An infectious saxophone craze swept across post war U.S.A. The bubbling optimism of the time combined with the effect of virtuosi such as Rudy Wiedoeft sparked a mania; everyone wanted to play the sax. It was this era that transformed the image of the sax from novelty gimmick to king of cool. Today, the distinct sound of the 1920s saxophone has all but been forgotten…
For this album I will team up with specialist historical ensemble the Golden Age Quartet and breathe new life into a rare original 1920s C-melody saxophone. Singing, swinging and soaring; this album will both re-imagine a forgotten musical language and present new Australian sounds; setting original music alongside alongside classics by Wiedoeft, Gershwin, Chaplin and Schullhoff.
This project represents an innovative direction in the classical music landscape, fusing new music with historically informed performance.
Following on from a successful debut solo album, it is important for me to continue to connect with my growing audience base. Recording is expensive but continuing to release high quality material is the only way to maintain a presence in the fiercely competitive classical music scene. With the album recorded I can distribute my work to audiences and have a means to pitch this unique concept to key festivals and music organisations in Australia and abroad.
Risk-taking artistic projects cannot go ahead without financial assistance, and the $15,000 goal for this fund ensures that this project can be brought to fruition and shared with the world.
Donations will be used to fund artists fees, recording costs, editing, mixing, licensing, artwork, CD/LP pressing and help us to present concerts in as many locations as we can.
Find out more at nickrussoniello.com.au