Raising funds for my 6th record of compositions--- to be recorded in early 2012 on Spanish label "Whatabout Music" with Dave Bianchi.
I've just been made aware of "Kickstarter" and I invite you to thoroughly check out this innovative website and its purpose. Honestly--- in this day of independent artistic endeavors and the challenge of making manifest one's vision, I think that this site is fantastic and, truly--- in the world of record-making, is a way you can have a voice, with your funding directly, in what musical innovations are brought to life.
I am in the very early stages of envisioning the record for which I am gathering financial support-- but it will be a collaboration, again, with producer Dave Bianchi, whose work is super diverse and with whom I've had the pleasure of making my last EP--- about Dave: (http://www.groovelovesmelody.com/2011/09/12/whatabout-music-with-dave-bianchi/) Dave and I have set early 2012 as time to make a more focused, next-level record following ULU, my first "Whatabout" release, which is available on i-tunes, amazon, spotify, etc.
Links for more information:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ab1AcgBagSA from 2008 during my time as the Musician-In-Resident of Bermuda
http://www.barcelona-metropolitan.com/articles/five-minutes-with-leslie-helpert/photos.html article feature in Barcelona's Metropolitan Magazine
http://onlineathens.com/stories/011210/mar_545705703.shtml article from Flagpole Magazine/Tribute to Billie Holiday
myspace.com/serpentfly (you can hear some of ULU, the last Whatabout EP I made)
www.whataboutmusic.com (the label)
http://luxilluminates.com/2009/12/16/leslie-helpert-reveals-her-new-ep-ulu/ (review of Ulu, the last EP)
http://vimeo.com/17839326 (live street performance of a song we'll likely record on next EP, called "The Understudy, recorded in Barcelona)
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Since I likely will be hard-mailing CD copies from distant lands, for a $20 reward--- I will send you a free digital download of the album in its entirety BEFORE the actual hard-disc is released... Including digital artwork, how does that sound?!Estimated delivery:
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For $1000 and higher of a pledge I will paint you an offering of my appreciation which I will include in a specialized package of the recording itself, in its finalized form. Your name will be woven into a poem in the liner notes and album artwork of the recording. Additionally, you'll be invited to a gallery release of the album which will promise to be a very delicious space, somewhere beautiful. And I will make you a cake when you get there.Estimated delivery:
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For 5,000 and higher of a beautiful, bodacious pledge, you will have the opportunity to be noted as a top "executive producer" of this album. I will send you a select song for you to name whatever you choose, and additionally, you get to create your own "award" which, after reviewing, I will vow to fulfill in this lifetime (for example, if your award is that you would like to be picked up in a hot air balloon or be given a baby giraffe or go to a magic show in Madagascar, etc. I will make sure that I fulfill your self-designed award in this lifetime or else appoint it to my managers of my estate at the time of my death so that they assure your self-created reward is duly carried forth, and I'm serious).Estimated delivery:
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