The debut CD of the Bent Frequency Duo Project: a premiere recording of new American works for saxophone and percussion.

About the Project

As one of the Southeast’s most innovative and exciting music ensembles, Bent Frequency (BF) has been committed to presenting contemporary music at the highest level and has been a catalyst in the creation of many new works.  The Bent Frequency Duo Project, a subset of the larger ensemble, features co-artistic directors Jan Berry Baker (saxophone) and Stuart Gerber (percussion). The BF Duo Project has commissioned 20 new works for saxophone and percussion and has given over 30 performances of these new works across the US and in Germany in the past two years.  This CD will be the debut recording of Bent Frequency.

The six American composers featured on this CD represent a diverse range of artistic aesthetics and compositional trends. Roulettes by Chris Burns explores a surprisingly wide timbral spectrum given the limited instrumental palette of saxophone and crotales. Jeff Herriott’s I Stood on the Shore and Looked up at the Birds creates an otherworldly soundscape through the combination of electronically processed saxophone mulitphonics and resonant metal bowls and pipes. You Don’t Need Eyes to See by Amelia Kaplan was inspired by the use of echolocation by the visually impaired. Devin Maxwell’s Seven Hills, OH is a musical memoir of his time spent in Cincinnati. In METTĀ Robert Scott Thompson blurs the distinctions between the ephemeral and the concrete through masterful integration of live and electroacoustic components. Child’s Play written by 2015 Guggenheim fellow Amy Williams combines virtuosic saxophone writing (employing multiphonics, slap tonguing, key clicks, and fast filigree passages) with elegantly simple percussion played on toy instruments.


The BF Duo Project has performed these works numerous times at music festivals across the country (New Music Greensboro, Unruly Music Festival, Sam Houston State Contemporary Music Festival), a residency in Nuremburg Germany for the Tage Aktueller Musik, and at many elite institutions across the US. Distributing a recording of these works will make this commissioning project as comprehensive as possible. 

The BF Duo Project is seeking funding through Power2Give to allow us to record, publish, and disseminate these important new American works to the broader musical community. We’ve begun recording these pieces and the final editing and mastering will be completed by 1 Dec. 2015. We have secured a letter of intent from Centaur Records stating that they will release our recording. We anticipate a release date in early 2016.

This project will cost $10,500. We have secured $6500 in funding through grants, private donations and recent touring activities. We are trying to raise $4000.  Power2Give matches every dollar pledged! We hope that you will consider giving to help us complete this project.

The BF Duo Project is very proud of these new works. This premiere recording represents the culmination of this project to date and is emblematic of Bent Frequency’s longstanding dedication to the creation and promotion of new music.


TOTAL COST of project: $10,500

We have raised $6,500 towards the cost of this project.


Please consider donating today! Your donation will be matched dollar for dollar!







Matching Sponsors

Our generous sponsors will contribute $1 for every $1 donated to this project up to $2,000 ! (pending matching fund availability)

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  • Donate $20 or more

    We will mail you a copy of the finished CD that is signed by both members of the Bent Frequency Duo Project Jan Berry Baker and Stuart Gerber.
    (988 of 1000 remaining)
    Amount over $15 is tax-deductible
  • Donate $50 or more

    This benefit will include the signed CD given at the $20 level PLUS free admission for two to the CD release party to be held in Atlanta in the spring of 2016 (time/venue TBD)
    (996 of 1000 remaining)
    Amount over $15 is tax-deductible
  • Donate $100 or more

    For a donation at the $100, donors will receive all of the perks at the lower levels (CD+release party tickets) and, in addition, Jan and Stuart will create and record a 7-10 minute improvisation performed especially for you. This will be recorded digitally and sent to you via email or file sharing site.
    (20 of 20 remaining)
    Amount over $15 is tax-deductible
  • Donate $1,000 or more

    For a donation at the $1000, donors will receive all of the perks at the lower levels (CD+release party tickets+unique improvisation) and, in addition, a one hr. performance by the BF Duo Project at your home within 2 hrs. drive from metro Atlanta
    (5 of 5 remaining)
    Amount over $15 is tax-deductible
  • Donate $2,500 or more

    For a donation at the $2500, donors will receive all of the perks at the lower levels (CD+release party tickets+unique improvisation) and, in addition, a one hr. performance by the BF Duo Project at your home anywhere in the US (lower 48 states only).
    (5 of 5 remaining)
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