We are OrnâmatiK, a band out of Ann Arbor, MI that brings you original compositions, infectious grooves, and unique interpretations of Eastern European folk music. In 2012 we released our debut album as a larger ensemble with all traditional songs. Since then, we developed our sound, stripping down to the bare essentials and blending the spacious combination of three live horns and drums & bass with electronic effects and vocals. We continued our exploration of music from the Balkans and, most excitingly, spent countless hours writing and rehearsing new compositions that we are ready to record and share with the world! Our current lineup consists of the visionary Drew Schmieding on drums, the lively Ben Rolston on bass, the experimental Derek Worthington on trumpet, the improvisatory Eric Schweizer on reeds, and the intuitive Bethanni Grecynski on trombone, kaval (Bulgarian shepherd's flute), and vocals.
THE PROJECT: About This Campaign
We cannot wait to share this music with you. We are extremely proud of the unique compositions we've been working up and the distinct sound we've developed as a band. But there are many costs involved in producing a record, which is why we're asking for your support. The money we raise here will go directly to pay for the costs of this project:
- studio expenses
Your support will bring our vision of this music to life! The album and all the rewards offered in this campaign are original - including CDs, vinyl, drawstring backpacks, aprons, and more - and we know you'll enjoy them. Certain items will require a decision of color or design so we'll get in touch after we've been sucessfully funded (fingers crossed). Bethanni and Ben are in the process of creating amazing artwork which will be featured on the album and the rewards.
Throughout this process we've been working with some truly inspiring recording engineers, Rishi Daftuar and Don Godwin. Their dedication and craft are showcased in each of the songs you'll hear on the record.
THE MUSIC: Hear Examples From the Album Setlist
The following tracks are demo rough versions of songs we intend to record on this exciting second release. They represent the basic structure of each song to offer perspective on what you can expect, but the final versions will be much more warm, full, and sonorous.
Balkan Space Camp
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Risks and challenges
This will be the first time we've released an album on vinyl, which offers its own unique challenges in terms of mixing, mastering, and printing. We're also releasing almost all original music, which is new for many members of the band, and offers its own risks in copyright and registration.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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