About this project
The Other Europeans is a band of 14 jaw-droppingly great klezmer (Yiddish) and lautar(Gipsy/Roma) musicians from 8 countries, created and led by Alan Bern. We've been invited from more than 700 applicants to play at the 2011 WOMEX in Copenhagen, by far the most important international trade fair for World Music. This is our breakthrough chance to connect with agents and festivals who can bring our music to audiences throughout the world.
The purpose of this kickstarter campaign is to make possible our WOMEX/CD launch on October 27, 2011. It covers our travel costs to WOMEX in Copenhagen and lodging while there (for 14 people) and final production costs of the double-CD we'll launch at our showcase (for final mixing, mastering, graphics, packaging and production).
About The Other Europeans: we're the first contemporary band whose roots go back to a real but little-known, pre-WWII community of Jewish and Gipsy musicians in Bessarabia (Moldova today). A rare European example of music transcending ethnic differences, klezmer and lautar musicians played and lived together for more than a century before being torn apart by war, holocaust, immigration and assimilation. The Other Europeans restores this shared heritage for the 21st century with music that is heartbreakingly beautiful and astonishingly virtuosic.
Originally an EU-supported project, after more than three years of ethnographic research, rehearsals and concerts in Europe and North America, we are passionately committed to continuing to make music together. The only problem is: our EU funding is over, and it's almost impossible in this economy to finance a 14-piece band whose members live in Moldova, Bulgaria, Hungary, Great Britain, France, Germany and the USA. That's why we're so energized by the invitation to the 2011 WOMEX, THE place to be seen and heard by festivals, agents and publicists who meet once a year to discover and promote new talent. To complement the showcase, we'll be releasing our long-awaited, live double-CD, including never-before-heard tracks featuring Petar Ralchev, Kalman Balogh, Adrian Receanu, Matt Darriau, Mark Rubin and more!
If you are one of the thousands of people who have heard The Other Europeans live in concert, then you know how great this band is - I don't think there's a band on Earth that plays with more heart, soul and virtuosity - and you know how important it is for people to see and hear us live to "get it." We hope you'll help us have a shot at a future that fulfills the promise of our great beginning by contributing whatever you can to help support our WOMEX/CD launch. Thank you!
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