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Dame Evelyn Glennie, Vincent Ho and The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Launch Crowdfunding Campaign for New Recording


Virtuoso percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) and composer Vincent Ho have teamed up to launch a crowdfunding campaign (Indiegogo) for a new recording of Ho’s critically-acclaimed percussion concerto, The Shaman. The campaign was launched on Tuesday 3 December and will end on 3 February 2014 (60 days).

Since its world premiere in 2011 with Glennie and the WSO, conducted by Alexander Mickelthwate, The Shaman has been hailed as a triumphant success, receiving unanimous acclaim and rave reviews. It has been described as a powerful work that merges the spiritual world of Native American culture with the modern classical world to create a compelling journey. Oscar, Grammy and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, John Corigliano, says of the work: ‘I heard the world premiere of The Shaman, and was blown away by it. The work is masterfully written, with gorgeously complex sections contrasting with simple and elegant statements. I love the piece.’ While concertgoers in Winnipeg, Toronto and Taipei have experienced Glennie’s phenomenal performances of it first-hand, this new recording would enable listeners to experience it worldwide.

To support this campaign, please visit:http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/dame-evelyn-glennie-the-shaman

Given the success of the work, Glennie, Mickelthwate and the WSO have made plans to record The Shaman for worldwide distribution. The Shaman is a large-scale work at 33 minutes in duration, and Ho remarks: ‘the costs for making a high quality recording of a work of this scope are extremely steep.’ As such, the team is appealing to the public through the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform in order to raise a minimum of $85,000 CAN. The recording will become the featured work on a Vincent Ho compilation album, to be released for global distribution. The recording sessions are scheduled to take place in May 2014, following Glennie and the WSO’s performances of The Shaman in Winnipeg, and a week before its next performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City on 8 May 2014.

About the work, Ho comments: ‘For me, Dame Evelyn Glennie is a modern-day shaman. I always felt that her performances were more than just visual or aural experiences – they were “spiritual” events. She has the uncanny ability to draw the audience into a magical world and take us on wondrous journeys that are beyond material existence. Every performance she delivers leaves the audience spellbound and spiritually nourished. So there is no question that she is the perfect interpreter for this piece.’

This project is a first foray into crowdfunding for both Glennie and the WSO. In the first video of the campaign, Glennie comments: ‘With The Shaman I have had this chance to explore a sound world that is always evolving and developing; and that curiosity is always on fire. The fact that we can now communicate together and make it our project is very special indeed.’ This will also be her first recording with a major Canadian orchestra, and of a work by a living Canadian composer.

There is a range of donation incentives as part of the campaign, including: personal thank you notes, advanced downloads of the recording, autographed copies of the score, tickets to a Winnipeg performance of The Shaman, original jewelry designed by Glennie, and at the highest level, an exclusive invitation to dine with Dame Evelyn Glennie, conductor Alexander Mickelthwate and composer Vincent Ho.

Support this campaign by donating online: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/dame-evelyn-glennie-the-shaman

For information and interview requests for Vincent Ho and Dame Evelyn Glennie, please contact:
Francine Labelle/flINK
+1 416 654 4406

Media contact for The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Alexander Mickelthwate:
Lisa Abram, WSO Director of Marketing & Communications
+1 204 949 3981

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