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A CD with one of the most renowned classical orchestras and a highly original world music quintet recorded at Abbey Road Studio 1
A CD with one of the most renowned classical orchestras and a highly original world music quintet recorded at Abbey Road Studio 1
180 backers pledged £57,173 to help bring this project to life.

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Stretch Goals so the CD sounds even better:

additional days of mixing / mastering:

£56,750: 1 day of mixing     £57,500: 2 days of mixing

£58,250: 3 days of mixing   £59,000: 4 days of mixing

£59,750: 5 days of mixing   £60,500: 6  days of mixing

A short romantic orchestral interlude with solo violin:

A virtuoso musical chase between Ariel Zuckermann and Michael Heitzler:

Kolsimcha in full action (ready to be played with the LSO) :

Ariel in one of the most virtuoso flute pieces ever written:

A meditative, quiet piece with orchestra:

The project's presenters:

Maureen is the British agent of one of the most talented world music bands out there, Kolsimcha. They have recorded 10 CDs and played countless concerts all over the world. Olivier Truan is a founding member of Kolsimcha and the composer of all the music you can hear on this site and of all the music that will be recorded in this project. He will also play the piano.

The Band:

Kolsimcha have been together since 1986 and have played thousands of  concerts, including performances at the "Queen Elizabeth Hall" London, "Carnegie Hall" New York, "Concertgebouw" Amsterdam and the world famous "Goldener Saal" in Vienna. The band has a quintet repertoire and a symphonic repertoire.

Recording the London Mozart Players at Abbey Road
Recording the London Mozart Players at Abbey Road

The symphonic dimension:

The symphonic repertoire is composed and orchestrated by Olivier Truan and has been performed many times with various orchestras in many countries. Through its vital, open musical language and its sheer enthusiasm and virtuosity, Kolsimcha creates in its concerts an atmosphere unlike any other, and one that has also added a new emotional dimension to acclaimed theatre, dance and film productions.

Kolsimcha want to stay independent so that no producer and no label tells them what to do artistically. We are positive that crowd funding and independence are the future of the music business and of bands like Kolsimcha.

Kolsimcha live
Kolsimcha live

A new CD:

Kolsimcha needs a new symphonic CD if our career as a band is to continue evolving. We have been together for 27 years, through hardship and highlights, through ups and downs, members have left, and one member has passed away. We've grown older and more mature and our music has grown with us, and it has become better and deeper.

For this recording we need an orchestra that will play our music the way it is supposed to sound and make it even better, make it shine, and so there was only one choice: to hire the London Symphony Orchestra or LSO. They have the expertise, the sound, the power - and Abbey Road is the perfect studio to capture this energy.

Abbey Road Studio 1 Control Room
Abbey Road Studio 1 Control Room

You can be part of this:

We can guarantee you, our sponsor and backer, that you will be blown away by this CD. It will reflect all that we've been going through as a group, the countless concerts, our friendships, our willingness to stick together no matter what, our love for life, music, art, and last but not least the love and respect for our audience that has been with us for 27 years.

There will be 59 musicians in the LSO and 5 musicians in Kolsimcha and together we will reach new highs, inspire each other and record a memorable CD - which will only exist because you, the backers have made it possible. We will hire the LSO, and book Abbey Road Studio 1, for a total of 6 sessions in three days.

YOU can make this happen - you can make our fans, our audience and our friends happy by being one of our backers.

BUDGET:

LSO  £50,000

Studio 1  £16,300

Travel Expenses  £1000

Hotel costs  £2,500

Mixing and Mastering  £12,000

CD's  £3,000

Music preparation  £2,000

TOTAL  £86,800 (US$ 133,100)

This Kickstarter is for the LSO and the rewards, the rest of the costs have been raised with the exception of mixing and mastering, but we are confident we will raise that too.

Thank you!

Olivier, Ariel, Michael, Daniel, Christoph and Maureen.

