Released 21st June 2018 on Motor Neurone Disease Awareness Day, Synaptic Counterpoint is a new composition for saxophone quintet and tuned percussion by British composer Rob Kelly. 100% of all proceeds from the sale, streaming and broadcast of the music are being donated to the Motor Neurone Disease Association (reg. charity no. 294354) to support their work into finding a cure for this fatal disease that currently kills 6 people a day in the UK.
Inspired by some images of her research, Rob wrote the piece for his friend Jenny Greig, a neuroscientist working on the disease at the Department of Basic and Clinical Neuroscience at King’s College London. The piece features Jenny on soprano, alto and tenor saxophones, Josie Simmons on baritone sax and Rob on percussion.
The music can be purchased here for as little as £1.50 (plus VAT if you live in the EU ). Through the ‘name your price’ feature you can also choose to donate as much as you wish to support the MNDA’s work, so if you are able to donate a little more, it all goes to support research into finding a cure for the disease. Please note VAT will be added to all transactions through this page for EU citizens, so you may also wish to donate through our Just Giving page where no VAT is applicable www.justgiving.com/fundraising/musicformnda
The cover art and images on this page feature images of motor neurons created in the lab from patient stem cells, taken by Jenny as part of her research (© Jenny Greig, King's College London 2018) with graphic design by James Bergersen. The piece features two custom-built Bütone drums (a type of steel ‘tank drum’) designed by James and Rob, and built by James.
The music is also available on Spotify, iTunes / Apple Music and other streaming platforms however if you’ve enjoyed listening to it on these services (or would prefer to donate via this method) Rob would like to ask if you would consider making a donation through the Just Giving page.
Research and imaging was performed at King's College London. It was funded by a Medical Research Council CASE studentship in partnership with Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Rob and Jenny hope you enjoy the music and would be very grateful if you would share our Bandcamp page with your friends and family!
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