In October 2016 at Sonata Piano Camp in Bennington VT, at the invitation of director Polly Van Der Linde, pianist Joel A. Martin joined the teaching faculty. Polly said, "You two have to meet, you will hit it off together!"
On his very first day Joel met George Lopez , pianist and resident artist at Bowdoin College.
That evening George gave a spectacular all-Bach concert and at the end of the concert, Joel was invited to join George to perform together. There was no music for 2 pianos available, but there was an audience in attendance waiting to hear the sonic possibilities of two pianists creating something different on the spot.
So George and Joel put their heads together, opened up some solo piano books, and proceeded to make musical magic, improvising on Bach, Beethoven and Chopin to a completely blown away audience.
The response was overwhelming. Polly proclaimed the evening as "the birth of The SONICALS" and called for another musical meeting a month later. There were only 20 people in the room but the concert was posted live on Facebook with over 2000 views.
Several concerts later, The SONICALS have created a whole new lexicon of music for 2 pianos, improvising and making solo piano music a collaborative experience. Re-defining chamber music....
The SONICALS have been charged with the musical duty to create a CD capturing the magic of live performance and introducing it to the world.
And that brings us to our first Go Fund Me campaign to get this project off the ground.
To make superstars in the classical music world takes a good amount of money to launch. From recording the music to photo shoots, creating promotional videos, and garnering reviews, it is a large endeavor but one which we feel will grow exponentially into a worldwide career.
Funding for The SONICALS CD will be used to:
*Record George and Joel in a recording studio
*Mix and master the CD
*Replicating CD Digipacks of The SONICALS
*Professional photo shoot with world renowned photography Jimmy Williams .
We hope to exceed our target so we can hire Crossover Media in NYC, the world's best music promotions service for classical, jazz and world music, to mount a 6 month national promotional campaign.
The SONICALS plans to record in January 2018 with the CD coming out in April 2018.
Bach Italian Concerto - 2nd mvt - aka
the Absolute Joy of Musicmaking