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Alba's Edge is recording their first full length album, full of Jazz-infused Celtic music and Latin/Funk grooves.
Alba's Edge is recording their first full length album, full of Jazz-infused Celtic music and Latin/Funk grooves.
186 backers pledged $9,131 to help bring this project to life.

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Alba's Edge is a sibling-led musical powerhouse bridging the gap between Scottish fiddle traditions, Jazz improvisation, Latin rhythms and Funk grooves. Co-led by Neil and Lilly Pearlman, the quartet has been gradually evolving and honing our sound over the past 4 years. Now that Lilly has graduated we are finally ready to take the next step: writing and recording our first full length album!

The Project

Our goal of $7,500 would allow us to cover the basic expenses of recording, mixing, mastering and manufacturing our album. If through your generosity we are able to meet this goal the album will definitely happen and we'll be incredibly excited. 

However there are a few extra costs that would allow this album to be the absolute best it can be, so we are setting a "reach goal" of $12,000. If we manage to not only raise our initial goal but kick it up to $12,000 we will be able to afford everything we need to make the album of our dreams. This would include bringing in a producer who is well versed in the music we are creating and experienced enough to help us craft the ideal recording. It would also include publicity campaigns to get the album out there, graphic design to make it super spiffy looking and more. 

The Album

The name "Alba's Edge" comes primarily from the Scottish Gaelic language, where the word "Alba" is the name for Scotland itself. In the spirit of our name, we are always aware of our deep connection to Scottish tradition while simultaneously pushing the boundaries of that tradition. But there is a secondary source for the name, drawn from the significant Latin American influence on our music. The word "Alba" in Spanish means "Dawn" and this meaning is particularly significant as we ask you to help us create this new piece of art and move into the next chapter for our band. The music we are creating for this album is cyclic, motivic and layered. It is inspired in many cases by new beginnings, recoveries and repeating patterns in music, life, history and the planet. We are very excited about the new music we're working on and about the new album as a whole. Thank you so much for your help, we can't wait to get to work!

Risks and challenges

Although we have carefully planned our timeline to allow for unexpected delays, the recording process is inherently unpredictable and it is impossible to anticipate everything. Whatever happens, whether we're on schedule or delayed, we will keep all our backers in the loop with regular updates on our progress toward a May 2015 album release.

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    A digital download of the album, available on the release date. Thanks for supporting our project!

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    A physical copy of the new album, signed by the band members and delivered right to your doorstep! (Digital download also included)

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    The physical album and digital download as described above, plus a signed copy of the Alba's Edge EP and commemorative postcards from our CD Release tours in April/May.

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    Rewards #1-3, plus: A special invitation to a private Kickstarter donor concert to be held in the Boston area. If you can't make it in person there will be a private live streaming video of the event accessible only by you. The concert will also be video-recorded and an exclusive DVD will be mailed to you.

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    Rewards #1-4 plus: The sheet music to all Lilly and Neil's tunes on the album, signed by the composer, and a signed copy of Neil's album "Coffee & the Mojo Hat" (the precursor to Alba's Edge)

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    Rewards #1-4 plus: A one-hour private lesson, or discussion either in person or via an online video-chat with any member of the band on an subject of your choosing (e.g. Fiddle, Bass, Piano, Literature, Drums, Mandolin, Step Dance, Latin Dance, Philosophy, Modern Dance, General Celtic Accompaniment, Jazz Improvisation, Life as a Musician... etc. etc.)

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    Rewards #1-4 plus: Neil will personally knit you a scarf, hat, stuffed animal or other object mutually agreed upon.

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    Rewards #1-4 plus: Lilly will hand-make you a circular calendar of her own design. The specific design of the calendar and the collage on it can be decided upon mutually.

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    Rewards #1-4 plus: Lilly or Neil will write a tune for you, send you a signed copy of the sheet music, make a personalized recording of the tune and perform the tune at the private donor's concert described in reward #4!

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    Rewards #1-4, Reward #9, plus: Lilly and Neil will play a private duo concert for you and your family/friends at your house or another location of your choosing. You will also be specifically thanked in the liner notes to the album and receive regular updates and looks behind the scenes at the making of the album

    (Note: If you do not live driving distance from Boston or Maine you will either need to provide transportation for us or else we can coordinate the concert with a time that we are touring in your area.)

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    Rewards #1-4, Reward #9, plus: The whole band will play a private concert for you and your family/friends at your house or another location of your choosing. You will also be specifically thanked in the liner notes to the album and receive regular updates and looks behind the scenes at the making of the album.

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