Luthier Jacob Brillhart is live-streaming the building of a $10k violin for ’Musician Aid’
In response to the Covid-19 crisis and the plight of US musicians suffering cancellations, luthier Jacob Brillhart has launched a fundraising project to make a violin and live-stream the process every step of the way. The instrument, with a market value of $10,000, will be given away in an online raffle, along with a $5,000 bow to be made by archetiers Eben Bodach-Turner and Evan Orman. Tickets for the raffle cost $20, and organisers say the project has already raised over $13,000. The violin also comes with a case.
In order to respond to the immediacy of the situation, Brillhart is making the violin twice as fast as he normally would. The violin is being built on a Guarneri model, while the bow is based on a Pajeot. ’There is an inherent wildness in each of Guarneri’s violins, a quickness to his movements that is made apparent in the tool marks left behind making each Guarneri a unique product of the moment he was working,’ said Brillhart. ’There is therefore no better violin to make: the crisis we now face is so similar to the circumstances Guarneri battled personally throughout his daily life.’