Harmonious, passionate, and at times tongue-in-cheek, 31 Chorales is evidence of what happens when an award-winning composer and soprano saxophonist commits himself to the creative challenge of a lifetime: to write 31 Bach-style chorales in 31 days in celebration of his 31st birthday.
Popularized by J.S. Bach, a chorale uses four independent, interweaving voices to musically and creatively express text, each piece lasting one to two minutes. While non-vocal, the music Mosher wrote for this project exudes the harmonious warmth of Bach, Stravinsky’s wry humor, and the impressionistic phrasing of Debussy and Ravel – yet offers a fresh and contemporary air that is so uniquely Mosher. Written and arranged between October/November 2010, 31 Chorales was recorded with Mosher and his quartet, featuring himself on soprano sax; Micah Killion on trumpet; Peter Hess on bass clarinet and Nathan Turner on tuba.
Funding for the recording of this album was made possible using Kickstarter.com’s crowd-funding model and would not have been possible without the gracious financial backing and support of:
Aaron Gervais, Alex Goodman, Amanda Gillespie, Ann Braithwaite, Bettino Bourgeois, Bill Lance, Bob Mosher, Bree Malkuch, Brian Landrus, Brian Salsman, Caitlin Smith, Chris Johnson, D.L. Hermes, Daniele Tatti, David Stewart, Denise Salsman, Diane Goldman, Gaby Warren, Gilles Laheurte, Graig Earle, Harvey Fishbein, Ina Henning, Jake Schepps, Jamie Urban, Jane Lazarre, Jeff Jones, Jeffrey Allen, Jeremy, Joel B. New, Jonathan Farmer, Jossi Fresco, Julie Walker, Justin Kazmark, Justin Muschong, Kathleen Lizotte, Katie Mosher, Ken Salsman, Kristin Bertrand, Kyle Saulnier, Ladd Hoffman, Lawrence Lin, Linda Stewart, Mark Smith, Mary, Melissa Stylianou, Melissa Trupp, Micah Killion, Mike Baggetta, Patricia Luca, Peter McDowell Arts Consulting, Rachel Naber, Robert Bookman, Rose Rutledge, Rupert Boyd, Sheila Coulter, Stan and Ann Salsman, Stephen Rowat, Tricia Stewart, Vera, and Vonnie Quinn. Thank you and live strong!
Recorded and mixed by Marlan Barry. Edited and mastered by Rob Mosher. Artwork by Rachel Belgard and Rob Mosher. Recorded March 11th and 12th 2011 at the Episcopal Church of Saint Mary-in-the-Highlands in Cold Spring NY.