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Laurel Premo (USA- banjo, fiddle) and Anna Gustavsson (SWE - nyckelharpa) are recording an album
Laurel Premo (USA- banjo, fiddle) and Anna Gustavsson (SWE - nyckelharpa) are recording an album
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My name is Laurel Premo. I'm an American traditional fiddler and banjo player. For the past year and a half, I’ve been collaborating on an instrumental project that blends Swedish and American fiddle traditions, and features new compositions based on these rich roots. The duo is called ‘Premo & Gustavsson’ and consists of myself and an accomplished Swedish nyckelharpa player, Anna Gustavsson. With fiddle, claw hammer banjo, nyckelharpa, and occasional bi-lingual vocals, our sound is built off of the driving dance-based fiddle traditions from both countries, as well as the adventuresome musicality of 21st century musicians.

Both players in the duo have deep musical resumes and training from masters at established folk schools and universities. Gustavsson is currently studying at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Sweden (working with Olov Johansson of Väsen) and I studied at the University of Michigan School of Music and the Sibelius Academy of Music of Helsinki, Finland (working with Arto Järvelä of JPP).

Here are two demo videos that we made last summer when we met up for a practice session:

Sally In The Garden – (arrangement of a traditional American tune) https://youtu.be/0PXxOnmAnDg

The Atlantic Waltz – (new composition by Anna Gustavsson) https://youtu.be/RO8zjMNDfjw

This fall, we’ll be releasing our first full-length recording, and we'll be traveling in the United States and Sweden for cd-release tours. The transatlantic nature of our collaboration puts extra strain on the finances of the project, and we're asking for your help to fund the release of the album.

THE COLLABORATORS

Anna Gustavsson grew up in the countryside outside of Uppsala, and started playing nyckelharpa at the age of ten. After leaving school she studied at the Eric Sahlström Institute, Framnäs Folkhögskola, Ethnofonik (artistic leadership course in Paris) and is currently a student at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm. She has been a nyckelharpa teacher at the study center ”Sensus” in Stockholm. Her repertoire is from all over Sweden, specializing in tunes from Uppland and Småland. She also writes her own music and enjoys experimenting with improvisation. Anna’s time traveling around the world with her nyckelharpa has given her an interest in folk music traditions from many other cultures and she loves exchanging tunes and knowledge about other traditions with the people she meets. Being a teacher and performer, as well as an active member of Folkmusiker mot rasism (folk musicians against racism) and on the board of Sweden’s institute for traditional music and dance, she has a good overview of what the Swedish folk scene looks like today.
www.annanyckelharpist.com

Laurel Premo was raised in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and was immersed in folk music from a young age by learning from her family. Premo graduated with a BFA from the Performing Arts Technology Dept. of the University of Michigan School of Music, and spent time during her undergraduate attending the Sibelius Academy of Music in Helsinki, Finland to study traditional Finnish music and dance. She's a founding member of Square Dance Kalamazoo, and is passionate about the lifelong learning of old time music and dance. Laurel has woven together her various influences to create rhythmically rich and melodically haunting music on the banjo, fiddle, voice and guitar. Her current musical endeavor with the duo Red Tail Ring has brought her music all around America and across the Atlantic several times. Since 2009, this partnership with Michael Beauchamp has worked to blend traditional Appalachian songs with new compositions, and their music runs the gamut from boot-stomping to heart-rending.
www.laurelpremo.com
www.redtailring.com

BUDGET ALLOCATION

$ 3,000      - plane ticket for Anna for recording in USA
                  - plane ticket for Laurel for SE tour
                  - plane ticket for Anna US tour
$ 1,250      - recording
$ 600         - mastering
$ 1,843      - reproduction
$ 3,000      - mixing (donated by Laurel)
$ 500         - album layout (donated by Laurel)
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Total Project Budget: $ 10,150
Total funds needed subtracting donated work: $ 6,650

Our campaign: $7,000

TIMELINE

2015 - compositions and arrangements worked on remotely with Anna & Laurel sharing notes and recordings via email and video chats - first rehearsal session and video recording session in Kalamazoo, MI

January 2016 - Laurel travels to Uppsala, Sweden for a week of rehearsal, composition and live performances

May 2016 - Anna flies to Kalamazoo, MI, USA for one week of rehearsal before recording - Recording of album in Kalamazoo, MI

June-September 2016 - Mixing, mastering, and duplication of album

October 2016 - Anna travels to America for album release tour (2 weeks long)

March 2017 - Laurel travels to Sweden for album release tour (2 weeks long)

Risks and challenges

As is shown in the budget above, we're asking for help to cover the bare minimum of album expenses, and we're also donating a lot of our personal time and skill to minimize extra costs. We've continued moving forward with our composing and recording despite the uncertainty of what scale album release we could fund personally. We're seeking your help now to help us professionally release this labor of love to a big audience.

I have a healthy career in folk music, but the global community of this genre is smaller than one might think, which means that the reach of our promotion has a limit. Because of the nature of Kickstarter, and the fact that we won't receive the donations unless we reach our project's goal, it is extremely important to us to send this campaign out far and wide. Please help us spread the world by sharing this campaign to your folk and world music friends.

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    Scandi Music Lesson + Physical Album

    Spend a 1/2 hour studying Swedish folk music with Anna Gustavsson on Skype. This is your personal masterclass. The timing of this reward can be custom arranged between student and teacher at any point in the coming year. If you live near Stockholm, or would like to visit Stockholm, you're welcome to have the lesson in person. The physical album is included in this reward.

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    Custom Banjo Recording + Physical Album

    Laurel Premo will professionally record your favorite traditional banjo tune for your private enjoyment. You pick any tune, she'll work it up and record you a personal version of it. Recordings delivered digitally. The physical Premo & Gustavsson album is included in this reward.

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    If you're an individual or an organization who would like to support us in a major way, our highest level of donation offers your mention as a major sponsor listed on our physical album, as well as being announced as a project patron at every CD-release concert in the US and Sweden. We'll send you the physical album, and write you to share news about the album's reception at our public performances.

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