Ted Nash Campaign To Record "The Presidential Suite"

Ted Nash
I am psyched to have launched a Kickstarter campaign to record “The Presidential Suite,” the commission by Jazz at Lincoln Center that was premiered in January.

Each of the eight movements is inspired and dedicated to an important political speech dealing with the theme of freedom. I am seeking support to help with the costs of documenting and releasing the recording of this composition, which, by far, has been my most challenging project to date.

For this work I transcribed the speeches for their actual pitches - the intonation and rhythm - to form the thematic material. I used the spirit, the message and even the era of the speeches to shape the direction and intensity of the arrangements.

Both my parents were musicians and civil rights activists which made for a pretty interesting atmosphere in which to grow up. I suppose that awareness of human rights and the quest for freedom has always been an important and moving issue for me, and I am glad I have the opportunity to express some of these thoughts and feelings with music, which is MY way of speaking.

It’s always important to document your creative efforts, but I feel this is a particularly important project as I hope it will seek to remind people of the messages of these great speeches and how much work we still have to make in the area of human rights worldwide.

Recording a big band, needless to say, is an expensive process, and I need your help to make this happen.

There are great rewards, like pre-ordered copies of the CD, attending the recording session, having dinner with me, and one lucky, and hopefully not rhythmically challenged, benefactor will even get to play cowbell on Mandela. Those who make larger pledges will receive co-producer credit, and will share in any awards or notices the recording receives

If you are aware how Kickstarter works than you know that if I don’t reach my goal, then I will receive nothing, and everyone will be sad.

The Program:

“Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You” — John F. Kennedy
“Tryst With Destiny” — Jawaharlal Nehru
“We Shall Fight On The Beaches” — Winston Churchill
“The Four Freedoms” — Franklin D. Roosevelt
“Freedom From Fear” — Aung San Suu Kyi
“Tear Down This Wall” — Ronald Reagan
“The American Promise” — Lyndon B. Johnson
“The Time For The Healing Of The Wounds Has Come” — Nelson Mandela

Great speeches from the souls of great people, even if in another language, have a beautiful intensity and arch. It’s music.

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