It is time for me to make my 25th CD, "Continuance". I have always worked at producing the finest quality music that will appeal to everyone who hears it. Because of the facilities I will be working in, I expect this project to have outstanding production and musicians. It will be a soundtrack to your life!
I will be recording at Roselane Studios in Carpinteria Ca. under the watchful eye of my friend Sjoerd Auke Koppert, (Google him) from the beginning of June and I hope to be able to launch this album when I start my 2016 tour of Quebec In August.
I have always used the most sought after session musicians. On one of my CDs, ("Rumplestiltkins Resolve") I had Herbie Hancock's band, The Headhunters. On others I have had the honour of playing with people like Alphonso Johnson, (incredible jazz/fusion bassist) Ralph Humphrey, (Frank Zappa's drummer, Manhattan Transfer, etc), Leland Sklar, Bassist, (James Taylor, Carol King, Phil Collins, and countless others). J. Peter Robinson, (Quatermass, Brand X, Stomu Yamashta and currently a prominent film composer). An integral partner on this project is my dear friend Paul Buckmaster, who has collaborated with me on almost every CD I have made. He has worked with everyone from Miles Davis to Taylor Swift. He won "Arranger Of The Year" in 2000 for his arrangement of Train's "Drops Of Jupiter".
I will use this project to "pay it forward" by using some students from some music schools in Los Angeles, to be chosen by their professors, for achievements in their fields. I will help them with their tuition - as well as introducing them to the vast music network in which they intend to pursue their craft.
I will not be able to do any of this without your donations. There is a saying that I have always tried to live by…."Perfection consists in doing ordinary things extraordinarily well". This requires money - $20,000 or more, but to put that into perspective, it's not even close to what artists like Coldplay, Beyonce, Katy Perry, and other superstars spend on their productions.
The rewards are pretty clear and quite groovy. I will add some incentives half way through the campaign - so be sure to keep checking in!
Risks and challenges
My biggest challenge will be to get this CD recorded, mastered and printed in time for the launch in Quebec in August - and to have the budget for it. But I am determined to make it happen!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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