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I lead a 16-piece band that blends vibrant COLOMBIAN RHYTHMS with powerful BIG BAND ARRANGING. Help us record our first album!
I lead a 16-piece band that blends vibrant COLOMBIAN RHYTHMS with powerful BIG BAND ARRANGING. Help us record our first album!
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Hello amigos and thank you for taking the time to check out my page. By contributing to this campaign, as well as by sharing it with others, you will be supporting GREGORIO URIBE BIG BAND's first album!

THE MUSIC:

So first of all, let me show you what the band sounds like. This is the first song that we've recorded professionally and we want to record many more with your help:

Did you like it? Wouldn't it be awesome if we could record a full album with this unique sound? Well...WITH YOUR SUPPORT, WE CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN!

ABOUT ME:

I was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia where I developed a passion for traditional music styles as Cumbia and Vallenato. Later, I studied at Berklee College of Music where I fell in love with the exiting and intricate language of American-born big band music. When I graduated in 2007, I decided to create a unique band with a powerful sound that would combine these two passions of mine. So I created a 16-piece band under the name Gregorio Uribe Big Band (GUBB).

ABOUT THE BAND:

After getting goosebumps during our first rehearsal as I realized that my dream was coming true,  this band became my life-project and from that moment on, every single day and all my energy has been focused on developing and promoting this band. This has meant working on new music, organizing rehearsals, reaching out to venues, writing press releases, emailing journalist...and even carrying a 40-pound suitcase containing the music for the whole band on the NYC subway! The point is: there is little I wouldn’t do in order to give my band the exposure that I believe it deserves.

Great things have happened since we first started: The band has been constantly active playing in world renown venues such as Iridium Jazz Club, outdoor festivals (Celebrate Brooklyn and Salem Jazz Fest.), private events (Rhode Island State House, ABC Foundation) and even in the streets of New York. Also the video of our single "Caribe Contigo" was featured on MTV in the US and the UK for four weeks.  I've also been interviewed on CNN and have performed next to Grammy Winner Carlos Vives and the band has recently completed two years of a monthly performance at Zinc Bar in New York City. Can you imagine how much more we can do once we have an album?

WHY I NEED YOU:

The music industry has changed much over the past 15 years and today artist and band leaders like myself have to find different and creative ways to share their music with the world. This means a lot more work for us but it also means that we don't have to wait in line for a big record company to produce our music. We can do this by reaching out to regular folks like you and I who simply love music and want to support unique projects that they think SHOULD BE HEARD.

COST OF MAKING AN ALBUM:

As you can imagine, recording such a large band, is not cheap (but it's definitely worth it). The money that we raise through this campaign will be used for things such as:

-Renting a recording studio

-Hiring a recording engineer

-Mixing and mastering

-Paying the musicians (Although my guys and girls play this music because they love it, they are busy professional musicians and educators that make a living solely by their talent and deserved to be paid for their time and hard work)

-Rehearsal space

-Band photos and CD artwork

-Making copies of the album

KICKSTARTER AND OUR GOAL:

In case you don't know, the way Kickstarter campaigns work is that if we don't reach your fundraising goal, we don't get ANY OF THE MONEY :( This makes it more scary (and kind of exiting) but it also makes it all the more important that you help spread the word and get others to support us as well.

The good thing is that we can go past our goal and if we can raise more money we'll be able to produce an even better album. We could bring guest artists, have a few extra songs or even produce a music video. In reality our goal is between $15,000 and $20,000...so let's get the word out!

REWARDS:

As you can see there are many reward-categories to chose from but I want you to know that EVERY CONTRIBUTION WILL GET US CLOSER TO OUR GOAL so every dollar counts! Also, if you have any ideas about different rewards you think could be cool just send me a message through this page. This is something THAT WE ARE DOING TOGETHER so don't be shy if you want to get in touch.

THANK YOU! GRACIAS! GRAZIE! OBRIGADO! MERCI! DANKE!

Risks and challenges

Once we raise the money and record the album there will be some challenges in terms of finding ways and to promote the album as much as possible. I will ideally want to work with a publicist and invest in other ways of promotion. However, raising the money to actually record is the first and most important challenge. So I'm confident that I can make the rest happen once we have a great album ready.

