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Striking compositions played by five unique musicians. “Earthwards" morphs intricate emotions into pure artistic energy.
Striking compositions played by five unique musicians. “Earthwards" morphs intricate emotions into pure artistic energy.
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Dear Kickstarter Supporter, このページをご覧の皆様へ

Hello -- my name is Yuto Kanazawa. I am a jazz guitarist and composer based in Boston, Massachusetts, and a graduate of Berklee College of Music and Koyo Conservatory. This past March, I had the opportunity to record ten of my original compositions at a great studio here in Boston. Now, I am working on mixing, designing, mastering, and other post-production stages of this album.

From left: Felix Peikli, Jonathan Pinson, Yuto Kanazawa, Mario Castro, Zwelakhe-Duma Bell la Pere. March 10th, 2012
From left: Felix Peikli, Jonathan Pinson, Yuto Kanazawa, Mario Castro, Zwelakhe-Duma Bell la Pere. March 10th, 2012


The album will be called "Earthwards". The idea of having my own band and releasing an album has been a dream of mine from my teenage years. After graduating Berklee College of Music in 2009, I started my group "Yuto Trio" and have been gigging frequently. The original lineup featured  Zwelakhe-Duma Bell le Pere on upright bass and Jonathan Pinson on drum set. As the array of my compositions expanded, I started collaborating with many other musicians and performed great shows in Boston, New York, and throughout my home country of Japan.

For the "Earthwards" album, I got the original band members back. We even flew Jonathan Pinson to Boston from L.A., where he is currently set to study at the prestigious Monk Institute this Fall. After a week of solid rehearsals, we spent two great days at Serenity East Recording Studio in downtown Boston. Building up the band to make my dream a reality made for one of the most exciting weeks of my life.

For the recording, the "Earthwards" group recorded most tunes as a quartet - featuring awesome soloists Felix Peikli on clarinet and Mario Castro on tenor sax. I'd like to thank them and the many other essential, significant people that made this recording happen including: producer Dave D'aranjo of Interrobang Records; engineers Ryan Hinkle and James Willetts, both of Serenity East Recording Studio; photographer Yusuke Suzuki; and finally videographers Christopher DeSanty and Jennifer Morgan.

So far, I am tremendously impressed with the outcome and I hope you agree after watching some of the videos. A new video will be released each week of the Kickstarter campaign. I am very happy to be able to share our progress with you.

Please consider being a part of the post-production of "Earthwards" by selecting one of the pledges on the right column. I have a wide selection of rewards for backers, including digital downloads, name list on videossigned CDs, concert tickets, performance DVDs, album credit, and even bowling in Boston with the band at our CD Release Party!

Once again, thanks very much for your support and I will see you on our journey "Earthwards"!

Sincerely,
Yuto Kanazawa

こんにちは、ジャズギタリストの金澤悠人と申します。2009年にバークリー音楽大学を卒業した後、ボストンにて自己バンドを率いて活動しています。現在ファーストアルバムを制作中で、アルバム完成の為にこのキックスターターというサイトを通して資金を集めております。

このサイトでは、出資(Pledge)して頂いた方への御礼(Reward)を用意しております。このページ右枠内に英語で書かれている御礼の内容を、以下に日本語で表記してあります。

☆$3以上出資して下さる全ての方へ(約240円)

・アルバム未収録のソロギタートラック”風車”(Pinwheel)ダウンロード! 

・vimeoにアップロードされている全てのビデオのSpecial Thanksへお名前の掲載!

☆ $10以上出資して下さる全ての方へ(約800円)

・上記の御礼に加え、アルバムのデジタルダウンロード。 

☆ $25以上出資して下さる全ての方へ(約2,000円)

・上記全ての御礼に加え、サイン入りCD ! 

・メッセージ入りバンドフォトカード!

☆$30以上出資して下さる方へ

・早期予約特典!! 日本ツアーのチケット一枚とアルバムのダウンロード!公演日程はPledge $50の欄よりご確認下さい!$30は日本円で7/17現在約2,400円になります。

☆ $35以上出資して下さる全ての方へ(約2,800円)

・上記全ての御礼に加え、福島、ボストン、ニューヨークで行われるCDリリースコンサートのチケット一枚!

☆$50以上出資して下さる全ての方へ(約4,000円)

日本ツアーのチケット一枚とサイン入りCD、アルバムのダウンロード!!

☆$75以上出資して下さる全ての方へ(約6,000円)

・上記全ての御礼に加え、金澤悠人と1時間のスカイプセッション  ギターレッスンからレコーディングの裏話まで! 

