The Arco Sessions were founded in 2013 as a means for artistic collaboration between musicians, sound engineers, videographers, photographers, writers, and designers in Eau Claire, WI. Each session features a single artists’ original music re-orchestrated and re-imagined for a rotating group of local musicians. Drawing heavily from the local music scene and students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, the session musicians prepare the arrangements in advance to be recorded with the original artist(s). Each session is recorded in a single day, with the session musicians and the songwriters spending only a few short hours meeting and working together.
In the first two months, The Arco Sessions have recorded sessions with S. Carey and Kalispell, both of which are available at ArcoSessions.com. We hope to record a session every month looking forward, bringing a wide range of artists to Eau Claire to work with.
The goal of the Arco Sessions is to showcase and further the blossoming creative community in Eau Claire—a city of under 70,000 residents. Though already well known for its folk and jazz musicians, Eau Claire also boasts a growing symphony orchestra, a chamber orchestra, community choirs, wide gamut of chamber groups, and ensembles tied to and growing out of UWEC – one of the most unique music and arts schools in the Midwest. The majority of musicians featured in Arco are members of one or more of the aforementioned groups, and are working towards or have received degree(s) in Music Performance or Education. If our Kickstarter is successful, we will use the funds directly to create 9 more Arco Sessions--one for each remaining month--in 2013. Any funds in excess of our goal will be used towards other Arco projects we already have waiting up our sleeves, or to fund additonal sessions this year!
Music Pack includes:
• Download of Kalispell's "Marion, MT" Arco Session AND S. Carey's "Leave" Arco Session
• One mix CD, handcrafted by a member of the Arco team OR A download of live recordings of four original compositions by Arco orchestrator/arranger Davy Sumner
Arco Sessions T-Shirts are printed on a soft, heather-grey. Available in small, medium, large, x-large and 2x-large.
Arco Sessions Posters are screen-printed on standard poster size (18x24) cardstock. Posters on our Kickstarter are available only for the Kalispell and S. Carey sessions, but check out our website for posters for future sessions!
Come to an Arco Session: We will notify you in advance of the schedule for upcoming sessions. Transportation and lodging not provided. All recording sessions located on the East Hill of Eau Claire, Wis. We will provide food and beverages at the studio immediately following the session!
Lunch: We will work with you and your +1 to arrange an agreeable time for lunch in Eau Claire, Wis., or the surrounding area. Transportation and lodging not provided. The meal is on us!
Your own Arco Session: We will work with you to choose a song, poem, story, etc. of yours to arrange/write music for. We will come to an agreement of an ensemble of EC musicians to write for, and do our best to incorporate any of your ideas into the arrangement. Transportation and lodging not provided, and dates are subject to availability of studio and musicians. We will provide you with DVD's and a digital file of the audio and video of your very own session!
An Arco ensemble performance: A brass quartet or string quartet comprised of some (or all!) of the session musicians from the Kalispell and S. Carey sessions will perform for YOU for an hour at an event. Limited to locations within two hours/120 miles drive of Eau Claire, Wis. Great for a party, wedding, or other event! We will contact you to work out scheduling, repertoire to be performed, and details. Subject to musician availability and weather (if you want us to play outdoors). Live music rules!
Thank you for supporting the Arco Sessions!
Risks and challenges
The Arco Sessions will put out one new session in each month beginning in February 2013, with the intent to expand into live performances, concerts, other mediums, larger ensembles (which necessitate hiring additional sound and video personnel), and increase the number of sessions. We will use the funds from our Kickstarter to organize sessions for the rest of 2013, and will inform our audience of the schedule for future sessions within a reasonable timeframe. Our aim is to be a self-sustaining project!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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