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Summary

The world-wide success of the Buena Vista Social Club revived the style of Cuban music called "Son".  Son is the mother of many latin music styles, including salsa and chachacha. Now a new breed of Cuban musicians is ready to push the evolution of son.

One such musician is Yunier Reyes, a 33-year old professional musician, composer and bandleader born into a family of musicians from Holguín province in the east of Cuba. Yunier is already considered a master player of the tres, a guitar-like instrument found at the heart of most Cuban music. However, talented young musicians such as Yunier find it very difficult to attract the attention of the recording companies, who favour established artists playing covers of well-known songs.

This is where we can help. The aim of this project is to fully fund the arrangement, recording, production and distribution of 10 original songs composed by Yunier, in an album titled "Calle Amistad". The English translation is "Friendship Street".

Work to be done

Yunier has already composed ten songs (see titles below). Here is an example of a son montuno created by Yunier:

The music needs to be arranged for a "septeto", a group of musicians, comprising tres, guitar, bass, congas, flute, guiro and bongó, as well as singers. The musicians will be hired to practice (2nd, 3rd weeks of Feb 2017) and record the songs in one of Havana’s better-equipped private music studios (4th week of Feb 2017). The recordings will be mixed/produced in the same facility (1st week of March 2017), yielding a master disc. The master disc will owned by Yunier. Cover art for the album will be commissioned from a collective of young screen-print artists based in Havana Vieja (3rd week of Feb 2017). I will organise CD pressing (3rd & 4th week of March) and distribution from Sydney, Australia (1st, 2nd weeks of April, 2017).

The song titles
The song titles

Expenses

Project expenses are listed below. (CUC is the Cuban convertible note currency, roughly at parity with the Euro. As of 06/01/2017, 1 AUD = 0.69 EUR).  Expenses do not include my airfare or expenses in Cuba (in Feb 2017) when I visit for the purpose of managing the recording/production process.

  • Song arrangements (x10) - 500 CUC (718 AUD)   
  • Player practice fees, costs (musician fees x7, incl. studio space) 1120 CUC (1623 AUD)   
  • Player recording fee (musicians x7) 1400 CUC (2028 AUD)
  • Recording studio fees (2 full days) 700 CUC (1014 AUD) 
  • Post-recording production fees (12 hours @ 48 CUC/hr; including full copyright assignment) 576 CUC (835 AUD)   
  • CD cover design, card printing (incl. full copyright assignment) 200 CUC (290 AUD) 
  • CD production (500 units; c/b sleeves) - 856 AUD
  • Kickstarter & payment processing fees (8%) - 600 AUD

Total   $7971 AUD

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Risks and challenges

Exchange rate fluctuations
The AU currency may drop against the EURO. This rate is currently at a low level in comparison to the 3-year average, but there is a small-medium risk that the total amount is less than what is required to pay for the production costs. I have added $129 AUD to that of the expense total to help in the event of an adverse exchange rate change. If any adverse change results in a difference greater than $129, I will fund the remainder from my own resources.

Change of musicians
Not all the preferred musicians may be available for the planned February start to the practice sessions. Although this circumstance may potentially delay the time to recording by 1-2 weeks, the practice and recording fees have been set slightly above average to incentivise the preferred musicians to clear their diaries of other commitments.

Access to studio time
The preferred recording studio takes on many projects and sometimes there are problems with double-booking. We will mitigate against this by paying a 20% deposit to the studio in order to secure the desired 2 day time-slot late February 2017.

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    Earlybird - "Take 5"

    Five physical copies of the Calle Amistad album - one for you and each of your 4 besties! Plus alum cover art.

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    A T-shirt each for you and your partner, plus CDs and cover art cards.

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    Music lessons + CD

    It's about time you learnt to play these instruments! You will receive 4 x 1 hour lessons on playing one of the following instruments (your choice):
    - tres cubano (Cuba's national instrument);
    - congas;
    - bongó; or
    - bass.

    This reward will require you to visit Havana (life's tough eh?) and would suit the musician who is at an intermediate level or above. If you choose to buy a instrument, I can also assist you in the selection process. You must organise and pay for your travel and accommodation to Havana, Cuba.

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    Personalised son recording + score + CDs

    Yunier will work with you to create and record a custom son composition. The work will be developed via 2 x 30 minute Skype sessions (or similar) after some initial correspondence via email. You will receive a digital downlaod of the song. An original score will be included. You will own the copyright in the work.

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    Personal tour - Havana music scene

    Havana is home to some of the world's most exciting and accessible live music, with dozens of bars pulsing with son, salsa, changüí and rumba.

    I will take you to my favourite live music venues, band practices and artist parties in Havana over a 4-day period in June 2017 (peak music season) and arrange front row seats. You'll also have to opportunity to meet the key musicians in each band.

    We'll get to visit the legendary EGREM studios where the Buena Vista Social Club albums were recorded. I'll even arrange a daiquiri for you from Hotel Floridita, birthplace of this iconic Cuban drink. You can sip it at the bar alongside Ernest Hemingway!

    You will need to separately arrange and pay for your travel and accommodation costs.

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    9th Festival of Changüí - 2017

    I will take you on a personal tour of my all-time fav music festival, the 9th Festival del Changüí held at Guantanamo City in the far east of Cuba. We'll have full access artist passes for venues, backstages and official stuff. It's wild! Four days of live music, dance and partying! Not many Cubans get to experience this, let alone foreigners! Festival accommodation (with daily breakfast) is included, but you will need to organise your travel to eastern Cuba (although feel free to ask me about details).

    This is a one-off reward, so if you if you want a piece of one of the world's most exciting musical events, act fast!

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    • Limited edition Festival del Changüí T-shirt and poster
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- (25 days)