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Karl Evangelista & Grex are looking to fund completion of an album that explores Filipino/American heritage via very contemporary music
Karl Evangelista & Grex are looking to fund completion of an album that explores Filipino/American heritage via very contemporary music
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Taglish needs your help! Inspired by guitarist/composer/improviser Karl Evangelista's family experiences, Taglish is an exploration of the multifaceted nature of both contemporary creative music and 21st century Filipino-American culture. The project synthesizes jazz, American song, 20th century experimentalism, and Filipino folk melody into an aesthetic syntax that is at once universal and starkly personal. Centered around Evangelista's duo Grex (with multi-instrumentalist Rei Scampavia) and featuring trailblazing saxophonist Francis Wong, renowned electric bassist/multi-instrumentalist John-Carlos Perea, and Bay Area drumming dynamo Jordan Glenn, Taglish is a genuinely multicultural, trans-idiomatic work. 

Fully tracked and in its final stages of mixing, a recording of Taglish is on the way--it just requires a little financial "nudging" to get out of the door. The recording has been mostly self-financed; additional help is necessary for mastering, packaging, and replication--you can pitch in!

The aim of Taglish is to present a perspective on Filipino-Americanhood that encompasses the complexity of growing up in a multicultural, multinational environment; the album is meant to both illustrate and legitimize an alternative immigrant narrative--one that emphasizes the new, liminal space that can emerge between cultures--and for that reason is meant to be heard by as many people as possible. By funding this project, you are helping to realize these ambitions, playing a role in establishing and growing a unique Filipino-American music.

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    Album Level: you will receive a personal thank you and a copy of the completed album (CD and or/digital download)

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    Bonus Album Level: you will receive a thank you, a copy of the completed CD, and a newly compiled CDR of rarities (culled from the SUA/Grex archives).

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    Graduated Aesthetic Exertion Level: you will receive a thank you, a copy of the completed CD, a CDR of rarities, an acknowledgment in the album's credits, and an original Grex composition dedicated to your person (or a subject of your choice)

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    Yes, We're Serious Level: you will receive a thank you, a copy of the completed CD, a CDR of rarities, an acknowledgment in the album's credits, an original composition, and EITHER a private performance by Grex (timely performance restricted to Bay Area and Los Angeles residents--everyone else, give us a second...) OR an invitation to the Evangelista/Scampavia wedding

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