We've been able to do so much these past years without having an album. So can you imagine all we can do once we have it? THE SKY IS THE LIMIT!

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    “CARIBE CONTIGO” + “CYBER-GRACIAS!”:
    Receive a FREE download of Gregorio Uribe Big Band’s single “Caribe Contigo” and a big “GRACIAS!” on your facebook profile or your twitter account.

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    “VIVA COLOMBIA”:
    Receive a track from the album two weeks prior to its official release. You’ll also receive a free download of my song “Viva Colombia”.
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    YOU HEARD IT FIRST + MUSIC SCORE:
    A digital copy of the full album two weeks prior to its official release and a digital copy of two of my big band music scores so you can follow the beautiful “dots” and “lines” of written music while listening to my arrangements.
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    SIGNED BIG BAND ALBUM + FREE ACOUSTIC ALBUM:
    A signed physical copy of the album at your door, and your name on my website thanking you for your support. You’ll also get a free download of my earlier solo/acoustic album “Pluma Y Vino” ("Pen and Wine").
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    TEN ROMANTIC LATIN CLASSICS (EXCLUSIVE RECORDING):
    I recently recorded my own version of 10 beautiful "Boleros" (romantic ballads) and you will get an exclusive free download of these. It includes songs such as “Sabor A Mi”, “Perfidia” and “El Reloj” and these aren’t (and will not) be available on iTunes or any other music store.
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    BE MY GUEST:
    Be on my exclusive guest list at any two of our monthly shows at Zinc Bar in NYC. If you are not in the area you can pass it along to a friend.
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    GUBB T-SHIRT:
    A limited edition Gregorio Uribe Big Band T-shirt. You’ll also receive two signed copies of the album and a signed copy of my earlier solo album “Pluma Y Vino”.
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    CD RELEASE PARTY + GUBB COFFEE MUG + PRIVATE TABLE:
    A free entrance to our CD Release party, a Gregorio Uribe Big Band limited edition coffee mug and a private table for you and your friends right next to the band at one of our monthly shows at Zinc Bar. You’ll be so close you’ll be able to listen to every single note of every clarinet and trombone as if we were playing in your living groom. (INCLUDES REWARDS FROM ALL THE ABOVE CATEGORIES)

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    DELICIOUS COLOMBIAN COFFEE:
    Three signed copies of the album, an invitation to any of the band’s monthly rehearsals and a bag of delicious Colombian coffee brought straight from the homeland! It will taste even better in your GUBB coffee mug ;)
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    ACCORDION LESSON: Wanna learn some Cumbia and Vallenato basics on accordion? Let's meet on Skype and I'll give you a 45-minute private lesson. Thank you Andrés Jimenez for this idea! (INCLUDES REWARDS FROM ALL THE ABOVE CATEGORIES)

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    BIG BAND ARRANGING / SONG WRITING / GENERAL MUSIC PRIVATE LESSON: Whether you are a professional musician or just someone who loves music but can't spell a "C Major" chord, I'd love to share with you whatever knowledge I have. We can talk about harmony, melody, lyrics, voicings, rhythms, instrumentation...You name it! We can also look into my big band scores and talk about the different the elements that I use in my arrangements. (INCLUDES REWARDS FROM ALL THE ABOVE CATEGORIES)

