BIG BAND JÚNIOR | RECORDING OF CD | IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE “ASSOCIAÇÃO PORTUGUESA DE CHARCOT MARIE TOOTH”
Fundraising for recording and editing of a CD by Big Band Junior. The surplus of raised funds will be donated to the “Portuguese Association of Charcot Marie Tooth”.
It is part of the Big Band Júnior’s mission to provide its students the opportunity of experiencing some of the moments that inhabit a professional musician’s life. For that reason, in July 2016, the band will be recording a CD in a professional studio. For most of these young musicians, it will be their first time in a professional recording studio. We are sure that, for some of them, it will be a dream fulfilled and a ‘giant step’ in their lives.
We are confident that this fundraising campaign will exceed its goal. For that reason, the BBJ will donate the surplus of the funds to the Associação Portuguesa de Charcot Marie Tooth (APCMT), founded by Diogo Lopes, pianist at the BBJ.
The APCMT goal is to inform and raise awareness among the general population, and among the medical community, about the degenerative disease Charcot Marie Tooth (CMT). The funds raised through this crowdfunding campaign will be applied in two programs: “CMT – Informing to raise awareness and to educate” and “CMT – Informing to Guide”. These two programs support the need of raising awareness about CMT and its inherent problems, among the civil society and the science and medical communities, respectively.
As a generous gesture of incentive towards the Big Band Júnior’s work, and of solidarity towards the APCMT, the musicians Mário Delgado, Mário Laginha, João Paulo Esteves da Silva, Gonçalo Marques and Maria João have accepted our invitation to perform in the recordings of this CD.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
The Big Band Junior (BBJ) is a jazz orchestra-school with 15 to 20 musicians between 12 and 17 years old. Born in October 2010, it was created through a partnership between Centro Cultural de Belém, Hot Clube de Portugal and Orelha Viva.
The mission of the BBJ is to raise the interest for jazz among young musicians, providing experience and training to its students as musicians in a jazz orchestra and giving them the opportunity to experience moments that are usually part of the life of a professional musician.
The BBJ has weekly rehearsals at the Hot Clube de Portugal Jazz School. In each academic year the orchestra has a season of at least 3 concerts at the Centro Cultural de Belém.
The Orchestra-School Big Band Junior has as artistic directors Alexandra Ávila Trindade and João Godinho, and as musical and pedagogical director and conductor Claus Nymark. The orchestra musicians are:
- Frederico Araújo, clarinet, 14 years old
- Artur Leitão, alto saxophone, 16 years old
- Francisco Lomba, alto saxophone, 14 years old
- Luz Fonseca, alto saxophone, 16 years old
- Ricardo Neto, alto saxophone 13 years old
- Sofia Sena, tenor saxophone, 14 years old
- Thomas Childs, trumpet, 15 years old
- Tomás Ferreira, trombone, 15 years old
- Diogo Lopes, piano, 16 years old
- José Manuel Cavaco, piano, 13 years old
- João Pedro Lobo, doublebass, 15 years old
- Afonso Alves, drums, 16 years old
- João Ribeiro, drums, 17 years old
- Matilde Madeira Lopes, voice, 15 years old
- For the CD recording, BBJ invited some of its former musicians:
- Bernardo Tinoco, alto saxophone
- Francisco Gomes, piano
- Hugo Henriques, voice
In a gesture of great generosity, to encourage the work of the BBJ and in solidarity with APCMT, musicians Mário Delgado, Mário Laginha, João Paulo Esteves da Silva, Gonçalo Marques e Maria João accepted our invitation to participate in the recording of this CD!
The BBJ repertoire for this disc includes compositions by Claus Nymark, Mário Laginha, João Godinho, Duke Ellington, Lee Morgan, Joe Zawinul, Charles Mingus, Vince Guaraldi, among others.
Making of CD “Pegadas Azuis” (2013/14):
ASSOCIAÇÃO PORTUGUESA CHARCOT MARIE TOOTH (APCMT)
The APCMT mission is to disseminate and to raise awareness among the population in general and the medical profession in particular about the existence of the degenerative disease Charcot-Marie-Tooth; To support and to guide patients and their families; to promote national meetings; to promote activities between patients and family; to enter into partnerships with institutions that contribute to improving the life quality of patients and their families; to raise funds to contribute financially to the research of the cure/treatment; to promote treatment through the arts, music, dance.
BUDGET AND DUE DATES
Crowdfunding Campaign: June 17 to July 28, 2016
Recording of CD: July 5 to 8, 2016
CD release: December 17, 2016 (in a concert at CCB).
Delivery of rewards: December 2016.