Tanya Kalmanovitch and Mat Maneri have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to manufacture and distribute their new duo recording Magic Mountain.
The album is a suite of nine improvised pieces for two violas. The title is borrowed from Der Zauberberg, Thomas Mann’s 1924 novel about a young man whose three-week visit to a Swiss sanitarium mysteriously turns into seven years. Like Mann, Kalmanovitch and Maneri are fascinated by the mystery of time and the ambiguity of memory and modern experience. Their playing is an exploration of those themes, and they blend composition and improvisation to create a kind of chamber music that has never been heard before and will never be heard again.
Check out the campaign at Kickstarter.