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Everyone Orchestra: Brooklyn Sessions 

Welcome Everyone!

This kickstarter is to fund the completion of the first conducted improvisational studio album of the  Everyone Orchestra with some of its star veterans. Together we created amazing, one of a kind, totally improvised performances over two days in a Brooklyn Studio. 

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It all started ten years ago on New Year's Eve.  Through a monumental synthesis of ideas, influences, and my constant urge for improvisational creativity and community, The Everyone Orchestra was born. The line up for each EO show is unique and I have been blessed to have had some of the greatest musicians on the planet trust my direction - no matter how simple, experimental or terrifying.  Members of the Grateful Dead, Phish, String Cheese Incident, King Crimson, Los Lobos, moe and so many more have been been overwhelmingly supportive during these ten wild years. 

 To celebrate this decade of live performances I've decided to create a series of studio recordings.  For this first installment of the series I made phone calls to EO veterans like Jon Fishman (Phish), Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band), Al Schnier (moe.), Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green) Steve Kimock, Marco Benevento, Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), Jamie Masefield (Jazz Mandolin Project) and Jans Ingber (The Motet), and... they all said YES!  

Armed with this incredible lineup I entered a Brooklyn studio in January 2011 for two full days of conducted improvisation.  The music we created far exceeded all of our expectations and left me with hours of truly beautiful, creative, wholly funky and original music to edit and mix.  As a result, I couldn't be more proud and excited to announce The Everyone Orchestra's debut studio album 'Brooklyn Sessions.'

To date, this project has been self-produced and self-funded and I am almost ready to release the music. But, I need your help to raise funds for final stages of finishing the album and to get this EO Studio Series off the ground.

With your support this will be the first of many incredible EO studio collaborations to come!

Thank you for checking out the videos and enjoying the music!

Matt

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www.everyoneorchestra.com

Magical hat and tails by Lieve Mass

Group photo by Michael Weintrob

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Film maker Peter Hwosch captured the session on video. Here is a "behind the scenes" video with a few interviews from the musicians.

Here's the album cover art:

Here's the Robert Marx poster from the 2006 North East tour: 

Here's what the Djembe from Everyone's Drumming looks like...before our special art goes on it!  I play these drums and they are the best!

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    DOWNLOAD of the album before it is released.

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    Physical copy of the CD, SIGNED by me + the digital DOWNLOAD.

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    BONUS TRACKS from the session + Physical copy of the CD, SIGNED by me + the digital DOWNLOAD.

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    CREDIT in the liner notes + BONUS TRACKS from the session + Physical copy of the CD, SIGNED by me + the digital DOWNLOAD.

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    POSTER ART by Robert Marx from the 2006 North East tour SIGNED by Matt Butler, Jon Fishman, Steve Kimock, Jamie Masefield, Jeff Coffin, Asher Fulero, Reed Mathis, Peter Apfelbaum, Julee Avalone and Scott Law
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    CUSTOM Djembe from Everyone's Drumming - 14" standard djembe, each with a special one of a kind design and signature on each drum. (shipping not included) + BONUS TRACKS from the session + Physical copy of the CD, SIGNED by me + the digital DOWNLOAD.

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    GROUP PHOTO SIGNED BY ALL THE MUSICIANS on the album and photographer Michael Weintrob
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    BE OUR GUEST - 2 tickets, a meet and greet and behind the scene's experience at an EO show of your choice in 2012. (must be in the U.S.)
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    I will come and CONDUCT your band in your living room or studio
    + BONUS TRACKS from the session + Physical copy of the CD, SIGNED by me + the digital DOWNLOAD.
    (Must be located within 2 hours of Portland, Oregon or add travel and accommodations.)

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT + GROUP PHOTO SIGNED BY ALL THE MUSICIANS on the album and photographer Michael Weintrob + BONUS TRACKS from the session + Physical copy of the CD, SIGNED by me + the digital DOWNLOAD

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    INVITATION to be behind the scenes at the next Everyone Orchestra studio recording session (line up, location and date TBD) + GROUP PHOTO SIGNED BY ALL THE MUSICIANS on the album and photographer Michael Weintrob + BONUS TRACKS from the session + Physical copy of the CD, SIGNED by me + the digital DOWNLOAD

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT + INVITATION to be behind the scenes at the next Everyone Orchestra studio recording session (line up, location and date TBD) + GROUP PHOTO SIGNED BY ALL THE MUSICIANS on the album and photographer Michael Weintrob + BE OUR GUEST - 2 tickets, a meet and greet and behind the scene's experience at an EO show of your choice in 2012. (must be in the U.S.) + BONUS TRACKS from the session + Physical copy of the CD, SIGNED by me + the digital DOWNLOAD...phew!

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