AMASONG will take live concert recordings of our women's choral music from around the world and turn them into a beautiful new CD!
Amasong: Champaign-Urbana’s Premier Lesbian/Feminist Chorus
The song you hear in the background of our video is a live performance by Amasong of "Ise Oluwa." Translation: What the spirits have created can never be destroyed. This traditional Yoruba song from West Africa has been a favorite of Amasong since the early days of the chorus, and was performed as the finale of our 20th Anniversary Concerts in 2011. This performance captures the spirit of Amasong: our commitment to music that affirms the lives of all women, our joy in sharing music from around the world, and our passion for singing together with excellence.
Amasong is an award-winning amateur chorus dedicated to choral excellence in an atmosphere that celebrates all forms of women's devotion to women. With over 20 years of sisterly musical community, Amasong's repertoire includes a wide range of music from diverse sources. Our programs focus on folk songs from various world traditions, music written by women, musical settings of women's words, and other music reflecting women's experiences. Amasong has released four professionally produced CDs, including two GLAMA award-winners. Amasong has also been the subject of the moving documentary, The Amasong Chorus: Singing Out, by award-winning film-maker Jay Rosenstein, which has been seen on PBS stations around the country.
Amasong wants to produce a new album based upon the last four amazing years of professional, live concert recordings, including 2011’s twentieth anniversary performance. The CD is already recorded—we just have to produce it! Over all, we expect the project to cost about $15,000 for mixing, mastering, licensing music, producing a booklet to accompany the CD, professionally printing CDs with eco-friendly packaging, and—for the first time—digital distribution. If we can raise at least $7,500 on Kickstarter, Amasong's board of directors has pledged to match the rest of the project cost. Our concerts have already been recorded by Pogo Studio, who have produced Amasong's last four CDs as well as albums by well-known musicians such as Alison Krauss. Sound wizard Mark Rubel of Pogo Studio will do the mixing, and other local professionals will be employed at every step of the game. We want to get Amasong's new music into the hands of our community near and far, so please give generously!
Amasong is a registered 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization, and contributions made within the U.S. may be tax-deductible as permitted by law.
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May 30, 2012 - Jul 1, 2012
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Thank you on our facebook page and in our 2012-2013 concert program.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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Digital download of one previously unreleased song, in addition to our everlasting thanks as expressed on Facebook and in our 2012-2013 concert program.Estimated delivery: Aug 2013
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For the first time ever: digital download of the new album! You'll also get the advance unreleased song download and a public thank you on Facebook and in our concert program.Estimated delivery: Dec 2013
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What you've been waiting for: the NEW CD, in a beautiful, eco-friendly package complete with translations and background information on all of the songs! You'll also get that advance download of one unreleased song and public thanks via Facebook and our 2012-2013 program.Estimated delivery: Dec 2013
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Amasong visual art pack! In addition to the beautiful new CD, "thank you" listing on Facebook and in our 2012-2013 concert program, you'll receive a beautiful Amasong concert poster and limited edition 5x7 blank cards featuring the cover art from our four previous CDs, all suitable for framing.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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Complete your collection! Add to your bounty one of Amasong's four other great recordings: Over Here the Water is Sweet (1997), Amai (1999), Laulu Võim: The Power of Song (2004), or Bridges of Song (2008). You'll still receive the new CD, the art-pack (see above), the advance download of one newly-released song, and, of course, our thanks published in the 2012-2013 program and on Facebook.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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Just the music, please! All five CDs: Amasong's complete discography in its beautiful packaging, with translations, background information...the works. You can also download the advance-release track, and, of course, we'd like to thank you on Facebook and in the 2012-2013 program.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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Ama-Swag. All 5 CDs with the art pack of cards and frame-quality concert poster, wrapped up with your very own Amasong logo t-shirt or market bag (your choice as sizes and colors are available). Advance download of one track and public thank you on-line and in print, too!Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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Concert pack: Your own Ama-Swag bag or t-shirt with all 5 CDs, plus a 1/4 page advertisement in our 2012-2013 season programs, and two admission passes to our 2012-2013 concert season. Yes, you still get the advance download of one new track and seeing your name in print on Facebook and in the 2012-2013 concert program.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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Sponsor a Track of the new CD! A dedication printed in the booklet of the new CD to yourself or a person of your choosing. We'll also send you the complete Amasong discography (all 5 CDs), including the advance track download and thanks on our Facebook page and in our 2012-2013 program.Estimated delivery: Dec 2013
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0 backers Limited (5 of 5 left)
Watch the magic happen: Spend an hour in the studio with our production team, hearing rough mixes turn into audio gold. In addition to special credit in the production section of our CD booklet, you will also receive the complete Ama-Swag pack (5 CDs, art-pack, and tee or bag), advance download of one track (though you'll have heard it in the studio already, right?) and public thanks in the 2012-2013 concert program and on Facebook.Estimated delivery: Jun 2013
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Your very own song! A choral fanfare, lullaby, or other short musical work will be composed in your honor by Amasong's music director and CD producer Meagan Johnson Smith. If you'd like, the Ama-swag is yours, too, and of course you can download the new track. Our everlasting thanks will be sung to the world in our 2012-2013 concert program and, you guessed it, on Facebook.Estimated delivery: Jan 2014