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An evocative and original collection of musical short stories, told through a unique blend of jazz, folk and classical music.
An evocative and original collection of musical short stories, told through a unique blend of jazz, folk and classical music.
119 backers pledged £4,210 to help bring this project to life.

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The Band

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Fabled was started 4 years ago by me, Sam Rapley, I play saxophone and clarinet in the band and also write the music. The music we play aims to connect with people, share our experiences, allow the listener to escape the real world for a few minutes. It aims to blend the freedom of jazz with the melodic fluidity of folk and ebb and flow of classical music. Above all, it aims to tell stories. 

Alongside me in the band are 4 of my closest friends who I've been making music with for a long time and who take Fabled's music to levels I couldn't conceive of on my own. The band is:

Sax / clarinet - Sam Rapley

Piano - Matt Robinson

Guitar -  Alex Munk

Double Bass - Conor Chaplin

Drums - Will Glaser

The Album - 'Short Stories'

Following the release of our EP back in 2015, we have now recorded our DEBUT ALBUM and will be putting it out for all the world to hear in March 2018. The music on this album, as you may guess by the title, 'Short Stories' has been influenced greatly by literature, in particular stories by Ian McEwan, Roald Dahl and Arundhati Roy among others. These writers inspired me to create music in a different way, to find new ways to convey a story through sound and to immerse the listener in that world. This led me away from traditional jazz forms and sounds and opened up a more fluid, through composed way of writing, more akin to classical music, whilst all the while keeping the essence of jazz and folk music. The end result is something that, I hope, will speak to people and make others feel how I felt reading those stories.

Check out our 2015 EP:

The Costs

So far, we have self funded the recording and mixing of the album, which involved 3 days at Fieldgate Studios in Wales, several days of overdubs, countless hours of mixing with the wonderful Alex Killpartrick and of course, paying the musicians in the band. So we've have come a long way and are incredibly proud of the result so far but to get us over the last few hurdles, we're enlisting the help of YOU, our trusty fans. We need to raise £4,000 to cover:

- Mastering

- Artwork

- Printing CDs

- Press & Publicity

In exchange for your support, we've come up with a load of things that we think you might like, ranging from simply pre-ordering the album to having a piece specially composed for you by me. We're also really excited that Romanian born, London based writer, Irina Nedelcu will be writing some actual short stories based on 2 or 3 of our pieces - I've worked with Irina on 2 short films over the years and she's an amazing writer! Any amount will be hugely appreciated and of course as pledgers, you will become part of the Fabled family, which means exclusive content, special offers and being the first to hear about upcoming shows. 

If we manage to exceed our target, then that extra money will contribute to our UK tour, which we are currently planning for March / April 2018. 

The Thanks

A huge thank you to all of you who have supported the project so far and for all of you who have managed to read this far! We hope to be seeing more of some of you and if you want to know more about the album, the band or about me, then feel free to visit www.samrapleymusic.co.uk or get in touch with me at samuelrapley@gmail.com 

Also, huge thanks to Andrew Lawson at Fieldgate Studios who filmed our Kickstarter video.

MUCH LOVE

Photo by Dave Hamblett
Photo by Dave Hamblett

 

Risks and challenges

A project such as this inevitably comes with some risks and challenges. Plenty of challenges have been overcome already and I have no doubt that any challenges that we face in the future will be surmountable. The potential risks and challenges are:

Album release date - at current we are scheduling to release in March 2018, however this may be slightly delayed to April 2018. Because this project relies on so many different people doing various jobs, the challenge is trying to coordinate everything to be done at the right time. So far, this has all worked out and we are confident that the launch date won't have to be pushed back any further than April.

We might not raise enough money from this campaign - the rules at Kickstarter are that if we don't raise 100% of the £4,000 we're aiming for then we won't get a penny of it. However, we've got an amazing team on it and members of Fabled have successfully funded their own projects through Kickstarter so we know we can do it!

Labels - at current we are planning to self release our album, however we have recently been in talks with one or two labels. This won't affect the money that we need to put the album out but of course if anything changes with this, we will be completely transparent and let you know of any developments.

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    Pledge £10 or more About $13

    Digital Download

    Receive a high quality digital download of 'Short Stories'. Includes digital copy of artwork / liner notes.

