SUMMARY: This is a call for all art-lovers to help fund the recording and creation of a new album of intoxicating, uplifting, otherwordly music from the British Afghan musician (MC/Producer-Singer/Songwriter) Yusuf 'Yoshi' Misdaq. Aside from all the great rewards, your money will:
- Fully fund 40 hours of recording time in a professional
studio (Cue Recording) in Falls Church, Virginia; with the addition of some travel expenses for a few performing musicians (coming in from Baltimore, New York)
- Fully fund the pressing of the CD's; design, printing and assembly of LP-booklet and packaging
- Fully fund the Digital Mastering process needed for an iTunes/Amazon release.
- Any additional funding over the initial goal will be used to fund the planned "Free Like Air US Tour," which takes place in the Autumn of 2012. This planned tour is a series of ---free--- music concerts, poetry readings and writing workshops for students, babies, the elderly and everyone in between across the continent of North America, starting from the East Coast and ending on the West Coast.
- Yoshi has taught Creative Writing & Creativity Workshops at New York University, George Washington University, and the University of Brighton in the UK.
- This is his 4th Studio LP
This is the time! What is the time? The time for more heart than you ever thought could fit on a CD. The time for more soul. The air of our world is crying out for a music that is new. A way of speaking that breaks through the old ways. Something to match our rising hopes.
Revolutions roll, and the weather of the world right now seems to be whispering the possibility that Creativity and Music will save us. But the weather on the TV-News tells us otherwise. The professional meteorologists predict overcast skies, scorching suns, more death and no likely peace-deals on the horizon. The comfortable newsmen are desperate to proclaim this bad news in loud voices with their made up faces, they are eager to shout it down, far and wide, so that they can look more credible through pessimism and keep you totally tuned in to their small soap opera with the sad ending. Don't listen.
This album is twinkling estrella-stars-setarra's-. Bright luna-moons glittering white dust that dances on the bellies of black seas.
"I think it's going to have to be very subtle; you can't ram philosophies down anybody's throat, and the music is enough! That's philosophy. I think the best thing I can do at this time is to try to... know myself. If I can do that, then I'll just play, you see, and leave it at that. I believe that will do it, if I really can get to myself and be just as I feel I should be, and play it.... I think they'll get it, because music goes a long way - it can influence.
.... I feel that I want to be a force, for good... You know, I want to be a force for real good. ...in other words, I know that there are bad forces, y'know? I know that there are forces out here that bring suffering to others, and misery - to the world. ...But I want to be the opposite force, I want to be the force which is truly for good."
- John Coltrane, 1966
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