Award-Winning Composer Rob Mosher's Fundraising Concert Monday, Nov. 15 Towards Recording His "31 Chorales" Kickstarter Project


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Mosher Creates Bach-Style 31 Chorales in 31 Days in Celebration of His 31st Birthday

In Midst of Raising $3,100 through Kickstarter.com to Record the Music

“A gifted composer who offers a fresh and updated approach." —All About Jazz

“Mosher does for music what Renoir has done for art." —JazzReview.com

Award-winning composer and soprano saxophonist Rob Mosher will hold a fundraising concert for his 31-Chorales project. He and his group—Mosher on soprano sax, Ron Hay on alto trombone, Peter Hess on bass clarinet, and Max Seigel on bass trombone—will perform all 26 completed Chorales towards his 31-day Chorale-a-day goal in an effort to raise funding towards his $3,100 Kickstarter.com goal, started on October 20th. The concert takes place at 8:30 p.m. on Monday, November 15, 2010 at the Old Reformed Church, 729 Carroll Street, Brooklyn, NY. General admission, $10 in advance, $15 at the door. General admission and CD, $20 in advance, $25 at the door. http://31choralesfundraiser.eventbrite.com/

Mosher decided to give himself the challenge of a lifetime: write 31 Bach-style chorales in 31 days in celebration of his 31st birthday and blog about the experience. The month-long project is already underway and Mosher blogs his progress each day at robmosher.com and at http://kck.st/bsdEj8 updating about his compositional process and posting that day's chorale.

In addition, he's in the midst of raising $3,100—through kickstarter.com—in order to fund the recording and digital release of the pieces by his quartet—Mosher on soprano sax, Micah Killion on trumpet and flugelhorn, Peter Hess on bass clarinet and tenor sax and Nathan Turner on tuba. He's over halfway to raising the funds, which need to be pledged by November 19th, otherwise the project doesn't go through at all, part of Kickstarter's unique all-or-nothing approach. As of 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, November 11th Mosher has raised $1,927 from 35 backers.

“Successful artists have always worked within their times," says Mosher, explaining why he's turned to the Internet for funding. “Bach had the church, Mozart had royalty, and Beethoven, later in his career, funded himself primarily through commissions."

The music Mosher's written for this project contains a distinct combination of Bach's warm harmonies, Debussy and Ravel's impressionist and passionate melodic phrasing, Stravinsky's tongue-in-cheek humor, and modern dissonances, all while remaining purely Mosher in how it all comes together.

“Many music students would probably cringe at the idea of doing something like this by choice," jokes Mosher. “I'm thrilled by the challenge of composing 31 pieces of music in a single month. I think I'll learn a lot about myself."

Recipient of a 2009 ASCAP Young Composer Award, Rob Mosher was born and raised in Canada. He graduated with a music degree from the University of Toronto and participated in the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music. Shortly thereafter, in 2004, he relocated to New York City where he is active as a bandleader, freelance oboist and a jazz sideman. He served as principal oboist in the Brooklyn Conservatory Orchestra in 2005-6 and was a member of the 40 Fingers Saxophone Quartet from 2001-2004.

In 2008 Mosher released his critically acclaimed debut CD The Tortoise with his 10-piece band Storytime, which the Hartford Courant called “heartbreakingly beautiful, with melodies that stop the listener in [their] tracks." Mosher's other musical projects include a jazz quartet: Rob Mosher's Supervillains; the Rob Mosher String Quartet, a classical ensemble with soprano sax replacing 2nd violin; and Soprano/Soprano, a classical duo with soprano sax and soprano operatic voice, and a guitar duo with classical guitarist Rupert Boyd.

Kickstarter is the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world. Every month, tens of thousands of people pledge millions of dollars to projects from the worlds of music, film, art, technology, design, food, publishing and other creative fields. Launched in April, 2009, Kickstarter has engendered rave reviews as a new model of funding the arts. The New York Times calls Kickstarter “an unexpected influence on indie culture, a new model for a D.I.Y. generation."

Click here to help fund Mosher's project.

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