The Summit is a new symphony from Jeffrey Roland Leiser, the composer of Imagination and Glitch in the Grid. It represents his first symphony written for the concert hall, an adventurous work that will be performed by a full orchestra - with your help.
How do we get to The Summit? This short video will explain:
The Summit was inspired by the life and work of Georg Cantor, a 19th century mathematician who discovered numbers beyond infinity.
Composed in four movements, The Summit tells the story of a traveler ascending an impossibly high mountain, the summit of which can only be reached through an act of compliance. At close to 50 minutes, The Summit has been fully composed digitally, and with your help, will be performed and recorded by a full orchestra.
Jeffrey Roland Leiser was born and raised in California, but currently resides in New York City. At age 12, he started composing music with a cheap tape recorder, then minidisc, and finally for live instruments at age 20. At 29, he has composed original music for 3 feature films, two dozen shorts, and over 150 cues and songs that can be found on iTunes and other digital outlets. In 2011, he was awarded a Gold Medal - Best Score for 'Glitch in the Grid' at the Park City Film Music Festival. 'The Summit' is his first symphony, started in late 2012 and completed in the summer of 2013. Jeffrey is married to Lindy Fox Leiser, a fashion designer, and is the brother of filmmaker and artist Eric Leiser, with whom he collaborates frequently. Search "Jeffrey Leiser" on iTunes for 160+ compositions
This is a 2010 performance dedicated to Lindy Fox, my wife. It has its little hiccups, due to my nervousness (this was our wedding day after all!) but I cherish it because it expresses my heart to my true love!
This is a 2013 performance from Steinway Hall in Midtown, NYC.
Informal performance captured during Sing For Hope pianos 2013.
Risks and challenges
What sets this project apart from other full-length musical projects is the fact I have composed the entire symphony virtually. Therefore, I have a solid basis on which to build live instruments as the funds dictate.
The reason I'm running this campaign is to fulfill my ultimate dream of having this work performed by a full, live orchestra. If I can't reach that stretch goal, it will have to suffice to record key instruments over the digital version.
Since childhood, I've had a fear and fascination with infinity. Sometime around five years ago, I discovered the life and work of Georg Cantor and began exploring the possibilities of his discoveries. Over the course of four years, I wrote a biopic screenplay on his life, a project which will hopefully also see the light of day. Cantor's modern biographer, Joseph W. Dauben, has also served as a mentor and friend throughout this process.
I'm happy to announce that I've brought on talented composer Andrés Soto to orchestrate "The Summit". He's written beautiful pieces for the orchestra and has a keen eye on how The Summit will translate into thriving orchestral piece. We're also weighing a few candidates for conductor, but this shouldn't pose too much of a problem.
If I don't raise the money beyond 10K that I'm after, I'll work with a local ensemble and/or use 50 players instead of 100. The piece will still sound epic, and we'll delivery a great recording.
All of the above, plus a copy of the original score for feature films 'Glitch in the Grid' [Gold Medal award for Best Score] and 'Imagination' on mp3, emailed straight to your inbox. International shipping (CD) included.
Here's where it gets interesting: besides all of the above (including the video), if you give me 5 adjectives, I'll compose an original, 1-minute piece dedicated to YOU. This is your chance to have your own personal theme song! It's yours to do what you like with (non-commercially). Delivered on mp3 or .wav audio. Also: 1 ticket to the Concert Premiere of The Summit should it be performed at any time within the next two years.
All of the above, except I'll compose you a full 3-minute piece of anything you'd like to hear. Keep it subjective, like a feeling, thought, or experience you had, and I'll compose it for you. It will also be posted to iTunes titled under your name (or whatever title you'd like). Also: 2 tickets to the Concert Premiere of The Summit should it be performed at any time within the next two years.
If having your own personal composition isn't your thing, I'm offering you the chance to visit the Recording Stage/Studio for 1 hour to see the Symphony being rehearsed and/or recorded. Traveling costs not included. If I have to outsource the orchestra, I'll link you in via Skype and we'll figure out other goodies. Also: 2 tickets to the Concert Premiere of The Summit should it be performed at any time within the next two years.
Reflects the first $1000 incentive, except you'll be invited to spend an entire day in the Recording Stage/Studio, including lunch with yours truly. Associate Producer's Credit for the CD and any release notes for the Symphony
Reflects $1500 incentive, plus a Producer's Credit for the CD and any release notes for the Symphony. I will also perform on the piano at your event. Piano and travel costs not included. Also: 2 tickets - Premier Seating - to the Concert Premiere of The Summit should it be performed at any time within the next two years.
Reflects the $2000 inventive, plus an Executive Producer's Credit and All of the above privileges for my next Symphony/Opera. I'll also travel anywhere in the United States at my own expense and perform at your private party. Also: 2 Front Row seats to the Concert Premiere of The Summit should it be performed at any time, period. Join the inner circle.