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    CYBER-SERENADE ON SKYPE:
    A cyber-serenade via Skype just for you. I’ll play some of my best original material just for you. We can also talk a little bit about music, books or any other stuff except politics and religion…Actually, we can talk about those too.
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    SOMBRERO “VUELTIAO” (COLOMBIAN HAT):
    A beautiful hand-woven Sombrero “Vueltiao” (Colombian traditional hat) delivered to your doorstep. Believe you me, it’s a real traffic stopper! People in the subway always ask me where I got it. In your case you’ll have a pretty cool answer: You'll be like “Well, I helped this Colombian music big band record their first album and they were so thankful that they sent me this hat straight from Colombia…you know, I’m just cool like that”.
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    YOUR NAME ON THE ALBUM + FRAMED SHEET MUSIC:
    Your name will be in the liner-notes of the physical album and you’ll get a framed sheet music from one of my songs with a hand written dedication. It will look beautiful on your wall and it will be a great conversation starter. Once again, you’ll have a pretty cool answer when they ask you where it came from.
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    AUTHENTIC COLOMBIAN FOOD
    I’ll take you out for authentic Colombian food in Queens (NYC) and later we’ll check out some live music together. You can google "Bandeja Paisa" and "Sancocho" to get an idea of the delicious dishes you’ll be trying. Also you’ll get a free entrance to our monthly shows at Zinc Bar for one whole year!
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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER + LIVE DEDICATION:
    You will appear on our CD as an associate producer and will be invited to the actual recording sessions of the album. Also during one of our shows I will dedicate one of my songs to you or to someone of your choosing. Even if you can’t make the show I’ll send you a video of my dedication in front of the whole crowd.
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    COLOMBIAN MARACAS:
    I happen to know one of the best Colombian instrument "Luthiers" and I will ask him to make you a pair of beautiful traditional Colombian maracas with your name on them. Even if you are not interested in playing them they are a unique work of art that will look wonderful in your home. Go to Google Images and search “Marcacones Colombianos” to get an idea of what they look like.
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    A PRIVATE PERFORMANCE IN YOUR LIVING ROOM:
    I will perform solo at your place for you and your closest friends. Think about it: A few bottles of wine, good live music and good company; sounds like a perfect evening to me! If you are outside of the New York City Metro area you might have to cover transportation and/accommodation fees...but hey, I can always crash on your couch! (INCLUDES REWARDS FROM ALL THE ABOVE CATEGORIES)

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    YOUR NAME IMMORTALIZED IN A SONG + PHOTO SHOOT w. BAND
    I will immortalize your name by giving you a big SHOUT-OUT on the actual recording of one of our songs in the album. Yes, your name will actually be in a song and people all over the world will hear it. Also, you’ll have free entrance to our shows for the next 10 years! And there’s even more: I will invite you to a band photo shoot so you can get a professional picture taken with the whole band. I’ll send you a framed copy of it. (INCLUDES REWARDS FROM ALL THE ABOVE CATEGORIES)

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    A CUSTOM-MADE SONG FOR YOU (OR YOUR LOVED ONE):
    Check this out: I will literally write a song for you or for someone who's special to you. For example: say it’s your anniversary or a friend’s birthday and you want to give this special someone a song that talks about all the things they mean to you. Wouldn’t that be an amazing present? The song can also be a song that I write thanking you for helping me make my dream come true, it can be about something you want to say to the world or about the way you feel. I’ll write it, record it and send it your way. The song can be in English or in Spanish and it can be in a variety of styles. Believe it or not I’ve even written a Country song before! (INCLUDES REWARDS FROM ALL THE ABOVE CATEGORIES)

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    A WEEKEND IN NEW YORK CITY w. YOURS TRULY:
    How about you come and spend a LEGEND-...wait for it…-DARY weekend with me and some of my band members in the capital of the world! I’ll fly you in, put you in a hotel and I’ll take you to check out some of the city’s best live music as well as to some of my favorite places, food, walks and drinks. I can definitely customize the experience: You wanna check out some Jazz clubs? Some Salsa dancing? Gospel music, Brazilian, Experimental, Opera, Theatre, Afro-beat, Cumbia? You name and I’ll make it happen! If you are outside of the US I would have to ask you to please cover the remaining cost of the usual domestic plane ticket (INCLUDES REWARDS FROM ALL THE ABOVE CATEGORIES)

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    LET'S GO SKY-DIVING!:
    How about we have one of those once in a life-time experiences together. I've never gone Sky-diving before but I've always wanted to as it seems like once of the best ways to experience what flying feels like. We obviously share a love for music, so if we also share a love for trying new things let's do this! There are some really cool places not far from NYC where we can go and jump of a plane (I guess it sounds a little scary when I put it like that, but I'm ready!). Obviously it will be my treat.

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