For your GRAMMY® consideration ~ CLASSICAL COMPENDIUM
70 ARTISTS INCLUDING YO-YO-MA, JOYCE DIDONATO, SHARON STONE & ANSEL ELGORT UNITE FOR CURE-FOCUSED AIDS RESEARCH
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ORDINARY (Michael Slattery)
NO GIGGLY TIME (Monica Yunus)
ACROSS THE SEA (Joyce DiDonato)
AT LAST (Camille Zamora w/ Yo-Yo Ma)
UNION (Isabel Leonard / Paola Prestini)
ATRIPLA! (Jamie Barton)
AUTUMN (Noah Stewart)
An all-star cast comes together on one album to sing for hope and in support of cure-focused HIV/AIDS research. With new songs by established and emerging American composers, An AIDS QUILT SONGBOOK: Sing for Hope provides a global musical portrait of AIDS today, spanning a range of perspectives and illuminating our interconnectedness in the changing face of the disease. In keeping with Sing for Hope’s ethos of volunteerism, all artists involved have donated their time and talent so that 100% of profits from the sale of this album will go to amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research.
“Sing For Hope traces its roots to the AIDS crisis. When the promising young tenor Frank Logan passed away at Houston’s Omega House AIDS Hospice, a group of friends came together to sing for life, for hope, for a cure,” says Sing For Hope Co-Founder Camille Zamora. Continues Sing for Hope Co-Founder Monica Yunus: “As students at Juilliard, we continued to envision a go-to resource for arts volunteerism, uniting artists and communities in transformative ways. This album embodies that spirit.”
“Music is the perfect medium for reflecting on the tragic losses caused by HIV/AIDS, but also for rallying the community to find a cure,” says amfAR CEO Kevin Robert Frost. “HIV/AIDS research is finally taking center stage as we’re closer than ever before to identifying a cure. This album showcases our collective resilience as well as hope in the final act against HIV/AIDS.”
The album, co-produced by Sing for Hope and GPR Records and distributed by Naxos worldwide, is available for purchase via iTunes, Amazon, retail stores, gift shops, and many other locations in the US and Canada. Initially inspired by the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, the AIDS Quilt Songbook was conceived by HIV-positive baritone William Parker (1943-1993) as the classical music world’s first organized response to the AIDS crisis. In Parker’s words, “For singers, we were being pretty unvocal about AIDS.” In 1992 he gathered a group of prominent musicians at the Lincoln Center to premiere a collection of new songs about AIDS, designed to be ever-expanding until a cure is found.
Today, 1.6 million people die of AIDS world-wide each year, and yet the disease has largely passed from public consciousness in the U.S. The album An AIDS QUILT SONGBOOK: Sing for Hope speaks to HIV/AIDS today, with songs about activism and antiretrovirals, love and loss, and our hope for a cure.
“There is a glittering gathering of talent here. Fortunately, this recording never loses touch with its heart and soul, and the love that created and shaped it is evident from start to finish. Each song takes the listener into a dramatically different place while remaining within the framework of AIDS, the musical and poetic equivalent of knitting a complex and beautiful stitch… It reminds us of the vibrant, creative souls who have lost their lives yet who cannot and will not be forgotten.”
– Greg Berg, Journal of Singing
“Powerful moments include mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke and pianist John Musto voicing Musto’s now-iconic anthem “Litany,” on a short poem by Langston Hughes (“Gather up / In the arms of your pity / The sick, the depraved, the desperate, the tired, / All the scum of our weary city”) and Jamie Barton’s stupendous yet easy-going delivery of Eric Reda’s 2008 “Atripla!” Ken Merrill is the superb pianist for this virtuosic setting of a pharmaceutical pamphlet, and Barton’s rich voice, wondrous high notes and immaculate diction detail a hilarious — and at the same time horrifying — list of the drug’s side effects…. Scott Gendel and Wendell Berry’s “At Last” was newly arranged for this album, and Yo-Yo Ma, Gendel and soprano Zamora offer a luminous, transcendently lyrical performance that closes the recital.”
– Judith Malafronte, Opera News, April 2015
“This new disc features 20 songs, many directly on the subject of AIDS, by as many composers and performers, including some illustrious names like Joyce DiDonato, Nicole Cabell and Anthony Dean Griffey. The music talks of sadness, but also comfort and resilience, and the disc serves as an absorbing survey of American song today.”
– Richard Fairman, The Financial Times
HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED:
JOIN THESE ARTISTS AND VOLUNTEER YOUR TALENT WITH SING FOR HOPE
SUPPORT SING FOR HOPE’S MISSION OF UPLIFTING LIVES THROUGH THE ARTS
LEARN MORE ABOUT amfAR
amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research is one of the world’s leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education, and the advocacy of sound AIDS-related public policy. Since 1985, amfAR has invested nearly $400 million in its programs and has awarded more than 3,300 grants to research teams worldwide.
About Sing For Hope:
Sing for Hope transforms lives throughout New York City by bringing the power of the arts to those who need it most. Through the volunteer service of dedicated artists, Sing for Hope brings dynamic arts outreach programming to under-resourced schools, healthcare facilities, and community centers. Our programs range from hospital bedside concerts to after-school arts workshops to our flagship public art initiative, The Sing for Hope Pianos, which places 88 artist-designed instruments throughout the parks and public spaces of NYC in an open celebration of “art for all.”