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Produce and present an eclectic poetry/music collaboration on CD and in unique, live, special events.

Produce and present an eclectic poetry/music collaboration on CD and in unique, live, special events. Read more
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Never a Prophet in Your Hometown

What do Josephine Baker, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, James Baldwin and Quincy Jones have in common? They all garnered success away from their hometowns before returning as "imports".

COPUS in Renaissance garb
COPUS in Renaissance garb

COPUS – an acronym for Creation Of Peace Under Stars - is a world beat ensemble that presents conscious lyrics and beautiful melodies for the thoughtful listener.  Formed by well-known Bay Area poet/spoken word artist Royal Kent and award-winning composer/pianist Wendy Loomis in 1998, the group has performed at clubs, theatres, and festivals in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Nashville, Atlanta, Boston, and Western Massachusetts. 

According to music critic Michael Allison, “COPUS could become legendary if given the opportunity to thrive!” 

The revenue raised on the Kickstarter crowd-funding platform will be used to produce a new CD called “COPUS to the World” and an accompanying New York debut/release tour.  Working with New York-based visual, musical and spoken word artists, COPUS is currently in the planning process of booking venues in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

The ensemble will then return to the Bay Area and present a "hometown" performance.  This will be followed up by a spring release in Paris at the Printemps des Poètes Festival.

Having stuck it out for 13 years since the last full-length CD (“Later Than You Think”) was released – despite changes in band personnel, declining of the economy, and fewer venues offering performance opportunities – COPUS never missed a beat ... they kept rehearsing and arranging new songs while developing and creating new material. 

The entire ensemble, in addition to Wendy Loomis and Royal Kent, consists of flutist Monica Williams, bassist Patrick Mahon, and percussionists Abassi Hunt and Greg Doxey.

COPUS having fun!
COPUS having fun!

In keeping with the vision of "Creation Of Peace Under Stars", a percentage of the sales revenue from the new COPUS CD will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  Choose any of the rewards packages (listed to your right) that fits your budget.  Thank you for your belief!

COPUS performs on Comcast Cable TV show "San Francisco Sound".

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    full CD "Copus to the World" digital download

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    beautiful physical CD with artwork

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    An assortment of 4 exotic loose leaf teas from around the world brought to you by Master Sommelier/Intuitive Healer Trella Davis. www.accessyouranswers.com. (Plus, an autographed CD)

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    private tour of San Francisco's literary and musical hot spots - plus autographed CD

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    private wine/nosh reception with COPUS band members (either in New York or San Francisco) - plus autographed CD (investor pays own travel costs)

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    private music lesson with COPUS band member (select piano, flute, bass or percussion) - (investor pays own travel costs) - plus autographed CD

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    numbered print of artwork by San Francisco & New York painter Stevenski Brewster - www.stevenski.com - plus autographed CD

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    personalized thank you credit in CD "COPUS to the World" - plus, of course, your autographed copy of CD

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    text of your poem included in "COPUS to the World" CD - plus autographed CD

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    private performance by COPUS in your town (if you live in California). For investors who live in the remaining 47 contiguous United States, COPUS will perform in your hometown if you also pay for flights (not to exceed an extra $1,500). Plus, of course, autographed CD and a COPUS word T-shirt.

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    personalized composition for you by award-winning composer Wendy Loomis - recorded with members of COPUS performing your piece - plus private reception with COPUS, autographed CD, and COPUS word T-shirt.

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    your poem recorded with personalized COPUS composition and included on CD "Copus to the World" - plus private reception with COPUS, autographed CD, and COPUS word T-shirt.

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