The Invention Project
About the Project
Throughout time, music and art have been the unifying voice of generations torn apart by war and disaster. Following John F. Kennedy's assassination, American conductor, pianist and composer, Leonard Bernstein, declared that "this will be our reply to violence, to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before". Today these words resonate more than ever as humanity is enduring health, economic and social repercussions of a global pandemic and responding to much-needed calls for racial justice.
In the current crisis, the arts have suffered as cancelled performances and lost ticket sales have left audiences without music and artists without livelihoods. Yet many musicians have found new inspiration and connections through streaming technologies and social platforms.
Empowered by these new tools and hopeful for a return to sold-out concert halls in a not too distant future, the Invention Project is commissioning 15 composers from around the world to write 15 new works, united by the musical themes and inspiration of Johann Sebastian Bach.
Each composer will "invent" a unique piece for piano, inspired by one of Bach's 15 Inventions and Sinfonias. The new pieces will be premiered, alongside Bach's original Inventions and Sinfonias, via live streaming on Sunday, July 26th, 2020 at 6pm (PDT) by Italian pianist Lorenzo Marasso. The concert will be broadcast on this page, as well as on Facebook and on YouTube.
The Invention Project will elevate our souls and bring us joy through the universal language of music. Please join us to bring new original musical inventions into the present moment, where it is so urgently needed. The donation amount of your choice will be shared among the composers and the artist, who are together bringing new music to life.
How it Works
Explore the buttons below to find out how you can contribute to the commissioning project! You can choose a General Admission ticket for $25, or join the Commissioning Circle or Performing Circle for any amount over $100. Whatever you choose, all donations support the artists of the Invention Project. Click on a button to sponsor. You can use Apple Pay, Google Pay, or a credit card. Can't pick just one? Divide your total contribution between multiple buttons so you can publicly show your support of different initiatives. Contributions of any size help us support the artists. All Circle members will be recognized during the live performance on July 26.
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For more information about the Invention Project, visit https://www.lorenzomarasso.com/invention-project.
Pianist & project lead