Join The Bengsons and Z Space to launch “Hundred Days” with a new 6-song EP from their upcoming original rock opera!
The 6-Song EP for Hundred Days – An early slice of a new rock opera
Hundred Days, the Opera is mid-gestation to being birthed. This 6-song EP is a preview, a sampling, a precarious peak into our musical adventure. We’re doing the EP so you can join us early in the explosion of invention and exposition occuring over the next several months. We love Kickstarter because it means Backers like YOU can become key members of our creative adventure in building the EP, and also where it leads -- a fully-staged showing in San Francisco and New York in 2013!
First, though, the EP. We’ve composed a full sonic suite of all original vaudvillian-indie-folk lyrics and songs for Hundred Days, and have fully scored six of the songs. Want an auditory taste of Hundred Days? Here’s a clip of us performing an early version of the title track at the 92nd St Y: http://vimeo.com/20688014
By joining our Kickstarter, you can be part of it! So whaddya say?? The precious, gratefully-received funds will go towards recording the 6-track EP:
- The most excellent talents of Felix McTeigue, a Zen-master of record producing who regularly collaborates with the likes of Espionage, Dawn Landes, The Honey Brothers, Craig Wiseman, Chris Tompkins, Lucy Wainwright, Lori McKenna, Katharine Mcphee, Madi Diaz, Anais Mitchell, Neil Thomas and Liliana Rose and has co-written with Faith Hill, Carrie Underwood and Rosi Golan. And us, of course!
- Recording studio time, which does not come cheap. Time costs money, it turns out.
- Guest musicians to bring the songs to extraordinary life. Go look at that clip again from 92nd St Y. See those singers? Them. We're talking about them. And the ones you can't see, like the base player, drummer, accordian player, violist, and others who will be a major part of this beautiful noise. (We also have some amazing special guests on-deck if we bust through our goal and get to $5,000, so here's hoping on that, too!)
- Production of the EP, including a fancy case, phenomenal artwork, and the CD itself.
Who are The Bengsons?
Ever heard of “vaudevillian indie folk”? If so, then you’ve definitely heard of The Bengsons. And if not, then you’re in for a mind altering, horizon expanding, auditory experience. Our songs blend rousing, all-join-hands group choruses with spry vocal melodies and rich instrumentation that incorporates everything from banjo to accordion to church organ. Think Andrew Bird, Adele and Florence + The Machine writing the next Arcade Fire record and you're getting close.
Based in Brooklyn and rising stars in the NYC experimental music and theater community, we’ve performed across the country and around the world, at such fine and important establishments as Joe’s Pub (NYC), 92YTribeca (NYC), The Living Room (NYC), Daryl Roth Theater 2 (NYC), MassMoCA (North Adams, MA), The Market Theater (Johannesburg, ZA), The Flynnspace (Burlington, VT), The Mint (LA), Club Passim (Boston) and of course, the fabulous Z Space (San Francisco).
Check out some other tunes by The Bengsons for free, that means no charge, as in right now you could be listening to The Bengsons, by going to our Web site: www.bengsons.com.
The Bengsons + Z Space Rock San Francisco
This is a special project because not only do you get to become part of the creation of the Hundred Days EP, you also get to join the collaboration with Z Space in San Francisco, the bi-coastal partnership that sprung from a smile and a song: a match made of two groups of art-makers. This collaboration continues Z Space’s core mission, as a hub for artists and audiences to revel in the creation, development, and production of outstanding new work, fostering opportunities around the nation for these works and for their Bay Area artists. See more of Z Space @ www.zspace.org.
Thank You from the bottom of our pencil cases!
We're so incredibly excited to get to record and produce this EP. We're even more excited that you can be a part of it, both the musical disk and the evolving story of Hundred Days!
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