I have commissioned a custom-built bicycle trailer to transport my upright bass so I may share music with a wider community and in a sustainable way.
We've reached the goal! With the article in the Seattle Times, the project was revealed to an even larger community, and shortly thereafter the funding goal was met.
I appreciate the support of everyone that has backed the project, spread the word, and offered their advice and support.
While the kickstarter goal has been met, there is still more to do: outfitting the trailer to cradle the bass, designing and building the lighting system, making a waterproof cover, recording the compositions, etc. Any funds over the cost of the trailer and accessories will be donated to Gallery 1412 and Bike Works.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
I'm an upright bassist and composer living in Seattle. As I perform more, I'd like to share my music with a wider community in Seattle and further. I bike everywhere, except for rehearsals and shows. I've tried rental cars and bumming rides, and I'm tired of getting strange looks from the bus driver when I pay for two. To realize my musical goals while maintaining a low environmental impact, I have commissioned a custom-built bicycle trailer to transport my upright bass.
The trailer will be an example of how you can live your life and pursue your desires in a sustainable way. If I can haul a bass and meet all my transportation needs with a bike, certainly someone can take the time to recycle a piece of paper, shop with a reusable bag, ride their bike to work, or run their business consciously and sustainably.
The trailer is currently being built by Haulin' Colin in Seattle. Most of the funding will go towards the design, materials, and construction of the trailer itself. When Colin is finished, I'll be putting more time and money into making additional support for my bass and making it visible in rainy Seattle. I'll mount amber lights on the sides and red lights on rear of the trailer for riding at night. For additional safety, I'll add reflective tape and flags to the rear to be seen at any time of day. The lights will be powered by a battery that is charged by a generator hub and/or a solar trickle charger. Eventually I'd like to add the capacity to power a laptop and speakers for off-the-grid performances.
If you'd like to be involved, I'd appreciate your help spreading the word, and backing the project if you're able. With any amount of support, I'll provide you with updates as to how the project is coming along. Please join me in dialog in the comments section on sustainable living, new music, and more.
TRAILER RELEASE PARTY (like a CD release party, but instead celebrating the creation of a magnificent bicycle trailer)
Saturday, July 10, 8pm
1412 18th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
I'll be performing compositions and improvisations with bike-hauling saxophonist Wilson Shook.
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HANDMADE CD. I'll make a compilation of recordings of compositions and live improvisations, and package the CD in a handmade case.
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ORIGINAL COMPOSITION. I will write an original three-minute composition and give you a recording and the score.
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HOUSE SHOW. I'll bike to your place and play a house show for you and your friends. You send out the invites and pick the wine, I'll give an intimate performance that will engage your friends and inspire conversation.
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