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Cyber Monday / “Aberfan”

aberfanOn this “Cyber Monday”, as commercialism reaches its height for the year, please consider the value of creative art in your world.

What does the enduring artistic and social significance of a large creative work such as Aberfan mean to you?

Age-old issues of greed and power, bureaucratic indifference and the exploitation of people and nature as commodities, in combination with the intimate scale of this tragedy, resonate beyond time and place when captured in art.  What is this worth?

Please support Aberfan, a sponsored project of New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt organization.  All donations are tax-deductible.

Magnum photo by David Hurn.

Recording “Aberfan” — Please Support!

aberfan-memorial-garden-plaque-2Thank you to everyone who has contributed to support Aberfan!  During our first studio sessions in late September we recorded about a 1/3 of the piano parts in 11 hours!

If you have not done so already, please consider making a donation now!

This year end fundraising campaign ensures we are able to continue recording!  Here is what your donation will do:
  • $25-$99 Pays for up to to two hours in the studio — Receive download of completed recording and be listed on my website donor page.
  • $100-$499  Pays for studio time with one additional musician — All of the above plus a CD copy of completed recording.
  • $500-$999  Payment towards the percussionist and studio producer — All of the above plus 2 free CDs of your choice.
  • $1,000 and above Payment towards mixing and mastering engineers — All of the above plus an invitation to visit the studio as we work.

In this time of uncertain governmental support, YOU are helping to bring art into the world!

Aberfan is a sponsored project of New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt organization.  All donations are tax-deductible.

DONATE NOW.

Aberfan is funded in part by Puffin West Foundation, Thendara Foundation, Puffin Foundation and Deupree Family Foundation.

Photo Aberfan Memorial Garden.

Aberfan Disaster: Final Tribute

aberfan final tribute no sound THUMBNAIL_3Here is one frame of the footage that I discovered at the AP Archives that had no sound — 5 minutes of film taken at the mass burial of 81 children and one adult on October 27, 1966.

“Loving Shepherd of Thy Sheep” was sung at the service on the hillside.  Here is a short demo excerpt from Aberfan, Final Hymn:

 

 

Aberfan (7 pianos, percussion, voice and tools of rescue) is a sponsored project of New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt organization.  Your contribution helps ensure that we can continue to create the studio recording of Aberfan.

 

 

 

Wide view of Aberfan Disaster

Courtesy Alan George 5Aberfan (7 pianos, percussion, voice and tools of rescue) is an elegy not only for the people of a village who suffered the loss of a generation and the wounded soul of the Welsh who saw their beautiful country destroyed when the coal mines came to the valleys, but for our world, besieged by unbridled industry pillaging the land and its people, exploiting riches for a few.  Aberfan is our entire structure under collapse, the condemnation of a corrupted capitalism imposed upon the world, the catastrophe, the truth of our entrapment in a world run on power, violence and commodity, reducing to rubble all that is sacred.  

Aberfan is a sponsored project of New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). Contributions are tax deductible.  Please help us make this recording with your donation.

Music from “Aberfan”

October 21, 2016 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan Disaster.

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As promised, here is another sample of the piano music from our first recording session in Boston a few weeks ago.

“Altered Interlude” is representative of the children’s walk to school on the morning of the disaster.  There are 144 beats in each interlude, one for each person who died, ordered in shifting rhythms:  

Aberfan (7 pianos, percussion, voice and tools of rescue)  is a sponsored project of New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), a 501 (c)(3), tax-exempt organization.  Contributions are tax deductible.

Photo courtesy of Alan George

Music from “Aberfan”

ABERFAN WALES 1966Over the next few posts, I would like  to give you samples of piano music from our recent, first recording sessions, in order of their appearance in the piece.

In the beginning is “Rain Sequence”.  Here is an excerpt in which you hear the gentle, gradual layering of pianos one upon another, coming to represent “over a week of heavy rainfall” prior to the Aberfan Disaster:

 

Both Michael and I are deeply excited to continue recording, but we’ll need your support to do so.  Every donation is greatly appreciated.

Aberfan is a sponsored project of New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), a 501 (c)(3), tax-exempt organization.  Contributions are tax deductible.

Photo IC Rapoport, Aberfan 1966, one which will become part of the multimedia presentation of Aberfan (7 pianos, percussion, voice and tools of rescue).

Extraordinary Next Steps for “Aberfan”

What an incredible, full experience to start recording!

Driving into Boston, walking through Michael’s large maze of a studio for the first time, finding the piano had a wonderful touch that was not too hard for my hands, recording ’til near midnight, leaving to find the Walker Center in Auburndale, Newton, where I was to stay overnight, then coming back into the studio on the green line the next morning after 3 1/2 hours sleep.

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Michael and I worked on one musical sequence at a time, talking about it some, recording, then listening.  We accomplished an incredible amount — 1/3 of the piano parts — over those 11 hours!  A musical sample will be posted soon.

Aberfan is a sponsored project of New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), a 501 (c)(3), tax-exempt organization.  Contributions are tax deductible.

Your donation helps us continue!

 

 

 

Studio Tomorrow

Going into Boston tomorrow to begin recording Aberfan with Michael.  Almost hard to believe.  Excited!

Here is a demo excerpt from the initial “Rain Sequence”, written for seven pianos on the same part at different tempos.  Seven is representative of Tip No. 7, the one that collapsed:  

Aberfan is a sponsored project of New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), a 501 (c)(3), tax-exempt organization.  Contributions are tax deductible.  Please become a part of this endeavor by making a donation.  One specific, immediate need is payment for the piano tuner:  $125

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Photo Aberfan Memorial Garden

Meet Michael Farquharson

Michael Farquharson will be producing Aberfan.

We met several years ago while recording my last album, Talon of the Blackwater.  He played fretless bass — I loved it!  Out of all of his incredible playing, here’s one of my favorite clips:

“I Was Once a Sailor”  LYRICS  

Little did I know then that producing was one of his passions, too.  In fact, last year I had a dream of the most fabulous rhythms being played during a recording session of one of my songs.  Michael was producing.  He was saying “Yes!  Yes!  Yes!”  Even inside the dream, I knew of it’s providential message.

We’ll be working at his studio in Boston, Mix One.

Aberfan is a sponsored project of New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), a 501 (c)(3), tax-exempt organization.  Contributions are tax deductible.  This recording cannot happen without your support.  Every donation helps!

Recording Aberfan September 26th

Practicing!

We go into the studio September 26th for the first of the recording.  On a 7 foot grand piano.

Immersed, reviewing, listening, remembering.  I’ll do my best.
This is where I work

 

Here is a sample, “Trauma”:  

Aberfan is a sponsored project of New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), a 501 (c)(3), tax-exempt organization.  Contributions are tax deductible.  This recording cannot happen without your support!