Please help me fund a new recording of chamber music featuring strings by Frank Felice!
Beautiful, accessible, lyrical, mischievous, eclectic, intimate, and playful - an excellent opportunity to bring this music to a wider audience through a professional recording.
We will be recording a number of chamber works featuring stringed instruments, composed for friends and colleagues from around the world. Instrumentation includes works from solo instrument up through quartet accompanying a vocal soloist, and the musical language of each piece will vary from simple and melodic to complex and highly textured. All pieces are accessible but have a stylistic palette that is multi-lingual: some are sacred, some are secular; some are whimsical, some are meditative, and one or two are angular in both line and tone. This recording and post-production will take place during May-July 2019, and then will be released on the international classical music label Enharmonic Records as well as being made available on iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, et al.
Pieces to be recorded include:
- Reflection on a Hymn of Thanksgiving - for violin and viola
- Two by Four - for three violins and viola
- If Ever Two Were One - for soprano and string quartet
- Five Whimsies for Non-Grown Ups - for string quartet
- WERE YOU ANGRY WITH THE RIVERS - for solo double bass
- Preserve Me, O Lord - for mezzo-soprano and string quartet
Performers for this recording include:
- The Indianapolis String Quartet
- Davis Brooks, violin
- David Murray, double bass
- Esteli Gomez, soprano
- Mitzi Westra, mezzo-soprano
Your funding will be used in the production of this recording: its recording by Perfect Mix Studios, remuneration for the performers, engineers, and for design of the artwork, mastering, and some of the promotional materials. The bulk of the recording will take place in late May, but post-production will continue through the summer into autumn - funding will happily be accepted until the whole process is completed.
I am looking forward to making this music available to a wider audience via a professional recording on an internationally noted record label, and all of your contributions will make that possible. Thank you!!!!
If supporting a recording of eclectic and beautiful music by a composer sounds good, but you need just a bit of a push, I've put together a few perks as a thank you for your generous gift:
$25 - One digital download of the album*
$30 - One copy of finished CD *
$75 - One copy of CD, signed by Frank (+ digital download)
$100 - Unframed copy of one of the scores (with parts!) of your choice + digital download/CD
$250 - One signed vinyl LP + digital download
$500 (10) - Framed signed copy of one of the scores + digital download/CD
$750 (5) - A unique pasta recipe devised for you by the composer + digital download/CD
$1000 (5) - Executive Producer credits on the recording - listed in CD booklet + digital download/CD
$2500 (2) - Italian-American dinner for eight, cooked for you by the composer + digital download/CDs**
$3500 (2) - New work composed for you by Frank for string quartet and voice + digital download/CD
$5000 (1) - House concert by the Indianapolis String Quartet and Mezzo Soprano Mitzi Westra, featuring three works from the recording + digital download/CD** (local to central Indiana)
*Please note, the finishing touches on the album are scheduled to be completed in late 2019. Some patience may be required.
**Travel not included. To be redeemed at a time to be mutually coordinated, pending scheduling availability!
THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR SUPPORTING THIS PROJECT!!
Frank is an eclectic composer who writes with a postmodern mischievousness: each piece speaks in its own language, and they can be by turns comedic/ironic, simple/complex, subtle/startling or humble/reverent. Recent projects of Felice's have taken a turn towards the sweeter side, exploring a consonant adiatonicism.
His music has been performed extensively in the U.S. as well as garnering performances in Brazil, Argentina, Japan, Greece, Italy, the United Kingdom, the Russian Federation, China, Austria, the Philippines, Viet Nam, Australia, the Czech Republic and Hungary. His commissions have included funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Omaha Symphony, the Indiana Arts Commission, The Indiana Repertory Theatre, Dance Kaleidoscope, Music Teachers National Association, the Wyoming State Arts Board, the Indianapolis Youth Symphony, Kappa Kappa Psi/Tau Beta Sigma as well as many private commissions and consortia. A recording of electronic and electro-acoustic music entitled "Sidewalk Music" is available on Capstone Records & Ravello records on iTunes, Naxos and other online sites. Scores and other performance materials can be obtained from Mad Italian Bros. Ink Publishing or directly from the composer.
Frank began his musical studies in Hamilton, Montana, singing, playing piano, guitar and double bass. His interest in composition began through participation with a number of rock bands, one of which, Graffiti, toured the western United States and the Far East in 1986-1987. He attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, the University of Colorado, and Butler University, studying with Michael Schelle, Daniel Breedon, Luiz Gonzalez, and James Day. Most recently he has studied with Dominick Argento, Alex Lubet, Lloyd Ultan, and Judith Lang Zaimont at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where he completed his Ph.D in 1998. Frank currently teaches as an associate professor of composition, theory and electronic music in the School of Music, Jordan College of Arts at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana.
He is member of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the U.S., the American Composers Forum, the American Music Center, The Society of Composers Inc., and the Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers. Residencies include those with the Wyoming Arts Council, the Banff Centre for the Arts, and a number of mini-residencies in universities and high schools throughout the west and mid-west. In recent years he has been in demand as an electric and upright bassist, playing in various rock/funk/prog rock/big bands in the greater Indianapolis area. In addition to musical interests, he pursues his creative muse through painting, poetry, cooking, home brewing, paleontology, theology, philosophy, and basketball. He is very fortunate to be married to mezzo-soprano Mitzi Westra.
Soli Deo Gloria!