The Brooklyn Rider Almanac
Honoring the Past & Celebrating the Present
Everybody needs a hero. We are inspired by Der Blaue Reiter (the Blue Rider), an artistic collective active in the days leading up to World War One. Visual artists such as Wassily Kandinsky, Franz Marc, and musicians like Arnold Schoenberg collaborated on a publication in 1912 that served as an artistic testament to their time and place, while offering a vision for the future. That publication was the much celebrated Der Blaue Reiter Almanach, which combined essays, art and music.
Living in New York City, we are continually energized by the artistic community we are a part of: musicians, film makers, choreographers, photographers, writers, animators, fashion designers - each with a unique voice of artistic expression. The Brooklyn Rider Almanac strives to honor our namesake by creating a shared space for those voices to be heard.
An Almanac for the 21st Century:
A Music Commissioning Project
As a string quartet, one of our great loves is the act of commissioning and performing new music, and this is where the Brooklyn Rider Almanac got started. We've already commissioned fifteen new works from a diverse list of musicians, all of whom operate mostly outside of the classical music world. We asked each composer to name a personally influential artistic figure active within the last 50 years, and incorporate the spirit of that influence into the piece. Every time a composer came back to us with their source of inspiration, our excitement mounted. We started to realize that there was a much deeper story to tell...
Beyond the Music
We are reaching out to some incredible artists from a wide spectrum of genres to create an ambitious body of work directly related to the commissioned music. This will include videos, animation, choreography, photo essays, articles, interviews, remixes, and much more. Your support for the Brooklyn Rider Almanac will help create a multi-layered and immersive experience that will illuminate the compositions and their sources of inspiration.
Sharing this project with the world
The Brooklyn Rider Almanac studio album will come out in fall of 2014. But this campaign is not just about creation of a studio album (as excited as we are about the music); it is about so much more! The new work that you will be supporting will be released periodically throughout the 2014-2015 season via YouTube, social media, our website, as well as right here on our Kickstarter page. Our project's exciting culmination will be the release of an interactive coffee table book, which will present the work that you helped to create to the world, celebrating all of the creative spirits that make up the Brooklyn Rider Almanac.
We are so thrilled about this project, and we would love you to be a part of it!
-Brooklyn Rider (Johnny, Colin, Nick, and Eric)
Composers and inspirations
Erin Baiano - American photographer
Brian Brooks (Brian Brooks Moving Company) - American choreographer
Lil' Buck - American jookin' dancer
John Heginbotham (Dance Heginbotham) - American choreographer
Dennis Herring - American musician & producer
Ingrid Hertfelder - German photographer
Becky James - American animation artist
Heidi Kim, American professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Bradon McDonald - American fashion designer
Raz Mesinai (Badawi) - American composer, filmmaker, writer
Justin Messina - American composer & electronic music producer
Kevork Mourad - Syrian/Armenian visual artist
Will Robin - American music critic
Damian Woetzel - American choreographer, producer and educator
Risks and challenges
In our experience, most successful collaborations always begin with deep respect and friendship. We are deeply honored that every artist we've approached has been incredibly supportive and excited to get involved. That in itself makes us confident that this project will be successful, despite challenges that will most likely come up.
Everyone in this project has a busy life, so the simple act of scheduling might be one of the biggest challenges in this project. That's one of the reasons that the work you will help us create will be released over the course of an entire 2014-2015 season.
We learned a lot from our first Kickstarter campaign. For example, vinyl production most often gets delayed, so those rewards' estimated shipping allows extra time to make sure that we can deliver what we promised on time. Chocolate is better shipped in the cooler months - we are allowing extra time for this as well. Shipping the rewards is a complicated job, not suited for one person - we now have 4 volunteers who will help us with packaging and shipping.
Another aspect of the project that is somewhat unknown is the interactive coffee table book. We have the utmost respect for the team of designers we are working with - they are truly amazing at what they do. Currently, they are working on a prototype. We are allowing a full year to fulfill this reward, so that our team has time to iron out any problems that may arise.
We expect new challenges to come up, probably some that we can't fully anticipate at this point. What we do know is that the project is made possible by the generous participation of every single backer. When this campaign comes to a close, our community will be bigger and stronger, thanks to your support. You have our deep thanks and respect, and we are committed to honoring these new friendships by fulfilling the promises we made to you, 100%.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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