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Help us finish recording and marketing our debut album. We are part way through the process and need your support.
Help us finish recording and marketing our debut album. We are part way through the process and need your support.
56 backers pledged AU$ 10,643 to help bring this project to life.

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"Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments" wrote Shakespeare. Never more aptly so than with Niyati and Gavin, whose musical marriage sprang from a meeting at Sydney's Jazz radio station and catalysed a creative partnership that spans music, art and film.

Niyati came from a background in film production, writing, musical theatre and jazz, whilst Gavin studied fine art, painting and sculpture, graphic design and music, performing and composing jazz, Latin and original music for many years. We began performing together at events and functions, immediately finding a resonance on levels of taste, depth and subject matter. The pairing proved popular with listeners too, and music quickly became our bread and butter, as well as a vehicle for experiencing joy and creative fulfillment.

Love, marriage, children [Phoenix (6) and Saffron (3)] and challenging life experiences together have allowed us to further develop this avenue for mutual self expression. Together we have an awesome mix of creative power that shows in the songwriting process and development of musical ideas which has culmintated in our original project, Contessa.

This is our first recorded album together, the result of 10 years of close partnership, channelling all the big life stages whilst dealing with the daily challenges this brings. As a result, the project has met a few roadblocks, and so a big push is needed to get this creative baby out into the world!

The music is influenced by our love of Jazz, classical, pop and contemporary music. We created the melodies together and Niyati wrote the lyrics. The result is sensitive, deep and melodious, and we are very proud our work. We have all the songs written and 90% our own parts laid down, we just need your help to follow it through to conclusion and then share this beautiful music with you.

The Kickstarter push will allow funds to pay the rest of the musicians to do session work on the Album. We also need to cover studio time, mixing and mastering to polish it off, and an initial marketing push to let everyone know about it!

Contessa is a beautiful record for appreciators of musical expression, and with your help we'll raise the funds needed to finish it and give it to the world. Happiness shared is doubled, let's all make beautiful music together and help it come to life!

Risks and challenges

Between studio time, mixing, mastering, and manufacturing, making a good sounding record is expensive! Of course, we believe it is worth it, but have already committed as much personal funds to the project as possible. The project is in motion, and we really need help finishing it. Funds collected here will allow us to complete the recording, manufacture the CD and release the album for you to enjoy!

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    Pledge AU$ 15 or more About $11

    DIGITAL ALBUM

    We'll send you a high quality digital download of the new album WITH downloadable
    artwork, before its official release date

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    Pledge AU$ 25 or more About $18

    PHYSICAL ALBUM + Digital Album

    We'll post you a hard copy of our new album, signed, and a digital copy with YOUR name in the liner notes as a huge THANKYOU, before the official release date.

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    Pledge AU$ 40 or more About $29

    VIDEO + Physical Album + Digital Album

    The band might not get to perform live in all the towns in the world, but we CAN record a custom performance for you to watch in your own home.

    This reward gives you a 40 minute, high quality video performance, EXCLUSIVELY for you who pledge for this reward, sent straight to your inbox to watch and keep forever. So wherever you are in the world, let us serenade you!

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    Pledge AU$ 55 or more About $40

    GUITAR OR SINGING LESSON + Reward

    You'll receive a 55min guitar, bass or singing lesson (Sydney metro area only) as well as an HD digital (or digital audio format of your choice) copy of the new album with deluxe e-booklet and contributor only bonus track.

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    Pledge AU$ 75 or more About $55

    SKYPE LESSON + Reward

    Have a skype Guitar or singing lesson no matter where you are in the world, we’ll cover any musical concepts you want - learn technique, your favourite song, get instrument-specific tips, or more general composition /arranging help... PLUS you get the CD (signed by the band) and a download of the HD digital album.

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    Pledge AU$ 100 or more About $73

    ALBUM CREDIT + Reward

    You'll receive a signed copy of the CD, an HD digital (or digital audio format of your choice) copy of the new album with deluxe e-booklet and contributor-only bonus track PLUS immediate digital download of Gavin's newest instrumental album "Ocean", AND you'll also be credited in the album booklet to say a big THANK YOU for your support.

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    Pledge AU$ 250 or more About $183

    YOUR FAVOURITE SONG + Reward

    We'll record an acoustic version of your favourite song especially for you! Receive your song plus a signed copy of the CD, an HD digital (or digital audio format of your choice) copy of the new album with deluxe e-booklet and contributor-only bonus track PLUS immediate digital download of Gavin's newest instrumental album "Ocean", AND you'll also be credited in the album booklet to say a big THANK YOU for your support.

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    Pledge AU$ 500 or more About $367

    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

    Ever wanted to be a record producer? Now's your chance, contribute at this level and you'll be credited as an Associate Producer on our album!

    You'll also receive a signed CD and HD digital (or digital audio format of your choice) copy of the new album with deluxe e-booklet and contributor-only bonus track.

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    Pledge AU$ 750 or more About $550

    COMMISSION A SONG

    Commission a piece of music from us. We'll write it based on your ideas and direction, then record it for you. You'll receive the sheet music, the recording PLUS we'll perform it live on tour as part of our rep. You'll also receive the album CD (signed by the band) and a digital copy with deluxe e-booklet.

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    Pledge AU$ 1,000 or more About $733

    HOUSE CONCERT WITH DUO!

    Physical & Digital Album Yours To Keep + Surprise Gift on concert night..
    Niyati and Gavin will perform a special 1 hour house concert for you, and stay to eat, drink, make merry with you all for a beautiful, wonderful, musical time together.

    *AN IDEA: pool together with friends to pledge for this reward - share the cost and the fun!

    *Contact us first if you're outside of metro areas in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide or Canberra to make sure we can come to you. If we can't we'll live stream it!

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    Pledge AU$ 2,000 or more About $1,467

    The BIG EVERYTHING + Reward

    The whole kit!!!!... An exclusive house or streamed* concert, copy of the signed CD, score book, art print, commissioned work, favourite song recording, private or Skype lesson*, digital download, producer credit plus you get an exclusive THANK YOU on the album and free entry to ANY Contessa gig anywhere for LIFE. Yeah baby!!!!!!

    *location dependent

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Funding period

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