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'Room to Breathe' - Bassoon and Piano Project

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The two combined forces of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement have forced us to rethink how we perceive human life, connection and disconnection. We connect to words, people, passions and action. The recent global state has taken some of these pillars, while enhancing others. This project brings out the different types of connections that have been missing through the message “Room to Breathe.”

This project will highlight a diverse group of composers of multiple backgrounds and professional experience to create works for bassoon and piano ignited by the influence of the pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement, connection, breath and a hopeful post-pandemic musical renaissance. Challenging composers to push the technical and expressive palette of the instrument through my own performative approaches, while connecting the musical content with the essence of our lived experiences through 2020, will allow a deeper connection between performer/music/audience.

"Room to Breathe" will premier the original works of Chris Evan Hass, Gala Flagello, Brian Nabors, Karalyn Schubring and Brad Balliett, featuring Calvin Hu and Joseph Swift on piano and bassoon respectively.

The funding raised for this project will go directly to the commissioning of a composer, and the studio expenses that recording the album will incur. Anything that can be donated would be amazing, and incredibly appreciated! This campaign will run through the end of June, 2021.

The benefits for each donation tier are listed below.

- Have your name listed in the CD booklet
- Join the wonderful project to commission 5 amazing composers!

- Receive the digital download for the album
- Personalized thank you email from the performers
- All prior tier benefits

- Receive the physical copy of the album
- Personalized handwritten thank you card
- All prior tier benefits

- Access to the video recording of the studio session
- Thank you video from the performers and composers
- All prior tier benefits

- Custom “Room to Breathe” item. Have the album art printed on an item of your choosing (to be specified later).
- Seat reserved at the premier recital & shoutout from the stage
- All prior tier benefits


Joseph Swift
Somerset, NJ

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