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    Receive your own physical copy of the 'Short Stories' CD, as well as a digital download.

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    Signed CD

    Receive a physical copy of 'Short Stories' personally SIGNED by every member of the band. Includes Digital Download.

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    Music Bundle - Album + EP

    2 for 1! As well as receiving 'Short Stories' as a CD, you'll also receive the EP we released in 2015 to critical acclaim. Both will be signed and will include Digital Downloads.

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    Limited Edition CD with Story Book

    Receive an extra special, limited edition CD, with a beautifully designed booklet added within the album case, containing short stories written by Irina Nedelcu which have been inspired by our music. Only a certain amount will be available so don't miss out! CD will be signed and will include Digital Download.

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    Your name in the album credits

    A very special way to thank you for being part of the team - you will have your name listed in the liner notes for the album. So that we can thank you personally as well as publicly, you will also receive a hand written note from the band to thank you for your contribution.

    Also includes Limited Edition CD with story book and EP, both signed and with Digital Downloads.

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    Executive Producer's Package

    Become an Executive Producer of the album! You'll have your name listed as an Executive Producer in the liner notes, as well as a personalised thank you note from the band. You'll also receive a ticket to our album launch gig at Pizza Express on 2nd April 2018, which can be exchanged for a different gig if you're unable to make this one. And last but not least, you'll have the rare opportunity to come and visit a Fabled rehearsal. You can see how it all works behind the scenes and you'll be welcome to ask us any questions you might have.

    Also includes Limited Edition CD with Story book and EP, both signed and with Digital Downloads.

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    Musician's Package

    One for all you musicians out there. This is designed for musicians at any stage in their development who want the opportunity to learn more about music / their instrument and develop their skills further. You will receive two 1 hour lessons with me (Sam), either by Skype or at an address in London. I have been teaching for several years and can offer help with improvising, technique, composition and finding your own voice, among other things.

    You will also receive PDF charts of all the tracks on the album, as well as being able to attend a Fabled rehearsal to see behind the scenes and ask questions.

    Also includes your name in the liner notes, a personalised thank you note from the band, Limited Edition CD with story book and EP, both signed and with Digital Downloads.

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    Piece of music composed for you

    Perhaps the most personal of the rewards on offer, I will write a brand new piece of music (up to 5 mins) especially for you. I want to hear from you and write something based on your ideas, experiences and stories, just as many of the pieces on 'Short Stories' have been influenced by my experiences. The process can be as collaborative as you like! You might just want to give me a few ideas and I'll come back to you with the finished product but if you want to be more involved then I will send you updates each time I work on the piece, showing you how it's progressing and explaining compositional processes if you're interested. The piece will be written for any combination of the musicians in Fabled (saxophone / clarinet, guitar, piano, double bass and drums) and as well as receiving a score of your piece, we will send you a demo recording made by the band, especially for you.

    Also includes your name in the liner notes, a personalised thank you note from the band, Limited edition CD with story book and EP, both signed and with Digital Downloads.

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    Trio home concert

    A truly unique experience to have 3 of the members of Fabled come to play an evening of music in your own home. As jazz musicians, we are used to playing in small venues which create a unique and intimate environment to hear music. We'll set up in the private venue of your choice and entertain and enthrall your audience for an evening. You can choose any combination of 3 instruments to form the trio, the most popular ones being either saxophone, piano and guitar or saxophone, bass and drums, but it's entirely up to you, you can put together your favourite line up! Anyone who attends this private event will receive a signed copy of our EP.

    This is available in the UK only and if the venue is outside London, additional costs will be included as necessary for travel expenses and accommodation.

    Also includes your name in the liner notes, a personalised thank you note from the band, Limited edition CD with story book and EP, both signed and with Digital Downloads.

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    Full band home concert

    As with the trio concert but this time, get the full band experience. A rare opportunity to see Fabled play the brand new music from our album up close and personal. We will be around for the whole evening and available to talk to people, answer any questions and generally entertain. As before, anyone who attends this private event will receive a signed copy of our EP.

    This is available in the UK only and if the venue is outside London, additional costs will be included as necessary for travel expenses and accommodation.

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