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A brand new album that transforms the prayers of Kabbalat Shabbat into a genre-defying work of Sacred Pop Art!
A brand new album that transforms the prayers of Kabbalat Shabbat into a genre-defying work of Sacred Pop Art!
228 backers pledged $19,837 to help bring this project to life.

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Raza is a radical reimagining of the traditional prayers and mystical poetry recited on Friday night to welcome the Sabbath Bride. Combining the soul-stirring songwriting of Basya Schechter (Pharaoh's Daughter), the spine-tingling rap/poetry of Eden Pearlstein (ePRHYME), and virtuoso instrumental performances, Raza transforms this most beloved of Jewish liturgical rites into a genre-defying work of Sacred Pop-Art. Sampling Psalms, Remixing Rabbis, Renewing Creation — The Bride has arrived...

RAZA was written over 2 summers out on Fire Island, where Basya is the cantor for the Fire Island Synagogue. The material was then workshopped in a series of classes hosted by the Romemu Community on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

The album is recorded and ready to be offered to YOU!!!

But first we need the support of our fans to take this music out of the studio and into the world.

If we achieve our funding goal we will be using the money for the next phases of production, promotion and distribution, including:

1) Mastering the Album - the last stage of the studio process that puts the sonic stamp of quality on the album.

2) Designing Stunning Album Artwork - This is the "face" of the project, which will reflect its inner essence.

3) Designing Full-Color Booklet - We're crafting a beautiful full-color lyric booklet to help you delve deeper into Darshan's mystical poetry and songwriting process.

4) Manufacturing a Limited Run of 1,000 Hardcopy Albums - This will be a special and beautiful artifact of contemporary Jewish music, art and poetry.

5) Hiring a Publicist to help promote the project to the widest possible audience. This takes press, interviews, song placements, etc.

6) Shooting a Music Video exploring the poetic imagery and aesthetics of Kabbalat Shabbat. We have some very exciting and creative ideas to re-imagine Shabbat for a new generation.

7) Anything Extra will be directly invested into the next Darshan Project, a series of songs based on the teachings and stories of Hasidic Master Rebbe Nachman of Breslov.

Check out the awesome packages and rewards available for your generous contribution.

And THANK YOU in advance from the bottom of our hearts for supporting the next phase of Jewish Renewal and Creativity.

ALBUM PRODUCED, RECORDED, and MIXED BY: Frederik Rubens

FEATURING: Eden Pearlstein (vocals), Basya Schechter (vocals, oud, ukulele, acoustic guitar), Shanir Blumenkranz (bass, oud, guembri, conceptual development), Tamer Pinarbasi (kanun, conceptual development), Aaron Johnston (drums, programming), Mathias Kunzli (percussion), Noah Hoffeld (cello), Jason Lindner (keys), Gabriel Gordon (electric guitar), Jessica Lurie (alto and baritone saxes), Frederick Rubens (keys, programming), Ashley 'Saywut' Moyer (human beatbox), Daniel Freedman (drums), Nonhlanhla Kheswa (vocals),  Ellen Walker (vocals), Fire Island Choir (vocals)

KICKSTARTER VIDEO CREDITS

Director: Ken Ross, www.kenross.tv

Editor: Phyllis Famiglietti

"Raza - New Darshan Album ft. Basya Schechter"  is being spearheaded by a member of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation network and has been awarded a matching grant. Schusterman is a global organization that seeks to ignite the passion and unleash the power in young people to create positive change for themselves, the Jewish community and the broader world. Learn more about the Foundation here: https://www.schusterman.org/.

 

Risks and challenges

Of course, there are always a number of unexpected costs that pop up in any creative project and process. So, meeting (or hopefully exceeding) our funding goal will enable us to have a little bit of change set aside for those inevitable rainy days where something ends up costing more than what we had initially budgeted for.

With this in mind, our first priority will be mastering and manufacturing the album. That way, every contributor to this campaign will receive their rewards package no matter what. Following that, we will turn our attention to the rest of the world via press, promotions and multi-media projects including music videos, etc.

We really believe in our process over the last two years, as well as in the product that we have created. We think this album has the power to enhance people's appreciation of the spiritual and aesthetic possibilities of Jewish text and tradition.

We are asking each of you to be an "early adapter" to this new flowering of Jewish culture and consciousness and to help plant these seeds for the next generations to come.

With Gratitude,
Eden and Basya

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    Digital Download

    Download the full-length album on its official release date. Includes full color digital booklet with all artwork, lyrics, and source texts.

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    Pre-Release Digital Download

    Get the full album weeks before the rest of the world. Includes full color digital booklet with all artwork, lyrics, and source texts.

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    Physical CD + Advance Digital Download

    You'll download the full album weeks before the rest of the world, AND receive a limited-edition hardcopy disc in the mail after the release date. CD includes beautiful full color lyric booklet including all artwork and source texts.

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    Signed CD + Adv. Digital Download

    Both Eden and Basya will personalize your disc. Plus, you'll be able to download the full album weeks before the rest of the world. Hardcopy and Digital Albums both include full color booklets with all lyrics, artwork, and source texts.

