Kimiko Ishizaka's newest project - solo pieces she composed herself
Dear Open Well-Tempered Clavier supporters,
You may be interested in hearing Kimiko Ishizaka's newest venture, a solo album of pieces that she composed herself. They're in a style that is... Read more
OpenScore: Liberating Sheet Music
The Open Well-Tempered Clavier was created in partnership with MuseScore and IMSLP, and with your help, we created a gorgeous new score in MuseScore format that can be edited, arranged,... Read more
Multitrack Master files - the real link
Yesterday, in my excitement to share the 11 master track files with you, I uploaded and shared the wrong file. Here is the actual 18GB download with the 11 WAV... Read more
Gramophone review and the availability of the Multi-track Master files
Feast your eyes on this interview with Kimiko Ishizaka and review of the Open Well-Tempered Clavier in Gramophone Magazine - the most important reviews publication in the classical music industry.... Read more
Classical.net review of the Open Well-Tempered Clavier - "brilliant"
This is the strongest review the recording has received to date - here's just a taste:
"sane and deftly imagined take on the music"
"There is a fittingly somber and... Read more
Chopin on a Pleyel: Kimiko Ishizaka's next Kickstarter
Did you know that Chopin had a favorite piano, one that he liked so much he took it on vacation to the island of Majorca with him? The Pleyel piano,... Read more
Happy Birthday, Bach! An update on the release
I hope everybody is listening to tons of Bach today! It's his birthday, after all.
The release of the recording and score has gone very well. We've had more than... Read more
Download and Share: The Open Well-Tempered Clavier
Congratulations and gratitude are in order to you, the backers of this project, for making The Open Well-Tempered Clavier possible. You can now download the entire recording in a multitude... Read more
Bach's Early Birthday Party: New release date for the Open Well-Tempered Clavier
Someone special is having a birthday, and you're invited. On Thursday, March 19, to celebrate the coming birthday (on the 21st or 31st ... it's complicated...) of J.S. Bach, we'll... Read more
It's alive! Here's what happens next.
Please observe this object of beauty. Looks great, right? It sounds even better.
We received this image today from PARMA / Navona, the record label which is publishing the album.... Read more
Public review of the Open Well-Tempered Clavier scores
Calling all musicians who want to help make the world a better place: it is now time to collectively proofread the first version of the Open Well-Tempered Clavier scores.
Here... Read more
Celebrate the Public Domain in Paris, France
Come to Paris in January, it's going to be great! Kimiko Ishizaka will perform in Paris, France at the first ever "Festival du Domaine Public", courtesy of Wikimedia.fr. The festival,... Read more
Navona Recording's Well-Tempered Clavier official preview video
Here's something to get you through the cold months: the official teaser video from Navona Recordings, featuring three tracks (out of 48) from the upcoming Well-Tempered Clavier recording. You get... Read more
MuseScore 2.0 Beta 1 is now available
Our partners at MuseScore have hit a huge milestone: the release of MuseScore 2.0 Beta 1. This is significant for the Open Well-Tempered Clavier project because MuseScore had decided that... Read more
Kimiko at the Teldex Studio
It's done: the Open Well-Tempered Clavier has been recorded. From July 4-9, Kimiko Ishizaka and Anne-Marie Sylvestre spent 6 intense days with a Bösendorfer 280 in the sumptuous acoustic spaces... Read more
Braille edition of the Open Goldberg Variations
MuseScore and the Open Goldberg Project are happy to announce the immediate availability of the Open Goldberg Variations score in braille format. This score will allow blind musicians to read... Read more
On sale - the Open Goldberg Variations CD
Just in time for the holidays, the Open Goldberg Variations double CD is on sale for the awesome price of $15 + shipping. Order now and it will arrive in... Read more
Robert Douglass interviewed by a blind musician
Here is a podcast that was just published featuring Robert Douglass being interviewed by a blind musician, Aaron Linson, about this project. Share the link with anyone who wants to... Read more
Share this "Shifting Incentives" interview from The Seattle Star
This interview is an excellent aid to explaining the Open Well-Tempered Clavier project. Share it with people you know who may not have fully wrapped their heads around what we're... Read more
The greatest reward - an eternal dedication - special offer
