Progress Report on Diane Perry's Debut CD "Out Of My Dreams"
Hello, and a giant "thank you" to all who contributed to my Kickstarter campaign.
I know you have been chomping at the bit to receive a copy of the new CD, as so many of you have asked about its progress, so I wanted to let you know how much has been going on behind the scenes.
We were all set to start recording last summer, but scheduling conflicts abounded with my bass player, so we had a number of rehearsals with just piano and drums until Marc became available. Sessions began in September, but due to both a death in the family and a damaging mishap in the studio, we didn't finish sessions until a few months after.
I initially planned to record fourteen tunes, expecting to cut the finished CD down to ten. All of the tracks came out great though, so we shall see what happens to all my "children!"
A little editing and much mixing has been happening since, and I believe we are closing in on the final exact sound we want. In addition, I still have hopes to add a little flute line to one of the cuts, my own arrangement of Irving Berlin's "I Got Lost In His Arms." A superb evening at the home of legendary composer David Amram yielded a very exotic-sounding intro to one of the tunes, with me on violin, and David on the chinese wind instrument hulusi. (Bet you never heard of that one before!) Will Galison, the harmonica you hear on Sesame Street, graciously added his fantastic touch to my original blues tune "The Committee."
In the meantime, I have been performing, both as Diane Perry and as part of other groups, and the band and I had a chance to try out all of the CD material at a wonderful pre-release concert at the Mahwah Library, where the audience was marvelously receptive, supportive, (many pre-ordered the CD) AND standing-room only! (Thanks to Denise Laude, for her wonderful promotion efforts there.)
I also have produced a special Pre-Release CD Preview, made especially for you Kickstarter contributers, and want to share it with as soon as possible. As I would be asking you soon for contact info since many of you have requested the CD or other gifts with your contribution, I will be making a kickstarter questionnaire designed to get address and other information from you, so look for it in your email box.
The preview contains a total of five tracks: three standards and two of my original songs, and I hope you enjoy it. Only 130 copies were made, and will only be shared with those who contributed to the making of the CD or people who have pre-ordered it. The rest will be used for booking and promotional purposes, so if you have any venue you think I should approach about a "Diane Perry" show, please let me know!
Here's the current list of personnel for the disc, which is now entitled "Out Of My Dreams", after the lovely Rodgers and Hammerstein tune from "Oklahoma":
Diane Perry, violin and vocals
Ted Brancato, Piano
Marc Schmied, Bass
Don Williams, Drums
Special guests: David Amram, Hulusi, and Will Galison, Blues Harp
We have two concerts confirmed now, one at the Carlstadt Library Wednesday, May 2nd at 7, and one where it all began, at the Folk Project's Minstrel Concert Series, in Morristown, NJ, Friday, June 15th, at 8.
We'd love to set up a tour and are hoping to book some performances in states surrounding our native NY and NJ, and also hoping to head in the direction of Nashville, where I made some wonderful contacts a few months ago on my scouting trip.
I am currently shopping around for the right press person, and have already found the BEST person for Radio Promotion: Neal Sapper, from New World 'N Jazz Promotion, and all kinds of good things are underway, so stay tuned!
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