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    Signed CD + Adv. Download + Your Choice

    Signed CD + Advance Digital Download + Your Choice of 1 album from Darshan's, ePRHYME's, or Basya's back catalogue (includes Pharaoh's Daughter and Songs of Wonder).

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    Custom Tee + Signed CD + Adv. Download

    "POETRY FOR PRESIDENT" - Get a custom T-shirt with one of Darshan's signature lyrics on the front. Plus you'll get a signed CD and an Advance Digital Download of the album. Both Hardcopy and Digital Albums include a full-color booklet with all lyrics, artwork, and source texts.

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    Custom Tee + Signed CD + Your Choice x2

    Limited Edition "POETRY FOR PRESIDENT" T-Shirt, Signed CD, Advance Digital Download, and your choice of 2 albums from Darshan's, ePRHYME's, or Basya Schechter's back catalogues (includes Pharaoh's Daughter and Songs of Wonder). Both Hardcopy and Digital Albums include a full-color booklet with all lyrics, artwork, and source texts.

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    Dedication

    Include the name of a loved one in the liner notes of the album. Perfect to honor any milestone including Yartzeits, Birthdays, B-Mitzvahs, Weddings, Births, Graduations, etc. Includes 2 hardcopies of the album plus an Advance Digital Download.

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    Limited Edition Fine Art Prints

    Polymath artist/designer Gregory Welker has created a series of stunning images for the Raza album cover and booklet. We call them "Gates" or "Tents". They are aesthetically auratic, abstract, ethereal and architectural. Perfect for interior decoration or meditative contemplation. They are printed on Somerset Velvet Fine Art Paper using top of the line Giclee printing technology. All images are archival and guaranteed to last over 100 years. We will select 2 of the 40 or so images generated during this process for a limited edition run of fine prints. Also comes with 2 hard-copies of the album and an Advance Digital Download. Feel free to email us for more details if interested.

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    Study Session with Eden

    Let's learn something together! Hasidut, Kabbalah, Siddur-skills, Weekly Torah Parsha, Creative Process, Spiritual Practice- you pick the topic or text! We'll study one-on-one via Zoom, Skype, Google Hangout, telephone, or face-to-face if possible. Includes 2 signed hard copies of the album and an advance digital download.

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    Collector's Set / Care Package

    Get a copy of everything from Eden's, Basya's, and Darshan's back catalogue. This includes at least 12 cds, 2 limited edition 45s, 1 cassette (while supplies last), and digital downloads of anything out of print. Upwards of around 15 albums total. This is for someone who wants to take the deep dive. Makes a great gift. If you want only digital files we can put it all on a thumb drive if you ask nicely. Includes 2 signed Copies of New Album and Advance Digital Release.

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    Associate Producer Credit

    Your name or organization listed in the liner notes and online as part of the team that made this project happen. Great way to get involved and/or cross-promote your own project or institution! Includes five hard copies of the album and an advance digital download.

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    Original Poem on Theme of Your Choice

    Eden will hand-write and sign a short original poem on the topic of your choice. This could include a meditation on your Hebrew Name, a character or story from the Torah, a particular trope, theme or symbol that you are fond of or connect to. This could be for you or for someone you love. Makes a unique and thoughtful gift. Includes a signed CD and Advance Digital Download.

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    Darshan Live! (Duo)

    Eden and Basya will come perform at your home, shul, yoga studio, or any other space you secure.

    Must be within 1 hr drive of NYC.

    Includes 5 Hardcopy CDs and Advance Digital Download.

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    Darshan Live! (Trio w/Tamer Pinarbasi)

    Eden, Basya, and world-renowned Turkish Kanun player Tamer Pinarbasi will come perform at your home, shul, yoga studio, or any other space you secure.

    Must be within 1 hr drive of NYC.

    Includes 5 Hardcopy CDs and Advance Digital Download.

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    Darshan Live! (Trio w/Shir Yaakov)

    The Trifecta!!! Eden, Basya, and Reb Shir Yaakov will come take you on a unique musical and spiritual journey through Torah, Chant, Poetry, and Silence.

    Must be within 1 hr drive of NYC.

    Includes 5 Hardcopy CDs and Advance Digital Download of "Raza", plus 5 Hardcopy CDs of Darshan's first album "Deeper and Higher" (feat. Shir Yaakov).

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    Darshan Live! (Quartet)

    Eden, Basya, Tamer Pinarbasi and 1 more musician will come perform at your home, shul, yoga studio, or any other space you secure.

    Must be within 1 hr drive of NYC.

    4th musician will either be percussion or strings.

    Includes 5 Hardcopy CDs and Advance Digital Download.

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    Darshan Live! (Full Band)

    Eden, Basya, and a 5-piece band will come perform at your synagogue, festival, theater, or venue of your choice.

    Must be within 1 hr drive of NYC.

    Includes 5 Hardcopy CDs and Advance Digital Download.

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    Let's Talk

    What do you want? Classes? Shows? Shabbaton? Singing lessons? Trope lessons? Help with your writing or creative process? Wedding officiant? Halachic loopholes? Kabbalistic secrets? Let's talk!

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Funding period

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