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The EYE - a theatrical asteroid flying by the watchers and listeners. A bombastic flying piece of rock projecting on a screen near you

….as it happens

in autumn 2011 Liz and Thomas went to a folk session at “Trippets” - a Sheffield bar that no longer exists. One of the players struck us with the way he played his guitar. That very player happened to be Benjamin Trott. Mesmerized and curious about his unique technique of playing guitar, Thomas asked Ben if he could take a few lessons…

The lessons soon turned into an exchange of musical ideas, a first cluster of the raw new new new – as Liz and Thomas introduced Ben to their compositions the three developed a strong musical, emotional and intellectual connection that became the incitement and open field of imagination for Frogbelly and Symphony.

In January the three took up intensive songwriting and arranging work in New York City involving producer Martin Bisi in the creative process.

After a week drummer Ray Rizzo joined the group adding his arranging and drumming skills to the recordings that were about to be made.

In May 2012 Martin offered the band a recording session at the fabled BC –Studio that has given no less than e.g. Sonic Youth, Swans, and Dresden Dolls the phonic garb of their earlier recordings. Frogbelly and Symphony recorded 13 tracks in just two days, followed by an illustrious first gig at The Delancey in the context of the curated “Small Beast” concert series.

….and here’s the thing

with this campaign we would like to ask you to help us to take our project to the next level.  So far we have been blessed with creative support from our friends. We have a bunch of fantastic recordings in the box, have played a few awesome shows to great audiences and we have been provided with great artwork and photographs.

The film on this page reveals a live performance of ours that has been turned into our show reel for this campaign.

The next step will be finishing our EP “the EYE”.

We would like to get the tracks mixed at BC Studio, maintaining the high quality of the recordings we have thus far. The essence and best results, a number of 6 or 7 tracks, will then be mastered and put on our EP.

Our ideal product and format of choice is a 12” vinyl, with an included CD and download voucher.

Some of you may think a vinyl record is outdated

We believe that there is still no common medium that matches the sound-quality of a vinyl. It also provides more space for intricate artwork. Even in times of total access and availability of music online, we would like to give our fans a product worth taking home; a piece of art.

We are currently planning a short promo tour in and around NYC in January/February 2013 and an extended tour in Europe. Being able to sell copies of "the Eye" will help fund the travel and lodging during the tours and we are hoping to get the first edition of 500 copies produced as soon as this campaign is over. 

We are thrilled to share our achieved goal with You, our dear family, friends, and fans!

Please check out the information on the right to see what we’re offering in return for your donations. We are very grateful for every contribution and much appreciate your effort and interest in this new musical project!

You can find our demos on www.facebook.com/frogbellyandsymphony 

Just “like” us if you would like to be kept informed about us and our live activities. If you are not a member of facebook, fear not, you can still view our page and see when our next shows are! It is very important for us to build up a direct and genuine connection with our fans. The world of music is currently undergoing constant changes with all its ups and downs. Your donations will help us put out our first record, continue to do what we love and keep us on the road. You can be part of it as well!

It means a lot to us

…. a few more details about us

against all financial odds, we are maintaining this project internationally. We have been creatively inspired by having our roots in the UK, USA and Germany. Working with Ray Rizzo (US) and Ally Fraser (UK) on drums gives us the freedom to perform and develop our music on both sides of the pond.

Ben

Ben Trott studied guitar in Doncaster and is an integral member of the traditional music scene in the UK. He plays in the folk institution “The Albion Band” and can always be found at one of the countless sessions around his hometown of Sheffield.

Ray

Ray Rizzo is based in Louisville, KY and NYC and has lent his skills as a drummer, actor, songwriter and all-round musician to many a music, art and theatre project. He is also the initiator of Louisville’s “Mother Lodge” festival and currently plays with Julia Stone, Glen Hansard and Mike Shannon (Corporal). His creative contributions to Frogbelly and Symphony go far beyond just being a drummer.  

Ally

Sharing the drum stool with Ray is Ally Fraser from Sheffield who has recently joined the band. Besides living a musical life on the rock-side of things (being engaged in Bands such as Oblong) he is also a maker and designer of bespoke wooden furniture which gave him the nickname "woodman".

Liz

Liz Hanley, keyboardist, violinist, and singer is originally from Boston, MA and has been practicing music professionally mainly in New York. She studied classical violin at NYU and is also in the band Emanuel and the Fear. A major influence however is traditional Irish music which has been a constant throughout her musical career. She has begun to explore the realm of songwriting in Frogbelly and Symphony.

Thomas

Sheffield resident of Hamburg origin Thomas Lebioda mostly provides the foundation to Frogbelly and Symphony’s compositions. As a bassplayer, songwriter and producer he can look back on a long list of bands and projects such as the theatrical rock formation Philipp Caspar Frederick or Somerset songwriter Kid Decker. He also owns and manages the Hamburg based independent record label Labelship.

…a few words about kickstarter

We chose kickstarter as a way of raising the funds for our record, because we believe in the concept. The main aspect certainly is that it lets us be our own bosses and we won’t get tangled up in the world of contracts and dependence in such an early phase of our project.

Furthermore it is very much the ideal and contemporary way of dealing with the dilemma the music industry and other creative genres are going through.

Through the support of good recording facilities, venues, and professional management, we continue to spread the knowledge of what it takes to produce the music according to the standard everyone is used to. A lot of music consumers are still very unaware of what it takes. Kickstarter provides independent and transparent support to all the professionals involved by bridging the gap between the listener and artist –  essential for this art form to survive!

We thank kickstarter for this opportunity to promote ourselves and also for the support it provides to our production.

You kick ass!

Artwork by Jools
Artwork by Jools

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Upon reaching our goal of raising $5000, we will see to the planned production steps immediately.
We're working in a professional environment with very experienced people.
All production steps have already been pre-scheduled, facilities been pre-booked.

Working creatively is not always a straight line - our attitude is that creative detours, delays and surprises may even present hidden opportunities! We believe the best way of dealing with any unforeseen delays, whether personal or technical, is to keep our backers informed about our working process. Through kickstarter and other social medias, we are able to closely communicate and update statuses.

We are revealing. We are being revealed. We are very aware and prepared that a campaign of this sort may raise expectations. We are thrilled to tackle both our own and our backers' expectations to maximum satisfaction and are always open for ideas, advice and inspiration. This is an organic process - let's all be part of it!

Thank you!

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