VC GIVEAWAY | Win 1 of 5 Signed Copies of Grammy Winner Jennifer Koh's "Alone Together" CD

Released on the Cedille label, the album was created during the COVID-19 lockdowns, featuring 39 newly commissioned works for solo violin

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The Violin Channel, in conjunction with Cedille Records, is this week giving away five personally autographed copies of Korean-American violinist Jennifer Koh's new CD: "Alone Together" — which just won a 2022 Grammy Award for 'Best Instrumental Solo'.

Amidst the pandemic's devastating effects on the music industry, Koh began her own project, inviting friends and colleagues to write new music for solo violin.

In addition to collaborating with colleagues who donated their pieces, such as Tania LeónVijay IyerMissy MazzoliMorgan Guerin, and Nina C. Young, Koh had these artists nominate emerging composers to write for the album. Cassie Wieland and Angélica Negrón were among those nominated and received micro-commissions from Koh's foundation, ARCO Collaborative.

The album itself represents the world premiere of all 39 under-five-minute pieces and is accompanied by a booklet with explanations of each work. Composer Missy Mazzoli stated that the project is “a snapshot not just of the pandemic, but of the musical community right now ... all the creativity happening.

“It's not all darkness and gloom and doom and horrors, but there's something really beautiful about everyone coming together in this one way,” she said. “And Jenny is just a genius at making those projects happen.”

“It was one of the most beautiful experiences I've had, to be honest, to see how much my community cared about each other, and also about the younger generation and about the art form itself,” said Koh.

The album also includes composers Wang Lu, Joungbum Lee, Sarah Gibson, Morgan Guerin, Darian Donovan Thomas, Tonia Ko, Thomas Kotcheff, Adeliia Faizullina, Jen Shyu, Inti Figgis-Vizueta, Ellen Reid, Rajna Swaminathan, Anthony Cheung, Tomás Gueglio-Saccone, Anjna Swaminathan, Layale Chaker, David Serkin Ludwig, Elizabeth Younan, Rafiq Bhatia, Hanna Benn, Katherine Balch, Andrew Norman, Angélica Negrón, Caroline Davis, Nina Shekhar, Qasim Naqvi, Shayna Dunkelman, Du Yun, George Lewis, Lester St. Louis, Sugar Vendil, Patrick Castillo, Vincent Calianno, and Kati Agócs.

Entries close on April 19, 2022.

 

 

 

 

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