Crowdfunding Glennie-WSO-Ho

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Dame Evelyn Glennie, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra &
Composer Vincent Ho
Launch Indiegogo Campaign For New Recording

First recording with a major Canadian orchestra & first foray into crowdfunding for Glennie

For Immediate Release – Toronto, ON – December 3, 2013: Virtuoso percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) and Canadian 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 60 day campaign is being launched today, Tuesday, December 3, and will end on February 1, 2014.

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.

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Given the success of the work, Glennie, Ho, Mickelthwate and the WSO have made plans to record The Shaman for worldwide distribution. The Shaman is a large-scale work of 33 minutes, 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 in the 2014/15 season. The recording sessions are scheduled to take place in May 2014, following Glennie and the WSO’s performances of The Shaman in Winnipeg – just 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 video of the Indiegogo 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 Indiegogo campaign, including: personal thank you notes, advance 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.

Dame Evelyn Glennie is the first person in musical history to successfully create and sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist. As one of the most eclectic and innovative musicians on the scene today she is constantly redefining the goals and expectations of percussion, and creating performances of such vitality that they almost constitute a new type of performance.

Born in Ottawa, Ontario in 1975, Vincent Ho has emerged as one of the most exciting composers of his generation. His works have been hailed for their profound expressivity and textural beauty. Since his appointment to the WSO as composer-in-residence in 2007, Ho has presented a number of large-scale works that have generated much excitement and critical praise. His Arctic Symphony has been described as “a mature and atmospheric work that firmly establishes Ho among North American composers of note” (Winnipeg Free Press). His percussion concerto, The Shaman, composed for Dame Evelyn Glennie was hailed as a triumph, receiving unanimous acclaim and numerous standing ovations. His cello concerto, City Suite, composed for Canadian cellist Shauna Rolston, received similar praise. In September 2010, Vincent Ho was signed by the prestigious Promethean Editions.

About The Shaman

Dame Evelyn Glennie has performed The Shaman with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (January 2011), the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (March 2011) and the Taipei Chinese Orchestra (May 2012). She will reprise the work with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (May 2-3, 2014), and with the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra (June 27-28, 2014). On May 8, 2014, Dame Glennie and the WSO will perform The Shaman at New York’s prestigious Carnegie Hall.

Praise for The Shaman

  • “Ho’s work is entrancing and hypnotic even when the music builds to one of its many crashing crescendos.” – Winnipeg Free Press
  • “Who better to deliver a challenging new work than the unique Dame Evelyn Glennie…Her sharp focus on the music never fails to spark a similar rapt response in the audience…[The Shaman] has a driven trajectory with jazzy rhythms and cross-rhythms, and contains an energetic cadenza. It rushes to an exciting and abrupt ending – and a totally wild audience response.”  –
  • “The percussion soloist is the shaman and it’s hard to imagine anyone being able to conjure more musical magic on stage than Dame Evelyn Glennie. She moves with an arresting combination of force and grace…” – The Toronto Star

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For further information & interview requests for Vincent Ho and Evelyn Glennie, please contact:
Francine Labelle/flINK
416 654-4406

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

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