Every single backer of the Open Well-Tempered Clavier project has played an important role in its success. Out of the many backer rewards, the most personal and individually meaningful contribution... Read more
The 12-Tones of Bach Tour has completed: Here are all the videos
Kimiko Ishizaka has completed her "12 Tones of Bach" tour, performing the Well-Tempered Clavier, as well as Bach's Goldberg Variations, Chopin's Polonaise-Fantasy and Opus 10 Etudes, in five different countries... Read more
Two great ways to help us meet the $50,000 stretch goal
Thank you to so many new backers! It's been an exciting 24 hours for the project, and I think we can all be enthusiastic about our chances of hitting the... Read more
An Open Letter to Kickstarter Backers and Potential Donors
This letter was sent to me from Eunah Choi, a blind teacher in South Korea. She asked me to publish it so that others could understand the importance of the... Read more
New backer reward: Concert in Leiden, Netherlands
If you can be in Leiden, Netherlands, on November 23rd, 2013, there is a new backer reward that is of interest to you. For $50 you receive not only the... Read more
Bach changed everything - from Beethoven to the Beatles to Lady Gaga
Nobody has explained the value of the Open Well-Tempered Clavier project better than Dave from Daveconservatoire.org. Here is his delightful video explaining why he's backing our effort to make Bach's music... Read more
Interview with Bob Lord, CEO of PARMA Recordings
The commercial release of an open source, public domain recording is a bit of a paradox. The idea runs counter to all of the principles of copyright exploitation that the... Read more
Kimiko at the Manifold Recording Studio
Tune in tomorrow (Sunday November 3) for a live-streaming performance from the Manifold Recording Studio in Pittsboro, North Carolina. The Manifold event is exciting for several reasons. First, it is... Read more
Help us make Chicago a huge success
Later today Kimiko will be performing at the grand opening gala for the new Pianoforte Studios in Chicago. If you're in town, come by - it's an all day event... Read more
Kimiko test drives the 50,000th Bösendorfer
Exciting news from Bösendorfer: they've celebrated 185 years in existence and have created their 50,000th instrument. When Kimiko Ishizaka visited the Wiener-Neustadt factory, Director Brian Kemble gave us a sneak... Read more
Day 20: A book about Doc Watson, blind musician
Hello to more than 600 backersof the Open Well-Tempered Clavier project! Good news for you. Author and speaker Kent Gustavson has extended a special offer to you in support... Read more
Daveconservatoire explains: What is a Fugue?
One of the fabulously exciting aspects of this project is the involvement of David Rees of Daveconservatoire.org, who is going to use the final recorded versions of the Well-Tempered Clavier... Read more
Day 16: Kimiko has chosen her Bösendorfer
Guess what!?! We hit our initial goal of $30,000! Cheers and congratulations to everyone, as well as ongoing and profound gratitude.
The $30,000 that we've been pledged so far allows... Read more
Reading music with Braille
You may be wondering what it is like to read music using braille. Fortunately, there are a few good videos on the topic. Here is David Crohan giving a short... Read more
Radically increase the number of musical scores available to blind people
We are creating the Open Well-Tempered Clavier to make the music of Bach more accessible. The point of waiving copyright and distributing digital scores and recordings is to reach as... Read more
Day 8: Three Hangout Videos and Three Blog Posts
This "Thank You" goes out to 500 backersof this project. We're definitely on the right track, with lots of exciting stuff yet to come. Kimiko Ishizaka and Robert Douglass... Read more
Day 4: Beethovenfest, Bonn
thank you for another great day! We're going to hit the 50% mark to the minimal viable funding level very soon now.
Tomorrow, Kimiko Ishizaka will be performing... Read more
Day 3: A Press Release, an Endoresement
First, I'd like to welcome more than 70 new backers who brought us another 10% of the way to our goal in just one day. Thank you!
The... Read more
Day 2: $10,000 and "the view in america"
it was humbling and inspiring to see the sheer enthusiasm that people have for the music of J.S. Bach, and for the concept of open source music. Thank... Read more
Day 1: Wow - and thank you!
It's been 24 hours since we launched the Open Well-Tempered Clavier project, and wow, what an inspiration it has been to see so much support for our project! We raised ... Read more