This is Kolsimcha:

Kolsimcha
Kolsimcha

Olivier Truan - Michael Heitzler - Daniel Fricker - Ariel Zuckermann - Christoph Staudenmann

Credits: All the images were shot by Olivier Truan, except the blue live photo which was shot by Coralie Wenger and several images on the video, which were shot by Jürg Isler. The video was filmed by Olivier Truan. All the music was composed and arranged by Olivier Truan. The orchestra on the video is the "Georgian Chamber Orchestra Ingolstadt".

Risks and challenges

The budget is tight, but realistic.

Once this project is funded we will all work for free and have already paid a few thousand each from our own pocket to make this happen.The graphic designer and the video crew will work for free as well. If the project is over-funded, we'll first pay the people that are now working for free.

Every step of the process involved in a project of this magnitude has been done by us before: I have composed for orchestra, we have successfully recorded at Abbey Road, a have thousands of concerts under our belts, and we have all the necessary contacts to finish a beautiful product (graphic design, mastering, mixing, editing and pressing).

Once the project is funded it will happen 100%. It will be challenging, but it will be great fun to accomplish, and there will be a fantastic product at the end for everyone to enjoy.

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    Pledge £3 or more About $5

    A thank you note on your facebook account, including a short video from the recording session.

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    Same as above, plus one piece from the CD in mp3 format and a 1200x1800px photograph from the session sent to your email address.

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    1 CD, with exquisite graphic arts on a digipack, not the cheap plastic jewel case.

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    1 CD signed by Kolsimcha.

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    A CLARINET MASTERCLASS by one of the worlds best clarinet players, Michael Heitzler. Professionally recorded video delivered via download link. Michael shows his personal tricks and phrasings, including breathing, embouchure, tone, technique, special Klezmer clarinet licks, and improvisation techniques.

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    2 CDs, with exquisite graphic arts on a digipack, not the cheap plastic jewel case.

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    Pledge £46 or more About $72

    1 CD signed by Kolsimcha, with YOUR NAME in the "Thank You" section of the CD, and all the mp3 files from the CD and from 2 other CDs from the Kolsimcha back catalogue.

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    Pledge £50 or more About $78

    Are you a violinist? Get a signed CD, with YOUR NAME in the "Thank You" section of the CD, and the 1st violin part used in the Abbey Road recording sessions with the pencilled markings from the player. You can play along with the CD and enjoy the music even more. Also possible for other orchestral parts; just let us know which part you'd like to have (1st vln, 2nd vln, vla, vcl, flute, oboe).

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    1 SPECIAL EDITION CD, LIMITED and INDIVIDUALLY NUMBERED (numbers 21-100), beautifully crafted with an exclusive cover and booklet, signed by Kolsimcha. Limited to 80 CDs of a total of 100 CDs. Plus YOUR NAME in separate "Special Thanks" section limited to the people that pledged for this reward.

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    5 CDs, with exquisite graphic arts on a digipack. This is an option if you want to make presents to yourself and your friends.

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    Do you love orchestras, conducting, and all that goes with it? Get the original score of one song from the Abbey Road session with the conductor's handwritten notes, a personal dedication, an autographed CD with Ariel Zuckermann's signature, with YOUR NAME in the "Thank You" section of the CD, and maestro Zuckermann's original baton used to conduct the LSO.

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    LIMITED BATCH OF signed CDs: get 5 signed CDs at a special price - limited to 20 people. £100 (including worldwide shipping)

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    10 CDs, with exquisite graphic arts on a digipack. This is an option if you want to make presents to yourself and your friends.

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    1 SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION CD, INDIVIDUALLY NUMBERED from 1 to 20, beautifully crafted with an exclusive cover and booklet and signed by Kolsimcha. Same CD as in the £80 pledge, but limited to numbers 1 to 20. YOUR NAME will be included in a separate "Very Special Thanks" section, plus you will receive a signed, professionally printed 8x10'' photograph of the recording session, showing the studio and the LSO playing. You will also receive a short "making of" movie from the recording session, and 3 CDs from Kolsimcha’s back catalogue.

