Our innovative new show called Clickable will feature the music of persuasion, incorporating custom-made jingles, new work we have commissioned from composer Ralph Farris and other artists, along with historical protest songs and dust jacket texts. You can be an integral part of the show! We invite you to order your very own jingle, which we will perform in the show and deliver to you as a keepsake recording. Each jingle will be performed in at least two shows, one in New York and one on a national stage. You can order a jingle for yourself, a loved one, or even your business! As one happy patron said, “It’s the height of life to have a jingle in your honor!” You can learn more and hear examples of jingles here.
The Gronica Project
Flutist Zara Lawler’s family coined the word gronica to describe a child’s main present at Christmas. One might receive a toy car, a book, and a pair of socks, but the new bicycle hidden behind the tree was the gronica. We have many delightful smaller works for our combination, but we are now seeking our gronica.
The Gronica Project is an ongoing program of Lawler + Fadoul to increase the quality repertoire for flute and marimba by both commissioning new works from composers we love, as well as making our own arrangements/transcriptions of our favorite music written for other instruments. In addition to creating new music, we are also expanding the sound scape of our duo to include piccolo, alto flute, and vibraphone. The first years of The Gronica Project focused on preludes, yielding over 30 new transcriptions and two commissions, all featured on our debut album, Prelude Cocktail. While the individual preludes may seem more like stocking stuffers than a Gronica, taken together they represent an exciting new body of work for our unusual instrument combination. The commissions are sets of preludes by American composers Katherine Hoover and Roshanne Etezady. The arrangements are of solo keyboard works by some of the greatest composers of preludes of the past: JS Bach, Chopin, Gershwin, Debussy, Shostakovich and Scriabin. We will be publishing these arrangements gradually in the upcoming season, so that other musicians may enjoy playing them as much as we have.
We are grateful to the Yellow Barn Music School for our residency to begin this long-term project. Read about the beginnings of The Gronica Project here, why we do arrangements as well as commissions here, and why we chose to focus on preludes here. And of course, you can purchase Prelude Cocktail at iTunes and CD Baby.