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The Adam Meckler Orchestra goes back to Pachyderm Studio to record and film their second full-length album of original music!
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The Adam Meckler Orchestra is reeling and ready to release our second full length album of original music! Our 2014 release "When the Clouds Look Like This" was listed by iTunes as one of the best jazz released of 2014 (also funded by Kickstarter!!). This time, we'll be featuring two tracks with hip hop artist collaborations including a track with Rhymesayers artist Toki Wright. We'll also be featuring international touring trumpet artist Rex Richardson on my arrangement of his tune "The Tao of Heavy D."

A few months ago, we lost our beloved bass trombonist Jenn Werner to cancer. One of the tracks on the new album, appropriately titled "Jennsong" will be our meditative tribute to Jenn. Additionally, a tribute to my mentor, the late great Fred Sturm, called "Fall Leaves and Apple Trees" will also be included on this release. 

As stated in the video, a patron of the arts in the Twin Cities has stepped up and offered to match the first $3500 raised via Kickstarter. Killer! I've set the goal for $7000 so we can clear the monies needed to record such a gigantic band (18 musicians!!) -- Your contributions here on Kickstarter are not simply donations. At each level, you'll receive something ridiculously cool in return. New music, a T-shirt, signed/framed manuscript, lessons, a private concert, a song or composition commissioned by YOU....So many things! Here is where your money will go once this thing is funded:

1) Studio recording fees

2) Engineer Mixing and Mastering fees

3) Let's pay this great band for their time and talents, shall we??

4) Fees for filming and editing the video (each track will be released as a video, too!) 

5) Photographer fees

6) Publicist fees (we want people to hear this thing!)

7) Album design

7.5) Cereal for my two-year-old and diapers for my newborn!!

MANY PEOPLE HAVE ASKED ABOUT VINYL:

I will print vinyl for this release if we can get to $15,000 -- I know that's a ridiculously high goal, but it's what will be necessary to facilitate such an expensive and time consuming venture (and of course, totally worth it!). It would be super rad to have my music printed on vinyl. I've been a vinyl collector since before it became cool again!

Please check out the options over there --> and help us make this thing a reality! Thank you for all the love and support, always! 

Risks and challenges

Of course, recording an 18 piece big band will always come along with some significant challenges. Particularly regarding the timeline of the release. It is our intention to release this new album in the Fall of 2018 (which is when most of you will receive your packages in the mail), but it's certainly possible the release could be delayed, especially if there is a publicist who wants to wait until 2019 to promote the release. I'll be in touch every step of the way so you never have to wonder "whatever happened to that Adam Meckler guy?" -- Of course, those of you who contributed to our first Kickstarter know that you'll get what's coming to you!!

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    Digital Download

    Download code complete with the full length album and liner notes at least one month in advance of the official release! You'll be so hip to have this before the rest of the world does!

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    Signed Copy of the Physical CD

    1) Download code of full length album and liner notes in advance of the release

    2) Signed copy of the physical CD

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    T-shirt Package

    1) Download code of full length album and liner notes in advance of the release

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    3) Official AMO T-shirt (From the "Clouds" release)

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    CD Bundle Package

    Do you like to give gifts? Give the gift of music with the bundle package! You'll get five (5) CDs, and the pre-release digital download!

    1) Five signed CDs

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    I'll Write You A Song!

    I'll write you a song! It might be on guitar with lyrics, it might be a short composition for a bunch of trumpet players titled in your honor...It could even be a short composition for strings or brass quintet. Try me! Make a request! I'll release a video and tag you in it!

    1) Download code of full length album and liner notes in advance of the release

    2) Signed copy of the physical CD

    3) Official AMO T-shirt (From the "Clouds" release)

    4) Original song written for you!

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    Take Some Lessons!

    Time to get that composition game happening? Feeling like you need some lessons on how to improvise? Getting started with arranging some music for big band? Small group? Nonet? Are you just generally interested in great music and want to hang?

    This is for you!

    The Take Some Lessons Package gets you three hour-long lessons ($225 value), either in person (in South Minneapolis), or via Skype. Plus, you get other cool stuff, too!

    1) Download code of full length album and liner notes in advance of the release

    2) Signed copy of the physical CD

    3) Official AMO T-shirt (From the "Clouds" release)

    4) Three Lessons with Adam Meckler

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    Original Manuscript Package

    I'll sign and frame one page of my original manuscript for one of the songs that will be recorded on this new album!

    1) Download code of full length album and liner notes in advance of the release

    2) Signed copy of the physical CD

    3) Official AMO T-shirt (From the "Clouds" release)

    4) Original signed and framed manuscript

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    I'll Cook You Dinner!

    I'll come to your house and make you dinner! Let's hang! (must be within a two hour radius of Minneapolis, MN)

    1) Download code of full length album and liner notes in advance of the release

    2) Signed copy of the physical CD

    3) Official AMO T-shirt (From the "Clouds" release)

    4) Dinner at your place! I'm cookin'!

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    Commission Package

    Do you want to be the reason new art enters in to the world? With the commission package, I will compose a brand new piece of music for the Adam Meckler Orchestra with your name listed on the piece as the commissioner! Artists like me rely heavily on patrons to fund the time it takes to compose a new work. If that sounds like you, let's do this!

    1) Download code of full length album and liner notes in advance of the release

    2) Signed copy of the physical CD

    3) Official AMO T-shirt (From the "Clouds" release)

    4) Signed and framed original manuscript from an Adam Meckler Orchestra composition

    5) New original Adam Meckler Orchestra composition commissioned by YOU

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    Private Concert and Recording Package

    Would you like to hear the AMO in an intimate setting? Your living room? Your church? Your school? A Park?

    With this package, we'll go where you want us, within a two hour radius of Minneapolis, and play a private one set concert just for you and whoever you invite. As a bonus, we'll bring a live recording crew and record the event for you, put it on a CD (or send it digitally) and give it to NO ONE ELSE EVER. You'll be able to brag to your friends that you're the only one who has it. Or you know, post it so everyone else can hear what amazing things happened at your personal private AMO concert!

    1) Download code of full length album and liner notes in advance of the release

    2) Signed copy of the physical CD

    3) Official AMO T-shirt (From the "Clouds" release)

    4) Original signed and framed manuscript

    5) 3 Lessons (if desired)

    6) Private concert and recording

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