One Juilliard composer, an LA studio maven & 2 jazz greats voyage into rare moods & entrancing sounds. Please join the experience!
"yl Latôt" (il-la-TOH) is the brainchild of Juilliard saxophonist and composer Kurt Stockdale and LA studio veteran and composer Frank Buchanan. The pair met in March 2012 and quickly forged a profound and ecstatic musical chemistry. What happened next was nothing short of a collaborative fever—they seemed to be channelling music from the ether. Over the next few months, they struck a rich vein of creative paydirt, which yielded over 50 original gems that seemed to virtually write themselves.
It wasn't long before sounds like this caught the ears of world-class musicians, including Grammy winners Reuben Rogers and Ulysses Owens Jr, both of whom immediately signed on to cover the bass and drum chairs, respectively.
The vision for “yl Latôt” is a dreamy full-length concept album comprised of the most exquisite of these 50 songs. The music has a basis in jazz, but is influenced heavily by other genres ranging from classical chamber music to hip-hop. A playful mixture of songs that flows from the rambunctious title cut to the serene "Prelude to the Nude," this sublime collection inhabits that rare space astride thinking music and well, lovable music.
With your deeply appreciated help on our Kickstarter campaign, we'll be able to record at the legendary Fantasy Studios in January, 2013. Kurt will perform on saxophone/reeds and Frank on guitar, joined by Reuben, Ulysses, and likely a few other equally talented surprise guests. Ulysses will also be the producer of this record, bringing his vast experience, a highly developed ear and refined artistic vision to one of the most important aspects of the process.
We are scheduled to premiere the band and music at the prestigious Kuumbwa Jazz Center on January 11th, 2013, and are currently negotiating an East coast premiere and planning a CD release party and show, TBD.
Who We Are
Reuben Rogers is one of the preeminent bass players in the world. He has performed and recorded with the jazz elite, including Joshua Redman, Dianne Reeves, Nicholas Payton, Charles Lloyd, Roy Hargrove and many others. Please check out reubenrogers.com for more info and media.
Phenom drummer Ulysses Owens Jr. is currently touring with Grammy Award-winning artists Christian McBride, Nnenna Freelon, Ted Nash and has performed and recorded with countless others. Check out his website usojazzy.com for more information.
Frank Buchanan is a 7-string guitarist who's played and recorded with Don Peake, Travis Carlton, Gene Coye, Dominic Thiroux, Dave Eshelman, Grenadier brothers and many others. Frank performs and records in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Kurt Stockdale is a Juilliard alum, a saxophonist and a composer making his West Coast debut after twelve years on the New York music scene, playing with the likes of Wynton Marsalis, Herbie Hancock and Wycliffe Gordon. Check out his full bio above.
Please also visit Frank and Kurt's myspace to hear more music.
We're turning to serious music aficionados like you to help make this dream happen. We deeply respect the value of your contributions so we've kept our budget lean and tight—covering only the merchandise, production, recording and mastering costs. This is the most conservative budget we could have for the quality we're shooting for. If the powers that be gift us with anything over our goal, the surplus will go towards the feeding and watering of Kurt and Frank, which should lead to future musical endeavours.
Frank and Kurt thank you very much for your interest in this project. Any pledges will be considered a great blessing. The whole group is working heart and soul to create the best music possible for everyone's enjoyment, and we believe that with your help, we're going to give you a record you'll truly love.
About the Goodies
With resources like Kickstarter, this is an incredible time to be an artist. Musicians make music for the people who love it. We feel so privileged to have this opportunity to reach out to you directly-- and we want to make sure you're just as thrilled to be a part of our project as we are. To that end, we worked hard to dream up goodies that should give you everything you're looking for—great music, personal involvement in the process, cool collectibles and awesome one-of-a-kind memorabilia—right down to the chance to own our instruments which we'll be using on the recording. We truly want you to make you happy, but we're not mind-readers, so if you have any requests or ideas you'd like to throw our way, hit us up via the contact us feature, and we'll consider them.
“Vignettes,” our secret album of duo tracks, is a collection of sketches of the songs that later evolved into some of the music on “yl Latôt” as well as other songs not recorded elsewhere. All these tracks were recorded during the aforementioned frenzy, with Kurt playing saxophone and Frank playing guitar with a computer and some decent mics. Despite these obvious limitations, or maybe because of them, these recordings have a lot of character. Though they were originally intended only to be working notes, we think they're strong, interesting performances that capture the essence of the compositions. We will be making up the limited edition CDs of “Vignettes” for our top benefactors ourselves by hand, for a truly collectible item.
