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British pianist & composer, Simon Lasky, records 9 new original jazz compositions for his band, to be released on '33Jazz' Records.
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"Simon, your music is very melodic and very beautiful." [Chucho Valdes, July 2015]

The world needs new original music. Perhaps now more than ever. I have been composing music all my life - professionally for half of my life - but two years ago I made a bold switch from classical composition and, in a frenzied but happy burst of creativity, composed an albums worth of jazz music! 

I was very fortunate to receive a fantastic response to this music (including Chucho Valdes' encouraging words - above - when I played my jazz compositions for him in London last year): I put a 6-piece band together, was signed to a record label and recorded my debut jazz album 'Story Inside' by The Simon Lasky Group, released on '33Jazz' Records. The album received high profile 3 and 4 star reviews and substantial radio airplay on JazzFM in the U.K and National Public Radio in The States. You  can listen to 'Story Inside' on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3EtT94BXcyW0VXt45NykHX

'About The Moment' by The Simon Lasky Group:

Encouraged - still happy and still frenzied! - I have spent this year composing material for a 2nd album. While these new compositions are a natural development onwards from my debut album, it represents a BIG step up for us; my writing is much more ambitious and has developed into, what I hope is, something exciting and individual which fuses a classical approach to structure with the wonderful immediacy and spontaneity of jazz improvisation.

We are calling the new album 'About The Moment'; one of the things classical music does so well are those big moments of climax and resolution, tension and release. I have literally 'written in' those climactic moments into each of the 9 new compositions, hopefully giving the listener a powerful and uplifting musical experience. Check out the rehearsal videos below and see what you think.

The new compositions:

I am very lucky to have some of London's most skilled and talented jazz musicians in my band. Here are the full length clips of us rehearsing extracts of the new music. I hope you enjoy the direction we are going in with this next album and that you can feel the...'moments':

 

 

In addition to what you hear in the clips above, I am going to add a percussionist/tabla player, a harmonica player and, in addition to the piano, I am going to play some Fender Rhodes electric piano and synthesisers in order to develop the more 'symphonic' aspects of our sound.

To make this happen, we need your help:

I truly think this could be a beautiful album. I am desperate (in a good way!) to record it (I really am. You can ask my friends - it's all I talk about!). But we need you - the listener, the new music fan, the supporter - to help make this happen. The money we are hoping to raise will be used as follows:

£200 - rehearsal room hire

£1000 - recording studio hire

£2250 - musicians fees; guitar player, bass player, drummer for 3 full days rehearsal + 3 full days recording; harmonica player & percussionist for 1.5 days rehearsal + 1.5 days recording.

£1750 - producer + engineer fees; 4 days recording + 5 days editing & mixing.

£500 - audio mastering

£500 - album design & artwork

£600 - CD duplication

approx. £700 - Kickstarter's fees

TOTAL: £7500

I could not have asked for a better response to last years debut album, 'Story Inside', out now on '33Jazz' Records: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3EtT94BXcyW0VXt45NykHX. For 'Story Inside' press quotes and reviews, please visit my website. In this U.S NPR radio interview I discuss my musical influences and compositional processes: http://www.jazzinspired.com/browse-shows/simon-lasky

If this 2nd album is even half as good as I believe it can be, I think we will be developing a really individual sound and creating something very special which people all over the world can enjoy.

Thank you:

Everyone has busy lives these days so thank you, sincerely, for taking the time to look at this crowdfunding campaign. Anything you can do to bring some new music into the world will be hugely appreciated and, crucially, IT WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE. If you are unable to pledge to the campaign, but like the music, perhaps you can share this project on social media and with like-minded new music fans. If you have any queries do write me a message and PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD.

I hope you enjoy my music.

Simon & the band. 

Risks and challenges

The music for this project has already been composed. We are developing this new music in rehearsals and I am arranging and orchestrating it for my band in the coming weeks. Nothing in life is certain but I don't anticipate any particular risks. If there is anything in terms of a delay, I will be sure to keep you updated and to communicate any issues we are having.

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    CD + sheet music

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    Composition lesson with Simon

    Simon teaches composition at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music in London, U.K. This special reward provides for 90mins private 1-on-1 session with Simon in person or via Skype. You will see how he conceived and developed his new compositions and he will also help you develop your own musical ideas. (NB. This lesson can be anytime in the coming months).

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    Invitation to album launch gig + party

    Come to our album launch party at London's prestigious 606 Jazz Club as a VIP guest of the band. You will meet the band, receive a special 'thank you' mention from the stage and hang with us after the concert. NB. You will receive the album in April but the album launch gig will probably be in June/July.

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    Dedicate a track

    The opportunity to dedicate one of the tracks on the album to someone very special (a loved one, a friend, a partner, a family member, a family pet!). There will be 9 tracks on the album, so there are only 9 opportunities to do this. The dedication will appear on the CD and digital liner notes in the description of each track and will be engraved on the printed score of the music.

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    Watch the band rehearsing

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    Watch the band recording

    Meet the musicians: Spend half a day in the recording studio watching the band record the music for the new album. This is a unique opportunity to get an insider's look into how a professional band make a record. You'll be sitting alongside the recording engineer for half a day as the band record the new album.

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    Private performance

    A paired down trio version of the band (flugelhorn, piano & bass) will come to your home or to a venue of your choice to give a private performance of some of the new music on the album as well as some standard jazz repertoire. This is available to supporters in London and the South East of England (additional expenses would be involved for performances further afield - message me for details). NB. This reward could take place anytime next Spring or Summer.

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    Executive Producer

    A unique opportunity to be an executive producer on a commercial album on an established record label. You will single-handedly be responsible for bringing some new music into the world! The album credits will read: 'Produced by Nick Pugh & Simon Lasky, Executive Produced by xxxxxxx'. Not only will you receive the single major credit on the album but you will also have a consultation role with regard to track names, track order, artwork, CD design and album promotion, thus having a tangible and crucial production role in the creation of a brand new recording. NB. Please message to discuss and for more info on this particular reward.

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