The Trio is going into the studio. This album is a collaboration of all original songs... breakbeat, hard-bop, ballads, and fun!
Meet us: Collin Shook (keyboards and piano), Dylan DeRobertis (double-bass), Matt Pirc (drum-kit).
We are a group of musicians who love our job:
Dylan is a classical bassist who plays in the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, and holds a Masters Degree in classical bass performance from the Indiana University. Dylan is a master of the double bass, and he rocks the E-bass just as hard. He's the backbone of our trio.
Matt is a senior at the University of Arizona, finishing up his Bachelors in Jazz Performance on drum-kit. You can throw anything at him and he plays it like it's easy. Matt brings so much creative energy and improv to our trio.
I am a pianist and multi-instrumentalist. My mom, a classical pianist and teacher, got me started at age 3 1/2. Since getting addicted to jazz when I was 17, I have been practicing, composing, and performing in the live music scene wherever I have lived. This is my school.
As you can see, we are all really serious about music. About 2 years ago, we started playing together in Tucson. You know.....pick up gigs, background muzak at restaurants, and the occasional louder gigs at bars on 4th Avenue (Tucson's downtown music and bar strip) where we've got freedom to play our originals and rock out.
We are enjoying these little gigs, but we are after the concerts and festivals. We want to share our music with people who want to listen to it. People who will understand it.
We believe that with this album, we can put ourselves closer to that.
This album is all original, with influences from all directions. The original album title, #Occupy, refers to a 3-song suite we composed, consisting of a short "Prelude to Occupation", as well as "#Occupy - Movement 1" and "Movement 2". They will be 2nd or 3rd on the record, and they are all variations on a theme, involving a central melody and central chord progression, but expressed through break-beat drums and also a real slow, introspective ballad.
For the first tune, we have "Poca Cosa, The Little One", a spicy samba number that was inspired by one of my favorite Mexican restaurants in all of Tucson.
Bringing in the Hard-Bop Jazz influence from the 60's, we've got a 6/8 waltz titled "Mantra", and a hard swinging 4/4 tune called "Not Quite", both of which were composed in 2010.
Then another #Occupy inspired tune called "Derivatives" (now the title of the album), which goes from a grand piano ballad to a groovy 7/4 funk.
For a more modern interpretation of swing, we've got another original called "No More Rhythm and Blues", which we take way out into outer space. Also, a solo piano tune to close the album out called "Mind Mehld" in homage to Brad Mehldau, one of my favorite pianists.
- Poca Cosa, the little one
- Prelude To Occupation
- #Occupy: Movement 1
- #Occupy: Movement 2
- Not Quite
- South Coast
- Your Funny Things
- No More Rhythm and Blues
- Mind Mehld
We have around $800 dollars to make this album that we have saved up from our gigs. We need another $500 or so to help fill out the budget. What doesn't go to studio time (state of the art, great mics, the best piano in town, etc...) will go into professional pressing of the album, and having enough of them to make a few for bucks for our next full length album and keep the ball rolling. Here are the numbers:
$400 budget for studio time (just 1 days worth), $800 for pressing of the album, $50 for digital download cards, and $100 budget for promotion (to get radio play, copyrights, and an agent to get the album into the hands of the right people, etc..) Compared to most, this is a small budget for an album.
This is where you come in. As a patron of the arts, you can give a small amount, or large amount, and contribute to the world of music and jazz. It's not just a donation. You get something real back.
Whether you are simply per-ordering the album, getting multiple copies signed, mementos (i.e, a touring poster for your walls at home), or even attending the concert, you are getting something in return for your contribution.
Check our music out online, see what we are doing, and at least reserve a copy of this album for yourself. We are sure you will like it !!!!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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