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    MEET THE ARTISTS at Abbey Road studios, London. Have lunch with the artists in the Abbey Road studio canteen and have a quick look at Studio 1 where the recording will take place. You will also get 3 signed CDs and YOUR NAME will be listed in the "Very Special Thanks" section. Please contact us for the dates before you pledge. You will have to meet us on one of the booked recording sessions. CDs delivered in February 2014, recording will be in summer/fall 2013.

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    COMMISSION A COMPOSITION for the London Symphony Orchestra and Kolsimcha. Length: approx. 2 MINUTES. Your piece will be recorded at Abbey Road and included on the CD. Your name will be written under the title of the piece on the score and also on the CD (e.g. "commissioned by James Bond"). You will also receive the original score of your piece from the recording session, which will have the conductor’s markings and be signed by the composer (e.g. "for James Bond with many thanks..."). The piece can also be commissioned for a friend / husband / wife and dedicated to them (e.g. "dedicated to Miss Moneypenny"). You will receive 2 signed CDs which will include the piece you have commissioned.

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    COMMISSION A COMPOSITION for the London Symphony Orchestra and Kolsimcha. Length: approx. 3 MINUTES. Your piece will be recorded at Abbey Road and included on the CD. Your name will be written under the title of the piece on the score and also on the CD (e.g. "commissioned by James Bond"). You will also receive the original score of your piece from the recording session, which will have the conductor’s markings and be signed by the composer (e.g. "for James Bond with many thanks..."). The piece can also be commissioned for a friend / husband / wife and dedicated to them (e.g. "dedicated to Miss Moneypenny"). You will receive 3 signed CDs which will include the piece you have commissioned.

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    COMMISSION A COMPOSITION for the London Symphony Orchestra and Kolsimcha. Length: approx. 5 MINUTES. Your piece will be recorded at Abbey Road and included on the CD. Your name will be written under the title of the piece on the score and also on the CD (e.g. "commissioned by James Bond"). You will also receive the original score of your piece from the recording session, which will have the conductor’s markings and be signed by the composer (e.g. "for James Bond with many thanks..."). The piece can also be commissioned for a friend / husband / wife and dedicated to them (e.g. "dedicated to Miss Moneypenny"). You will receive 4 signed CDs which will include the piece you have commissioned.

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    COMMISSION A COMPOSITION for the London Symphony Orchestra and Kolsimcha. Length: approx. 7 MINUTES. Your piece will be recorded at Abbey Road and included on the CD. Your name will be written under the title of the piece on the score and also on the CD (e.g. "commissioned by James Bond"). You will also receive the original score of your piece from the recording session, which will have the conductor’s markings and be signed by the composer (e.g. "for James Bond with many thanks..."). The piece can also be commissioned for a friend / husband / wife and dedicated to them (e.g. "dedicated to Miss Moneypenny"). You will receive 5 signed CDs which will include the piece you have commissioned.

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    BE AN EXECUTIVE CO-PRODUCER! Join us for an entire 3 hour session in the control room (see picture left) of Abbey Road Studios in London, either in the morning or in the afternoon. The studio is off limits to the general public and you will be the only guest in the control room. You will have a VIP seat where you can comfortably watch and listen to the creative process. You can join the artists for lunch in the studio canteen if you wish to. Also, you will get 5 autographed CDs, you will have your photograph taken with the LSO in the recording hall, and your name will be mentioned as an executive co-producer in the credit section of the CD. Please contact us for the dates before you pledge. Recording will be in fall 2013. You may book as many sessions as you wish, and if you want to stay for two sessions (all day) the price is £4,000.

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    BOOK KOLSIMCHA FOR A PRIVATE CONCERT. We will come to your place and play a great concert for you and your guests, worldwide. Please contact us for availability, concert details, equipment, travel and hotel costs, which have to be paid separately. Please note that the LSO are not part of this arrangement, this is only for KOLSIMCHA.

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    THE ULTRA VIP PACKAGE!!!

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    Corporate package, please contact us for details.

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