this music.
Your support will allow us to complete this project as soon as this AUTUMN.
”The instrument’s popularity after the first concert (gained thanks to Agence France Press which as first got interested in it) was truly unexpected”, says Zubrzycki. ”I thought that the viola organista would be an intriguing but rather a niche instrument. Although its success is quite surprising, I must admit that it is amazing to hear and read about it so much.” We would like to share this joy with others from all over the world.
But this is not the only reason. The most important is that we want to preserve a sound unheard for centuries. Viola Organista is a unique instrument built specifically for concert, but the possibilities of organizing concerts are limited by time and distance. The only other way to appreciate and fully preserve the heritage that this instrument brings is releasing CD.
We wish to make the first Viola Organista album perfect in every detail. Our aim is to create a little masterpiece, pleasing not only to ears, but also to the eye. With Leonardo as the inventor, we feel obliged.
Why do we need your support?
Viola Organista came into being thanks to the passion, perseverance and efforts of one man, Sławomir Zubrzycki. He had been working on it for over 4 years. Producing CD album of an exceptional quality , however, is impossible to be done by a single person, even with the aid of team of friends. That is why we ask you to help us in bringing this project into life.
In return we give you an opportunity to create the history with us.
The CD album will consist of eight solo pieces for Viola Organista - music of the French, Italian, German and Polish Baroque composers.
As a location of the album recording we chose historic Lutheran church in Mikołów (Polish Silesia region). We are convinced that the great acoustics of this place and the spirit of its history will help us to share with you the emotions experienced during performances of Viola Organista.
The booklet will include texts about the history of Viola Organista and the music pieces in three languages: Polish, English, and German, as well as pictures from a special photo session.
The money we would like to raise in this campaign would allow us to produce and release 1000 copies of the Viola Organista album.
The project team
Sławomir Zubrzycki - pianist, musical instruments constructor, composer,culture TV presenter and educator, piano pedagogue, Viola Organista player... man with passion, Renaissance man.
PianoClassic Association - non-profit organization which cooperates with Sławomir Zubrzycki since his very first Viola Organista recital and, with many years of experience in managing international cultural projects, helps to organize concerts and popularize the instrument. PianoClassic gathers professional musicians and specialists from other branches who feel passionate about classical music and want to share that feeling with the rest of the world.
Indie Designers is a creative collective that gathers creative people to bring great ideas, like Viola Organista, to life. We mix together experience in design, engineering and art to create revolutionary projects.
Few more facts about Viola Organista
At the first glace, Viola Organista resembles baby grand piano or harpsichord, but when it comes to sound it is slightly more complicated
Due to the bowed technique of playing it is usually compared to the cello, but it produces the sound similar rather to that of its Renaissance-Baroque ancestor, viola da gamba. Thanks to keyboard allowing to play many melodic lines simultaneously, the listeners receive the impression of the whole ensemble of violas playing.
Among a few historical attempts of constructing a viola organista there were works of German craftsman, Hans Heiden at the turn of 16th and 17th centuries. A description of Haiden's instrument with its sound characteristics and musical properties is contained in Syntagma Musicum by Michael Praetorius, published in 1618. In a typical Baroque manner, Praetorius wrote that it could play urban music, rural music, it could express various feelings, and even imitate the sound of a drunken man. Unfortunately, none of Haiden's instruments nor its blueprints survived to our time.
Risks and challenges
The entire project is well thought-out. The recording is already in progress and, the whole process of producing of the CD is planned thoroughly. We created it basing on Sławomir Zubrzycki's experience, who recorded 5 solo and chamber albums as a pianist (first of them on a VINYL). Still, we are aware that due to some unforseen events we can face some delays, but we are sure we will deal with it. We will keep you updated on the project progress.
We greatly encourage you to support us, tell your friends about this project, and the just look forward to the first-ever CD recording of the da Vinci sound - Viola Organista album.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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