FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Somerville, MA – February 2nd, 2014 – Boston-based cellist Shirley Hunt has announced the launch of Letterbox Arts, a new label for independent artists. The label's inaugural release drops February 17th.
The mission of Letterbox Arts is to cultivate and disperse extraordinary new work that creates space for wonder, discovery, thoughtfulness, joy, and spirited non-conformity. The label will provide a platform for independent artists to release exceptionally creative and highly individual works of music, art, and literature.
Letterbox Arts' inaugural release, J.S. Bach Suites & Sonatas Volume One, also marks Hunt's own debut as a solo recording artist. Praised for her imaginative and inspired performances of baroque music on period instruments, Hunt unveils her arresting multi-instrumental artistry on both baroque cello and viola da gamba in this illuminating recording.
Hunt's debut album is the first installment in an ambitious three-part series featuring J.S. Bach's complete cello suites and viola da gamba sonatas. Volume one includes the turbulent Cello Suite No. 4 in E-flat Major, the spirited Viola da Gamba Sonata in G Minor, and the luminous Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major.
“Over the past year, I've enjoyed writing letters back and forth with some of my favorite musicians, artists, and writers,” Hunt explains. “Letterbox Arts strives to continue that spirit of old-world correspondence amongst artists, one that highlights the magic of a lost world. That soulful resonance – the thoughts and feelings that you have in between letters – it's this sort of inspiration I'm looking to curate via Letterbox Arts and its future releases.”
About Shirley Hunt
Noted for her stylish interpretations, luminescent stage presence, and ambitious collection of musical projects, cellist Shirley Hunt brings fierce imagination and integrity to music of the Renaissance, Baroque, 20th and 21st centuries. Equally at home on baroque and modern cello as well as the viola da gamba, Ms. Hunt embraces an astonishingly eclectic life as a multi-instrumentalist and collaborator. In addition to championing historical and contemporary art music, she improvises, plays jazz, and writes string arrangements.
A recipient of the Voices of Music Young Artist Award, Ms. Hunt holds degrees from Northwestern University and the University of Southern California, where her principal teachers were Hans Jensen, Ronald Leonard, and Mary Springfels. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts, has served as a Visiting Teaching Artist at California Institute of the Arts, and has given master classes at Cornish College of the Arts, Willamette University, and the Oakwood Academy of Creative Education. She can be heard on the Parma, NCA and Origin Classical labels as well as on numerous pop/rock albums and feature film soundtracks.
Ms. Hunt's current collaborative projects include Bradamante, a baroque cello duo with Canadian cellist Elinor Frey; Douglas Detrick's AnyWhen Ensemble, a chamber-jazz quintet based in Portland, Oregon; and Sonnambula, a consort of viols based in New York City.