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Funding
THREADS: Performing and Recording a New Concerto
Help fund the performance and recording of a powerful new piece for flugelhorn and string orchestra
Aleksandr Brusentsev
London, United Kingdom
£1,225 GBP raised by 27 backers
61% of £2,000 
flexible goal
3 days left
Overview
Hello generous soul! Thank you for taking the time to consider supporting the performance and recording of the most important composition of my life, a concerto for flugelhorn and orchestra called "Threads," written for one dear friend in memory of another. Please read on to find out how you can support this project and the people involved. By doing so, you will be joining a community of patrons, artists, and educators in this three-continent collaboration. Did I mention there will be perks?

My name is Aleksandr Brusentsev and I tell abstract stories with sound.

This statement is not a description. It is a manifesto, the driving force behind everything I do. You see, I believe in stories; they unite, heal, and inspire us. I also believe in sound - in music; I know of no better way to bypass borders and make connections. These beliefs are at the core of the project that Imogen, Toby and I are asking you to support.

 

What is the project?

In short, it is the creation, performance, and recording of a new concerto for flugelhorn and string orchestra called Threads.

In reality, it is much more. Inspired by the events following a friend's tragic death, the music is an in-depth exploration of the power of the stories we tell, the threads - the connections - with which we mend. Even in its incomplete state, it is already the best music I have ever written. I cannot wait to finish it for you. 

Moreover, the project is part of an educational series called CONNECT . THE . DOTS. Undertaken with my brilliant collaborators, London-based soloist Imogen Hancock and Sydney-based conductor Toby Thatcher, this iteration of the series is an unprecedented look at the three-continent-spanning(!) collaboration that is making this happen. Curious? Just click here.

 

What We Need & What You Get

We are raising funds to cover the costs of the culmination of this project: performing and recording this work in London to share it with the world. 

While everyone on this project is dutifully volunteering immeasurable time and effort to make this happen, the cost of covering musicians' fees, venue rental, and audio/video recording and editing is just out of reach.

With your help, we can close that gap and complete a project which meaningfully adds to the repertoire of a beautiful but lesser-known instrument, creates an unforgettable live experience for the audience in London, and allows us to document that experience to freely share it with the world.

Moreover, by becoming part of this project you are joining a long-standing tradition of arts patronage which ensures young artists can continue to create unique works that tell the story of our time through music.

As a show of our appreciation, we have a variety of perks - most of which stack on top of one another! - to help you connect with and remember the project you made happen. There is something for donors at all levels.

We hope you will join us in making this uniquely-21st-century story happen.

 

Risks and Challenges

No risk, no reward, right? Lucky for you, the risks are on us: no matter the outcome we will - somehow - make this happen. With the flexible funding campaign, all money raised will go to the project no matter what. Whether we meet our goal or not, we will make this happen and you will get your perk.

(But, seriously, please help us make this happen; life as a musician is difficult enough without going into further debt.)

 

Other Ways You Can Help

Thank you to everyone who read this far.

And an extra special thank you to everyone who has decided to contribute. Though we can never thank you enough, thank you, thank you, and thank you once again.

Want to help but are not in a position to contribute money? Worry not - simply share this campaign with your network of friends, family, and followers. It’s as easy as clicking on the Indiegogo share tools at the top of the page. Thank you in advance for your help!

 

A Bit About Us

Aleksandr Brusentsev is a composer of contemporary classical music. His pieces have been performed internationally by renowned artists such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the CHROMA Ensemble, and Alexandra Wood and Huw Watkins.
Project Bio | Project InterviewOfficial Website

 

Imogen Hancock is an award-winning trumpet soloist with a number of world premieres and commissions to her credit. She has studied with renowned soloists Håkan Hardenberger and Tine Thing Helseth and has been both a Park Lane Group Artist and a Britten-Pears Young Artist. Imogen also works as a freelance orchestral musician with orchestras such as the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Rambert, and she is an alumna of Southbank Sinfonia.
Project Bio | Project InterviewOfficial Website

 

From 2015-17 Toby Thatcher was Assistant Conductor to the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.  He has worked with orchestras internationally including HR-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, Ensemble Modern, Frankfurter Opern und Museumsorchester, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. As an oboist, he has performed with the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and London Sinfonietta. In 2015 Toby was a finalist at the prestigious Solti Competition.
Project Bio | Project InterviewOfficial Website

 


 