・希望者には今回レコーディングされた全曲の譜面をPDFファイルで送ります!

☆$100以上出資して下さる全ての方へ(約8,000円)

・上記全ての御礼に加え、スタジオ録音のDVD ! ・コンサートチケットを追加でもう一枚!

☆$150以上出資して下さる全ての方へ(約12,000円)

・上記全ての御礼に加え、ボストンでのCDリリースコンサートの VIPチケット、バンドメンバーと一緒に ボーリング!!

☆$500以上出資して下さる全ての方へ!(約39,700円)

・上記全ての御礼に加え、アソシエイトプロデューサーとしてCDのライナーノーツへお名前の掲載!

☆$1,000以上出資して下さる方へ!(約79,300円)

・上記全ての御礼に加え、あなたのためにソロギターの曲を書いてセレニティ・イーストスタジオにてレコーディングいたします! 

・レコーディング模様をスカイプで中継、ボストンにいる方はスタジオに訪れて下さい!

☆$1,500以上出資して下さる方へ!(約118,900円) 

・上記全ての御礼に加え、あなたの好きな曲をソロギターにアレンジ  セレニティ・イーストスタジオにてレコーディングいたします! 

・レコーディング模様をスカイプで中継、ボストンにいる方は是非スタジオに訪れて下さい!

--- アマゾンのアカウントにてクレジットカードを登録している方、2ステップ程で申し込みが可能です。またクレジットはこの企画が成功した場合のみ引き落とされ、そうでない場合は引き落とされません。御礼も成功した場合のみに送る事になっております。

*成功とは7月29日までに$12,000(約95万円)が集まった場合です。

*既存の日本語アマゾンのアカウントが使えない場合があるようです。こちらを参考に必要情報を入力して頂けると助かります。

http://yutokanazawa.com/Site/jp/kickstarterjoin.html

何卒、皆様の心暖かいご支援よろしくお願い致します。

金澤悠人

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    Digital Download of Yuto's solo guitar piece “Pinwheel (風車)” - plus your name will be credited under "Special Thanks" on the end-title credits on all Vimeo videos!

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    NEW REWARD! one ticket for Pre-CD Release Party at Kings Back Bay in Boston on September 16th (Sun) including food and drink tickets!! Plus, all of the above!

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    Physical CD Release of the Album with an Autographed Band Photo featuring a personalized message. Plus, all of the above!

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    One Complimentary Ticket for the CD Release Tour in US (140 available seats in Boston; NYC to be determined) or in my hometown of Fukushima (300 seats). Plus, all of the above!

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    One Complimentary Ticket for the CD Release Tour in Japan (40 seats available in Tokyo, 30 in Hamamatsu, 70 in Nagoya, 80 in Osaka). Plus, all of the above!

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    日本ツアーのチケット一枚とサイン入りCD、アルバムのダウンロード!!日程は 8/15 名古屋 スターアイズ       8/16 浜松 Jazz Spot analog       8/18 福島 白河市東文化センター(Pledge $35をお選び下さい)         8/19 東京 沼袋オルガンジャズ倶楽部  8/20 大阪 Rug Time             8/21 神戸 Maiden Voyage        *7/17現在$50は約4,000円になります。(this reward is not regarded as all of above)

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    One-hour-long Skype session with Yuto, comprised of a lesson on guitar, jazz improvisation, and/or an entertaining story from the recording sessions! You will also receive all lead sheets of Yuto's compositions in PDF file format. Plus, all of the above!

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    Performance DVD from the recording session! Also, one additional ticket for the CD Release Tour and extra autographed photo prints with a personalized message! Plus, all of the above!

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    One VIP Ticket for the Pre CD Release Party at Kings Back Bay in Boston, including a game of Bowling with two to five Band Members after the concert! Plus, all of the above!

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    Your name, printed and enshrined in the "Earthwards” physical CD liner notes, credited as "Associate Producer"! Plus, all of the above!

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    NEW REWARD Sponsor Package!! 50 copies of CDs for your clients!! Your name, printed and enshrined in the "Earthwards” physical CD liner notes, credited as "Associate Producer”! (none of above)

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    I will write a solo guitar piece for you by reflecting your ideas. It will be professionally recorded at Serenity East Recording Studio in Boston. You are very welcome to join the recording session if you are around - or, I will broadcast the recording session via Skype. Plus, all of the above! (Except the $500 sponsor package)

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    I will arrange your favorite tune for solo guitar and record it professionally at Serenity East Recording Studio in Boston. You are very welcome to join the recording session - or, I will broadcast the recording session via Skype. Plus, all of the above! (Except the $500 sponsor package and $1,000 tier.)

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