A few specifics:
• Where we offer signed merchandise, we mean signed by Kurt Stockdale and Frank Buchanan, unless otherwise specified.
• For the numbered, limited edition "Vignettes" CD, however many donors we get of $100 or more on this Kickstarter campaign, that will be how many "Vignettes" CDs we make, in total. That's why we don't have the number already set. This way, we guarantee that you will get one if you support us at that level, and we also guarantee that there will be no more of these made after that.
• For the numbered Polaroid session photos, we will also take as many as we need to to make sure each donor of $500 or more gets one. We won't know how many that will be until the campaign is over. You will receive the actual, unique Polaroid photo, not a copy, for a truly one-of-a-kind piece of the story.
• We may later use and display digital images of the Polaroids, while you will own the original art!
• We may later choose to license and release any covers of standards that are requested, in which case you (the donor behind the request) can receive Executive Producer credit, if you wish. You will still own the one and only original signed CD with your request, making these the rarest of the rare collectibles!
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Aside from the inherent financial challenges, it is always a delicate dance to capture the magic of spontaneous composition to the fullest. This is why we're working with only the finest musicians and recording methods possible. Everyone involved is a master of their craft, from the Grammy Award-winning musicians to the expert engineers.
Given the caliber of all the professionals involved, as long as we meet our funding goal, there is no reason we're currently aware of that we shouldn't be able to produce an exceptional album for you to enjoy for all time. That said, unexpected problems can crop up for anyone--that's just life. However, even in the event that an act of nature or some other completely unpreventable issue occurred, we hope that it would only delay our delivery date.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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♥ ALL of the above, plus ♥ ♥ ♥ BACKER EXCLUSIVE: One signed, numbered, hand-made, limited edition CD of the secret duo tracks, “Vignettes" ♥ ♥ ♥ One high quality cotton “yl Latot” V-neck T-shirt. Please specify size.Estimated delivery:Add $14 USD to ship outside the US
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♥ Collectorgasm alert! The coveted "Frankenkurt" action figure. Half guitarist, half zany multi-instrumentalist--the ultimate composition monster from beyond. ♥ ♥ ♥ One unique, signed, numbered POLAROID PHOTO from the recording session! ♥ ♥ ♥ A personalized, handwritten thank-you note signed by all four core bandmembers ♥ ♥ ♥ BACKER EXCLUSIVE: A piece of history. One hand-written, numbered, signed score from one of the session compositions ♥ ♥ ♥ One signed CD of "yl Latôt" ♥ ♥ ♥ One high quality "yl Latôt" cotton T-shirt ♥ ♥ ♥ BACKER EXCLUSIVE: One signed, numbered, hand-made, limited edition CD of our secret duo tracks album, "Vignettes"Estimated delivery:
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♥ Name any standard from any genre and the four core band members will cover it while we're in the studio. We'll make you a special CD of it--the only one in the universe--we'll all sign it and then ship it to you. ♥ Plus the limited edition CDs and everything included in the $100 packageEstimated delivery:
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♥ A TRULY UNIQUE BIRTHDAY TREAT. Have the full band play and sing Happy Birthday to you or your darling. We'll record it, and send it to you on a special, hand-made, signed CD. What an amazing once-in-a-lifetime birthday gift!Estimated delivery:
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♥ HAVE US PLAY AND RECORD YOUR SONG. Please send us a tape and the score, if you have one, and all four of us will perform and record it in the studio, and then send you a CD of of your music signed by us all. ♥ Plus the limited edition CDs and everything included in the $100 packageEstimated delivery:
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♥ EXECUTIVE PRODUCER SPECIAL: Executive Producer credit on the album ♥ ♥ ♥ Two Executive Producer 1-hour Skype meetings, during which your input will be discussed with band members, pre- and post-production ♥ ♥ ♥ Six private 1-hour skype music lessons for you or a music student you adore from Frank or Kurt or a combination. ♥ ♥ ♥ Plus all the merchandise offered in the $1000 packageEstimated delivery:
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♥ SIT IN AND RECORD WITH THE BAND ♥ ♥ ♥ Opportunity to join us in the studio and play or sing with us on one track. (Time constraints limit this to no more than one hour.) ♥ Plus the limited edition CDs and everything included in the $1000 packageEstimated delivery:
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