Tuesday 7 March 2023

Light Flowing: cellist Clare O'Connell's new project for an innovative disc of contemporary music for solo cello

Clare O'Connell
Clare O'Connell

I chatted to cellist Clare O'Connell back in 2021 [see my interview] about her solo disc, The Isolated Cellist, and about her innovative Berkhamsted concert series, Behind the Mirror. Now Clare has now started a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for an innovative disc of music for solo cello and solo cello and electronics on the NMC label. This will be the first disc of music for solo cello that NMC has recorded, and it will feature new pieces by Emily Hall, Emilie Levienaise Farrouch and Natalie Klouda.

Clare describes the new album as 'something very close to my heart and deeply relevant given the challenges of the past few years', and she wants it to be as uplifting and as experimental as possible. She comments, 'I am passionate about creating and sharing beautiful and moving musical experiences with people, both live and recorded, and I'm committed to raising up and collaborating with new artistic voices.'

The disc will not only feature music by Emily Hall, Emilie Levienaise Farrouch and Natalie Klouda, but will include contemporary works by Edmund Finnis, Alex Mills and Nick Martin.

The money raised will not only support creating the disc, but will enable Clare to commission the three new pieces from Hall, Farrouch and Klouda, and Natalie Klouda's piece will receive its premiere on International Women's Day 2024 (8/3/2024) at Wigmore Hall.

Clare's campaign starts today, do please register your support at Kickstarter.

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