Ensemble Eroica (the orchestra premiering the concerto) is a leading voice amongst the UK's young ensemble & talent-development initiatives. It promotes talented young artists & brings an energetic new perspective to music making.
Official Website

Perks
£50
GBP
Hometown Love
MINNESOTA RESIDENTS ONLY To show some serious love for the hometown, Aleksandr is offering 45-minute time slots for anyone who wants to come by his Eagan studio for a coffee and a chat/lesson about composition, music engraving, piano, guitar or just life. Don't miss this steal of a deal! Timeslots available starting Feb. 2018.
Items included:
  • Warm Fuzzy Feelings
  • Social Media Shout Out
  • Acknowledgement On CTD Website
  • 45-min. IN PERSON Chat w/ Alex
0 claimed
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£5
GBP
Warm Fuzzy Feelings
You know that warm and fuzzy feeling you get when you do something nice for someone? That. For the price of a fancy coffee, you help create something special and help a lot of really talented musicians do what they do best. The pickup will be just as good but without the caffeine crash!
Items included:
  • Warm Fuzzy Feelings
0 claimed
Get this perk
£10
GBP
Social Media Shout Out
Warm fuzzy feelings come from within but with this perk you get an external boost of goodness from us via Twitter. You'll know you're doing good and so will your followers. Rock on.
Items included:
  • Warm Fuzzy Feelings
  • Social Media Shout Out
2 claimed
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£25
GBP
Website Mention + 1 Ticket
Become an official patron of the arts and get your name listed as a supporter on the project website: https://brusenta.wixsite.com/ctd2. As an extra thank you, we'll even include a ticket to the premiere. You win, and then you win again.
Items included:
  • Warm Fuzzy Feelings
  • Social Media Shout Out
  • Ticket To The Premiere
  • Acknowledgement On CTD Website
11 claimed
Get this perk
£50
GBP
Rehearsal Invite
Want to really get in on the creative process? How about an invite to our rehearsal? With this perk you get to see the process unfold as Toby, Imogen, and Ensemble Eroica prepare for the premiere in front of a few lucky guests. Rehearsal will be during the daytime on 24 January 2018. Rehearsal invitation will include location and specific times.
Items included:
  • Warm Fuzzy Feelings
  • Social Media Shout Out
  • Ticket To The Premiere
  • Rehearsal Invite
  • Acknowledgement On CTD Website
4 out of 25 claimed
Get this perk
£100
GBP
Acknowledgement In The Program
A fan of the tactile? With this perk, you get to be one of the special individuals mentioned in our crisp concert program as an official supporter of this project. What could be a better memento of the project you made possible?
Items included:
  • Warm Fuzzy Feelings
  • Social Media Shout Out
  • Rehearsal Invite
  • Acknowledgement In The Program
  • Acknowledgement On CTD Website
  • 2 Tickets To The Premiere
1 out of 10 claimed
Get this perk
£150
GBP
Acknowledgement In The Score
Be one of the few lucky individuals to complete the acknowledgment triad by getting your name in the most sought-after location of them all: the special thank-you page at the beginning of the music score. The score will be available for all to see at: https://issuu.com/brusenta/
Items included:
  • Acknowledgment In The Score
  • Warm Fuzzy Feelings
  • Social Media Shout Out
  • Rehearsal Invite
  • Acknowledgement In The Program
  • Acknowledgement On CTD Website
  • 2 Tickets To The Premiere
1 out of 5 claimed
Get this perk
£200
GBP
One-Hour Skype Chat w/ Alex
This project is all about connecting, so why not connect with us? With this perk you get to talk to Aleksandr, the composer behind the music, about anything you want. We can even make it a lesson! Scheduling is flexible.
Items included:
  • Acknowledgment In The Score
  • One-Hour Skype Chat/Lesson
  • Warm Fuzzy Feelings
  • Social Media Shout Out
  • Rehearsal Invite
  • Acknowledgement In The Program
  • Acknowledgement On CTD Website
  • 2 Tickets To The Premiere
0 out of 1 claimed
Get this perk
£200
GBP
One-Hour Skype Chat w/ Toby
This project is all about connecting, so why not connect with us? With this perk you get to talk to Toby, the conductor of the music, about anything you want. We can even make it a lesson! Scheduling is flexible.
Items included:
  • Acknowledgment In The Score
