What do the Green Mountain Project, the New York Philharmonic, and the Metropolitan Opera have in common? They are all included in Justin Davidson's Top 10 Classical Music Performances of 2010.
Mr. Davidson writes "To celebrate the work’s 400th anniversary, an ad hoc group of early-musickers adopted the composer’s name (translated into English; monte verde means “green mountain”) and gave a lush, vibrant—and free—performance that deserves to become an annual tradition."
We are incredibly grateful for the all the positive attention we got and are still getting in the media. One of the reasons we started the Green Mountain Project was our conviction that New York needs performances of this level that are free of charge, and to make this gift to the City an annual tradition.
Please help us make this a reality by telling your friends about us. We are getting closer to the top of the mountain, but we still have a way to go. Together we can do it! Thanks for all your support.
1.5 hours left!!! We're so close! We're almost there!!!
Here's a rough sketch of our first day out and a visit to flavoring factory, Frutarom. They are the originators of the maple syrup smell that blanketed Manhattan and caused a citywide investigation into the sweet syrupy smell!
Adventures in Being (small) has been on the road for a little over 1 week! We have already made our way through Maryland, Virginia, Georgia and are currently in New Orleans! I have had a great experience fitting myself into Haystacks, abandoned tires, water pipes, strange spaces at a forgotten amusement park, and more. Now it's your turn! For those of you who donated $25 or more to the project, now is the time to let me know what kind of space that you would like me to attempt to fit into.
You can email your requests to Sandrine@SandrineSchaefer.com
Thanks again for your support and stay tuned!
All photos by Daniel DeLuca
Exciting news! We are BACK from NYC, which means I finally have time to post an update (and get the rest of the rewards out in the mail! ! ! ). Great news--we got a really good review in the New York Times! Here it is!
I want to take this opportunity to once again thank all of you for your support. We would never have achieved this level of success without you. I can't possibly write enough to express our gratitude.
This weekend has seen 9 new backers for which I'm truly grateful.
Over the years I've received a number of grants (well, truth be told, I've also been turned down on a bunch too) but I have to confess those rewards sort of pale in comparison to the excitement I'm feeling as I get emails from Kickstarter saying: New Backer Alert!. It feels different, somehow, knowing that real people are getting involved in this project, helping me make art, as opposed to some large granting organization. It feels, to be honest, like the future of art funding in America and I'm glad we're on the cutting edge of it. If you have not taken the time, you might enjoy a look around the Kickstarter main page to see some of the inspiring work artists and thinkers from around the country are undertaking and who are looking for backers. To me it is an exciting development in the realm of the arts.
Here's a sneak peek at the photograph I'll be using for the cover of Other Doors. It's a compelling look at American history and picks up on the theme of Other Doors I wrote about on my Kickstarter main site (and also speak of in the video).
I look forward to posting again soon,
Thanks for pledging to the Crap Hound No. 5 Kickstarter project! As of 11pm tonight our project reached its minimum goal, which means all systems are go! The files for the magazine will be submitted to the printer tomorrow, buttons, cards and prints will run this week, and t-shirts next week. We expect to start shipping rewards in approximately 3-4 weeks, barring any unforeseen delays with printing/delivery.
We'd also like to thank Kickstarter for providing such a handy system for crafting and promoting creative projects -- it's doubtful we would have been able to roll out two issues of Crap Hound this year without it. We'll be back again in a few months, to raise somewhat less money in somewhat more time (this was cutting it too close!) for the all new Crap Hound No. 8: Superstitions (we've included a sneak peek here)!
Later this week we'll be sending out an info request form asking for your mailing address and specifications on the rewards you chose. Please fill this out promptly to ensure you receive the size and design you prefer in a timely fashion.
Thanks again and we'll be in touch soon!
Show & Tell Press/Reading Frenzy
what a great video -- the dance is beautiful.on
The time for raising funds through Kickstarter for The Materiality of Impermanence is coming to an end. I am thrilled that with your help I have surpassed my goal of $3,000! This money will be used to pay for the rent of the theater. Dates in October 2011, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, have been requested at the Debra and Kevin Rollins Studio Theatre at The Long Center for the Performing Arts.
