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The New Cuban Express is an Ensemble Lead by Cuban Pianist and Composer Manuel Valera. Be part of the Debut recording!!! Read more

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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on January 25, 2012.

The New Cuban Express is an Ensemble Lead by Cuban Pianist and Composer Manuel Valera. Be part of the Debut recording!!!

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Be a part of Manuel Valera's THE NEW CUBAN EXPRESS' first album!!

Hello everyone,

I'm very excited about my newest project THE NEW CUBAN EXPRESS.  Even though I have done many projects in the past and a number of records as a leader, this is the first time that I have a project that focuses mostly on Cuban music. I took about a three-year hiatus from leading my own bands in order to go on the road as a sideman with other artists. I'm very thankful for than opportunity and I learned a lot. I knew there would be a time when I had to get back to my own projects and music, and that time is now. 

The New Cuban Express features some of my favorite musicians in the NYC scene. I've had the pleasure of working with them since I got to NYC 11 years ago in different contexts, and they've always inspired me. The members of The New Cuban Express are Yosvany Terry on saxophones and chekere, John Benitez on bass, Tom Guarna on guitar, Mauricio Herrera on percussion and Eric Doob on drums. As a "working band" and we have been able to perform the repertoire at length before going in the studio. This group performs regularly around NYC and the North East, so catch us live if you can!!

I'm very glad to have found Kickstarter because the bottom line is that we need financial help!! Unfortunately we need about $9000 in order to finish our debut album. These funds will go to mixing, mastering, duplication and promotion of the record! Your very special contributions--whether $1 or $3000--will be immensely appreciated and  will help pay for musician, studio, mixing, mastering, CD reproduction and publicity.  We will be very grateful if you decide to back this project and help us reach the finish line.

There are cool rewards, including lessons, performances, Charts, Music Minus ones, etc. 

Also, If we don't reach our goal then we won't get any of the funding (of course your credit card will not be charged by Kickstarter either). So, help us spread the word!!!

Please make your contribution by clicking the green button.

Come on board a be a part of the journey!!

Manuel

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    Thank you so much for helping out!!!

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD Receive a High Quality digital download of entire album and Art work in PDF format

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    pre-release DIGITAL DOWNLOAD Receive a High Quality digital download of entire album and Art work in PDF format before the album is released!!!

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    AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF NEW CD: Receive an autographed copy of the CD when it is released along with personal thank you note and 1 song pre-release digital download.

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    NEW CD Plus PREVIOUS CD. You will receive a copy of the new record plus a copy of one of Manuel's previous releases. Your Choice of Currents, Vientos, Forma Nueva or Historia

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    NEW CD PLUS MUSIC CHARTS. You will receive a physical copy of the New CD. a digital High Quality Download version, plus lead Sheets in PDF format for all the 9 compositions/arrangements on the Recording.

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    TAKE A PIANO LESSON WITH MANUEL. You will receive a copy of the New Album plus a 1 hour piano or composition lesson with Manuel in NYC or Via Skype.

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    NEW CD plus ALL OF MANUEL"S CDs. You will receive a copy of the new record plus a copy of Manuel's previous 5 cds.

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    A copy of the new record plus a custom made selection of five "music minus one" play along tracks (in hq digital download form) from the New Cuban Express Repertorie (select your "minus one" instrument) along with charts for your instrument.

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    HAVE MANUEL ON YOUR RECORD. You get a copy of the New Album plus I will record a piano track for your project (overdub session in my studio facility). In Addition your name will appear as a contributor on the recording

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    Special Contributor #1! you will receive 2 copies of the new album, a pre-release High Quality digital download of the record, Lead Sheets for all the compositions, your name will appear as a contributor, and you'll get a personal thank you video and an exclusive solo piano recording of your favorite Jazz Standard or Manuel's composition that only YOU will have. You will also receive Manuel's previous five records: Forma Nueva, Melancolia, Historia, Vientos and Currents. In Addition your name will appear as a contributor on the recording

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    SPECIAL CONTRIBUTOR #2 You will receive special contributor 1 plus Executive Producer status on the liner notes. In Addition Manuel will record an exclusive performance of your favorite jazz standard in a Trio format (piano, bass and drums) that only YOU will have.

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    MANUEL VALERA SOLO PIANO CONCERT AT YOUR HOME!! you will receive Special contributor 2 + Executive Producer status on the CD. I will come to your house and play a Solo Piano Concert gratis. Recipient would cover travel and lodging expenses from NYC as applicable, equipment rental.

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    NEW CUBAN EXPRESS HOUSE CONCERT!! you will receive Special contributor 2 + Executive Producer status on the CD. I will come with the New Cuban Express to your home and play a house concert (recipient would cover travel and lodging expenses from NYC as applicable, equipment rental and sideman fees)

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Funding period

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