Tower Duo: Crosswind

Flute and saxophone new music duet, Tower Duo (Erin Helgeson Torres, flute, and Michael Rene Torres, saxophone) recently recorded their debut album, Crosswind, which features the duo’s favorite collaborations with living composers from the first decade of the duo’s artistic work. The music is eclectic, rhythmic, moving, energetic, and fun! Crosswind was recorded on May 28-30 2018 in Weigel Hall Auditorium at Ohio State University with Grammy-Award-winning Session Producer, Brad Michel, and Recording Engineer, Mark Rubinstein. The completed album will be released in January 2019 under the Ravello Recordings label through PARMA Recordings and will feature the music of composers Chin Ting Chan, Phillip Sink, Michael Rene Torres, Scott Brickman, Thomas Wells, Dylan Arthur Baker, Marilyn Shrude, and Charlie Wilmoth.

Help Tower Duo raise $10,000 to pay for the release of our first album, Crosswind. All funds collected will be used to directly pay for costs related to recording, mastering, and production of the album. There are several wonderful perks that accompany different levels of donations which we hope will show our appreciation of your contributions. Every dollar means the world to us and will make a big difference for this album! Crosswind represents the relationships Tower Duo has made over the years with creative composers and we’re so excited to share this music. Scroll down to see the donation perks!

Tower Duo is a flute and saxophone ensemble based in Columbus, Ohio that specializes in creating engaging musical experiences with a particular interest in performing and premiering contemporary works by emerging composers. Tower Duo, whose members are flutist, Erin Helgeson Torres and saxophonist, Michael Rene Torres, has been performing together since 2007 and gave its inaugural recital at the Brevard Music Center Festival and Institute in North Carolina. The duo has since performed all across the United States at universities, conferences, and festivals. Erin is the Lecturer of Flute at Ohio Northern University, Muskingum University, and Ashland University. Second Flute/Piccolo with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and the Principal Flute of the McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra, Erin is also an auxiliary flutist with the Louisville Orchestra and Principal Flute of the Queen City Opera. Michael is Lecturer of Saxophone at The Ohio State University and Lecturer of Saxophone and Composition at Muskingum University. He is also the founder and Artistic Director of the Columbus Ohio Discovery Ensemble.

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If you have donated (you are awesome!!!) and are interested in receiving a perk from the list below that matches your level of donation, please email us at [email redacted] and we'll connect you with some of these fun perks!!!

$5 – Thank You Note and Sticker
Receive an “I ♥ New Music” sticker and a personal letter of thanks from Tower Duo

$10 – On the Program
Have your name printed in the concert program as a sponsor for Tower Duo’s “Music in Motion” show in Columbus, OH this February

$25 – CD
Get an autographed copy of Tower Duo’s debut album, “Crosswind”

$50 – From the Stage
Have a single piece performed on a Tower Duo concert publicly dedicated to you by the performers on the stage (or a dedicatee you assign)

$100 – Improvisation
Tower Duo will video record a unique improvisation dedicated to you

$150 – Concert VIP
Two complimentary tickets to either a McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra concert or an Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra concert (select concerts only)

$200 – Painting
Michael and Erin will paint an original abstract acrylic painting on canvas for you

$500 – Composition
A personalized mini composition will be written and dedicated to YOU by composer, Michael Rene Torres

$1,000 – Private Concert
Tower Duo will perform a private concert for you and your guests in your home (must be within a 500 mile radius of Columbus, OH and dates/times are based upon the availability of the performers - some exceptions may apply beyond the 500 mile radius)

Thank you for supporting Erin & Michael and our album, Crosswind!!!

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    • $25 
    • 30 mos
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    • $25 
    • 30 mos
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    • $25 
    • 30 mos
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    • $25 
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Erin Torres 
Columbus, OH
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