Since the total project budget hovers at about $23,000, I ask that you please forward the link http://kck.st/d7jDUW to friends who might be interested in supporting my work. December 11 at 10:30PM is the last day to pledge. Every donation counts, no matter how large or how small.
Every night, after putting my sweet son to bed and before my own eyes close in utter exhaustion, I work hard on grant proposals. The organization Women and Their Work has agreed to act as my fiscal sponsor so that I can apply for funding to certain foundations. They serve as a catalyst for contemporary art created by women living and working in Texas and beyond. You can find out more about them at www.womenandtheirwork.org.
In the creative arena, I have several pieces of music that I want to use for the project, including some by Bebe, Sigur Ros, Kojiro Umezaki, and David Darling. Every day in my car, as I drive back and forth from work, I am structuring the dances in my head. Chithra Jeyaram recently captured on film several improvisations that I have used to generate material for the project. Below is a short video clip of some of them.
Health wise, I have endured a number of challenging weeks. The chemotherapy affected my heart and I am now under the care of a cardiologist. In addition, the radiation left me with severe burns that kept me awake at night in excruciating pain. I also came down with an unidentified allergic reaction that made my eyes swell as if I were a boxer just out of the ring. Although I continue to receive treatments every three weeks, I am now feeling better.
I understand that this is a long and difficult journey, both physical and spiritual, and try to surrender to this path with grace and serenity. The Materiality of Impermanence is my way of creating significance out of uncertainty, direction out of randomness, and transcendence out of despair.
Hello, dear patrons of the arts:
We want to tell you how thankful we are for your support, and share a song with you as an immediate thanks!
We're a third of the way to our goal, with 12 days left. So...a good stretch to go on our Kickstarter, still, but a very manageable goal! We'd love if you'd share the good word via Facebook, Twitter (we're @coaltrainrr), your blog, carrier pigeon...
The most encouraging part of your backing is that you get what we are up to, and think it's worthwhile. It speaks volumes that Lincoln Center, one of our premier national venues, thinks that it's good to give great jazz to kids, and you do, too. We're looking forward to telling you all about our adventures in NYC.
We played our last show of the year , and also our last show before Katy's baby comes, on Saturday. It was a glowing reminder of why we love to do this project and have poured years of our own lives and creativity into it. Kids were dancing and singing along and generally making music right alongside of us. We often tell kids at our live show that "you have to be good at listening and sharing to make jazz, and you make a lot of it up as you go. That's why it's perfect for kids."
We've had a number of good signs this week that others are digging Coal Train, as well! Check out all of the reasons we're celebrating:
*Time Out New York Kids placed us in their top 10 kids albums of the year.
*It doesn't hurt that they also gave a big mention of our Lincoln Center performance, too! http://www3.timeoutny.com/newyork/kids/blog/2010/12/01/save-20-percent-on-coal-train-railroads-brand-new-kids-album/
*Zooglobble.com placed us in their top 10 debut albums.
*Babysteals.com will be featuring our album tonight for their 80,000+ daily followers.
Meanwhile, we're still making more music! Our digital EP, LIve in Monophonorama , released this week, featuring new live recordings from our summer podcast series. You can find it at http://coaltrainrailroad.bandcamp.com. We've included a track below for you from a dear friend of ours. "Mama" Myra Taylor is 93, and the last of the original Kansas City jazz singers. We're honored to cover this hit of hers from the 1940s.
Again, thank you so much- we'll keep you up to date. Drop an encouraging word, a good idea or a hello anytime at email@example.com
For the sake of the jazz & the kids,
Katy (for CTRR)
Getting closer and closer! Here's a first peek at how the stylistic engraving will look on top of an unassembled part (cosmetic). Production units will be uniform in finish. As you may remember, this was originally one of several cost reducing measures we implemented to decrease the cost of manufacturing the C-Loop. Even then, we spec'd everything down to line width and just the right depth to make sure it complemented the overall design. More to come!
Anne, Ben, Ivan
p.s. We've been working overtime on a few other projects. Stay Tuned!