Kris sings an eclectic mix of songs arranged by jazz trumpeter Greg Hopkins featuring a band of 12 musicians.
I'm very excited to finally be recording my new CD! It's been ten years since my last one, ten years of loving and collecting a very special mix of songs that mean so much to me.
Since my last CD, I’ve written a theory book for singers that was published last year (yay! and thanks, Gerard & Sarzin!). I’ve had a great time sharing that work with music educators around the country, singing in clubs in New York and Boston, teaching at Berklee and in workshops in Italy and Brazil, and studying piano. But after all that, I am thrilled to be back in the studio, focusing my passion and creative energies on the best and most involved recording project that I have ever done.
And I am so lucky to have the creative brilliance of Greg Hopkins to hold it all together. Greg is the great jazz trumpeter/composer/arranger/band leader who has arranged my eclectic mix of songs, keeping them fresh and musically interesting. He is a consummate professional!
We recorded basic tracks in August with twelve amazing musicians, some who have played on my previous CDs: Tim Ray - piano, Paul Del Nero - acoustic bass, Fernando Huergo - electric bass, Bertram Lehmann - percussion, Shannon LeClaire - alto sax and clarinet, Bob Patton - flute and engineering (he engineered my last CD "Weaver of Dreams" as well) and Fernando Brandão - flutes. And I was honored to play with and get to know Mark Walker - drums, Rick DiMuzio - tenor sax and clarinet, Ben Whiting - bari sax, and Eric Hofbauer - guitar. I had such a great time making music with all of them.
These songs are ones I feel a deep connection with.
The Glide - by Ralph Towner and Norma Winstone
You and Me Love - Abbey Lincoln
The Dawntreader – Joni Mitchell
What's Your Story Morning Glory – Mary Lou Williams
Wrong Together – Steve Swallow with my lyrics
All of You – Cole Porter
Longing - Fred Hersch and Norma Winstone
Voce e Eu - Carlos Lyra and Vinicius de Moraes
Once Upon A Summertime - Johnny Mercer and Michel Legrand
When You Smile - Joakim Breicha with my lyrics
Pulled Pork – my original
Two things hold these songs together: my love for them, and Greg Hopkins' perfect arrangements, which capture the unique character of each song.
We recorded the basic tracks in early August at the famed Blue Jay Recording Studios in Massachusetts. What a joy it was to record at this top-notch studio. The sound and feel there were so warm and inviting that it energized and inspired our sessions. I think the tracks we recorded are positively delicious. Check out the video above and see if you agree. (I think you will!)
Now I need your help so we can finish the project. I am so excited to present these songs in a new light and to share them with all of you. But your support is essential so we can pay musicians, mix, master, license, and produce the CD, then advertise and distribute it. When it’s complete, it will be the culmination of the creative and supportive energies of musicians and music lovers from near and far.
I invite you to experience the project with me and be a part of it! Thank you!!!
Previous CDs issued on my label, Jazzbird Records:
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I have released two CDs on my own label so I know the risks and challenges involved in releasing a CD. The biggest challenge is getting everyone involved to keep on schedule and I am happy to say that everyone involved is excited and motivated to get this done as soon as possible so that we can get it released and enjoy hearing it!
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A pre-release hard copy of the CD (International backers please add $3 for mailing.) Plus a thank you on Facebook!Estimated delivery: Apr 2013
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A pre-release signed hard copy of the CD. (International backers please add $3 for mailing.) Plus a thank you on Facebook.Estimated delivery: Apr 2013
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An mp3 download of one of my previous CDs. You choose. Either "This Thing Called Love" (out of print) or "Weaver of Dreams." PLUS, level $20 rewards at the release date.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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An mp3 download of my first release, "This Thing Called Love" (out of print) and the CD "Weaver of Dreams." PLUS, level $20 rewards at the release date.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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A copy of my book, "Sing Your Way Through Theory-A Music Theory Workbook for the Contemporary Singer." A pre-release signed hard copy of the CD and your name listed as Supporter in the liner notes of the CD.Estimated delivery: Apr 2013
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TWO TICKETS to the CD release party plus a signed copy of the CD and your name listed as Supporter in the liner notes.Estimated delivery: May 2013
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ONE HOUR PRIVATE LESSON with: Pianist TIM RAY, Drummer and percussionist BERTRAM LEHMANN, Bassist PAUL DEL NERO, Guitarist ERIC HOFBAUER, Electric bassist FERNANDO HUERGO OR Flautist FERNANDO BRANDÃO either by SKYPE or IN PERSON (in Boston).Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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This is the créme de la créme of the rewards! One reservation at an authentic ITALIAN DINNER FOR SUPPORTERS hosted and cooked by me in my home half hour west of Boston. Tuscan, Roman and Emilia Romagna cuisine. I will host 5 dinners, one Saturday a month, between November and March and you can choose which month you would like to attend. Dates to be determined. Recipes included! Four to six people per dinner party. PLUS, the $75 level rewards.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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A ONE HOUR VOICE LESSON in person in Boston or via Skype. PLUS, the $75 level rewards.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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Your reservation for two people (come as a couple) at an authentic ITALIAN DINNER FOR SUPPORTERS hosted and cooked by me in my home half hour west of Boston. Tuscan, Roman and Emilia Romagna cuisine. I will host 5 dinners, one Saturday a month, between November and March and you can choose which month you would like to attend. Dates to be determined. Recipes included! Four to six people per dinner party. PLUS, the $75 level rewards. A great deal!Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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I will teach a 2 HOUR WORKSHOP in ear training, theory, voice, improvisation or vocal master class within a 75 mile radius of Boston OR I will lead a sing-a-long at your birthday or holiday party/event (2hours). Beyond Boston, add travel expenses. PLUS, the $75 level rewards.Estimated delivery: Dec 2013
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I WILL RECORD A SONG of your choice and send you an mp3 of it. PLUS, the $75 level rewards.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
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ONE HOUR PRIVATE LESSON with arranger Greg Hopkins or with drummer Mark Walker by Skype or in person (in Boston).Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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I will sing at your PRIVATE EVENT OR FUNCTION accompanied by piano or guitar and bass (2 1/2 hour max)! Must be within a 60 mile radius of Boston or travel will be added. Can be a house concert, holiday party, birthday party or any party! PLUS, the $75 level rewards.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
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A 90-minute concert with the WHOLE BAND performing music from the CD. Must be within 100 miles of Boston or travel expenses will be added.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013