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8 years as a band, 3 years composing this music together, and 5 incredible days in the studio with Dave King (of the Bad Plus).
8 years as a band, 3 years composing this music together, and 5 incredible days in the studio with Dave King (of the Bad Plus).
49 backers pledged CA$ 3,073 to help bring this project to life.

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                                    "Slightly Higher In Canada" 

...is the name of our new album, recorded over 5 days last May at Sunset Hill Studios in Morin Heights, Quebec.

Eric with Ian (our engineer) and Dave King
Eric with Ian (our engineer) and Dave King

                               The Story Behind the New Album:

For the album, we were somehow able to convince one of our favourite musicians in the world, Dave King (of "The Bad Plus", a band we all love), to spend those five days with us in studio as "producer". He was inspiring and hilarious, and with his unique genius he helped us capture raw, meaningful performances of 12 original compositions and one cover, with no overdubs or edits.  

                               Why We're Asking for Your Help:

We love the music we recorded and can't wait to put it out into the world, but our indie-jazz budget only covers about half of what it takes to get there, so we're asking for your help to get this album mixed, mastered, and printed.

                                                Rewards!

In exchange for your contribution, we're offering 18 different reward packages, including digital or physical copies of the new album, our previous albums, a signed tour poster, a USB key with all our albums and bonus material(!), a cover version of a song of your choosing, custom-composed ringtones, and private lessons, workshops, and concerts.                                 

                                                Thanks!

We really appreciate whatever contribution you can make. Your support over the years, whether it's through Kickstarter or by coming to shows and buying albums, is so important to us. We love what we do but sustaining an indie-jazz trio for 8 years and counting wouldn't be possible without YOU!

Here's us playing one of the new songs on the album in Paul's old living room:

 

Risks and challenges

The hardest (and most fun) part of this project is over; the record is in the can. What's left to do is:

1. Mix the album
2. Master the album
3. Print CDs
4. Assemble and ship rewards to our kickstarter supporters

This is our third album, so we're familiar with this part of the process and we're confident we'll be able to follow through with our rewards.

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    Pledge CA$ 10 or more About $8

    "Slightly Higher..." Digital Download

    A digital download of the new album

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    "Slightly Higher..." Physical Copy

    A physical copy of the new CD, signed by Paul, Eric, and Eric.

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    Pledge CA$ 25 or more About $19

    "Slightly Higher..." CD and Poster

    A signed copy of the new CD and our tour poster (full-colour, 11" x 17")

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    Pledge CA$ 30 or more About $23

    "Slightly Higher..." and "Self-Titled"

    A signed copy of the new CD, as well as our first CD(self-titled) and a signed copy of our tour poster (full-colour, 11" x 17")

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    Pledge CA$ 35 or more About $27

    "Slightly Higher..." and "Strange Beast"

    A signed copy of the new CD as well as our second CD ("Strange Beast"), and a signed tour poster (full-colour, 11" x 17")

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    All 3 CDs!

    A signed copy of each of our 3 CDs and our tour poster.

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    The entire "Kite-alog" on a USB key

    A custom-made USB key loaded with all three of our albums as well as "bonus material" such as videos, unreleased demos, our original "EP" (our first recording ever), and live recordings of concerts from the past 8 years. PLUS a signed tour poster.

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    Pledge CA$ 50 or more About $38

    The Producer Pack

    All the raw tracks from the new album and our enthusiastic permission to remix them as you see fit, PLUS a signed copy of the new CD

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    Special thanks!

    A special thanks to you in the liner notes of "Slightly Higeher in Canada", AND your choice of our 3-CD package or the "Kite-alog" USB key, and a poster.

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    Pledge CA$ 75 or more About $57

    Skype Lesson

    A one-hour guitar, bass, or drum lesson on Skype with Eric, Paul, or Eric. Plus your choice of all three of our albums or the Kite-filled USB key. And a signed tour poster

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    Ring Tone!

    We'll select and format a short clip from our new album just for you to use as a ringtone. You'll also get your choice of our 3-CD package or the "Kite-alog" USB key, and the poster.

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    Pledge CA$ 100 or more About $76

    In-Person Lesson

    A private lesson with Eric, Paul, or Eric. (within 50km of our homes or while we're on tour in your city)

    Plus a tour poster and your choice of all three of our albums or the Kite-filled USB key.

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    Pledge CA$ 100 or more About $76

    Custom Ring Tone!

    We'll custom-compose you a brand new, one-of-a-kind (short) piece of music to use as your ring-tone! Also, you'll get your choice of our 3-CD package or the "Kite-alog" USB key, and a poster

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    Pledge CA$ 250 or more About $191

    You Choose the Tune!

    We'll re-arrange and record a Kite-ified version of any song you choose and send it to you in your chosen format (digital, CD, cassette!!!)

    You'll also get a tour poster and your choice of all three of our albums or the Kite-filled USB key.

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    Pledge CA$ 300 or more About $229

    Band Workshop (Skype)

    A Skype coaching session for your band with all three of us.

    Also a poster and your choice of all three CDs or the whole Kite-alog on a USB key.

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    Pledge CA$ 400 or more About $306

    Band Workshop (In-Person)

    An in-person coaching session for your band with all three of us. (Within an hour of Montreal or in your city while we're on tour there.)

    Also the poster and your choice of all three CDs or the whole Kite-alog on a USB key.

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    Pledge CA$ 500 or more About $382

    An Original Composition for You!

    We'll compose a completely new Kite song, dedicated and sent to you in a format of your choosing.

    You'll also get the poster and your choice of all three CDs or the whole Kite-alog on a USB key.

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    Pledge CA$ 750 or more About $573

    Private Concert

    A Kite concert in the venue of your choosing (could be your backyard, kitchen, wherever, as long as there's adequate ventilation for the three of us and at least one audience member...)
    Must be within an hour of Montreal or while we're on tour in your area.

    Includes the poster and your choice of all three CDs or the whole Kite-alog on a USB key.

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