THANK YOU EVERYONE!!!! WE MADE IT!!!!!
In the fall of 2015, ECM Records will release Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano. All we need to do is finish recording it and get it to them by the end of the year!
Please help us with the final three sessions - anything "extra" goes toward paying off the first nine.
What is The Liaisons Project?
Composers and Song Selections
Tony started with a core list of artists that grew as the project progressed, with additional input from Mr. Sondheim and producer Rachel Colbert. We wanted a roster that was diverse and intriguing, including composers who aren't associated with "musical theater", and we felt it was important to invite emerging composers alongside the established ones.
We capped the number at 36, in part because it lends itself well to concertizing (three programs of 12). Our final list ranges in age from 30 to 75, represents seven different countries, and encompasses 44 Grammy, Tony, Pulitzer, Emmy and Academy Awards.
And here they are...
Andy Akiho Into the Woods
Mason Bates Very Put Together (after Putting It Together)
Eve Beglarian Perpetual Happiness (after Happiness)
Derek Bermel Sorry-Grateful
Jherek Bischoff Ballad of Guiteau
William Bolcom A Little Night Fughetta (after Send in the Clowns/Anyone Can Whistle)
Jason Robert Brown Birds of Victorian England (after Green Finch and Linnet Bird)
Kenji Bunch The Demon Barber (after The Ballad of Sweeney Todd)
Mary Ellen Childs Now (Now/Later/Soon)
Michael Daugherty Everybody’s Got the Right
Peter Golub A Child of Children and Art
Ricky Ian Gordon Every Day a Little Death
Annie Gosfield A Bowler Hat
Jake Heggie I’m Excited. No, You’re Not. (after A Weekend in the Country)
Fred Hersch No One is Alone
Ethan Iverson Send in the Clowns
Gabriel Kahane Being Alive
Phil Kline Paraphrase of Someone in a Tree
Tania Leon going… gone (after Good Thing Going)
Ricardo Lorenz The Worst [Empanadas] in London (after The Worst Pies in London/A Little Priest)
Wynton Marsalis That Old Piano Roll
Paul Moravec I Think About You (after Losing My Mind)
Nico Muhly Color and Light
John Musto Epiphany
Thomas Newman Not While I’m Around
David Rakowski The Ladies Who Lunch
Steve Reich Finishing the Hat – Two Pianos
Eric Rockwell You Could Drive a Person Crazy
Daniel Bernard Roumain Another Hundred People
Frederic Rzewski I’m Still Here
Rodney Sharman Notes on Beautiful (after Beautiful)
Duncan Sheik Johanna… in Space
David Shire Love is In the Air
Bernadette Speach In and Out of Love (after Liaisons/ Send in the Clowns)
Mark-Anthony Turnage Pretty Women
Nils Vigeland Alma Mater/Merrily We Roll Along
Sondheim started as a lyricist (West Side Story, Gypsy) before creating his own shows, including two that were turned into major motion pictures: Sweeney Todd and Into the Woods. His source material has ranged from George Seurat and Ingmar Bergman to the letters of Commodore Perry and the stories of The Brothers Grimm. His fans range from Cornel West to Stephen Colbert. He's not your usual musical theater guy.
Even South Park and The Simpsons <heart> Sondheim.
On deck a few months back: Phil Kline, Nico Muhly, Ricky Ian Gordon.
Why This Campaign?
That's where we hope you'll come in. Each session costs about $4,000: $1K in engineering costs, $1K in piano costs (rental, carting, tuning), $1K to rent the Academy and $1K in performance and documentation fees.
Our $15K goal represents $12K for the upcoming three sessions, plus $3K in outstanding bills from the two June sessions (after we cut the campaign video).
The American Academy of Arts and Letters: one of the most acoustically perfect spaces in the U.S.
For Tony and me, crowd-funding isn’t just a financial necessity. We believe that involving more people helps further the legacy of ALL the composers - not just Sondheim - and proves that music no longer has to be “ghettoized” by genre. This music should belong to everyone!
When Sondheim first started writing his own music, a lot of people asked him why he didn't just stick to lyrics, since he was so good at them. But he proceeded to take a risk - and The Liaisons Project is as much a tribute to risk and the breaking of artistic boundaries as it is to the composer himself.
A note on transparency: the donor price points are a little funky to compensate for the 7% fees taken out by Fractured Atlas – but it's totally worth it, because they make it entirely tax deductible for you. Oh - and perks are cumulative! So each level gets all that came before it too.
... and with Tony after Liaisons II in March 2013.
Please Share Your Thoughts!
We'd love to know what you think about the project - what are you most excited to hear? What do you think of "Sondheim without words"?
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions, comments, or even any other perks you’d like to see.
Thanks so much for taking the time to visit this campaign page… even if you can’t participate right now, please tell your friends!