The Peasant Sabbatical:
The title says it all! I have spent most of my adult life traveling, studying, performing, and living the music in unlikely places at unlikely times. In the past I have had some financial support in the form of grants (studying with the Gypsies of Spain in Andalusia, or after the tragic war in the Balkans), but most times it has been without funding, often producing non-commercial music, on an absolute shoestring budget.
The "Peasant Sabbatical" is a CD is where acoustic 12-string guitar meets world music, with some help from other talented musicians, particularly on violin and acoustic bass. I also add instruments such as tamburitza, brac, prim, mando-cello, button accordion, and tambura. It is a project very dear to me, and perhaps my best work so far. This is the first project where I took great care to create a musical score for each song prior to recording. If the project is successful, I plan to offer a corresponding musical songbook as well.
This will be my sixth CD project, and I have a history of producing quality recordings. My prior CDs have also been critically acclaimed. For example, "American Gypsy" was clearly a groundbreaking CD that was nominated "Album of the Year" at the "American Independent Music Awards". Notably, this was a totally instrumental CD competing against all musical categories. However, being solely an independent artist, the process of producing the CD left me without the necessary resources to adequately promote the final product.
My last project, "12-string Guitar", a very ambitious exclusively solo 12-string guitar CD, was nominated "Solo Guitar Album of the Year" at the JPF Music Awards in Nashville. However, due to financial restrictions, I was again unable to promote the project in any meaningful way.
All my CD projects are unique and varied in their musical approach. For example, "World Blue" is an ambient - yet melodic, pensive "new age style" CD, that many people consider my best work so far. "Cold Fish" is a live performance CD inspired by great jazz-fusion artists such as Pat Metheny, Spyro Gyra and Weather Report.
I am a composer and performer, not a salesman, and I have no clever video to entice you. My music does not fit neatly into any particular genre, so I am aware that one must truly enjoy music for music's sake to have an interest. That being said, I would sincerely appreciate your support, and have tried to create pledge contribution packages that reward your contribution.
I might add, that this project is already nearing completion, that the music is already scored, arranged, and recorded, and that your contribution will be used for the critical final steps that include: artwork, mastering, production, and promotion of the CD.
I would be delighted and honored by your support, and look forward to hearing from you soon.
Risks and challenges
One of the most exciting parts about becoming involved in this project is that it is essentially nearing completion, with final funding being the main obstacle. This will be my sixth CD project, and I have a history of producing quality CDs. I am aware of many of the pitfalls in producing a project, and I am confident that the difficult and most time consuming aspects of the project have already been completed. In many cases, the performing artist underestimates the time and cost associated with the arranging and recording, as well as the tediousness of the editing process. Thankfully, “The Peasant Sabbatical” has moved into the final phases of completion. The artwork development is underway, and the mastering session has been scheduled. Plans for promotion are underway.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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