  • One-Hour Skype Chat/Lesson
  • Warm Fuzzy Feelings
  • Social Media Shout Out
  • Rehearsal Invite
  • Acknowledgement In The Program
  • Acknowledgement On CTD Website
  • 2 Tickets To The Premiere
0 out of 1 claimed
Get this perk
£200
GBP
One-Hour Skype Chat w/ Imogen
This project is all about connecting, so why not connect with us? With this perk you get to talk to Imogen, the soloist playing the music, about anything you want. We can even make it a lesson! Scheduling is flexible.
Items included:
  • Acknowledgment In The Score
  • One-Hour Skype Chat/Lesson
  • Warm Fuzzy Feelings
  • Social Media Shout Out
  • Rehearsal Invite
  • Acknowledgement In The Program
  • Acknowledgement On CTD Website
  • 2 Tickets To The Premiere
0 out of 1 claimed
Get this perk
£250
GBP
+ Shipping
Signed Full Score
Serious about your love of music? Get the ultimate perk, a painstakingly-crafted, beautifully-presented, and signed full score - with your name in it as an official donor! (And, of course, that's on top of just about every other perk we offer.) Hurry though, only three signed scores are available! Score size: 11in x 17in
Items included:
  • Acknowledgment In The Score
  • Warm Fuzzy Feelings
  • Signed Full Score
  • Social Media Shout Out
  • Rehearsal Invite
  • Acknowledgement In The Program
  • Acknowledgement On CTD Website
  • 2 Tickets To The Premiere
0 out of 3 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Get this perk
£500
GBP
Fanfare For You
If you're giving at this level you deserve something truly spectacular. Something epic and one-of-a-kind: a fanfare, composed just for you by Aleksandr, and performed at a London event by Imogen. Fanfare duration will be ~1 minute. Perk includes signed score of the fanfare. Details of performance to be scheduled with Imogen.
Items included:
  • Acknowledgment In The Score
  • Warm Fuzzy Feelings
  • Social Media Shout Out
  • Fanfare For You
  • Rehearsal Invite
  • Acknowledgement In The Program
  • Acknowledgement On CTD Website
  • 4 Tickets To The Premiere
0 out of 1 claimed
Get this perk
Overview
Hello generous soul! Thank you for taking the time to consider supporting the performance and recording of the most important composition of my life, a concerto for flugelhorn and orchestra called "Threads," written for one dear friend in memory of another. Please read on to find out how you can support this project and the people involved. By doing so, you will be joining a community of patrons, artists, and educators in this three-continent collaboration. Did I mention there will be perks?
Perks
£50
GBP
Hometown Love
MINNESOTA RESIDENTS ONLY To show some serious love for the hometown, Aleksandr is offering 45-minute time slots for anyone who wants to come by his Eagan studio for a coffee and a chat/lesson about composition, music engraving, piano, guitar or just life. Don't miss this steal of a deal! Timeslots available starting Feb. 2018.
Items included:
  • Warm Fuzzy Feelings
  • Social Media Shout Out
  • Acknowledgement On CTD Website
  • 45-min. IN PERSON Chat w/ Alex
0 claimed
Get this perk
£5
GBP
Warm Fuzzy Feelings
You know that warm and fuzzy feeling you get when you do something nice for someone? That. For the price of a fancy coffee, you help create something special and help a lot of really talented musicians do what they do best. The pickup will be just as good but without the caffeine crash!
Items included:
  • Warm Fuzzy Feelings
0 claimed
Get this perk
£10
GBP
Social Media Shout Out
Warm fuzzy feelings come from within but with this perk you get an external boost of goodness from us via Twitter. You'll know you're doing good and so will your followers. Rock on.
Items included:
  • Warm Fuzzy Feelings
  • Social Media Shout Out
2 claimed
Get this perk
£25
GBP
Website Mention + 1 Ticket
Become an official patron of the arts and get your name listed as a supporter on the project website: https://brusenta.wixsite.com/ctd2. As an extra thank you, we'll even include a ticket to the premiere. You win, and then you win again.
Items included:
  • Warm Fuzzy Feelings
  • Social Media Shout Out
  • Ticket To The Premiere
  • Acknowledgement On CTD Website
11 claimed
Get this perk
£50
GBP
Rehearsal Invite
