Mama sold had to sell her piano to finish the physical release of "Cabinet"-- now she needs a new one to write the next record!
Darlings, Starlings, Lovers and Lambs,
WELCOME to the Arbornaut great adventure into Kickstarting Music, Round 2. THIS MISSION:
Buy this panda a piano via Kickstarter and romping-stomping-night-of-kamikaze-art-party-song-burst in a big beautiful church in Washington Square Park.
An index for the time-impaired.
I. Why. (storytelling and waxing philosophical)
II. How (an invitation to party and how to get TICKETS)
III. and What Else? (what happens next?)
a) because we need a piano, plain and simple.
b) because you are the Medici and we wanna be Michaelangelo.
One and a half years ago, we turned to Kickstarter, and to you to help us finish putting sequins and bows on "Cabinet", our first ever full length record. We released "Cabinet" in February of this year, and if you don't have a copy, well, you should get one. Because we're practically giving it away. Why? Because honestly, we just want you to hear it, and we are at liberty to DO that when we're not in debt to a record company. Don't know it? That track up there is a sample. Or get the whole thing here :
What, might you ask, was the one down side (if we truly had to nail ourselves down to a "down side" amidst all the joy and effervescent tune-wrangling) to self-producing a record without a label to front the dough? This: in order to FINISH printing the physical copies, Heather had to sell her piano.
Let me first tell you why this is NOT SO SAD.
1. Because the piano Heather sold was Heather's first piano. Her name was Doris. Yes it was, I can't make this stuff up. She was beautiful but she was a little busted. It's true. So when it came time to make a decision about where the money to finish the record would come from, Heather dreamed a dream of buying the piano she rented to make "Cabinet" with (let's call him Dream Piano, he's a boy), and sold Doris to a lovely gentleman who promised to love her.
2. Beethoven's Pianos have agreed to sponsor Heather and slash the price of Dream Piano in HALF to make it more feasible to kickstart, thus starting the butterfly wings in the amazon. (we can continue to write and make records and fill the world with musicy-music for time eternal.)
3. Ultimately, in today's world where YOU decide if an artist makes it and NOT a label, and NOT a silly television program, YOU GET TO SAY "hey, I like this artist, I'm gonna contribute"-- and BAM. You are the Medici. You are Elizabeth I. You are among the tomes of other great historical patrons of the arts, because THAT'S THE WAY IT WORKS THESE DAYS.
We have chosen, as an ensemble, do to this alone. Because after multiple meetings with record labels and hemming and hawing with friends and compatriots who HAVE signed with labels, we have decided that in order to keep the magic intact and keep a personal relationship with YOU, we don't need no stinking label. And THAT is as free as free gets. We make the music we wanna make, when we wanna make it, how we wanna make it. Boo yah.
II. HOW. (on music, partying, tickets, and swag.)
a) the party
b) the perks ----------------------------------------> (if you're impatient.)
Running in tandem with this Kickstarter is a giant fundraising concert that will be held on July 1st at Judson Church in NYC. We have taken over this gorgeous space for the whole night, and are curating a multi-media musical Arbor-extravaganza complete with 3 concerts inside a shadow-box installation.
YOU CAN ONLY GET TICKETS THROUGH THIS HERE KICKSTARTER!
any donation of $20 or more gets you in the door.
As a nod to the piano-deficit, the Arbornauts are writing a song cycle for 7 TOY PIANOS that will be performed once and once only the night of the concert. It will be large. It will be gorgeous, it will be FILMED, and you should BE there, being your gorgeous self, bobbing your head, skulking in the corner, nooddle dancing or what have you.
I will say it again:
TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY THROUGH THIS KICKSTARTER. So even if you're not in a "donating" mood,
perhaps you can be in a "ticket buying" mood.
Better yet? Why should you donate? Because it gets you a TICKET.
Can't make it to the party? Check out our "OUT OF TOWNER VIP" rewards packages. Just cause you're a million miles away doesn't mean we don't love you.
MORE ABOUT THE PARTY
-Opening set by Momma Holler
- 7 Toy PIanos song cycle
- VIP afterparty ( again, see perks) where the Arbornauts serve as a jukebox of all the songs that made them wanna be musicians in the first place. This party will be an intimate catered event with cake, canoodling, and emotional swag. which brings me to.....
We have made a hefty list of perks for all you who wish to give including secret songs, recordings of the concert, personalized audio, a hand crafted Arbor-christened toy piano, dream drawings from HC, personalized thank you song video, and the chance to hire to songbird to craft a song to your specifications. These are among many many more various and sundry.
PLUS!! 3 OF THE SONGS IN THE VIP SET WILL BE REQUESTS TAKEN FROM OUR TOP 3 DONORS.
Ever wanted to hear us cover "Billie Jean?", or " Baby, One more Time?" or "Strangefruit"? or "FREEBIRD"-for heaven's sake???
Now's your chance. You give. We prepare. and NO ONE will judge you on your taste. No one.
Ain't it nifty?! Ain't you itchin?!
bewitch my sitch.
III. What Else?
IN SUMMATION / THE NUT OF THE MATTER
This isn't just about raising money for a record or a piano. (I mean, Ok, yeah, well, IT IS.) but it is also about participating in a revolution where FANS are the most important thing emotionally AND logistically in an artists career. If you need a precedent for this, babies, I suggest you google a little lady named Amanda Palmer, who just raised over $1 million on Kickstarter and changed the game.
If you are still reading,
well first of all, bless your heart, stranger, we made it this far!
We would like to say,
Thank you for watching our video. For reading this, for taking the time out of YOUR day and YOUR life to listen to a plea from some tune-sters who love you. We want to continue making things for you.
We are all ears, and heart.
Go get em tiger.
hc & the a's
IN THE EVENT THAT THIS KICKSTARTER MEETS ITS GOAL AND GOES OVER!!
Please note that every PENNY will be used to make the new EP, which is a collection of man-imal songs that will be recorded late summer of this year. And, and Mama C MIGHT be tempted to add perks. So gimme a reason, yeah?
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.