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About this project

The 'ukulele is an amazingly versatile instrument and through its history has been most commonly used in folk, pop, classical, and jazz. I like to take this history and blend it with some modern style composition to see how far this little instrument's sound can go and how far my own creativity can be pushed.

Over the past 10 years my albums have been a mix of full band arrangements and solo uke compositions.  This album is one which will feature just the 'ukulele.  People have been asking me to record a solo uke album for years, and I feel I finally have the right set of songs to do so.

The music includes 5 original compositions, plus my interpretation of two classical pieces: "Jesu, Joy of a Man's Desiring" (by J.S. Bach) and "Galope" (by Manuel Joaquim Monteiro Cabral, taken from the Estudos para Machete, c. 1850). 

The album's title, A River's View of Sunrise, comes from a song I composed while sitting on the bank of the West River during a warm spring day, and utilizes an open A tuning, a four finger picking pattern, and a melody line of harmonics.

Presently, all 7 tracks have been recorded and are in the mixing process.

Most of you may know that as an independent artist there are plenty "out of pocket" expenses, as we do not have the support of a record label.  That's why I'm here, asking you to contribute to my campaign in what ever amount suits your budget.

These funds raised are going towards offsetting the cost of:

  • Mastering
  • CD Replication
  • EP Artwork
  • Copyright and Licensing Fees

This is my first Kickstarter campaign and I look forward to meeting some new people and sharing this creative process with you!

Thanks for your time and the opportunity to be part of my fifth album!!  

Risks and challenges

I have a number of musician friends who record in the studio, but then never finish the mixing and production of the album. Thankfully that has never been problem for me. I like to get my musical ideas out - record them, mix them, master them, and press the album - so I can move onto the new ideas that are spinning around in my brain.

The recorded audio files could be destroyed or lost. (Let's hope not!!!) But if it does happen I will be able to go back into the studio and re-record the session. An unfortunate set back, but an easy solution.

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