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Larchmont Musician Turns To Internet To Fund Next Project

One of Nora Morrow's pieces is played by local musicians at St. John's Church in Larchmont.
One of Nora Morrow's pieces is played by local musicians at St. John's Church in Larchmont. Photo Credit: Charles Seton
Nora Morrow in front of Chat 19 on Larchmont Avenue.
Nora Morrow in front of Chat 19 on Larchmont Avenue. Photo Credit: Provided

LARCHMONT, N.Y. -- Nora Morrow has been a composer and pianist her entire life.

But this week, Morrow tried something brand-new in her musical career. She launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the performance and recording of two new works she composed. Together, they will comprise an extended play musical recording called "Dreaming at Dawn."

"This is a first for me,'' she said.

Morrow has lived in Mamaroneck and Larchmont with her husband, Phil, and their son, Sean, since 1994.

Her fundraising campaign has 19 days to go. As of Thursday, she had raised nearly $2,500 of her goal to raise $3,500.

Morrow said the money raised will be used to perform and record two new compositions. The first piece requires four musicians; the other requires a solo vibraphone.

"I am a composer and would like to transform my music from notes on a page to the sound of real, live musicians playing them,'' she said on her Kickstarter page. "Music doesn't really exist until it is played and hopefully heard."

Her most recent piece is written for flute, clarinet, bassoon and cello and is called, "Dawn" because it evokes the openings, beginnings and stirrings that happen as the sun rises. "It is a fun, playful piece with a lyrical part in the center,'' she said.

The second piece, "Luca's Dream," is written for solo vibraphone and "evokes the places we go while in a dream state." It was originally commissioned by a modern dance choreographer many years ago but has recently been revised and reworked.

In addition to hiring excellent musicians, Morrow said the funds are needed for a venue and a recording engineer who will record, mix and master the music.

The two pieces will be performed and recorded by East Coast Scoring, which is a collection of talented professional musicians and technicians.

"The musicians will be paid well, and this will affect their performances in a positive way,'' she said. "I will ask for anything that does not work to be redone."

In 2010, Morrow produced a CD called "Shawna the Bird," a musical story that she composed and performed for children's modern dance.

For more details or to listen to examples of her work, go to www.noramorrowmusic.com

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