Described as listener-friendly, but fresh, with a nice shimmer. and relatively delicate, intelligent precisely interwoven musical thoughts. (Michael Fressola, Staten Island Advance)
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This project represents the first professional recording of Andrew Rosciszewskis genre-bending compositions that blend classical with rock. It will bring his music to a broader audience, and, ultimately, raise the awareness on this important new voice in contemporary music.
The genesis of this project began with long-time collaborator, percussionist Vincent Livolsi. Disillusioned with the genre-defined restrictions of most popular music, they formed the progressive rock band Eyes On Infinity (EOI). This new musical outlet afforded the duo a means to explore all the musical styles they were passionate about. Never afraid to experiment, Rosciszewski began to incorporate some of the compositional techniques he had developed in his collegiate studies. Rapidly shifting time signatures, complex harmonies and rhythms as well as layered piano and synthesizer sounds began transforming Eyes On Infinity into an electric chamber ensemble as opposed to a rock band.
The Fantasie for Rock Band & Orchestra began as a commission from Maestro Lou Kosma (MET Opera Orchestra) to be performed by The Vermont Philharmonic in collaboration with Eyes On Infinity. A crowd of over 5000 attended its premiere, conducted by Maestro Kosma in Montpelier, VT, receiving rave reviews. The ambition of this work is to craft a genre-bending composition where musical ideas intertwine and play off each other. Blending the enduring structure of classical composition with the raw, primal power and attitude of rock music, both ensembles play a key role in the execution of rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic elements throughout the piece, forming a symbiotic relationship as opposed to two separate entities fighting for musical dominance. It is this interplay between these two contrasting ensembles that separates the Fantasie for Rock Band and Orchestra from other compositions of its kind. This unorthodox mingling of genres and instrumentation has resulted in a composition that is both listener-friendly and intelligent that will be appreciated for its greater accessibility to musicians and audiences alike.
The Marimba Trilogy was born out of an interest in percussive music as well as friendship with percussionist Vincent Livolsi. It is an extremely demanding composition that utilizes many of the techniques common to the contemporary marimba literature. Its challenging rhythms and shifting meters are used to propel a surprisingly tonal and listener-friendly composition. Inspired by the progressive rock band Rushs trilogy, Fear, the Marimba Trilogy is written backwards. (Part 3 is performed first while Part 1 is last). All three movements share similar themes and melodies that link them but each movement is scored differently. Part 3 for marimba and piano, Part 2 for marimba, violin (or flute) and cello (or bassoon) and Part 1 for marimba, electric bass and drum set.
The importance of the project to the recorded repertoire:
The Fantasie for Rock Band and Orchestra is a genre bending work capable of exposing audiences to the majestic power and beauty of orchestral music or the raw unbridled aggressive nature of rock n roll. This composition is a perfect example of blurring the lines between two important musical idioms, taking the audience beyond the more gimmicky aspects of rock music, while fostering a deeper appreciation for the centuries of orchestral literature.
As for the
importance of the Marimba Trilogy or Fantastic Adventure on Marimba Part 1:
Part 1 of the Marimba Trilogy also explores the duality of the rock band/orchestra piece only on a much smaller scale. Both compositions utilize instruments traditionally associated with both classical music as well as a traditional rock band; as the two pieces of music compliment each other nicely. Relatively speaking, the marimba is still a new instrument. While composers have begun to embrace the beauty of the instrument over the past 20 years, much of the existing repertoire is either adapted from pieces for other instruments or so contemporary in nature it is often difficult for the average listener to digest. The Marimba Trilogy fills a void in the existing repertoire; it is challenging from a performers perspective while still being enjoyable from a listeners.
The significance of this recording to the composers career is of principal importance:
The recording of these pieces is of the utmost importance to the future of Rosciszewskis career as a composer. Music is created, not for the self-indulgence of the composer, but rather for the enjoyment of the listener. Sadly, young composers are not often given an opportunity for their voices to be heard. This recording would be used as a vehicle with which he can share his art with an audience far greater then could be achieved on his own. Both, Fantasie for Rock Band and Orchestra and Part 1 of the Marimba Trilogy, have been chosen because these compositions have tremendous crossover appeal and could help propel a new generation of music enthusiasts and future patrons of the arts.
For your support I have also come up with a unique list of perks as a small token of my gratitude. Your generosity makes this project a reality!
My timeline for this project is to complete it over the next several months and I look forward to a late Fall/early Winter 2011 release.
Musicians - $2600
Recording - $1000
Mixing/Mastering - $600
Photography/Artwork/Graphic Design - $2000
CD replication - $800
More about me and my music: www.AndrewRosciszewski.com
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