I want to let you know about Vento Trio’s new CD that I am co-producing with clarinetist Sarah Bednarcik and flutist Kevin Willois. Many of you know I travel regularly to Brazil and am involved in projects pertaining to Brazilian music for the bassoon, such as teaching at the Festival de Música de Londrina in Paraná, researching, and playing jazz in Rio.
Since recording “Brazilian Dances and Inventions” we have presented concerts throughout the New York metropolitan region, at the Chamber Music America Conference, the Keeler Tavern Museum, and Double Reed Conferences at universities in the USA and in France. Many of you have attended our concerts, and we appreciate your support! In 2010 Vento Trio received a grant from USArtists International to perform in Brazil, where we received the music to Estudo Aberto, included on the new CD.
This is an exciting stage in my work because the CD features my composition “Hudson Views,” and my transcription of Nightclub 1960 by Astor Piazzolla, my first venture into writing chamber music. It includes premieres by American composers, and some rare works by Brazilians Claudio Santoro and Henrique de Curitiba, along with a few choros. I’m excited about the beautiful sound of the studio recording; Vento Trio’s first CD was recorded in five different venues! If you don’t have it, you can hear samples at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/ventotrio. The new CD ventures into the rhythms of Tango, and the addition of percussion spices the mix.
We plan to finish recording by the end of this year, with release in the spring of 2013. Producing this CD means increased costs for Vento Trio. Outside funding from grants and government support has dwindled in recent years, and CD sales are down, so we need to look beyond these traditional sources for assistance. To cut costs we could make the recording available on our CD Baby site as a digital download only, but we believe the hard copy is still an important way to document and share music. Over the last 3 years we documented over an hour of unique, previously unrecorded compositions and arrangements, at our own expense. Now we need approximately $2000 to master the recording, design and create the packaging, pay licensing fees, and manufacture CDs. This final stage will not be possible without outside financial help.
Your support of this project will enable Vento Trio to finish the CD. In appreciation, your name will be listed on the CD credits. Donations of $25 or more will receive a signed copy of the CD. Donations of over $100 will receive 4 CDs to share with friends. The new recording is under the umbrella of The Janet Grice Brazilian Music Project, sponsored by Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of The Janet Grice Brazilian Music Project must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
Please send contributions to Janet Grice at 304 Warburton Ave., Apt. 3D, Yonkers, NY 10701. Checks should be made payable to Fractured Atlas, with “donation in behalf of Janet Grice Brazilian Music Project” in the memo line. Or you can donate on line: http://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/fiscal/profile?id=3158
Thank you for your generous support. We look forward to sharing our music!
Director, Vento Trio