What is "Heartbeat"?
Jen Kuhnberg and George Woods are teaming up to create this "new concert experience" designed to immerse the audience and make them a part of the action. This is our way of challenging the typical audience experience and truly making something new, spectacular, immersive, and different.
One part contemporary dance performance, one part rock concert. "Heartbeat" weaves together music, dance, and visual arts to tell the love story of one man's lifetime through his relationships. You get to follow the protagonist through teenage twitterpation, affairs, temptations, weddings, and funerals. The audience becomes the active participants in an extravagant party that celebrates love, throughout life.
What's all the $$ for?
Making Dreams Come True! (...True, but lets be practical about this)
1.) PAYING OUR DANCERS
- These people put in so much work over months and months and they do it for passion. We want to make sure they are properly rewarded.
2.) COSTUMING & STAGE SETS
- Heartbeat is a very visual show involving props, masks, and special clothing that aid the story line and add to the immersion of the experience.
3.) PROFESSIONAL FILM CREW
- We plan to film the show using multiple cameras to truly capture the experience. We want to make sure our friends, and fans across the country and world can share in the experience. Also so you can take home a copy and relive the show whenever you like.
4.) REHEARSAL SPACE
- It aint cheap :-)
Where is the music coming from?
The music is provided live by the George Woods Band performing their new album "Heartbeat", which is a concept album featuring soaring strings, groovy horn sections, and a through written lyric that reads track to track and cover to cover.
Some reviews include: "Heartbeat is a divine album which only gets better the more you listen." ~ Siobahn Chapman at indiemunity.com
"These emotions and relationships are those that could not easily be made up, and because of that Heartbeat reads like a continuous story. Woods puts his experiences and sentiment on the line with this album, and it seems that he has done so with a genuinely honest flair." ~ Alec Cunningham at Good Vibes Music Reviews
No where near lacking in the songwriting skills department, George takes listeners through a storybook of personable lyrics, melodic adventures, and grooves that will keep your mind on track as you ride along these 13 songs of awesome. ~ Joshua Smotherman at Middle Tennesee Music midtnmusic.com
This "one long story" musical epic is being realized into a full dance production with the help of Jen Kuhnberg of The OnStage Dance Company.(http://www.onstagedanceco.com).
Who are you People?
George Woods is an orchestrater, instructor, multi-instrumentalist, and (most importantly) songwriter/performer in the Boston Area. With a classic touch like James Morrison, the folky heart of Ray LaMontagne, and a unique melodic adventurousness, George Woods creates his own signature style of Folk-Funk.
George’s solo project began after the dissolution of his group Birds In The Woods, a Boston based band that won the 2008 Boston Music Festival, received radio spins at home and abroad, and saw placement in national publications such as Relix Magazine. His first solo EP, “Technicolor Costs Too Much,” released in Summer 2011, was self produced in a makeshift bedroom studio, and put together by hand with a one of a kind packaging. The record was well received by audiences across the northeast, online, and even in the UK.
Jen Kuhnberg is an accomplished choreographer, dance instructor, and CEO of the OnStage Dance Company in Boston, MA. The OnStage Dance Company is dedicated to creating performance opportunities for Boston area dancers. Their mission is to provide a venue for self-expression through performance in front of a live audience. They are a not-for-profit organization that gives back to the artistic community and has enriched the lives of hundreds of dancers over the years. Having a roster of 50-70 dancers at any given point in time.
The Onstage Dance Company has even seen brief moments of fame on So You Think You can Dance as part of National Dance Day 2012. Representing Boston with a dance filled flash mob on the MBTA.
Risks and challenges
As band leaders and choreographers Jen and I are great orchestrators of people, and we share a common vision for the project. We want to allow as many of you as possible to enjoy the story that we have been crafting and putting our blood sweat and tears into. One of the biggest challenges of any project is promotion, and getting faces in the door. Additionally, organizing your fellow artists and managing schedules can prove to be a daunting task as any manager will tell you. Between the two of us we have enough creativity, will power, and experience to pull of a production of this size with flying colors and make sure you all know it's happening.
Additionally, any production of this size carries with it considerable financial needs, and risks. All of which we are willing to take to make this project happen!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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