Help trombonist Matthew Russo, commission Stephen Feigenbaum to write a new piece for trombone and piano.
Update Day 18:
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About the project
I love new music. I love the special moment when someone hears a new piece of music for the first time. Together, the performer and audience create a piece of history. It's such a personal, intimate way to perform music. This project was developed from my lifelong passion to engage the world's greatest composers to write for trombone. For this project I've decided to commission award-winning composer Stephen Feigenbaum.
The funds from this Kickstarter will go directly to the creation of a new work for trombone and piano. There are several giving levels that cater to different types of new music enthusiasts, classical music supporters, trombonists, composers and even small businesses.
We live in an age where programs like Kickstarter empower anyone to contribute to the birth of new music. If we can find a community of people who believe in the future of new music we can continue to advance music in our age. If you help make this project a reality it’s the first step in a lifelong goal to commission the world’s most gifted composers to write for trombone, and your contribution will nurture a culture that supports others artistic endeavors. Thank you for your help.
Stephen Feigenbaum is an award-winning 23-year-old composer of music for the concert hall and the theater. When he was 19, his Serenade for Strings was recorded by the Cincinnati Pops under Erich Kunzel and released on a CD by Telarc. Stephen is a past winner of the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer award and the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble competition. Recently he won the Albany Symphony Orchestra's Composer to Center Stage competition, which resulted in a reading of his work and mentoring by John Corigliano.
Stephen's music has been heard at Lincoln Center and Le Poisson Rouge in New York, Jordan Hall and the Hatch Shell in Boston, the Green Room in San Francisco, and in several international venues. It has received performances by musicians including the JACK Quartet, TwoSense (Lisa Moore and Ashley Bathgate), and Grammy-nominee violinist Caroline Goulding. Stephen was the 2010 ASCAP Foundation Young Composer Fellow at the Bowdoin International Music Festival and is a past fellow at the Norfolk (Connecticut) Chamber Music Festival.
"Drawing from both chugging Steve Reich minimalism and Igor Stravinsky chord stabs, Feigenbaum nicely varied his approach, with the whale sounds sometimes submerged within the orchestra and at others breaking the surface for a solo." Kevin Lowenthal, The Boston Globe
why I'm commissioning Stephen
Stephen's music is so diverse and I appreciate his ability to delve into a variety of emotions in his writing. His music seems to marry the simplicity of the music of Steve Reich or John Adams with the neo-classicism of Stravinsky and craft of Schoenberg. He gives each instrument a unique voice while contributing his own distinctive sound. I grew to love one of his pieces "Landings" for piano, violin, and cello especially. His talent will match well with the trombone's versatility to create something truly interesting.
about my lifelong project
This project started as the desire to commission a new work for trombone and has grown into a lifelong goal to help create new music. It's my belief that we need to continue to support new music and develop new sounds and experiences for our culture. It was because of this that I've started the Contemporary Trombone Repertory Project. The first premiere of the CTRP was Erik Nielsen's Slidebone for trombone solo, a gift of the composer, which was premiered in November 2011. Now the project incorporates the creation of new music by the world's greatest composers, and a dedication to nurturing young composers to continue their craft.
I'm Matthew Russo, a trombonist originally from New Hartford, NY, now living in Connecticut. I have a Bachelor of Music from The Hartt School at the University of Hartford and a Master of Music from the Yale School of Music at Yale University. This summer I will travel to Paris, France as a finalist in the 2012 International Trombone Association's Alto Trombone Competition.
It's my dream to commission the world's finest composers and to help nurture a community for supporters of the arts to come together and help create something new. We need to come together and continue to play a role in the evolution of new music.
Thank you for your support! Follow me on twitter @matthewfrusso, or visit my website www.matthewfrusso.com for information on upcoming events, concerts and clips of my playing and be sure to check back here for more information and updates. Facebook friendly folks can "like" my page at https://www.facebook.com/matthewrussotrombone. Thank you!
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