This is my first solo jazz album and it's completely self funded. I am doing Kickstarter to help finish it and bring it to the public. The amount of $10,000 will help me pay for mixing, mastering and promotion. The way that Kickstarter works, is that you have to get the amount that you ask for or you do not get any of the money. I am not represented by a label. This is an independent project so I could really use all the help I can get. The success of this campaign relies on word of mouth so if you wish to spread the word, please share this Kickstarter link through your email, Facebook, blogs, etc.
Now about this record...Sirens & Stars has a warm vintage feel with a cool jazz sensibility. It includes gorgeous lesser known standards I have re-imagined as well as classic originals, maintaining a raw emotionality that is reminiscent of Nina Simone, Peggy Lee and Billie Holiday, although it was inspired by Shirley Horn, Mark Murphy and Ornette Coleman, which gives it an outside flavour. This record creates a poetic space that is introspective, heartbreaking and groovy. I spent some years in New York City thinking about the history of jazz, doing workshops with Mark Murphy & Jay Clayton and teaming up with some star players. I saw a lot of shows that blew my mind and that engaged me so I felt the need to respond. My record chronicles the experience of wandering the city streets in a personal dialogue with the music. When life becomes complex, jazz is my music therapy.
My record features some of the fantastic musicians I met in New York as well as some stellar players from home. It started off with Joshua Wolff, a great piano player who played with Mark Murphy and Nancy King. Josh helped me to arrange, chart and rehearse and co-wrote a beautiful tune with me. We then added Paul Gabrielson, a fabulous bass player with the Kingston Trio and Maria Muldaur. Paul was a great collaborator, helping me arrange a track, deal with travel logistics to the studio and launch the Kickstarter. Drummers Lieven Venken and Jeff Hirshfield, real pros who've toured with numerous acts, were a joy to play with and sax player Bob Mover (a friend of mine who played with Chet Baker and Mingus) took the recording over the top with his soloing. Steve Blum who played guitar for Peggy Lee co-wrote an original tune with me that's gorgeous...that's just a few.
Risks and challenges
The challenge came when my partner took a job back home in Canada. It was wonderful to be home but I was filled with trepidation on how to finish my project which still needed further recording and mixing. Thankfully, the great keyboard player and fellow ex-pat Chris Brown of Chris and Kate and Open Hearts, had a recording studio The Post Office on Wolfe Island and he was able to help me through the transition. Trumpet player Benji Perosin was also nearby to add that Miles je ne sais quoi.
Scotty Hard had started my recording in New York. He's a brilliant producer who's worked with Martin Medeski and Wood, and records for Blue Note. He suffered a terrible accident and was not able to finish the project. One of my hopes is that my record does well so that it can contribute to his fund.
I was also pregnant and had my first child, a lovely baby girl. I love being a mother. It's wonderful and challenging and it's good to have balance in your life. As a result of these experiences my project is four years in the making, but it is finally at the point of realization!!! I have many talented friends, Wayne Ogilvie of Sound, who is also a gifted guitar player, designed my CD. It is beautiful. Alison Ethier produced my Kickstarter video. She gave me creative input and emotional and technical support in the final stages. She is brilliant. My partner Frank has been a rock through it all. He's a jazz lover and a scholar. The people that have worked on this project have been there for me 150%. I am a lucky lady, but I need all the help I can get and that's where you come in.
**Again the success of this campaign relies on word of mouth (or words posted on a screen) so if you wish to spread the word please share this Kickstarter link to email, Facebook, and blogs. Thank you so much, and Happy Holidays!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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