Emilio is in eighth grade and has been surrounded by music all his life. When he was three, he began playing invisible instruments and conducted an invisible band of family members (whose efforts he often found frustrating). He also started playing violin at three but after smashing it (like the Remarkable Farkle McBride -- great book by John Lithgow) he turned to a five-piece drum set, replete with hi-hat cymbals. Around this time he became fascinated with Yellow Man, memorized the dance hall reggae star's show routines, and would perform his songs on any "stage" he could find (or create).
Emilio began piano, in earnest, under the instruction of the incredible Aaron Diehl. When Emilio was eight, he decided he had "found" his musical voice -- alto saxophone. So, he began lessons with Jon Irabagon and also studied with Will Anderson, Brian Landrus, and Lynn Gruenwald. His current teacher is Walter Blanding.
Emilio has been making great progress as a young musician. In 2011 Emilio was awarded the prestigious Recanati-Kaplan music scholarship; and last year (as a rising eighth grader), he was invited to join his high school jazz band. Emilio has been a member of the Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra since he was 10. Emilio loves Ben Webster, John Coltrane, Guy Lafitte and Jorge Ben Jor, Caetano Veloso and a lot of other artists you'll find on his website for music he loves from around the world. Here's clip from a recent performance and Emilio's arrangement of Coltrane's, "Blue Train."
You can hear Emilio featured on the radio program, Trading Fours with Drs. Modeste & Wes, here.
The high school band travels to Australia for two weeks in March 2014 to perform with schools in Melbourne and Perth. They'll also have a professional recording session and will make a CD to share with supporters. Students will tour many parts of the country, visit the Sydney Opera House, and have a big farewell concert for local fans.
"Gigging in Australia" will raise funds to support Emilio's first ever professional recording session on March 17th in Melbourne where his NYC jazz band will collaborate with jazz students in Melbourne and record 1-2 songs (TBD). Your support will allow Emilio to make and mail individual CDs and t-shirts (with original artwork) to supporters; perform in Farewell concerts on March 18th in Melbourne and on March 23rd in Sydney; create, transcribe, and perform one composition of new music based on his cultural & musical immersion experience and share with supporters. Emilio performs locally in NYC with a high school quintet and will compose a piece of new Australian-influenced music for the band. Emilio will share the music file with supporters and invite them to the local NYC gig when the work is being performed live by the quintet (supporters who are not local will receive a video to download, post event). Your support will also allow Emilio to attend classes and workshops on aboriginal Australian music and culture; support technology in-country (mobile wi-fi use) so he can update his travel blog with posts/photos regularly, and interact with his supporters via social media while in Australia.
Be part of Emilio's success! Join the Journey and support "Gigging in Australia"!
Risks and challenges
The first major risk is time: we're just out of the holiday season and while the spirit of giving is still high, the deadline for giving is at hand; 30 days means we've got to work fast!
To overcome this, I'll be using my social media savvy to ask for support via Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google +, and email.
Once the project is successfully funded, we'll face the challenge of timely updates to Emilio's travel blog and transferring the recording session song to CD or digital format to share with supporters (won't have final details until closer to date of session).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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