Help andPlay (Maya Bennardo, violin, and Hannah Levinson, viola) release their debut album featuring works by Ashkan Behzadi, David Bird, and Clara Iannotta!
andPlay is a New York City-based violin/viola duo that we (Maya and Bennardo and Hannah Levinson) found in 2012. Every year we work to expand the existing violin/viola duo repertoire through performing rarely heard works and commissioning emerging composers. Since our founding, we have commissioned over 30 works, in addition to performing concerts in the United States and abroad, and creating engaging educational opportunities for new audiences!
We are so excited to be releasing our debut album, playlist, this September on New Focus Recordings! Included are four works in our repertoire that we love dearly; we are thrilled that this album will allow us to share them with a much larger community!
The works are:
Ashkan Behzadi’s Crescita Plastica (andPlay commission, 2015)
David Bird’s Bezier (andPlay commission, 2013)
Clara Iannotta’s Limun (written in 2011, and one of the few pieces in our repertoire not written for us, but we love it just as much!)
and David Bird’s Apocrypha for violin, viola, and electronics (andPlay commission, 2017)
We founded andPlay in 2012 and have been eagerly awaiting this first album. These three composers have become close friends of ours over the years, and we truly believe in their musical voices and the pieces they created for us!
Recording in the amazing hall at EMPAC!
We were extremely fortunate to have recorded, edited, and mixed this entire album for free(!) as part of the Artist-in-Residence program at EMPAC (Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center in Troy, NY). There, we had access to the most incredible hall, amazingly talented engineers, and a luxurious amount of time to make sure this album sounds exactly how we imagined it would.
Now, we are in the process of getting the album ready for the public and need your support to help make it happen. Self-producing an album is a large financial challenge!
Our goal of $10,000 will cover:
Hiring a PR firm (to make sure we reach as many people as possible)
We appreciate your generous support and look forward to sharing our album with you in a few months!
andPlay is a 501(3)c organization - all donations are tax-deductible!
A celebratory selfie with Jeff, our engineer, after finalizing the album!
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