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Reformation: The Age of Mayhem

Liturgical, Sephardic, Drinking and Songs of Love from the 16th Century

Reformation: The Age of Mayhem

Liturgical, Sephardic, Drinking and Songs of Love from the 16th Century

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                               Reformation: Age of Mayhem

 Liturgical, Sephardic, Drinking Songs and Love Songs from the 16th Century
 

"a distinctly personal musical expression, a quixotic, extemporaneous meditation"  The Washington Post

Hello everybody, my name is Burnett Thompson, and I am inviting you personally to support and participate in a  program that includes a CD Album, a two month series of intimate concerts in the U.S. concerts in London, Paris, Berlin, Lisbon, Vienna, Prague, et al. The final American performance is at the legendary Mezzrow Jazz Club in New York City, where it will be live-streamed.  Awards for your support include the coveted  Reformation: Age of Mayhem CD, performances, and the highly coveted Reformation: Age of Mayhem Tee Shirt and Bumper Sticker

Reformation : Age of Mayhem is my latest musical offering, a   program  that includes beautiful love songs, liturgical hymns, Sephardic melodies, drinking songs, all complemented by my own compositions that reflect the visual arts, historical landmarks, and the stellar personages of this dynamic period. The project’s outcome will include a CD, a U.S. concert series, a European concert tour, and New York City performance. As always, my  music is always indebted to the avant-garde, jazz, baroque, classical, romantic and modern eras, not to mention Chinese traditional music for ideas, style, and forms.

What is the funding for?  The expenses include the recording at Oktaven Audio studio in New York and the manufacturing and distribution of the CD and digital media.  The European tour receives funding throught the Kickstarter project, and the remaining funds go to publicity for the concerts, including Decatur House Museum in Washington, DC and the legendary Mezzrow Jazz Club in New York.

The 16th century was a period of high speed communication, political upheaval,  paranoia, unspeakable savagery, and a roadmap for what was to come in the 20th century.  In other news, the  Reformation spurred a fresh approach to liturgical music with an emphasis on melody, a pattern that approach  reached its apogee 200 years later with the work of J.S. Bach who expanded the use of melody into complex polyphony in large scale religious works. Themes included in the visual arts are also woven into the mix, with focus on the work of Albrecht Dürer, and Luther’s friend Lucas Cranach the Elder. The musical styles are lyrical, contrapuntal, tonal, atonal, and most of all, improvisational. Burnett’s work along these lines has long received critical acclaim.

The European tour takes place in November, 2019 and 2020, and will include performances in Wittenberg, Leipzig, Berlin, Vienna, Paris, Lisbon, London, Prague and other cities to be announced.  Venues include St. John's Notting Hill, Scots Kirk in Paris, and Martin in the Wall in Prague.

"Burnett Thompson's  moods and means shift constantly. ...improvisations dazzle in their own sweet and astringently abstract way." Jazz Times

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The funds raised by this effort will fund the recording, production and distribution of the CD, publicity for the concert series, travel and accommotations for the European component and personnel expenses for collaborations in the U.S. and Europe. Our most recent effort was the project based on Chinese tribal melodies, which met with unanimous applause in the U.S. in China. The reviews may be viewed at www.pianojazz.com/yunnanreviews.htm

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