Childsplay is recording a new CD in January, our seventh and final recording. We are asking YOU to be part of making it happen!
The music of Childsplay is a rich tapestry of traditional music in its many styles and the vibrant creativity of band-members’ compositions and arrangements. At its heart, our music is traditionally rooted in Celtic music from Ireland, Scotland, Cape Breton and even its American counterparts from Appalachia. The level of musicianship is unsurpassed ... from All-Ireland fiddle champions to national Scottish fiddle champions and a world of talent in between. Through over 30 years of performing, we have succeeded in creating a musical environment of creative expression, cooperation and community. In a world of technology, commercial stimulation and overload, the music of Childsplay draws listeners to the sacred world of human connection and shared joy from which we are constantly distracted.
I have been a violinmaker for over 40 years. In 1985, while working for a shop in Philadelphia, I started selling instruments that I had made. Because I was a fiddler, I sold many instruments to fiddle players. One day, I received an invitation from a friend to perform with a band of other fiddlers in Washington, D.C. “By the way,” said my friend, “the name of the band is Childsplay, since everyone will be playing one of your instruments.” Thus the group was born.
Most of the members of Childsplay are all-stars in their professional music lives, touring with their own bands, or even performing with the Boston Symphony. Yet year after year, band-members take time away from their own performing schedules to re-enter the community of Childsplay. Why? The members of the band speak to the rejuvenation and musical growth that come from collaborating with other high level musicians who are grounded in different musical traditions, stepping out of familiar traditions into new ones. The trust and musical respect that has grown out of being in this long-standing creative process together has forged deep bonds of connection between the group, as well as with our audiences.
Our goal with this new album is to capture the signature sound that is indeed Childsplay with the exquisite singing of Karan Casey from Ireland. Having focused in past years on the voice of the violin itself, the group has evolved to include arrangements that feature the human voice surrounded by violins and the other instruments of the band. As a traditional Irish singer, Karan Casey is at the top of her field and so we are thrilled to be able to capture this final phase of the group history in a recording that we hope cements our legacy in the folk and Celtic music worlds.
Here is the kicker: it will cost well over $30,000 to make the new album. If you have never been through a recording project of this magnitude, here is where your money will go: studio and equipment rental, salaries for the band, producers and recording engineers and then the design and production of the actual CD itself. With a band this big, everything is done on a large scale; for example mixing and mastering the audio tracks of 20 musicians is time-consuming and expensive and hopefully this gives you a sense of why we are generating this kickstarter campaign.
Our production team is superb. Our lead sound engineer is the renowned Bill Winn who has worked with Herbie Hancock, Whitney Houston and Joni Mitchell. My co-producer for the CD is Pete Sutherland who helped us produce our widely acclaimed album Waiting for the Dawn. And it is our privilege to record the project at Futura Studios in Roslindale where we recorded our previous three albums.
Childsplay is a non-profit organization, which means that all our revenue is generated from concert ticket, CD and DVD sales. Kickstarter seems like a natural fit for us, in that it speaks to the community sensibility that has grown around Childsplay over the years. We have created some fun and intriguing rewards that we hope you take advantage of … and remember, if we don’t reach our fundraising goal then we get nothing. Please join with us on this exciting, new stage as we endeavor to add the exclamation point to the legacy of Childsplay!
Risks and challenges
Risks and challenges Having a long-standing organization the size of Childsplay, should allow us to overcome any obstacles that potentially get in the way of completing this project. Obstacles always occur in any creative endeavor but we are confident, after six previous CD projects and two DVD projects, that we can fold them into the process of this new project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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