Onward & Upward
It’s been a week since we put up our Kickstarter project and the response to it has been heartening. Backers began pledging within the first few hours, and we really appreciate their early and generous support. We’ve gotten many nice e-mails from people who plan to contribute and also wanted to tell us they liked our video (comments from “authentic and engaging” to “great video dude!”). The opening artwork seems to have struck a chord as well.
Mike’s music and playing have broad appeal, attracting followers of jazz, Latinjazz, and salsa as well as general listeners drawn in by the colors, energy, and enticing rhythms of the performance and compositions. In the video, you’ll catch the great Papo Pepin, the conga player’s conga player, the dynamic and highly original Harry Adorno on timbales, and Ruben Rodriguez, Mr. Group MaxBajo Glue, who’s played across the globe.
Coming up with rewards for this project was kind of fun once we got going. The ZonaVibe wooden vibraphone ornament was a serendipitous discovery. Backers at the 5 Mallet level and above will receive this ornament along with a behind-the-scenes DVD of Mike Freeman ZonaVibe’s recording sessions for the new CD. At 6 Mallets and above, backers also receive a bag of Carl’s Choice coffee, a pleasing blend of Fair Trade coffees. Yum!
That’s our update for now.
—Anne & Mike
Mike Freeman ZonaVibe Recording Project
pledged of $7,500 goal
seconds to go
Dec 2, 2010 - Jan 23, 2011
Pledge $10 or more
1 Mallet contributor: Digital download of new CD (all tracks) and cover art. All contributors at this level and above will have their names added to the Thank You List at jazzvibe.com.
Pledge $15 or more
2 Mallets contributor: 1 CD (hard copy) of this project. *International contributors please add $2 to help with shipping costs
Pledge $25 or more
3 Mallets contributor: 1 CD (hard copy) of this project signed by Mike Freeman plus your choice of one of Mike’s other recordings (choose from Street Shuffle, Wiggle Stomp, In the Zone, or Mark Holen's Zambomba: Three Gold Coins), CD or digital download. *International contributors please add $3 to help with shipping costs
Pledge $75 or more
4 Mallets contributor: #3 above plus a ZonaVibe promo DVD featuring live performance clips and a complete set of sheet music from this recording.*International contributors please add $3.50 to help with shipping costs
Pledge $150 or more
5 Mallets contributor: #3 above plus a Behind-the-Scenes DVD of Mike Freeman ZonaVibe recording the new CD and a Mike Freeman ZonaVibe wooden vibraphone ornament made by Cedar View Graphics. *International contributors please add $3.50 to help with shipping costs
Pledge $200 or more
6 Mallets contributor: #3 above plus a bag of Carl’s Choice coffee, the fuel Mike needs to get in the vibe zone. (Mike and Carl had many cups of coffee together during their Street Shuffle days on 9th Avenue in their Hell's Kitchen neighborhood. “It’s a heady brew,” says Mike.) *International contributors please add $5 to help with shipping costs
Pledge $475 or more
7 Mallets contributor: #3 above plus a complete set of sheet music from this recording, signed by the corresponding musician performing the part, the Behind-the-Scenes DVD, the Mike Freeman ZonaVibe wooden vibraphone ornament, and a bag of Carl’s Choice coffee. *International contributors please add $5 to help with shipping costs
Pledge $750 or more
8 Mallets contributor: #7 above plus credit on the CD.
Pledge $1,000 or more
9 Mallets contributor: #8 above plus your name (or name of your choice) hidden Al Hirschfeld-style in the cover art of the CD.
Pledge $4,000 or more
10 Mallets contributor: Any or all of the above AND you are listed as Executive Producer on the CD.