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Parts, Together

The Twisted Spruce World Ensemble started as a response to the pandemic, offering the opportunity for musicians to perform in an ensemble when it was impossible to do so. 2020 was an inclusive community project of 100 diverse guitarists whose recordings are set to animation by Chia-Hsin Lee (Taiwan). The animation underscores the narrative that we are a global community, uniquely diverse, and #AloneTogether. The project was created as a way for people to connect or feel connected while in isolation. The music score for Parts, Together, is an original composition commissioned for the project by Australian (Perth based) composer Azariah Felton. The audio was recorded by each guitarist independently and was mixed and mastered by D. James Tagg. The recordings came from guitarists representing Australia, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, Serbia, the United Kingdom, the USA, and Vietnam.

  • Nathan Fischer
    Director
  • Nathan Fischer
    Producer
  • Chia-Hsin Lee
    Animator
  • Chia-Hsin Lee
    Writer
  • Azariah Felton
    Composer
  • D. James Tagg
    Audio Mixing & Mastering
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Music Video, Short
  • Genres:
    Music Video, Family, Pandemic, Guitar, Animation, Instrumental
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 7 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 23, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • World Music and Independent Film Festival
    Washington DC
    United States
    April 21, 2022
    Winner Best Experimental
  • Waterford Film Festival
    Waterford
    Ireland
    November 1, 2022
    EU Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Nathan Fischer

For twenty years, Nathan has built a career that has taken him full swing around the world. Currently, he is a Music Career Specialist with the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Office of Entrepreneurship and Career Development.

Faculty appointments have included Senior Lecturer of Classical Guitar with the University Teknologi MARA in Malaysia, Visiting Assistant Professor and Post Doctoral Fellow at the American University in Cairo, and Visiting Professor at the National Conservatory in Cairo, Egypt. He also held adjunct positions with the Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia, the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, and SUNY Fredonia in Upstate New York. He received the UiTM Outstanding Service Award in 2013 for teaching and advancing students.

As a performer, Nathan has appeared on five continents as both soloist and chamber musician with the Silver Sands Guitar Trio, the Orphika Duo, and other collaborations. An advocate for commissioning and performing new music he has worked with many exciting composers worldwide.

His research portfolio has included grants from the Howard Hanson Institute of New Music, the Fromm Foundation at Harvard, and a U.S. Fulbright Scholar grant. He is currently co-researcher for the Bestari Perdana grant entitled The Malaysian Art Song as a Unifying and Empowering Cultural Identity. AUC/UiTM faculty grants enabled study of the works of Antonio Lauro with Luis Zea in Caracas, Venezuela, and presentations on Tazul Tajuddin in Istanbul, Turkey and on John Duarte at the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts in Perth. He is an Associate Editor of Soundboard Magazine and co-founder of a new music incubator for composers and musicians called the Twisted Spruce Music Foundation (www.twistedspruce.org). He has published with Azahar Press, Inc., the Malaysian Music Journal, and Soundset Recordings.

Nathan holds a DMA and MM from the Eastman School of Music working with Nicholas Goluses. He attended the Accademia di Musicale Chigiani in Siena, Italy, studying with Oscar Ghiglia. He earned his BM from George Mason University. Upon graduating from Eastman in 2004 he received the Andrés Segovia Award for Musical Accomplishment and Human Endeavor.

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Director Statement

I am thankful for the opportunity to work with an amazing team of artists and musicians, and executive team- Chia-Hsin Lee, Azariah Felton, and D. James Tagg. Many in the ensemble are seasoned professionals and many more are emerging professionals. A large part of this project was to offer the opportunity for artists with varied backgrounds to come together and to shed light on our global community, diversity, and help us cope with being #AloneTogether through the pandemic.