Orbert Davis' Chicago Jazz Philharmonic
Launches Kickstarter Campaign
To Fund Studio Recording Project
(Published: September 18, 2013)
Fans Can Help Produce Much-Requested Recordings of
"Havana Blue", "The Chicago River", and "Sketches of Spain (Revisited)"
[Chicago, IL]- The Chicago Jazz Philharmonic (CJP), led by artistic director and composer Orbert Davis, is turning to the popular crowd-funding program Kickstarter to support the cost of recording three of Davis' most popular works: "Havana Blue", "The Chicago River" and "Sketches of Spain (Revisited)". The 30-day fundraising campaign will launch on September 23rd, with the actual recording session to take place in November. This ambitious undertaking, aptly dubbed the 'CJP Trilogy Recording Project,' will produce 3 professionally recorded audio CDs to be released individually over the next 18 months.
"These are the works that our fans most want to hear, based on overwhelming feedback from performances they attended," Davis commented. "We thought it would be great to have them get involved in the recording of their favorite CJP musical moments," he continued. "So, with Kickstarter, fans can contribute to the making of these recordings and in return get rewards for being a backer of the project. This way, they'll have the music close to their hearts as well as their ears - at all times."
The crowd-funding model allows individuals to support a project or cause by pledging amounts as small as $1.00 through a secure, dedicated on-line donation site. Kickstarter, one of the best-known crowd-funding platforms, requires that projects successfully meet their funding goals before pledged amounts are released. Thus backers can be certain that their donations will produce tangible results.
The CJP Trilogy Recording Project <u>www.chijazzphil.org/kic... offers rewards to potential backers based on various pledge levels. A total of twelve reward levels range from an autographed "thank you" photo of Davis at $25, to an Executive Producer name credit at $10,000. Other rewards include invitations to the recording sessions, copies of the packaged CDs, music downloads and more.
The ‘CJP Trilogy Recording Project' Kickstarter campaign goal is $25,000 with a 30-day funding deadline. Backers will receive regular updates on the project's status via Kickstarter and social media.
ABOUT THE COMPOSITIONS
One of the works in the trilogy, "Sketches of Spain (Revisited)", was first performed by the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic in April 2011. Orbert Davis' new arrangement of the classic "Sketches of Spain" by legendary trumpeter and composer Miles Davis (no relation), commissioned by The Auditorium Theatre, is an evening-length orchestration highlighting the Moorish influences on Spanish music.
Another part of the trilogy is Davis' recent "The Chicago River", inspired by photos about the reversal of the Chicago River documented in the book "The Lost Panoramas" by Richard Cahan and Michel Williams. The symphonic jazz work, premiered by the CJP at Symphony Center in May 2013, was commissioned by the CSO as part of its "Rivers" Festival, and incorporates elements of jazz and classical music.
CSO creative consultant Yo Yo Ma may have had CJP's musical genre-bending tradition in mind when he stated in the Rivers Festival program book: "Through a festival of this kind, and by convening partners who embrace thinking across boundaries, the CSO is at the forefront of changing how we think in ways which are needed to do the massive work that will benefit societies into the future."
The third composition in the trilogy is "Havana Blue", inspired during Davis' trip to Cuba in 2012. Performed by the CJP Chamber Ensemble in an original music and dance collaboration with River North Dance Chicago at the Auditorium Theatre in April 2013, the music is the symphonic result of Davis' immersion in Cuban culture.
For more information visit the CJP Trilogy Recording Project <u>www.chijazzphil.org/kic...
ABOUT CHICAGO JAZZ PHILHARMONIC
As America's definitive 'third stream' orchestra, the CJP provides rich, multi-cultural music experiences that bridge gaps in jazz and classical genres. The CJP consists of a 55+ piece jazz-symphonic orchestra and 19+piece chamber ensemble. Jazz Alive, the CJP arts education program, provides music instruction for Chicago Public School students, and currently serves ten elementary schools. CJP performances entertain and inspire, and the community-based education programs improve lives - from school age through adulthood.
For more information about the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic contact Birdie Soti at 312.573.8932 or visit <u>www.chijazzphil.org
More Information: http://www.chijazzphil.org/kickstarter
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