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We're halfway through recording our new album - help us bring this batch of original tunes & a few classic sambas to life!
We're halfway through recording our new album - help us bring this batch of original tunes & a few classic sambas to life!
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Falso Baiano has spent 12 years bringing our energetic brand of Brazilian choro to music lovers throughout California, independently producing shows and recordings and building our fan base. Our next step is composing and recording original material, as well as going into the studio with some of our favorite vocalists - something we've been doing on stage for a while.

Our guitarist Brian Moran has composed a great batch of original tunes that we've been arranging and performing live. We also have a history of collaboration with Brazilian vocalists like Ana Carbatti and Katia Moraes, performing the traditional acoustic style of samba known as samba de raiz - "roots samba." This style was typically played by samba singers backed by a band of choro. This new album will feature Brazilian vocalist Moyseis Marques on several tracks, one of the leading voices of Rio's resurgent roots samba scene today.

Choro is a music with a very long history, dating back to the late 1800's. Brian's original tunes are true to traditional sounds and forms, with some new ideas from his background in jazz and flamenco.

We can't help but bring our own approach to this Brazilian style of music that we've all immersed ourselves in and studied deeply. Our style of choro leaves plenty of room for improvisation and an affinity for creative arranging, while doing our best to stay true to the accent and vocabulary of the genre.

We couldn't be more excited to share these new original tunes and arangements with you, along with some of our favorite samba songs sung by some of our favorite singers. Choro is a living, breathing music, not a museum piece, and we hope that this collection of tunes adds in some small way to the continued life and growth of choro.

Risks and challenges

Falso Baiano has produced two albums so far and we're well versed in the process.

If we exceed our target goal, we'll use it towards:
1. Additional use of special guests on the album
2. Studio time for recording and mixing
3. Paying a publicist so that we can fully promote the album

The band itself was a risky project to begin with - four Americans playing a style of music that almost nobody has heard of, but that we thought nearly everyone could love.

After 12 years, we continue to be a band, meeting most of our fans show by show, gig by gig. It's the personal connections to our colleagues, friends and fans that keep us going. In addition, we've survived becoming parents, employment changes, and even geographic challenges with band members moving around the Bay Area and even around the country. We are proud of the music we make and we appreciate your long and continued support.

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    Pre-release digital download of the album. Hear it before your friends!

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    All three of our CDs, signed by the band, plus a pre-release download of the new CD. (price incl. shipping)

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    A private mandolin lesson with Jesse Appelman at a mutually convenient time and date, and a digital download of the album.
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    A private reed instrument lesson with Zack Pitt-Smith at a mutually convenient time and date, and a digital download of the album.
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    A private guitar or cavaquinho lesson with Brian Moran at a mutually convenient time and date, and a digital download of the album.
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    A private pandeiro/percussion lesson with Ami Molinelli at a mutually convenient time and date, and a digital download of the album.
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    Front row seats at our CD release concert, 3 signed CDs and 2 beverages on us!

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    A signed pandeiro from master percussion builder Bola, plus a pocket shaker!

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    A folder of pdfs of sheet music of the album and 3 signed CDs

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    Ensemble coaching. Two of us will spend two hours coaching your group of 2-5 musicians in a private workshop. (Within 40 miles of Berkeley, CA. Contact us for longer travel situations.)

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    A shout-out in the liner notes! You'll be thanked on the album for your generous support of the project. Plus 3 signed CDs and digital download pre-release.

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    An intimate house concert with Falso Baiano. Must be within a 60 mile radius of Berkeley, CA at a mutually-agreed-upon time. (Includes a signed CD).

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    House concert plus "Executive Producer" credit on the new CD, and all 3 signed CDs (2 copies each). (Within 60 miles of the Bay Area)

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    Commission a Choro for our new album. It can be dedicated for you or a loved or if you have an idea we'll put on the new album! This gift allows you to title one of our tracks!

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