"Waiting Room" Live at The Stone
The idea for BLIVET was simple: play music I love with musicians I love.
I've been making music in NYC for almost 15 years. In that time, I've had the privilege of working with some truly amazing and gifted musicians. Across all instruments and genres, these are people who have inspired me with their music, and helped me to realize the vision of my own music.
In 2001, I formed the Rashanim trio with Shanir Blumenkranz on bass and Mathias Künzli on drums and percussion. In the years since then, we've recorded four CDs on Tzadik Records and toured in the US and Europe. But most importantly, Shanir and Mathias have become two of my closest friends.
In 2012, I started the 11-piece band Zion80, which explores Jewish music – from Carlebach to Zorn and everything in between – through the lens of the Afrobeat funk master Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Zion80 now has two CDs on Tzadik, including Adramelech, volume 22 in John Zorn's Book of Angels. Zion80 has been covered in the New York Times and played for 20,000 people at the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow, Poland. Among the amazing group of musicians in Zion80 is one of my favorite keyboard players, Brian Marsella.
Over the last several years, I've written tunes that were inspired by the great R&B and funk of the 1960s and 1970s. Bands like The Meters, Booker T. & The MGs, Funkadelic and Dr. John. But since I was busy with Rashanim, Zion80 and other projects, these tunes had never been recorded or performed live.
Then, in December 2014, I performed a week-long series of concerts at The Stone, John Zorn's wonderful performance space in NYC. I decided finally to bring these tunes to life in a quartet with Shanir, Brian and Mathias on December 4. The result was absolutely electrifying, and BLIVET was born. Everything felt natural and inspired, the groove was solid, and the audience at The Stone loved it. By the end of the second set that night, we all knew we were onto something special.
Sometimes ideas need to grow or develop with time. Sometimes you need to let things settle, or as the saying goes, 'sleep on it.' But sometimes you need to step on the gas and GO FOR IT. The iron of BLIVET is red-hot, and we're striking!
This is where you come in: your financial support will help make the BLIVET debut album a reality.
Funds are needed to record the music, pay the musicians, manufacture the CDs, and promote the release. In exchange, we're offering our backers everything from pre-release downloads and CDs to a shout-out in the liner notes, naming rights on a song, and even your very own BLIVET house concert.
We hope that you'll support the BLIVET project and join us in making some great music!
Risks and challenges
The longer I play music, the more I realize that music is about people. It's about getting together with people I love, playing the music that I love, and giving this music to an audience. The music creates connections, builds community, and uplifts everyone involved.
Every project brings with it potential risks and challenges. Schedules change, technical glitches come up in recording, and manufacturing can get delayed.
But I have an amazing group of musicians in place, people who I've been working with for over a decade. I have confidence that we will do everything we can to overcome any challenges that arise and make the music the best it can be.
We hope that you'll support BLIVET and make our debut recording a reality!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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