Want to really get in on the creative process? How about an invite to our rehearsal? With this perk you get to see the process unfold as Toby, Imogen, and Ensemble Eroica prepare for the premiere in front of a few lucky guests. Rehearsal will be during the daytime on 24 January 2018. Rehearsal invitation will include location and specific times.
Items included:
  • Warm Fuzzy Feelings
  • Social Media Shout Out
  • Ticket To The Premiere
  • Rehearsal Invite
  • Acknowledgement On CTD Website
4 out of 25 claimed
Get this perk
£100
GBP
Acknowledgement In The Program
A fan of the tactile? With this perk, you get to be one of the special individuals mentioned in our crisp concert program as an official supporter of this project. What could be a better memento of the project you made possible?
Items included:
  • Warm Fuzzy Feelings
  • Social Media Shout Out
  • Rehearsal Invite
  • Acknowledgement In The Program
  • Acknowledgement On CTD Website
  • 2 Tickets To The Premiere
1 out of 10 claimed
Get this perk
£150
GBP
Acknowledgement In The Score
Be one of the few lucky individuals to complete the acknowledgment triad by getting your name in the most sought-after location of them all: the special thank-you page at the beginning of the music score. The score will be available for all to see at: https://issuu.com/brusenta/
Items included:
  • Acknowledgment In The Score
  • Warm Fuzzy Feelings
  • Social Media Shout Out
  • Rehearsal Invite
  • Acknowledgement In The Program
  • Acknowledgement On CTD Website
  • 2 Tickets To The Premiere
1 out of 5 claimed
Get this perk
£200
GBP
One-Hour Skype Chat w/ Alex
This project is all about connecting, so why not connect with us? With this perk you get to talk to Aleksandr, the composer behind the music, about anything you want. We can even make it a lesson! Scheduling is flexible.
Items included:
  • Acknowledgment In The Score
  • One-Hour Skype Chat/Lesson
  • Warm Fuzzy Feelings
  • Social Media Shout Out
  • Rehearsal Invite
  • Acknowledgement In The Program
  • Acknowledgement On CTD Website
  • 2 Tickets To The Premiere
0 out of 1 claimed
Get this perk
£200
GBP
One-Hour Skype Chat w/ Toby
This project is all about connecting, so why not connect with us? With this perk you get to talk to Toby, the conductor of the music, about anything you want. We can even make it a lesson! Scheduling is flexible.
Items included:
  • Acknowledgment In The Score
  • One-Hour Skype Chat/Lesson
  • Warm Fuzzy Feelings
  • Social Media Shout Out
  • Rehearsal Invite
  • Acknowledgement In The Program
  • Acknowledgement On CTD Website
  • 2 Tickets To The Premiere
0 out of 1 claimed
Get this perk
£200
GBP
One-Hour Skype Chat w/ Imogen
This project is all about connecting, so why not connect with us? With this perk you get to talk to Imogen, the soloist playing the music, about anything you want. We can even make it a lesson! Scheduling is flexible.
Items included:
  • Acknowledgment In The Score
  • One-Hour Skype Chat/Lesson
  • Warm Fuzzy Feelings
  • Social Media Shout Out
  • Rehearsal Invite
  • Acknowledgement In The Program
  • Acknowledgement On CTD Website
  • 2 Tickets To The Premiere
0 out of 1 claimed
Get this perk
£250
GBP
+ Shipping
Signed Full Score
Serious about your love of music? Get the ultimate perk, a painstakingly-crafted, beautifully-presented, and signed full score - with your name in it as an official donor! (And, of course, that's on top of just about every other perk we offer.) Hurry though, only three signed scores are available! Score size: 11in x 17in
Items included:
  • Acknowledgment In The Score
  • Warm Fuzzy Feelings
  • Signed Full Score
  • Social Media Shout Out
  • Rehearsal Invite
  • Acknowledgement In The Program
  • Acknowledgement On CTD Website
  • 2 Tickets To The Premiere
0 out of 3 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Get this perk
£500
GBP
Fanfare For You
If you're giving at this level you deserve something truly spectacular. Something epic and one-of-a-kind: a fanfare, composed just for you by Aleksandr, and performed at a London event by Imogen. Fanfare duration will be ~1 minute. Perk includes signed score of the fanfare. Details of performance to be scheduled with Imogen.
Items included:
  • Acknowledgment In The Score
  • Warm Fuzzy Feelings
  • Social Media Shout Out
  • Fanfare For You
  • Rehearsal Invite
  • Acknowledgement In The Program
  • Acknowledgement On CTD Website
  • 4 Tickets To The Premiere
0 out of 1 claimed
Get this perk
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