Kickstarter launch

Our Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign has launched:

Kepler Quartet’s CD3 | securing the Ben Johnston legacy

We are also featured at New Music USA’s curated Kickstarter page.

Two local Milwaukee donors have graciously stepped forward with a $15,000, dollar-for-dollar matching grant to help Kepler Quartet complete the ten-quartet recording series. These funds will cover a little less than half of remaining CD3 costs—String Quartets Nos. 6, 7, 8, currently in production. We must match the pledge with funds raised elsewhere, and our newly launched Kickstarter campaign will make the final push possible.

Ben’s health is failing, and time is running out. The composer’s collaboration is crucial as we rush to complete this project. For a planned April 2016 CD3 release, we must meet the February 15, 2016 deadline for submitting our master to the record label.

Interest in Ben’s music has blossomed following the release of Kepler Quartet’s first two CDs. But at nearly 90 years of age, Ben has yet to see his quartets gain the true level of currency they deserve within the performance repertoire. Kepler Quartet would like to see this change.

Nothing would give the ensemble or the record label more satisfaction than seeing this 14-year-long project through to completion while the composer is able to enjoy the results. Now is the time to secure the legacy of this great American composer!

New Music USA grant

We applied for the New Music USA grant, April 1, 2014, while continuing to work steadfastly on String Quartet No. 6. We learned of New Music USA’s awards announcement, July 2nd, and the good news that we had been awarded helped buoy our spirits through a grueling but productive six-hour recording session of the viola and violin II ‘forward’ solo sections of SQ#6 on July 3rd.