Who we are
Lucidity Chamberistas was formed by Eugene Takahashi in the fall of 2014 in Queens, New York with fellow professional musicians. The word “lucidity” in our name is a play on the sound of Long Island City, where the orchestra had its inaugural performance. The inaugural performance at the Secret Theatre in Long Island City was aired on the WQXR.
Our goal and strategies
Our goal is to deliver live classical music to wider audiences in Queens and beyond. We play not only standard repertoires but also works by living composers from our local communities. We have unique strategies in maintaining professional quality of music making and accessibility to the community.
We strive to turn all of our concerts FREE so that our concerts will be absolutely inclusive of everyone in the community. The cost has to be cut down to minimum to make this happen. We have found a balance between the musical capability and the cost efficiency -- we made our orchestra as small as possible, while maintaining its musical capability. Also, we collaborate with community based non-profit organizations, which typically offer their spaces for free for admission free community events. This also keeps the cost low. We are thrilled to introduce live classical music to widely varied groups of people who are connected with such organizations, and to build new relationships in communities where people hardly have any access to live music performances.
Our orchestra is small enough to get out of concert halls, travel to where you are, and play in a smaller non-traditional venues. Despite its small size, this 11-piece-orchestra sounds very powerful because the size of the orchestra perfectly matches the intimacy of the venues we play in. Our live performances sound with full richness in spaces where orchestra performances have been considered to be impossible.
Artistically, we aim to perform the same program several times, in order to maintain the quality of the music and promote newly written works to a wider public. More than two performances of new works are usually a rarity due to the high production costs. In this, our strategy is unique; We travel to several venues across Queens and repeat the same program. This will keep per-concert production costs low and keep the level of performance high; playing more performances foster a deeper understanding in the works we play. We are planning to record a CD at the end of a future concert tour across Queens, in which new works written by contemporary New York composers will be included.
There are two concerts coming up in two different types of local communities as part of our pilot project. In this project, we will aim to create a collaborative relationships with the hosting organizations and their clients, where an orchestra has never been heard in live. The concert times are unique; both of these concerts will be a "pre-dinner concert," one for a weeknight (6:30pm-7:30pm), and the other for Sunday (5:00pm-6:00pm). The concert will be much shorter than usual concerts and finish right by the dinner time. This is part of our effort in fitting the musical trend to today's changing demands. The ultimate goal of this upcoming project is to find collective interests among different groups, such as our audiences, local businesses, local representatives, local non-profits, foundations, and us, and form a sustainable scheme that provides live music to the communities for many years to come. At this time, as a one time thing, we run this crowdfunding campaign to get the seed money in order to help present ourselves at our best and form future support bases.
October 8, 2017 Sunday 5pm-6pm Sunnyside Community Services https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teo4pbqgHGs&t=
October 10, 2017 Tuesday 6:30pm-7:30pm Hamilton-Madison House https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VueweOUems
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Divertimento in D-major, K.136
Yui Kitamura: a new composition
Leo Soeda: a new composition
Edvard Grieg: Holberg Suite, op.40
Personnel cost $5500 ($100 per service x 5 services x 11 players) (3 rehearsals + 2 concerts = 5 services.)
Composition $250x 2pieces =$500
Fiscal Sponsor Overhead (7% of subtotal) $448
IndieGoGo Processing Fee (5% flat fee + 3% bank transaction fee + 30cents per transaction) approx. $552
Help keeping New York musicians in New York!
So many of New York musicians are working all over the place, out of necessity, from upstate New York, New Jersey, California, Florida, even to foreign countries. Your support will help keeping fine musicians home, and ensure our fine live music experiences will continue to be accessible and affordable to members of our own community. It will also help bringing greater satisfaction to our music making process, guaranteeing more rehearsal hours.
Lucidity Chamberistas is fiscally sponsored by Multicultural Sonic Evolution, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization recognized by IRS as exempt. Your contributions will be distributed to us through Multicultural Sonic Evolution and be tax deductible. Your support will be much appreciated!