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In 2004 I released my first album for children, Kaleidoscope Songs Number One, and from the very first song I recorded I knew I was on to something unique. "I Am" combined acoustic guitar, Brazilian percussion and a children's choir, and with a simple melody and a message of appreciation for the world around us, Kaleidoscope Songs was born! Number 2 and 3 followed and Alex & The Kaleidoscope Band hit the road winning the hearts and ears of their young fans everywhere! Parents, grandparents, teachers and care-givers alike appreciated the upbeat catchy tunes, world music rhythms and meaningful lyrics...
"You should be on TV!"
"The next Mr. Rodgers!"
"You're the next Wiggles!"
I've heard it many times and YES - I AGREE! : )
Well, maybe not the Wiggles.... I mean, nothing against the Wiggles, seriously, I completely understand why children love the Wiggles! But, I've always believed that we shouldn’t underestimate a child's ability to respond to and appreciate all kinds of great music and art so why not make a show for kids that really has some depth?
I want to capture all the richness of great music making and combine that with a message of wonder and appreciation for the world around us. Let’s explore the incredible diversity of expression we find in music, art and culture throughout the entire world through a fun and interactive show for kids!
TV is changing – soon what you see on your computers, phones, and ipads will all be available on your TV just as easily as flipping through the channels. The world of USER generated content is about to explode and we are in a perfect position to create something great and valuable for children and those who love and care for them.
I want to start with a series of music videos that feature the band and the music from our new CD, I’m So Glad, in collaboration with dancers, choreographers, animators, mutli-media artists and more.
How about our award-winning song “Kangaroo!” featuring a dance company choreographing a complete music video with adults, kids and even grandparents joining in by the end! Shot with beautiful lighting and creative cinematography...
Or, a 3D pop-up book animation of “Dino Dig” – a new song about dinosaurs!
“I’m So Glad” could be shot in the middle of a forest with dozens of children coming in from all corners of the woods and joining in on the all the clapping, singing and, of course, dancing!
These videos would be rich in color and lighting and full of really neat movement and editing. Something adults could be engaged in as well – maybe we’ll even go viral on the web!
I’ve been teaching and working with children for a long time now and I really believe in what we are doing! I've won over 14 awards for excellence in children's entertainment and have toured all over the country with my band.
Once, in southern Illinois we played a town square concert and most of the folks there were from a nearby retirement community! We had about 10 kids and a field full of retirees and locals and guess what? THEY LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT! In fact, a woman was so moved by our enthusiasm and positivity that she came up to me after the concert placed her hand on my arm and prayed for us that we'd be successful and be able to share our message with the world! I got goosebumps!!
We’ve had SO MUCH sincere feedback from fans and critics everywhere who appreciate the level of musicianship and quality of our message and I'm sure that with your help we can make something that will inspire, entertain and educate children in a way that has not been seen!
For years I've been attending conferences, meeting with filmakers, talking to producers and lawyers, and developing a network of very talented people who are ready to pounce on a great opportunity to do something unique, creative AND good for the world!
I believe that with the release of this new album we are ready to do something big in 2012 but big things require big support and despite our success touring over the past few years we still need a boost to get this done right! Please join us and help us make our dream of bringing this kaleidoscope of music and dance to children and families everywhere!
Kickstarter is ALL OR NOTHING - if we don't meet our goal we won't get anything! So, we need everyone to help out! Please consider a personalized video, in-house concert or a customized song... Or, be the first to hear our new CD - "I'm So Glad!". Whatever amount you can do know that it will be spent wisely and with great enthusiasm on the creation of this project!!
Alex & The Kaleidoscope Band
LISTEN TO SIX TRACKS FROM THE NEW CD:
- Parents' Choice Foundation Recommendation
- BEST SONG FOR CHILDREN - Independent Music Awards
- Multiple Adding Wisdom Awards - parenttoparent.com
- Best New Artist & Album For Preschool Children - Children's Music Web
- Best Album For Older Children (ages 8-12) - Children's Music Web
- KIDS FIRST Award - Coalition For Quality Children's Media
- iParenting Media HOT PRODUCTS Award
- Entry Of The Week - NAPPA Foundation
- Award Of Excellence - Film Advisory Board
“This commendation implies our approval and, even beyond that, our thorough recommendation for reasons of production, appeal and fulfillment of its clear intent.” - Parents’ Choice Foundation
“The beautiful arrangements and lyrics ignite compassion,
promote awareness, and open our thoughts that we are all as one in this vast
- The Film Advisory Board
“One of the coolest, funkiest bands ever!” - Out of School Time Programs
“Votes are in and your work/inspiration is amazing.”
- Parent to Parent Adding Wisdom Award
- (40 days)